Thursday, August 6, 2020

2020 National Baseball Card Day Checklist

This morning Topps released the complete checklist for this Saturday's National Baseball Card Day.


I'm not gonna lie, I'm a little sad and  disappointed that my #1 PC guy, Matthew Boyd, isn't the Tigers player in this year's set.




Nothing against the great Miguel Cabrera, but this will be the 3rd year in a row that the big man has been the Tigers representative, and another player, like Boyd, or JaCoby Jones, would've been nice.


I do hope to get the card of Miggy in my FREE pack, as well as future HOFers Justin Verlander and Yadier Molina.

In addition to my local shop, I'm hoping to find the hanger boxes at both Walmart and Target as part of my day.

I'm glad to see that Topps has included both retail giants in the event, a nice outlet for those in markets w/o a participating card shop in their area.


I've never pulled a signature card, but hey, you never know.





It's gonna be interesting to see how the Luis Robert card will go for on the secondary market, not for me, but for kids who are White Sox fans and don't get the exciting young ballplayer in their pack.


Are you planning on participating this year, what player(s) are you hoping to get in your pack?


Have an awesome Thursday, and I hope you get to participate in National Baseball Card Day... Play Ball!




Wednesday, August 5, 2020

2021 Topps Baseball Cards

Today Topps released the first image for it's 2021 Flagship Baseball cards.


It looks again as if, as was the case w/ 2020 Series 1, I'll have to actually wait until I have the cards in hand before giving the cards a πŸ‘ or a πŸ‘Ž, w/ Tigers cards being the ultimate yes, or, no, obviously. 😊

                Photo courtesy of Topps.



One thing of notice is that the players name seems way to small, and that's something I hope changes.


The other thing is the return of borders on the cards, something not seen in quite a while.


Oh, and the Topps 70th Year logo looks pretty cool.



What are your thoughts? πŸ€”


Have a great day... Play Ball! ⚾

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Tigers Card Tuesday- Tyler Alexander Topps NOW #47

The Tigers lost both games of a double header on Sunday to the Reds, but Detroit fans were treated to quite the accomplishment in the form of pitcher Tyler Alexander.


Alexander came on in relief in the top of the third inning of game one and struck out Cincinnati 2nd Baseman Mike Moustakas, then, he mowed down the next eight Cincy batters, setting a new American League record.


🐱 Tyler got his first ever Topps NOW card for his record performance, a card that's available only until this afternoon at Topps.com. ($9.99)

πŸ‘€πŸ‘€ You can also find the card, as is the case with all the Topps NOW cards, on the secondary market.

(I ordered mine on eBay for just $4.50/ FREE shipping).


➡️➡️ If you're on the Topps BUNT app, the card is also available in select packs while supplies last, or, hey, you can probably trade for it as well.


Feel free to follow me on the BUNT App.

My fan name is- FREEHANFAN11


Have a awesome Tuesday...and, by all means, Play Ball! ⚾

Sunday, August 2, 2020

My Mailbox...2020 Topps Fat Pack from BUCS STOPS HERE

The mailman brought be a few packages yesterday, including a contest prize from The Bucks Stop Here.


Let's look at what the 2020 Topps Jumbo pack had inside.


Best card-



I'll let you decide, two cool cards.



An old friend. ( Still miss him)-






My favorite shortstop-







Turkey Red Cards-


The shiny card in the middle is a  Mauricio Dubon RC.




The Texas Rangers Cards-

I'm not a Rangers fan, but this year's Rangers cards have the logo for the new ballpark, do I'm collecting the team set.



( p.s. A friendly reminder that I'm taking these pictures from my phone, so, I couldn't get the logo in focus.)


Here's look at the logo courtesy of ye olde Internet.


Thanks, again, to The Bucs Stop Here for the jumbo pack!


Play Ball! ⚾








Saturday, August 1, 2020

Tiger Killers, Volume 1... Whit Merrifield

I was playing baseball quizzes on Sporcle, reading my blog roll, thinking about ideas for future posts, when it came to me... Tiger! Killers


🐱⚾ Tiger killers are, simply, players on opposing teams that, every game, of every series, in a win, or a loss, just smack the ball all over the park, or, they pitch like they were the reincarnation of Cy Young.


Whit Merrifield is the current leader of all Tiger 🐯  Killers, as was evident this past week when Whit's KC Royals came to Comerica Park.




All Whit Merrifield does is hit when he sees the Tigers....he most certainly circles the trips to Motown when the schedule is released.


😷 In his 5 years vs the Detroit Tigers, this is the autopsy report.

70 Games

290 At Bats/313 Plate Appearances

102 HITS
41 RBI
65 Runs Scored

11 HRS / 26 Doubles/ 7 Triples

175 Total Bases

.998 OPS


Oh, and at Comerica Park-

37 Games

54 Hits
9 HRs
24 RBI

37 Runs Scored

.342 Average

.371 On Base %

.648 Slugging %

( Thanks to Baseball Reference for the stats)



πŸ₯‡ The 31 year old from North Carolina led the American League in hits in both 2018 and 2019.



Whit is also a versatile player.

In his 5 years in the big leagues, Merrifield has played 391 games at his natural position at 2nd base, but he's also played 152 games between all 3 outfield positions, and has played 1st, 3rd, and has also been the Royals DH.


➡️  I'm a big fan of Whit, an unusual thing for a player who beats your team like he does my Tigers, but I look at it like Merrifield's a poor man's Mike Trout, just not with all the hype...he's what I call, simply, a ballplayer. 



πŸ€” Who's your teams nemesis? 

Let me know in the comments section, or, maybe we could get a good ole blogaround going on all the great blog sites out there.

Thanks for taking time out of your day to read my posts, it's much appreciated. 


Play Ball! ⚾

Tigers 7, Redlegs 2

Spencer Turnbull picked up his first win of his career at Comerica Park Friday night, allowing the Reds just 3 hits, 2 runs, while striking out 6 Cincy batters in 6 innings.



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This 2019 Topps NOW Players Weekend of BULL is awesome!

Now, if I could only find a copy, as a check of eBay and COMC came up empty.

According to Trading Card Database, there were just 56 copies made...Yikes!

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▶▶ The Tigers  play the Reds on Saturday afternoon, a time change from the scheduled night game because of bad weather headed to the Motor City.


Michael Fulmer will start for the Tigers, while the Reds call on right hander Trevor Bauer.



Have a awesome weekend,  and, as always...PLAY BALL! ⚾️πŸŒ­πŸ“»πŸ“Ί

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Big Joe, 3 for 3

One of my favorite Tigers the past few years has been the teams closer, Joe Jimenez.


Big Joe picked up his 3rd save of the young season last night, closing out the Tigers 4-3 win over the Royals.



The lone All-Star on the 2018 Tigers, Big Joe also pitched for his native Puerto Rico in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.


Tigers fans are certainly hoping that this
abbreviated season is a springboard to 2021 for Jimenez, (just 25 years old) , who has all the stuff to be a top big league closer.


Tonight the Tigers play KC again, with my guy Matt Boyd looking to rebound from a tough start on Opening Day.



Have a awesome day...Play Ball ⚾


Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Tigers Card Tuesday...2015 New Hampshire Fisher Cats Matt Boyd

A couple of weeks ago I received a awesome package from my friend Paul, of Scribbled Inc.

Paul recently moved from the Detroit area to New Hampshire, so this card for tonight is quite appropriate.

πŸ“ I'll make another post on the package contents, but I wanted to post the card that made me smile the most when I saw it.





Matt Boyd's 2015 New Hampshire Fisher Cats card is the first minor league card in my Boyd collection, and is card #71 in the #BoydBinder .


πŸ“ Looking up Matt's stats during his one season of Double-A baseball in Manchester, NH, the then Toronto Blue Jays farm hand went 6-1, w/ a 1.10 ERA, punching out 70 batters in 73 2/3 IP.


You can certainly see why Toronto was excited about the young lefty out of Oregon State, and why Detroit wanted him.

πŸ“The Tigers acquired Boyd at the deadline in 2015 in a deal that sent David Price to the Blue Jays.


I definitely need to add more minor league cards of Boyd, and I might go the team set route to get them.


Thanks for taking time out of your day to read my blog, and, thanks Paul, for being a terrific friend.


Have a great night baseball fans, and, until we get together again... Play Ball! ⚾

Monday, July 27, 2020

67 Years

Tonight, at Comerica Park, the Detroit Tigers play host to the KC Royals.

Because of tge Covid-19 Pandemic, this will be the lastest Home Opener in team history.


The Tigers are taking the field at Comerica Park without the presence of the late, great, Al Kaline, who passed away on April 6th, at the age of 85.


The game tonight in downtown Detroit will mark the first time in 67 years without the beloved "Mr. Tiger," who made his big league debut on June 25, 1953, at the age of 18.





Al Kaline played 22 years in the Motor City, playing all his home games at venerable Tiger Stadium, retiring after the 1974 season, with 3,007 base hits, 399 HRs, 10 Gold Gloves, and a World Championship in 1968.


In 1980 Kaline was Inducted into the Baseball Hall if Fame.




In 1975, Kaline joined the Tigers TV broadcast with George Kell, where he would remain through the 2002 season.


In 2003, Kaline started working for the Tigers as a special assistant to the team, a position he held until his passing earlier this year.


The Tigers honored Kaline tonight with a video tribute and the raising of a special flag, a flag that simply said, Kaline. 





Have a joyous night of watching baseball.


Play Ball! 🐱⚾πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ


Sunday, July 26, 2020

Tigers WIN!

Yesterday the Detroit Tigers struck out an amazing 17 times, and still came away with victory #1 of the season, downing the Reds, 6-4.




JaCoby Jones go ahead 2- run homer in the top of the 9th inning came after he failed to move pinch runner Dawel Lugo to second base with two failed bunt attempts.


Tigers closer BIG Joe Jimenez came in to shut the door on the Redlegs in the bottom of the 9th for the save.


πŸ’£ Tigers DH Miguel Cabrera hit a 2- run HR in the 7th inning, his 478th career homer, passing Adrian Beltre for 30th place All-Time in Big League baseball history.


Detroit closes out the weekend trip to the Queen City today at 1 p.m., with RHP Spencer Turnbull taking the mound for the Tigers.


Have a superb Sunday.


Play Ball! ⚾