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While Sorting & Organizing, I Found Some Pretty Neat Miguel Cabrera & Gary Sheffield Cards In My Marlins Box!

While Sorting & Organizing, I Found Some Pretty Neat Miguel Cabrera & Gary Sheffield Cards In My Marlins Box!

Last weekend I spent my evenings going through all of my cards.  I really dug in deep as I felt that my organized ways were starting to fray.

The end result is that my need for two more 3-row boxes would allow me to keep my cards in perfect order, so I went to the local card shop and picked up the boxes so I could complete my task.

One of the last tasks I did was sift through all of my Marlins cards.  I was not doing this with a certain goal or purpose, but I wanted to just get a better feel of what was in there.

And lo and behold, I found a handful of pretty nice-looking Miguel Cabrera cards.

Check them out:


I know it is just 8 cards, but I’d rather have 8 cards of the 2-time MVP than have no cards of him from his time with the Marlins…

I also found a healthy dose of Gary Sheffield cards from his days with the team too.

Here they are:

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Super cool stuff right there!

And while I do not have the desire at this time to focus a lot more attention to either of these players, I will keep my eyes peeled for cards of either of them in Marlins uniforms when I dig into the bargain bins at future card shows.

For now, I will sit back and enjoy a few more memories of these two great players and their times wearing Teal & Black!

Have a nice night.

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage w/Giancarlo Stanton & Miguel Cabrera

2010 Topps Legendary Lineage w/Giancarlo Stanton & Miguel Cabrera

While the history of the Florida/Miami Marlins franchise is a relatively short one considering the history of this great sport, I love that Topps included the team in a very cool subset like ‘Legendary Lineage’.

And because the team does not have a long line of legends or greats that made their mark during different decades and eras, Topps was able to grab Miguel Cabrera for the card and put him up with current Marlin, Giancarlo Stanton.

The result is priceless!



How is that for a tag-team??  Pretty sweet if you ask me.

With how both players have progressed since the 2010 baseball season when this card was released, I think that it is very safe to say that if these two were an active 3-4 combo in any offense, they would be elite.

Excuse me while I drool at that prospect…


Miguel Cabrera 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Miguel Cabrera 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Miguel Cabrera:



The 2014 baseball season will be Cabrera’s 12th in the big leagues. At the age of just 30, he has already accomplished so much. Yet, his future still remains unbelievably bright.

Entering the season, Cabrera has a lifetime batting average of .321 with three batting titles to his credit.  He has 1,995 career hits with 365 home runs.  Cabrera also has driven in 1,260 runs during his playing days while scoring 1,064 runs.

It will be very interesting to see what the reigning 2-time AL MVP has in store for us as the 2014 baseball season unfolds.

Miguel Cabrera Becomes Youngest Player To Reach 2,000 Career Hits

Miguel Cabrera Becomes Youngest Player To Reach 2,000 Career Hits

From USAToday.com

The Detroit Tigers remain undefeated in games, but not replay challenges.

They beat the Baltimore Orioles 10-4 at Comerica Park.

Miguel Cabrera went 4-for-5 with an RBI single in the sixth inning and a two-run home run in the eighth. The home run was Cabrera’s 2,000th career hit.

He became the ninth player to reach 2,000 hits before his 31st birthday and the seventh-youngest to reach that mark.


Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

Just Some Of The Milestones I Will Be Watching For As The 2014 Baseball Season Gets Going

I watch a lot of baseball.  And while most of it is focused on my local team, I make sure to keep up to date as best that I can with what is going on around the league.

In addition to watching the players that I collect, I have a few milestones that I will be watching for as well.

These guys have put in a tremendous amount of work to get where they are and I plan on giving each of them a ‘Standing Ovation’ as they reach these baseball landmarks:

Adrian Beltre – 2,500 Hits.  As he enters his 17th big league season, Beltre has 2,426 career hits.


Alfonso Soriano – 400/300 Club.  Soriano already has eclipsed the 400-HR mark.  He is currently set at 288 steals.


Albert Pujols – 500 Home Runs.  Pujols enters his 14th major league season needing just 8 home runs to reach the magical number of 500.


Miguel Cabrera – 400 Home Runs.  As Miguel Cabrera enters his ‘Age 31’ season, he is poised to reach the 400-home run mark. He is currently at 365.


David Ortiz – 1,500 RBI.  David Ortiz enters the 2014 baseball season with 1,429 career RBI.  A solid season should easily net his 1,500th.


The season will be full of great moments, and each of these above players should be a big part of that.

Are there are milestones that you are paying special attention to as the season approaches?  If so, let me know what they are.

I am ready for the season to get going!!!

Detroit Tigers & Miguel Cabrera Agree To A New Long-Term Deal

Detroit Tigers & Miguel Cabrera Agree To A New Long-Term Deal

From ESPN.com

Two-time American League MVP Miguel Cabrera has agreed to terms with the Detroit Tigers on a new 10-year contract that will pay him just under $300 million, a baseball source said.

The new contract, which covers the two years remaining on Cabrera’s current deal and eight additional years, is expected to become official later this week, the source said.

Multiple media outlets have reported that Cabrera needs to pass a physical exam before his new deal is complete.

CBSSports.com earlier reported Detroit and Cabrera were closing in on an agreement that would make the superstar slugger a Tiger for life.

Cabrera, who turns 31 in April, is an eight-time All-Star in 11 seasons with the Marlins and Tigers. He’s a .321 career hitter with 365 home runs.

He’s the only major league player with 100 or more RBIs in each of the past 10 seasons, and last year he became the first Tiger to win three consecutive batting titles since Ty Cobb achieved the feat from 1917-1919.

Cabrera’s last extension with the Tigers paid him $22 million this year and next year, so the new deal will add eight years and about $250 million to that total.

If the new contract is calculated as a single,10-year entity, it will surpass the 10-year, $275 million contract that Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees in December 2007 as the largest deal in Major League Baseball history.

Based on a career average of 607 at-bats per season and an average of $30 million annually, Cabrera would earn $49,423 per at-bat.

The Tigers completed the extension with Cabrera just a few days after talks broke off on a long-term deal with pitcher Max Scherzer, the reigning American League Cy Young award winner.

The Tigers said that Scherzer and his agent, Scott Boras, rejected a long-term offer that would have placed Scherzer among the highest-paid pitchers in the game, while Boras said it was the Tigers who took a pass on a multiyear offer from Scherzer.

Regardless of how the breakdown occurred, Scherzer’s negotiations have been tabled. Barring a surprise, he will pitch for Detroit this season and hit the open market as a free agent in November.

MLB: Detroit Tigers at Texas Rangers

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Miguel Cabrera

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Miguel Cabrera

With the new 2013 Topps Archives baseball card set release, the ‘Mini Tallboys’ subset is easily one of the best parts of the issue.

The cards from this subset offer a very basic, but throwback feel that screams vintage. The set is 40 cards deep and offers a nice mixture of current players, stars from the 1980′s, and Hall of Fame legends.

This is the card of Miguel Cabrera from the set:



Miguel Cabrera has been on top of the baseball world for the last two seasons, and with the lone exception of not winning a World Series crown, he has accomplished it all as the face of the Detroit Tigers and major league baseball.

Cabrera’s accomplishments at the plate have put him into a rare, and elite class of player.  His numbers, especially at his age of just 30 years old, put him on par with the greatest offensive players of all-time.

If he was a base-stealer, this guy could be considered the most dynamic offensive player of all-time… WHEW!!!

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Miguel Cabrera

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’ Subset – Miguel Cabrera

The 2013 Topps Update baseball card set includes a subset tagged as ‘Postseason Heroes.  And with that theme, you would expect to find cards of modern players like Albert Pujols, Edgar Rentaria, and Pablo Sandoval but none of these guys made the checklist.

That does leave room for some nice surprises…

This is the card of Miguel Cabrera from the set:


At the end of the 2013 baseball season, Miguel Cabrera completed his 11th season in the majors.

He has already been in the postseason four times, making two trips and winning one World Series championship.

In 52 postseason games, Cabrera has a .273 batting average with 53 hits in 194 at-bats.  Of his 53 hits, he has connected for 9 doubles and 12 home runs while also scoring 27 runs and driving in 37.

In World Series play, Cabrera has a just a .189 batting average through ten games.

Miguel Cabrera Wins The American League MVP Award For The Second Year In A Row

Miguel Cabrera Wins The American League MVP Award For The Second Year In A Row

From USAToday.com

Miguel Cabrera didn’t win a second consecutive Triple Crown, but that’s about all that changed as the Detroit Tigers third baseman repeated as American League Most Valuable Player.

Just like in 2012, Cabrera prevailed in the ongoing debate over defining the award and over Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout.

Cabrera received 23 of the 30 first-place ballots in voting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Trout received five first-placed votes.

Last year, Cabrera had 22 first-place votes to Trout’s six and a 362-281 advantage in points (the number of votes increased this year to 30 – two per AL city – with the Houston Astros moving from the National League).

Cabrera becomes the first back-to-back winner in the AL since Frank Thomas in 1993-94. The most recent consecutive winner in either league was St. Louis’ Albert Pujols in 2008-09.

Cabrera actually had a better offensive season than a year ago – his batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage all were higher and he led the AL in all three categories for the second consecutive season – despite being hampered by back, hip and groin problems much of the second half of the season.

He only hit one home run in his final 25 games yet still matched his 2012 home run total of 44, but finished second to Baltimore’s Chris Davis (53) this time. Cabrera’s 137 RBI were two short of his 2012 total and one behind Davis’s league-leading 138 this year.

Davis finished third.

But the ongoing Cabrera-Trout duel goes beyond their performances and into the often clashing views of measuring performance by traditional statistics vs. via sabermetrics. And the bottom line in the results just might be how voters define the award.

For the second year in a row, Trout led Cabrera in Wins Above Replacement, the sabermetric formula designed to include all aspects of the game, including defense and baserunning. Trout’s edge over Cabrera was 9.2-7.2 And Trout even led just the offensive portion of WAR, 10.0-9.0 over Cabrera.

Trout led the AL in walks and runs and was third in batting, second in on-base and fourth in slugging.

But, as it was in 2012, Cabrera’s Tigers won the Central Division while Trout’s Angels were never a factor in the AL West race, the added element that often blurs the lines between best player and “most valuable.”

Included in the instructions to voters is, “There is no clear-cut definition of what Most Valuable means. It is up to the individual voter to decide who was the Most Valuable Player in each league to his team.”

The questions aren’t likely to go away any time soon but at league Cabrera will have a couple of trophies to stare at if he contemplates the issue.

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2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #11 – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

2012 Topps ‘Career Day’ Subset – Card #11 – Miguel Cabrera, Detroit Tigers

I am working on this set because I find it to be the most appealing of the subsets issued by Topps in 2012.

The cards feature bold colors, great images, and a unique horizontal design.

I especially like the ‘Career Day’ theme as it pays homage to some of the greatest individual performances of baseball’s elite players.

Card #11 – Miguel Cabrera


Career Day – May 28, 2010.  On this day, Miguel Cabrera was responsible for all four runs scored by the Detroit Tigers as they battled the Oakland Athletics.  And all of the runs came courtesy of the long-ball!  Cabrera hit three home runs on the day, as he went 3-for-4 while driving in four runs.  The Tigers would lose to the A’s by a score of 5-4.

Progress – 11/25