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Happy Birthday Satchel Paige!!!

Happy Birthday Satchel Paige!!!

Today, we celebrate the life of Satchel Paige.

Paige will long be remembered as a man whose talents was well before his time.  A fantastic pitcher during the Negro League era, Paige’s accomplishments on the field, and before he made it to the major leagues, was Hall of Fame elite.

Paige’s major league career started at the age of 41.  In six big league seasons, Paige posted a record of 28-31 with an ERA of 3.29.   He captured 32 saves during his big league career and struck out 288 batters.

Paige was known to be quite a storyteller.  Some of my favorites are:

“I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.”

“One time I snuck a ball on with me and when I went to winding up, I threw one of them balls to first and one to second. I was so smooth I picked off both runners and fanned the batter without that ump or the other team even knowing it.”

“It’s funny what a few no-hitters do for a body.”

“I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I would toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation.”

“Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.”

Thank you for the entertainment, Mr. Paige.

And Happy Birthday!!!

satchelpaige

2014 Topps Archives. Singles Only, Please!

2014 Topps Archives.  Singles Only, Please!

While I may be posting this a few weeks after the release, I have yet to truly invest any energy into the new 2014 Topps Archives product.

When the checklist hit, and I saw that the name Andre Dawson was not included in the checklist, the proverbial wind was taken from my sails and I lost interest in the product.

Instead, I focused on other things.  But, now, I am back.

But, instead of spending my time buying hobby boxes and ripping packs of Archives, I am going to be very specific with my shopping – Only singles for me.

I’ll just be buying cards for my player collections and the Miami Marlins for my team set collection.  Other than that, I am out…

2014 topps archives

 

I’m headed over to Sportlots.com now to make bulk what could be my lone Archives purchase of the year.

Cards to be unveiled soon.

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Opening Day”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Opening Day”, I Think Of…

From dictionary.com:

Word Association, Noun.  

Definition – the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation.

Ex: Dog –> Bark

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Opening Day”, I Think Of…

Poor Execution

Topps’ Opening Day baseball card set was released today.  Yet, Opening Day is not for another two weeks.  Kind of odd, right??

I am one of the few collectors that I know that truly enjoys this set.  I like the theme and I love the added ‘Opening Day’ graphics.

But, it is the timing that really gets me.  Sure,  I understand why Topps may release the set prior to Opening Day.  Maybe it is to get the collectors and fans more excited about the upcoming season.

But, if I had my choice, this set would be issued after Opening Day, and it would be much larger in volume.  Today, the set consists of 220 cards, an average of 7 cards per team.  But in reality, many teams get well over 7 cards and some get well under that mark as well.  My preference would be that the set is expanded to feature each and every player that was on the starting lineup for Opening Day for their teams.  Each team would get 9 cards, adding another 70 cards to the set.  And it would be perfect if the images were snapped from the actual ‘Opening Day’ and the set was issued a few weeks after.

Enough said.

What do you think?  What Is The First Things When You Think Of When You Hear ‘Topps Opening Day’?

Let me hear it!!

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Heritage”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Heritage”, I Think Of…

From dictionary.com:

Word Association, Noun.  

Definition – the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation.

Ex: Dog –> Bark

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Topps Heritage”, I Think Of…

Today is release day.  And on this day, the new 2014 Topps Heritage issue becomes available to collectors for the first time.

Many collectors are excited about this.  I am not one of them…  I’ll grab my Marlins team set, a few cards for my player collections and then I am done.  No packs, no box breaks, nada.

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting 5 ½ years ago, I was immediately drawn to the Heritage theme as I always had a strong liking for vintage card design, especially the ones from my youth.  And I thought it would be neat to see modern players featured in modern sets with those old-school looks.  Topps’ Heritage, Archives, and Fan-Favorites give us precisely that.

But now, I am bored by most of it.  Sure, I like the idea.  But I think it has morphed into way more than it should be.  And it has invaded more and more products as the years have passed.

So, when I hear ‘Topps Heritage’, the first thing that I think of is ‘PLAYED OUT’.

Topps Heritage

If Topps kept this special, I think it would be so much better.  As much as I like insert sets and seeing modern players featured on classic baseball card designs, it is just too much right now.  And in my eyes, it has made the Heritage brand not as special as it should be.  Sure, the Heritage set is the one that truly pays homage to the full set from that collecting year, as is stays true to the card style, the variations, and errors, but as we get closer and closer to the Heritage sets that will honor the great sets of the 1970’s and 1980’s, we will have already seen modern Topps products that features the 1971, 1972, 1975, 1980, 1983, 1987, and many more card designs.

And it is at that point that I think that Topps Heritage will sink.

This is just my opinion, but if you are a Topps Heritage fan, I would suggest that you enjoy the next few years because once we get into the designs of the 1970’s, you’re going to feel like you’ve seen all of this before…

What do you think?  What Is The First Things When You Think Of When You Hear ‘Topps Heritage’?

Let me hear it!!

I’m Looking For A Few More 2013 Topps Archives “Mini Tallboys” If Anyone Has A Few To Spare…

I’m Looking For A Few More 2013 Topps Archives “Mini Tallboys” If Anyone Has A Few To Spare…

Friends, the title of this post says it all.  I need a few cards from this set to make it complete so I am turning to the great readers of this blog to see if I can get any help.

Currently, I have four cards left on my ‘Need List’.  They are:

  • Buster Posey
  • Mike Schmidt
  • Mike Trout
  • Roberto Clemente

Quite a list, huh?

If you have any of these cards, and are willing to part with them, please let me know.  I’m certain that we can work something out – and I will surely be grateful.

Thanks for reading.  And thanks for the help!

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Frank White

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Frank White

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 Frank White card from the set:

WHITE

 

White enjoyed an 18-season major league career – all with the Kansas City Royals!

He was a 5-time All-Star, an 8-time winner of the Gold Glove at second base, and a Silver Slugger Award winner as well.  White collected 2,006 hits during his major league career including 407 doubles, 58 triples, and 160 home runs.  He stole 178 bases during his career en route to scoring 912 runs and driving in 886.

White played in two World Series match-ups with the Royals, going 1-1 and winning the title in 1985.

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Archives ’1972 Basketball Design’

I am currently building the 2013 Topps Archives ‘1972 Basketball Design’ subset.  As the name implies, Topps adopted a card design from a vintage  basketball product and put it into this baseball product.

The end result is a pretty exciting looking baseball card set, with a neat twist.  Would I like to see more of this in the future?  Possibly.  But, there are a ton of baseball-specific designs that I think Topps should re-issue first!!

This is the Andrew McCutchen card from the set:

MCCUTCHEN

 

McCutchen is a fantastic young baseball player that is in his fifth major league season at just 26 years of age.

He is an exciting player to watch due to his quick feet and seemingly limitless energy.  As a defender, McCutchen is able to get to plays in the outfield in a hurry, and while small in stature, he has a pretty strong throwing arm.  Offensively, McCutchen is excellent – he can hit for power, hit for a high average, run like the wind, make good baseball decisions, and best of all – he is a leader.

McCutchen could definitely have played in the 1970’s and 1980’s – the player he make me think of when watching him play is cross between Joe Morgan and Dale Murphy.  And that is not bad company at all!!!

 

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dante Bichette

2013 Topps Archives ‘Tallboys’ Subset – Dante Bichette

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 Dante Bichette card from the set:

BICHETTE

 

Dante Bichette played in the major leagues for 14 seasons.  During that time, he suited up for the Angels, Brewers, Rockies, Reds, and Red Sox.

This card features Bichette as a member of the Rockies; and it is the proper choice.  7 of Bichette’s 14 big league seasons were spent in Colorado.  During that time, he was an All-Star four time and an MVP candidate.

Bichette clubbed 274 home runs during his career, 201 of them coming while with the Rockies.

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 3 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tall Boys’ – Boston Red Sox: Evans, Burks, Middlebrooks!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #5 – Lot Of 3 2013 Topps Archives ‘Tall Boys’ – Boston Red Sox: Evans, Burks, Middlebrooks!!

I did much better with the ‘Tallboys’ set at the show than any other that I was going after.

I was able to find three cards for my set, and it is really odd that all three feature players from the Boston Red Sox.  The cards cover three eras of Red Sox baseball – the 1970’s, the 1990’s, and the present time.

SHOW 5

I like the cards.  I like the consistency of the approach with the same colors being used for the team too.

Not a bad way to take a chunk out of my ‘Want List’ for the set!!

Happy Birthday Satchel Paige!!!

Happy Birthday Satchel Paige!!!

Today, we celebrate the life of Satchel Paige.

Paige will long be remembered as a man whose talents was well before his time.  A fantastic pitcher during the Negro League era, Paige’s accomplishments on the field, and before he made it to the major leagues, was Hall of Fame elite.

Paige’s major league career started at the age of 41.  In six big league seasons, Paige posted a record of 28-31 with an ERA of 3.29.   He captured 32 saves during his big league career and struck out 288 batters.

Paige was known to be quite a storyteller.  Some of my favorites are:

“I don’t generally like running. I believe in training by rising gently up and down from the bench.”  

“One time I snuck a ball on with me and when I went to winding up, I threw one of them balls to first and one to second. I was so smooth I picked off both runners and fanned the batter without that ump or the other team even knowing it.”

“It’s funny what a few no-hitters do for a body.”

“I never threw an illegal pitch. The trouble is, once in a while I would toss one that ain’t never been seen by this generation.”

“Just take the ball and throw it where you want to. Throw strikes. Home plate don’t move.”

Thank you for the entertainment, Mr. Paige.

And Happy Birthday!!!

satchelpaige