Wednesday, April 27, 2016

1990 Topps Glossy Send-In #20: Ken Griffey Jr., Seattle Mariners, OF

     Here's a more obscure 2nd year Griffey card from the 1990 Topps Glossy Send-in set.  I recently decided to integrate all of the Topps Glossy Send-in sets with my primary collections, and in doing so, came across with one that I decided to post should be posted (with Griffey heading into the HOF this year and all).  Previously, I used to store my 1983-1990 Topps Glossy Send-in sets in the back of their respective set binders, where they would rarely get looked at.

    

     I decided to place the Glossy Send-ins ahead of the base card in the same way that I tend to put today's variations in front of their base card.  Also shown below is Griffey's Debut card behind his base card (newest to oldest format).




     Cards like the one below were originally inserted into each wax pack for ordering the Glossy Send-ins.  




Friday, April 22, 2016

2015 Topps Update #US397: Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals, OF

     Bryce Harper had a really big season in 2015, winning the NL MVP award only 3 seasons after winning the NL ROY award.  Harper made his 3rd All-Star team in 4 MLB seasons, and won his 1st Silver Slugger award.  Statistically, Harper led the league in Runs (118), HR's (42), OBP (.460), SLG (.649), and OPS (1.109).  He also batted .330 (2nd) with 99 RBI, 38 Doubles, 172 Hits, and 124 Walks (2nd).  His 2015 salary was $2.5 million.  




Thursday, April 14, 2016

2015 Topps #650: Pablo Sandoval, Boston Red Sox, 3B

     Pablo Sandoval signed with the Red Sox on November 25th, 2014 after 3 World Series championships with the Giants during his 7 seasons with the club.  The deal with Boston was for 5 years and $95 million with an option for a 6th year totaling up to $107 million.  Sandoval played in 126 games for the Red Sox in 2015, starting 122 of them at 3B. 



Monday, April 11, 2016

2003 Topps Traded #T52: David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox, DH-1B

     David Ortiz signed as a free agent with the Boston Red Sox at the start of 2003 after being released by the Twins a month prior.  Ortiz was originally signed by the Seattle Mariners in 1992, but was traded to the Twins near the end of the 1996 season where Ortiz spent his first 6 MLB seasons.  With the Red Sox in 2003, Ortiz saw more playing time than he ever had in his career up to that point.  He broke the 100 RBI mark for the first time, hitting 31 HR's and 39 Doubles in 448 AB's.  Ortiz made it to the playoffs for the second consecutive season in 2003 after losing with the Twins against the Angels in 5 games during the 2002 ALCS.  This time Ortiz would lose as a Red Sox against the Yankees, but not hitting his first 2 postseason HR's with 4 Runs and 6 RBI in the 7-game ALCS.  He is set to retire with the Red Sox after the 2016 season.