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Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Mini – Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Mini – Base

While the scan does not show it, this is the Jose Fernandez base card from the 2014 Topps Mini card set.

Maybe next time when I scan cards that I score from this set, I will take the extra step and show it off next to the standard-sized base card so you can see just how ‘mini’ the card is.

Maybe next time..

For now, enjoy this card of the 2013 NL ROY!

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1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps ‘Future Stars’ Design

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps ‘Future Stars’ Design

Here is another sweet card that I scored from the 2014 Topps Archives set that features Jose Fernandez.

The card is mini in size, and as you can see, it borrows the 1987 Topps card design for inspiration.

Have a look:

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I have long been a fan of the 1987 Topps ‘Future Stars’ subset and I am really happy to see Jose get a card of his own from it.

As a kid, my favorite ‘Future Stars’ card was the one of Bo Jackson from the 1987 Topps set.  This one above of Jose Fernandez may very well be my favorite modern one.

A great addition to my Jose Fernandez player collection!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Happy Birthday Dwight Evans!!!

Dwight Evans turns 63 years old today.

Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.

A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Evans!!!

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:

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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!

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

I’m not going to spend too much time on this one…

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This is the Base mini card of Jose Fernandez from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set.

I have not picked up too many parallels of my PC guys from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set as of yet as most of what I am seeking is too costly for my liking.

Maybe in time I will add a few more cards to my collection of Jose Fernandez from this 2014 A&G set, but if not I am OK where I have left off…

Jose Fernandez 2014 Panini Prizm ‘Intuition’

Jose Fernandez 2014 Panini Prizm ‘Intuition’

Here is a neat one that I recently scooped up of the 2013 NL ROY:

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This card comes from the 2014 Panini Prizm set and specifically from the ‘Intuition’ subset.

Panini packed a lot into one card front, but I think it all works really well together.  I especially like how the ‘I’ and ‘N’ in intuition wrap the card upwards and pull it all together.

I cannot wait to get another status update from the Marlins on Jose’s rehab.  My fingers are crossed that he can make 12-14 appearances for the team after the All-Star break in 2015.  And then in 2016, LOOK OUT!!!

1973 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Traded To The Texas Rangers

1973 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Traded To The Texas Rangers

On this date in 1973, Fergie Jenkins was traded from the Chicago Cubs to the Texas Rangers, of the American League.

The trade was a 2-for-1 deal with Jenkins going to the Rangers in exchange for Bill Madlock and Vic Harris.  At this point, the Cubs were in a major re-building phase as Ernie Banks was retired and their core of Billy Williams, Ron Santo, and Jenkins were all considered as being ‘too old’.

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps Glossy All-Star

Jose Fernandez 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Topps Glossy All-Star

I LOVE IT!!!

These cards from the 2014 Topps Archives set take me right back to when I was buying and ripping rack packs of Topps baseball cards as a kid in South Florida during the mid-1980’s.

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The card style is an exact match to the ‘bonus’ card that each rack pack offered and I am very excited to see that Topps gave one of these cards this year to Jose Fernandez.

As you can see right above the ‘All-Star’ banner, it says 2013.  That was the first All-Star Game selection for Jose Fernandez and Topps has done a nice job of commemorating each of these players’ first ASG selection with this set by tagging their first time right on the top of the card.

A great addition to my Jose Fernandez collection!  Thank you, Topps!

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:

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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.