Tuesday, September 30, 2014

2014 Playoff Contenders: Madison Bumgarner 2010 Bowman #BDP9 (rc)

We were able to get to 3 of the four wild card teams during our September blitz of playoff contenders. Today we complete that foursome by taking a look at the San Francisco Giants Madison Bumgarner.

2010 Bowman Draft Picks #BDP9 Madison Bumgarner (rc)

Madison Bumgarner has been a steady starter for the Giants each of the last four seasons taking the mound 30+ times annually and collecting 200+ innings. This season the Giants suffered through Tim Lincecum's continuing inconsistency and Matt Cain's injury but were able to count on MadBum to become their Ace.

The 25 year old southpaw made his 2nd all-star team in 2014 while reaching career highs in Wins, Innings and Strikeouts.

On Wednesday night The Giants send Bumgarner to the mound versus the Pirates in Game 163. I look forward to the NL half of the playoff bracket beginning, the Phillies may not be a player in this years postseason but that doesn't mean there won't be some great baseball. 

Sources & Links
2014 Playoff Contenders Index
Baseball Cardpedia

HoF Index: Willie Mays

This is the Phungo Hall of Fame Index for Willie Mays Cards.

1959 Topps #464 Baseball Highlights Willie Mays
1959 Topps #464 Baseball Highlights Willie Mays - 60th Anniversary of the Catch
1959 Topps Willie Mays Foursome - (Mays Feature)
1961 Topps #579 Willie Mays All-Star - (2010 Heritage Review)

Monday, September 29, 2014

60th Anniversary of the Catch: 1959 Topps #464 Willie Mays

Today marks the 60th Anniversary of one of the most iconic moments in Baseball History. Willie Mays' play which is now simply known as "The Catch"

1959 Topps #464 Baseball Highlights Willie Mays

The Catch helped the Giants maintain an 8th inning tie in Game one of the 1954 World Series. The Giants won the game in the 10th on a Walk off Home Run by Dusty Rhodes. 

Five years later Topps honored the moment as part of their 1959 Baseball Thrills Subset. The story of the catch is recounted on the cards b-side. 
1959 Topps #464 Baseball Highlights Willie Mays (b-side)

For more information on this card as well as the other four Willie Mays cards in 1959 Topps check out our 2011 Willie Mays Quartet posting here.   
Sources and Links
1959 Topps Willie Mays Quartet 

Willie Mays Index

Thanks to many outlets on Twitter that reminded me of today's Anniversary.   

1959 Topps Baseball Thrills Index

This is an Index of our series on the 1959 Topps Baseball Thrills Subset - The original postings ran in 2014. 

1959 Topps Baseball Thrills #464 Willie Mays 

#464 Willie Mays
#467 Hank Aaron  

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Philly Show 9/28

The Phily Show is all weekend but Team Phungo has been to busy to pitch the event. Hopefully we will be able to make an appearance on Sunday.

1961 Topps #473 Bobby Shantz

For those of you that collect autographs there are a number of former players appearing on Sunday. These players include a number of folks that we have been featuring in our 1964 Phillies retrospective. Scheduled for Sunday are Art Mahaffey, Bobby Wine, Frank Thomas, Costen Shockley Tony Gonzalez and Bobby Shantz  

If you think you will be at the show let me know via email or twitter - would love to meet fellow collectors.

Reviews of Past Philly Shows
2013 December
2012 December
2010 September
2010 March
2009 December
2009 December (special 1959 Topps Edition)
2009 Septembe

On The Road: East Hampton NY

Townline BBQ Has NFL ticket Fun atmosphere for games 
Pollock Krasner House
Peconic Beverage Great Craft Beer selection in an area that doesn't appear to have great takeout beers.

Zum Schneider
Wolffer Winery - Expensive but Nice
Cedar Point County Park & Lighthouse
Montauk Brewing Company
Golden Pear

Montauk Lighthouse
Cedar Beach Disc Golf Course
The Cedar Beach DCG is located next to a nicely done 9-11 memorial

Montauk - Might be better in season, but felt like town trying to survive. 
Duckwalk Vineyards
Channing Daughters Winery
Citarella Grocery

Verrazano Bridge

Sunday, September 21, 2014

SNB & 2014 Playoff Contenders: Cardinals Matt Holliday 2011 Topps #US324

Sunday Night Baseball is in St Louis monitoring the Cardinals as the host their Division foe Cincinnati Reds. 

The Cardinals are the reigning NL Champions and once again find themselves atop the NL Central. As our Playoff Contenders series rolls on tonight we take a look at veteran Matt Holliday.

2011 Topps #US324 Matt Holliday HRD

There are some players I dislike for good reason, off the field problems, Hot Dogs, the play for the Mets etc. Then there are players I have disliked for a decade and can't remember why. Matt Holliday falls into the latter category.

I can't for the life of me figure out why I dislike him. Maybe it is East Coast bias, Maybe I think of him as an overrated Rockies player, Maybe he got a game winning hit vs the Phillies that I never shoook, Maybe somebody I thought knew nothing about baseball mentioned him favorably - probably a combination of the above.

Regardless the 34 year old outfielder has carved out a nice career. If he stays in baseball for a couple more season he will likely enter the 300 HR and 2000 Hit clubs. The six time All-Star has won a World Series (2011 Cardinals) and participated in 2 other Series. He has 59 postseason games under his belt with a healthy 12 playoff Homers.

Matt Holliday is not a Hall of  Famer, but if he is fortunate enough to play until he is in his 40s, he could become one.  

2011 Topps Home Run Derby
The last couple of years Topps as put the All-Star related cards in Update or TS3 as I sometimes refer to the set. Baseball cards are forgotten by most collectors by the time S3 arrives, they have either had enough or moved on to football or other interests. I have an affection for the last set of the annual flagship. It typically contains an eclectic mix of rookies/long awaited prospects, cup o coffee players, and veterans in odd unis - that is all good fun for me. I never build the set, but do enjoy the few odd packs I pick up.

Each of the eight participants in the 2011 Home Run Derby hosted by the Arizona Diamondbacks is represented by a TS3 card. Robinson Cano (Card #US299) won the competition over Adrian Gonzalez (#US 126). Matt Holliday had 5 Homers in round one but was eliminated via tie-breaker to Prince Fielder and David Ortiz.  

Sources & Links
baseball cardpedia
2014 Playoff Contenders
Arizona Diamondbacks

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2008 World Champions