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My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Super Veterans’ Subset Is Complete!!!

My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘Super Veterans’ Subset Is Complete!!!

Oh Yeah!!!  I am very, very excited to announce that I have completed another subset at ’30-YOC’.  And this time, it is a subset that means the world to me – Topps’ Super Veterans.

The original ‘Super Vets’ subset was part of the 1983 Topps set.  It has long been my favorite subset of all-time.  I built that set when I got back into the hobby five years ago, and I was extremely excited to see that Topps brought it back for their 2014 release.

Here is the completed 2014 version of ‘Super Veterans’:
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I love it!!

And while there may be some questionable entries into the set as well as some notable omissions, I am very happy with the final product.  Yes, I had my fingers crossed that the set would expand into the Series 2 and Update sets but that does not look like it will be the case.

So, I will sit back and be proud of another subset completed.  A subset that I have been a fan of since 1983!

1980 HEADLINE: Johnny Bench Becomes All-Time Home Run Leader For Catchers!!

1980 HEADLINE: Johnny Bench Becomes All-Time Home Run Leader For Catchers!!

On this day in 1980, Johnny Bench became the all-time leader in home runs hit by a catcher.

At home, and in front of a relatively small crowd of just over 21,000 fans, Bench’s Reds team was taking on the Montreal Expos. Batting in the 6th spot in the lineup, Bench launched his historic home run in the bottom of the 5th inning off Expos’ hurler David Palmer. A solo-shot, Bench’s home run helped the Reds win the ballgame 11-7.

Johnny Bench connected for 389 home runs during his career. Currently he sits in second place on the all-time list for catchers, behind Mike Piazza.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Bench!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 166/660 – #75 – Ted Simmons, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 166/660 – #75 – Ted Simmons, Cardinals

Progress: 166/660

Player Name:  Ted Simmons

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  Catcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  21 seasons, 1968-88

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Ted Simmons played in 157 games for the Cardinals in 1975, catching in 154 of them.  He hit .332 on the season collecting 193 hits in 581 at-bats.  Of his 193 hits, Simmons connected for 32 doubles and 18 home runs.  Simmons’ strong season earned him a 6th place finish for the NL MVP Award at the end of the ’75 season.

Notes From Career:  Ted Simmons capped his 21 season major league career with a lifetime .285 batting average with 2,472 hits.  He was an 8-time All-Star and captured one Silver Slugger Award.  He also placed in the Top 16 for the MVP Award six times.

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My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘All Rookie Cup Team’ Set Is DONE!!!

My 2014 Topps Series 1 ‘All Rookie Cup Team’ Set Is DONE!!!

It’s been a while since I was able to boast that I have knocked out another modern subset, but that is exactly what I am able to do now.

I have finally pieced together, and completed, the ‘All Rookie Cup Team’ subset from this year’s Topps Series 1 release.

The set is 10 cards deep and features an All-Star line-up that includes all positions and two pitchers.

Here is the full set:

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The colors of this set are superb, and Topps gave us a pretty decent mix of action imagery (though I would have liked to have seen better images of Pujols & Rice).

As I, and many readers, have pointed out already in the set – The cards are missing a key Topps element, the Rookie Cup Trophy.  Over the decades, we have grown to expect these little trophies on our baseball cards, and I think that it would have been appropriate here to have them on the cards as well.

Personally, I think that this set grades out as a B, but if the trophies were part of the card’s design, we could be looking at a A, for sure!

The only other issue is the mix of players taken – but that is certainly subjective.  Would I take Jim Rice , Mike Trout, or CC Sabathia on my team?  Maybe not, but I won’t argue against them either.

Another subset in the books for ’30-YOC’!!!

I’m Going After (2) 2014 Topps Series 1 Subsets: Super Veterans & All-Rookie Cup Team

I’m Going After (2) 2014 Topps Series 1 Subsets:  Super Veterans & All-Rookie Cup Team

After having the time needed to fully examine the 2014 Topps Series 1 release and checklist, I have opted to collect two subsets that are part of the issue.

As a guy who loves the subset, it should be no surprise to the readers of my blog that this is my chosen route.

For this round, I am going to go after the ‘Super Veterans’ and ‘All-Rookie Cup Team’ subsets.  Each features a sharp, classic look and highlights some of the great legends of the sport – both modern and vintage.

2014 Topps Super Veterans

If you know the history of my blog, you know that the 1983 Topps Super Veterans subset is one of my favorites of all-time.  I have been begging Topps to issue a modern version of the set, and they obliged with a 15-card set in 2014 Topps Series 1.  Hopefully, it is expanded into Series 2 and Update.

Super Veteran Jeter

2014 Topps All-Rookie Cup Team

And the ‘Rookie Cup’ has long been a Topps staple, and ’30-YOC’ favorite.  This 10-card set features one player at each defensive position and has some incredible names in the checklist.  The design is neat and clean, and from what I can see, the colors of the cards pops nicely!!

All-Rookie Cup Team

Who’s ready to join me on these collecting quests?  I promise that it will be fun!!

Let’s Go!!!

1989 Headline: Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

1989 Headline: Johnny Bench & Carl Yastrzemski Voted Into National Baseball Hall Of Fame

On this day in 1989 both Johnny Bench and Carl Yastrzemski were voted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

Ironically, both players spend their entire big league careers playing for just one team.

Johnny Bench was a Rookie of the Year winner, multiple time All-Star, multiple time Gold Glove winner, 2-time MVP, and 2-time World Series Champion, Bench did it all during his remarkable 17-season major league career.

Carl Yastrzemski put up some unreal stats – The stats : 3,419 hits, 452 home runs, 1,844 RBI, 1,816 runs scored, 168 stolen bases, and a career batting average of .285.  In Yaz’s 23-year career, he finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 12 times, while earning the award in 1967 with his .326/44/121 performance.

Congratulations Gentlemen!!!

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Johnny Bench

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 Players Of The Week’ Redemption Set – Johnny Bench

I had such a good time building the ‘Prime 9 – Home Run Legends’ set that as soon as it was completed, I jumped right into the ‘Prime 9 – Players Of The Week’ set.

The set was issued in the same manner – through exclusive redemption cards that could only be processed through hobby shops.

The set is ten cards deep, and features a great graphic display as well as a super-glossy finish.

This is the Johnny Bench card from the set:

Prime Bench

The back of the card features ‘9 Prime’ facts about Johnny Bench.

A few of my favorites are:

  • ancestry includes 1/8 Choctaw Indian
  • Straight A high school student
  • 40 doubles as a rookie is a NL rookie record
  • 2-time NL MVP – 1970 & 1972
  • 1976 World Series MVP
  • most career home runs as a catcher