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1975 Topps Set Card 313/660 – #264 – John Milner, Mets

1975 Topps Set Card 313/660 – #264 – John Milner, Mets

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Card Number:  264

Player Name:  John Milner

Team:  New York Mets

Position:  1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues: 12 seasons, 1971-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  In 91 for the New York Mets during the 1975 baseball season, John Milner hit .191.  He connected for 42 hits in 220 at-bats while also delivering an on-base percentage of .302.  Milner had 11 doubles and 7 home runs in ’75, while also scoring 24 runs and driving in 29.

Notes From Career:  John Milner suited up for three different clubs during his 12-season big league career.  Milner is a lifetime .249 hitter with 855 career hits in 1,215 games played.  He scored 455 runs during his career while also driving in 498.  Milner won a World Series championship as a member of the 1979 Pittsburgh Pirates.


Andrew McCutchen 2014 Panini Elite – Series 2

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Panini Elite – Series 2

From what I have seen thus far, the 2014 Panini Elite set packs a punch with action-filled images.

I’ve already shown off the cards of Bryce Harper and Dustin Pedroia that I have picked up from this issue.

And now, here is card #3 – Andrew McCutchen:



Another sweet one!

And I am really starting to like the ‘E’ backdrop that Panini has used with the graphic package for this set.

I will say that I wish McCutchen’s uniform had some Yellow accents on it as that would add a drop of color that I think the card is missing.  Other than that, I am digging it!

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Donruss – Series 2

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Donruss – Series 2

I scooped up a relatively small stack of cards from the newly released 2014 Donruss Series 2 set two weeks ago.

All modern players, you better believe that I snagged the card of the reigning NL MVP for my collection.

Here is the card of #22:



I like the action on this one – it shows that powerful back-swing that we have grown used to seeing from McCutchen.

As for the cards itself, since it follows the exact design as the Series 1 issue, I still see way too much of a mix between 1984 Donruss, 1987 Donruss, and even 1978 Topps.

Very little originality.

1975 Topps Set Card 294/660 – #148 – Jim Rooker, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 294/660 – #148 – Jim Rooker, Pirates

Progress: 294/660

Card Number:  148

Player Name:  Jim Rooker

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 13 seasons, 1968-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Jim Rooker appeared in 28 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1975.  He went 13-11 on the year, with 7 complete games and 1 shutout.  Rooker worked 196 innings over the course of the 1975 baseball season, allowing 177 hits and 80 runs.  He struck out 102 batters in that time while also giving up 76 walks.

Notes From Career:  Jim Rooker played for three different teams during his 13-season major league career.  He has a lifetime record of 103-109 with 66 complete games, 15 shutouts, and  saves to his credit.  Rooker has a career ERA of 3.46 as he allowed 814 runs over 1,810 innings pitched.  Rooker is a member of the 1979 World Series Championship winning Pittsburgh Pirates.


1975 Topps Set Card 293/660 – #495 – Nelson Briles, Royals

1975 Topps Set Card 293/660 – #495 – Nelson Briles, Royals

Progress: 293/660

Card Number:  495

Player Name: Nelson Briles

Team:  Kansas City Royals

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues: 14 seasons, 1965-78

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Nelson Briles appeared in 24 games for the Royals in 1975, making 16 starts.  He went 6-6 on the year with 3 complete games and 2 saves.  Briles worked 112 innings in ’75, allowing 127 hits and 60 runs en route to a 4.26 ERA.

Notes From Career:  Nelson Briles is a career 129-112 pitcher with 14 seasons under his belt.  He has a career ERA of 3.44 and struck out 1,163 batters in 2,111 innings of work.  Briles won two World Series rings – 1 as a member of the 1967 Cardinals and 1 as a member of the 1971 Pirates.


Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter ‘Pastime’s Pastime’

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter ‘Pastime’s Pastime’

I am almost 100% done going after cards from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter baseball card set.

Unless I come across some of the more limited print cards of the main guys that I collect, I have no plans to keep shopping for cards from the set.

During my last purchase of cards from Sportlots.com, I did grab a few that I did not obtain during my primary A&G buy.

Among that lot is this sweet card of Andrew McCutchen from the ‘Pastime’s Pastime’ subset.

Have a look:



The theme of the card is neat, but I find them to be a bit too dark overall.  I will say that the White, home uniform that Cutch is wearing in this shot helps put the attention directly where it should be – on him!  Some of the other ones that I have picked up that show players in darker uniforms do not work nearly as well…

Happy Birthday Andrew McCutchen!!

Happy Birthday Andrew McCutchen!!

Andrew McCutchen celebrates his 28th birthday today.

One of baseball’s brightest young stars, and the heart and soul of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Andrew McCutchen is a player that can do it all.  From hitting to fielding to running, and everything in between, McCutchen excels at it all.  And with two consecutive postseason appearance in a row, he takes his entire team along for the ride.

Having just completed his 6th big league season, McCutchen is already a 4-time All-Star, Gold Glove winner, Silver Slugger winner, and league MVP.  The sky is truly his limit.

Happy Birthday Cutch!