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Torii Hunter 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Torii Hunter 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 Torii Hunter:

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The 2014 baseball season is Hunter’s 18th year in major league baseball.

Upon entering the season, Hunter had 2,170 career hits and a career batting average of .279.  He is a threat both at the plate and on the bases as he has connected for 313 career home runs while also stealing 189 bases and scoring 1,158 runs.

Hunter is also a stellar defender as he has won 9 Gold Glove Awards.

Torii Hunter has appeared in the playoffs seven times during his career but he has yet to make a World Series appearance.  Maybe 2014 will be his year!

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset – Torii Hunter

2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ Subset – Torii Hunter

The 2011 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Wall Climbers’ set is a piece of art. The cards feature stunning graphics with images that capture some of baseball’s greatest action – the art of leaping into the air and bringing back would be home run balls.

The set offers just 10 cards, but each one is an amazing look at one of baseball’s great highlights.

This is the card of Torii Hunter from the set:

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Torii Hunter has been making highlight reel plays in the outfield since his rookie season of 1997.

Since that time, Hunter has established his status as one of the most athletic outfield defenders in the game.  With his speed, ability to read the ball, and lack of caution when it comes to making plays, Hunter has saved tons of runs for his teams while cementing wins too.

Hunter has won 11 Gold Gloves for his defensive excellence.

My First Time – Torii Hunter – August 22, 1997

My First Time – Torii Hunter – August 22, 1997

The Setting – Camden Yards.  Baltimore, MD.

From Hunter – “First major league game that I have ever seen live, and I am sitting there in the dugout realizing that I could be playing in it.”

The Box Score – Orioles 3, Twins 1.  Hunter is inserted as a pinch runner replacing the catcher.