Friday, November 9, 2018

Topps Living Set, Cards #1 - #100

One of my favorite Twitter follows is Topps Living Stats, who follows the weekly issue of the Topps Living Set.

Stats provides information on the set, including how many of each card was purchased, and breaking down the cards by team, player position, and weather it's a rookie card, regular active player, or retired players.

One thing I hope Topps does is start to issue famous manager cards...I think they would be a fun addition.

The set has now reached over 100 cards, with The Great Bambino checking in at #100.





I have two Living cards, Roberto Clemente,  which I ordered, and Cody Bellinger, which I won from Stats.




I also ordered the Ruth card, going with all three cards that week in order to get card #102 of former Detroit Tiger Victor Martinez.


Each week there's a contest in which baseball fans and card collectors guess which cards will be released that week, and if someone correctly predicts the card issue, Stats will send out that card to the fan.

⚾ Several fans have correctly predicted cards, and it's really fun to try and figure out the players upcoming each Wednesday.

Here's a collage that Stats made of the first 100 Topps Living Set Cards.







If you're on Twitter, be sure to follow along, it's really great interaction with awesome baseball fans and card collectors.

As always, PLAY BALL! ⚾

Thursday, November 8, 2018

Nicholas Castellanos is the 2018 Tiger of the Year

Detroit Tigers right fielder Nicholas Castellanos is the 2018 Tiger of the Year Award winner, as selected by the Detroit Chapter of the Baseball Writers Association of America.




Complete list of Tiger of the Year, 1965-2017.

Castellanos finished the 2018 season with a .298 batting average, 23 home runs, and 89 RBI while playing in 157 games for the Tigers.


Nicholas is also a finalist for this year's Silver Slugger Award, which will be announced later today.


Nicholas is a terrific hitter and plays hard every single day when he hits the ball field, be it playing at third base, the outfield, being a Designated Hitter, or running the bases, and is a well deserved winner of this year's award.

The Tiger of the Year Award began in 1965, with 3rd Baseman Don Wert taking home the first honor.




Play Ball! 🐯⚾

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Seeing RED!

Monday was National Redhead Day and as I was watching Dancing with the Stars I thought hey, why not post a picture of my favorite DWTS professional, Sharna Burgess.



OK, this is, after all, a baseball blog, so here we go... OK, one more pic of Sharna...




OK, now, on to some baseball stuff and the color red.


⚾ Red Schoendinst was a terrific ballplayer, manager, and coach for the St. Louis Cardinals, and is synonymous with baseball and the Redbirds.




⚾ A few other bloggers also celebrated today's love of the fair haired.

Chris at The Collector.


Night Owl Cards.


The Cheat Sheet has your All-Ginger Team.


⚾ I've also, in the last few months, become of a fan of actress Emma Stone after I saw her in the bio pic about Billie Jean King, and, of course, in her Oscar winning performance in La La Land.




⚾ Speaking of the color red, 2019 will be the 150th Anniversary of the Original Big League Baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds.


The Reds unveiled several uniform and promotional info for the year, including their Official Logo.



Cincinnati is about 4 hours south of Kalamazoo, and I need to get to a game for sure in 2019.

The celebration should be fun, plus I can add another big league ballpark to my list.

Baseball history is very important to me, and I'd love to get to a Reds game and visit the team Hall of Fame.

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PLAY BALL! ⚾





Monday, November 5, 2018

Baseball Bulletin...Bloggers Secret Santa 2018

Last year I had the opportunity to participate in my first Secret Santa over on Bob Walk The Plank, and I really enjoyed the experience.



With Bob having retired from active blogging earlier this year, many of us wondered if the Secret Santa would continue this season, and today we got our answer.

Jon over at A Penny Sleeve For Your Thoughts has taken the lead this year, with the blessings of Matthew, and Secret Santa is a go this holiday season, so, lets get the word out on Ye Olde Blogosphere, and make sure you let Jon know if you want to participate.




It was so much fun finding out who I was giving for, going through all my cards, and picking out the one's I thought would bring joy upon opening up the package...I know it brought me happiness.

It's just a $10.00 minimum to get involved in the holiday giving with all the awesome bloggers out there.




Thanks, Jon, for your leadership this year, it's greatly appreciated!

PLAY BALL! ⚾

Friday, November 2, 2018

Topps BUNT Then & Now Reward... Miguel Cabrera

For 30 weeks on the Topps BUNT app I collected thirty (30) different Then And Now insert cards, and last week I received the card that was the reason I started the quest.


                                             Miguel Cabrera Topps BUNT 2018 THEN & NOW


When I saw that Miggy was gonna be the reward card I had to go for it...it's rare that any Tigers player is the main focus of a reward like that on BUNT, so it was a no-brainer for me.


Each card had the player in the background wearing the uniform of the THEN big league team they started with, and the NOW uniform he's currently sporting.


There were three Waves in the year long contest, with a reward card at the end of each wave.

Cards 1-10... Ichiro Suzuki.




Cards 11-20... Albert Pujols.




Cards 21-30... Max Scherzer.




I log onto BUNT every day, and it's been the first thing I've done when opening up my tablet or phone every day for many years now, and I also have the NFL Huddle and NHL Skate APPS.


I am also looking forward to tomorrow when I get another BUNT Reward card, and I'll post that as well.


Have a FANTASTIC weekend...and, as always, PLAY BALL! ⚾️

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Topps LIVING SET...Card #102, Victor Martinez

Every Wednesday Topps releases 3 more cards in its Living Set, and this week it's cards #100, #101, and #102.

Card #100 is Babe Ruth, #101 is Sandy Alcantara, and #102 is Victor Martinez.


Featuring the 1953 Topps Baseball Card design, each card is available for just one week, and then, as with Topps NOW cards, they will no longer be available, so, however many orders Topps receives, that's all the cards that will be made.


I'm very happy to see that former Detroit Tigers Catcher/ 1st Baseman/ Designated Hitter Victor Martinez is in the set, as he just retired from baseball after 16 big league seasons with the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox, and my Tigers.




Martinez is only the 2nd Tigers player to be featured in the set, after right fielder Nicholas Castellanos, in week one.


I'll definitely be ordering one, and it will be just my 3rd Living Set card, following Roberto Clemente and Cody Bellinger.

One of my regrets this year was not buying the Castellanos card, and now it's pretty much unattainable, with cards going for around $200.00 on eBay.


I ordered the Clemente card, and I'll get Ruth as well.

The Bellinger card, well, I won that on a contest on Twitter, and it's quite the FUN contest with TOPPS LIVING STATS each week as we try and guess the three cards that will be released.


I'm thinking the Babe Ruth card will set the record for the most cards sold of any of the Living Set so far, (Ronald Acuna, Jr.), so get those cards while you can.






PLAY BALL! ⚾️

Happy Halloween!

The 2018 baseball season is over now, and today the Boston Red Sox will hold their World Series Championship parade, as their fans celebrate the clubs 4th title since 2004.




It's also Halloween, the day of tricks, treats, and, for me,watching morning TV show celebrities dress up in costumes.

I like watching the Price is Right to see what theme they'll have, and, of course, what outfit the beautiful Rachel Reynolds will wear.






Besides being the best model ever on the show, Rachel is married to former big leaguer David Delucci, who played for the Orioles, Diamondbacks, Yankees, Rangers, Phillies, Indians, and Blue Jays.


October 31st also happens to be the day David Delucci was born, and five years ago we sent out Happy Baseball Birthday! wishes to the former LSU Tiger.



I posted his 2008 Topps Heritage card because of it's background color, pink, in honor of the final day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and Collecting CUTCH last of 31 days of brining all of us more awareness of the deadly disease by posting pictures of lovely ladies and his collection of awesome Andrew McCutcheon baseball cards.


In all, CUTCH will be making a donation of $195.00 this year, in part, to all those who logged on and commented on his 31 posts.

The money will go to the Susan G. Koman Foundation.




Have a safe a very enjoyable Halloween... PLAY BALL!

Monday, October 29, 2018

A BOYD Card Post, 10/29/18... Tyler Boyd

This BOYD Card Post is of Cincinnati  wideout Tyler BOYD, who had 9 catches for 138 yards and a TD catch in the Bengals 37-34 win over the Buccaneers.


Tyler is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh, a 2106 2nd round draft pick by the Bengals, and is having his best year as a pro, with 49 catches for 620 yards and 5 TD grabs.



                                                   Tyler BOYD Donruss Optic Pink #197 RR


I posted the BOYD Card to remind everyone we have only 3 days left in October, and let's remember to head over to Collecting CUTCH for the few remaining days of PINK Andrew McCutcheon baseball cards... and... #SaveTheBoobies Breast Cancer Awareness Month! 


#BOYDSFOREVER 


PLAY BALL

Sunday, October 28, 2018

Rich Hill Dominates BoSox, I get a Rich Hill BUNT Card

Former Michigan pitcher Rich Hill started Game 4 of the World Series tonight for the Dodgers, and he didn't disappoint. 

The former Wolverine left hander pitched 6 1/3 innings, giving up just 1 hit and 1 run while striking out 7 Red Sox hitters.

While Dodgers manager Dave Roberts was removing Rich from the game with 1 out in the 7th, I started to prepare a post on Hill's terrific start and how he was on his way to earning a victory...until....the Dodgers bullpen imploded, and a 4-0 lead turned into a 9-6 BoSox win and a 3 games to 1 lead in the best of 7 Series.


After the game was over I headed to the Topps BUNT App to see how I did in tonight's game contest, and what do I find as my prize but this beautiful card...







Usually when I play these games I don't have enough points to qualify in the top 1,000 to get an award card, but one of the cards I played was of Rich, so that helped me out.


The BoSox are headed to another championship, but I hope the Dodgers at least win on Sunday Night to extend the baseball season by one more day, as I always want the year extended as much as impossible. 


Have a great Sunday, enjoy Game 5... and, as always... PLAY BALL! ⚾️ 




Saturday, October 27, 2018

World Series History...Did You Stay Up?

Of course I had to post that its now 3:38 am and I'm writing that I just witnessed the longest game in World Series History, as the Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Boston Red Sox in Game 3 from Dodger Stadium, 3-2.


The Dodgers finished off the 7 hour, 20 minute game with a Max Muncy walk off HR in the bottom of the 18th inning, and getting back in the Series, down 2 games to 1.




⚾️ UPDATE... You can order #ToppsNOW cards of the marathon game last night.











Game 4 is to be played just after 8pm...today.


Baseball is the BEST!


PLAY BALL! ⚾️