Wednesday, November 27, 2013

1971 Topps #644: Jim Stewart

Jim Stewart served mostly as a utilityman for Cincinnati just prior to, and at the start of, the Big Red Machine days from 1969-1971.  He played in one of the the '70 NLCS games against the Pirates, and two of the '70 World Series games against the Orioles.  Stewart spent much of his time in LF with the Reds, but ultimately played all of the positions except Pitcher for the team during some point in those three years.  After the end of the season, Stewart was part of a big trade with the Houston Astros that brought Future Hall-of-Famer, Joe Morgan, to the Cincinnati Reds.    



BV: $12.00
Cost: $1.99 (paid 16% BV)
Condition: VG-EX 4.0 (worth 30% BV)
Completion: 735 of 752 (97% complete)
Comment:




Tuesday, November 26, 2013

2014 Hall-of-Fame Ballot: Greg Maddux

     Greg Maddux pitched in the Major Leagues for 23 years between 1986-2008, winning the Cy Young award 4 times with 18 Gold Gloves.  He earned a total of 355 Wins with a .316 ERA and 3371 career strikeouts.  Maddux pitched during 3 World Series in 1995, 1996, and 1999.








1990 Topps #715.




1991 Topps #35.




2014 Hall-of-Fame Ballot: Greg Maddux

Greg Maddux pitched in the Major Leagues for 23 years between 1986-2008, winning the Cy Young award 4 times with 18 Gold Gloves.  He earned a total of 355 Wins with a .316 ERA and 3371 career strikeouts.  Maddux pitched during 3 World Series in 1995, 1996, and 1999.

1987 Topps #70T.



1988 Topps #361.




1989 Topps #240.












Thursday, November 21, 2013

1972 Topps #708: Tim Foli (In Action)


Tim Foli debuted for the Mets during the final month of the '70 season at the age of 19.  In 1971, Foli played for more than half of the season, switching positions among 2B, SS, and 3B.  Before the start of the '72 season, Foli was traded to the Montreal Expos along with Mike Jorgensen and Ken Singleton for Rusty Staub.  That year, Foli settled mostly into the SS position as an everyday player.  On the back of his card, Puzzle C features a 9-piece Tony Oliva puzzle (middle-left piece shown).



BV: $12.00
Cost: $3.00 (paid 25% BV)
Condition: VG-EX+ 4.5 (worth 35% BV)
Completion: 775 of 787 (98% complete)
Comment:  Left-right centering drops the grade of this card below EX 5.0 for me.  There are four fuzzy corners with nice edges.    The surface has nice gloss, color, and focus.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Trade Rumors: Ian Kinsler (Tigers) & Prinz Fielder (Rangers)

After completing only 2 of the 9 total years on his $214 million contract with the Detroit Tigers, Prince Fielder has been traded to the Texas Rangers with $30 million for Ian Kinsler.  For the Rangers, this leaves 7 years with $138 million on Fielder's contract.  For the Tigers, this leaves 4 years with about $62 million on Kinsler's contact.

2013 Topps #28.


The trade would allow Texas to put Jurickson Profar at second base, while bringing a bat to their line-up.  For Detroit, Cabrera will probably move to 1B for Fielder with Infante at 2B for free agent, Infante. 

2013 Topps #440.


1972 Topps #761: A.L.- N.L. Rookie Stars (B.Oglivie, R.Cey, & B.Williams)

With only 13 cards left to go before completing the '72T set after more than a decade of working on it, I feel that this card was one of the most difficult ones in the set to obtain at a "reasonable" price (in comparison with its listed book value).  After monitoring various auctions for this card over the past few years, I was finally able to find one for under 20% BV, but only in a condition that should command less than half of what I paid.  This card typically sells for $10-$15 in the lowest grades, while most auctions are asking for well over its book value when found in a condition ranging around the upper-middle grades.  Perhaps this card is undervalued in current listings and should be raised to about $40.  Maybe not.  Either way, I was just glad to finally find one for under $5.      



BV: $25.00
Cost: $4.84 (paid 19% BV)
Condition: GD 2.0 (worth 10% BV)
Completion: 774 of 787 (98% complete)
Comment: See above.

1972 Topps #694: Alan Gallagher (In Action)

Alan Gallagher was a 1st round draft pick from the San Francisco Giants in 1965.  Gallagher made to the big club as a second baseman in 1970, where remain for the majority of his four-year Major League playing career.  He made 11 plate appearances in 4 games of the 1971 NLCS vs. the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Gallagher was traded to the California Angels after playing 5 games for the Giants in 1973.  As an Angel, Gallagher played 3B, SS, and 2B before retiring at the end of the season.



BV: $12.00
Cost: $3.00 (paid 25% BV)
Condition: VG-EX (worth 30% BV)
Completion: 773 of 787 (98% complete)
Comment:  On the back is the lower-right piece of Puzzle D, which features Tom Seaver.

Monday, November 18, 2013

2013 N.L. Batting Average Leaders: Cuddyer, Johnson, & Freeman

2013 Topps #449: Michael Cuddyer led the National League this year with a .331 batting average.
 

2013 Topps #US195: Chris Johnson was the runner-up for the N.L. title with a .321 batting average.


2013 Topps #105: Freddie Freeman was tied with Yadier Molina for 3rd place in the N.L. with a .319 batting average, but was able to maintain that average over more At Bats.


2013 Topps #189: Posey, McCutchen, & Braun were the 2012 N.L. Batting Average Leaders.


Sunday, November 17, 2013

2013 A.L. Batting Average Leaders: Cabrera, Mauer, & Trout

2013 Topps #US218: Miguel Cabrera led the league in batting with a .348 average.
 

2013 Topps #107: Joe Mauer placed second in batting with a .324 average.


2013 Topps #US300: Mike Trout placed third in batting with a .323 average.


2013 Topps #294: Cabrera, Trout, & Beltre were the 2012 AL Batting Average Leaders

 

Friday, November 15, 2013

2013 N.L. MVP Award: McCutchen, Goldschmidt, & Molina

2013 Topps #122: Andrew McCutchen is this year's National League Most Valuable Player award winner with a total of 409 points: 28 first place votes, 1 second place vote, and 1 third place vote.

2013 Topps #454: Paul Goldschmidt came in 2nd place with a total of 242 points: 15 second place votes, 9 third place votes, 1 fourth place vote, 3 fifth place votes, and 2 sixth place votes.


2013 Topps #4: Yadier Molina came in 3rd place with a total of 219 points: 2 first place votes, 8 second place votes, 4 third place votes, 6 fourth place votes, 6 fifth place votes, 1 seventh place vote, 2 ninth place votes, and 1 tenth place vote.


2013 Topps #455: Buster Posey was the 2012 N.L. MVP award winner.

 
 Other players receiving more than 10 points from votes in the 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system this year include: Matt Carpenter, Freddie Freeman, Joey Votto, Clayton Kershaw, Hanley Ramirez, Carlos Gomez, Jay Bruce, Craig Kimbrel, Shin Soo Choo, Jayson Werth, Andrelton Simmons, and Yasiel Puig.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

2013 A.L. MVP Award: Cabrera, Trout, & Davis

2013 Topps #660: Miguel Cabrera is this year's American League Most Valuable Player award winner with a total of 385 points: 23 first place votes and 7 second place votes.

 

2013 Topps #27: Mike Trout came in 2nd place with a total of 282 points: 5 first place vote, 19 second place votes, 3 third place votes, 1 fourth place vote, 1 fifth place vote, and 1 seventh place vote.


2013 Topps #119: Chris Davis came in 3rd place with a total of 232 points: 1 first place vote, 4 second place votes, 11 third place votes, 12 fourth place votes, 1 fifth place vote, and 1 seventh place vote.


2013 Topps #374: Miguel Cabrera was also the 2012 A.L. MVP award winner.


Other players receiving more than 10 points from votes in the 14-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 scoring system this year include: Josh Donaldson, Robinson Cano, Evan Longoria, Dustin Pedroia, Adrian Beltre, Manny Machado, David Ortiz, Jason Kipnis, and Max Scherzer