Mets baseball card of the day: 2014 Topps Heritage Curtis Granderson

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2014 Topps Heritage card #497 is the first time that outfielder Curtis Granderson appeared on a baseball card as a member of the New York Mets.

If I’d gotten it in March or April, I’d have found it a little bit more exciting than I do now… but it is one less card I have to find for my 2014 Topps Heritage Mets team set. I certainly got a good deal – I won the card for 510 credits on Listia, which almost amounts to getting it for free.

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New Autograph Acquisitions: 2014 American League Champions (and others)

On Monday, I mentioned winning a World Series contest run by Zach of Autographed Cards. Here are my prizes.

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At the age of 24, Kansas City Royals first baseman Eric Hosmer already has two Gold Glove awards.

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Ray Sadecki, 1940-2014

Ray Sadecki's 1971 Topps baseball card

Ray Sadecki’s 1971 Topps baseball card

Former New York Mets pitcher Ray Sadecki died Monday in Mesa, Ariz., from complications of blood cancer, according to his obituary in the Kansas City Star. He was 73.

Sadecki was part of the 1973 National League champion Mets team that lost to the Oakland Athletics in the World Series. He had a 30-25 record and a 3.36 ERA in 165 games for the Mets from 1970-74 and in 1977.

New Autograph Acquisitions: A Hall of Famer and four Brooklyn Dodgers

I added 14 new autographed baseball cards to my collection last week, the majority coming as my prize for winning a World Series contest run by Zach of Autographed Cards. And I’ll show those off on Wednesday. Today, I want to take a look at the ones I got through the mail by writing to former players.

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Former Boston Red Sox second baseman Bobby Doerr is the oldest living member of the baseball Hall of Fame. He was a 9-time All-Star during a 14-year major league career. (He missed the final month of the 1944 season and all of 1945 while serving in the U.S. Army during World War II.)

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2013 Topps Heritage High Numbers Mets baseball cards

The 2014 Topps Heritage High Numbers set is expected to show up next week (though the final checklist remains a company secret, apparently.)  But that’s ok… see, I just recently picked up the two Mets cards from last year’s Topps Heritage High Numbers set.

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John Buck was already a former Met by the time this card came out last year. Buck got off to a hot start to the season and then was traded to the Pittsburgh Pirates along with Marlon Byrd to obtain Vic Black and Dilson Herrera on August 27th, 2013. You couldn’t ask for much more from a player who was essentially a throw-in in the R.A. Dickey trade. Buck played in a handful of games for the Mariners and Angels this year, but also spent time in the minor leagues.

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Zack Wheeler‘s rookie card was the more in-demand of the pair of Mets in this set. Wheeler has the stuff to be a frontline starter in the major leagues, but he’s still trying to put it all together. He went 11-11 with a 3.54 ERA in his first full big league season, and he improved on his strikeouts per nine innings, walks per nine innings and home runs per nine innings numbers from his rookie year. Wheeler’s combination of major league success and potential (he’s just going to turn 25 next season) have made him the subject of trade rumors, but I find it hard to believe that the Mets will let him go now.

Topps Heritage fans – do you get the High Number update series, or do you count your set complete with the pack-released cards?