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Tuesday, November 17, 2020

Fab Five Freddie

If you're looking for a post on the Yo! MTV Raps host... then you're out of luck.  This is about the other Freddie.  The 2020 NL MVP.

I've sort been a closet fan of his for a few years now and I was pretty excited when I heard the news.  He's always had a reputation of being a hard worker and he's consistently a solid player year in and year out.  But this year he was on another level.  This was a pleasant surprise considering he was was dealing with COVID-19 in early July and at one point was praying for his life.

Four months later, he helped the Atlanta Braves make the playoffs and was one game away from playing in the World Series.

Today I figured I'd show off my five favorite Freddies...

2013 Five Star Autographs #FSBA-FF

This is one of my favorite autograph sets produced during the past decade.  I love that Topps used a light beige, marbled background which allows the blue Sharpie to pop off of the card.  Unfortunately the ink on my copy hasn't stood the test of time as well as I had hoped.

2018 Museum Collection Meaningful Material Patch Relic #MMR-FFR

I have a few memorabilia cards of Freddie... but this one is the coolest looking.  It's a shame that Topps doesn't take the extra step in guaranteeing collectors that these swatches were actually used by the player pictured on the front of the card in a MLB game.  If they did... maybe collectors would actually get excited about pulling something this cool from a pack again.

2011 Topps #145

This card isn't in the best condition, but it's one of his official rookie cards and it features a decent photo.  I probably should have picked up a graded copy of this card a couple of years ago when they were more affordable.

Oh well.  I did manage to pick up both of these 1st Bowmans for a fraction of what they're selling for today:

2007 Bowman Draft Picks & Prospects #BDPP12
2007 Bowman Chrome Draft Picks & Prospects BDPP12

Here are two more Freddies that I considered putting into my Top 5:

2018 Museum Collection Archival Autographs #AA-FF
2018 Heritage Clubhouse Collection Relics #CCR-FF

And just in case you were hoping to see the other Freddy, here you go:

1991 Pro Set MusiCards Yo! MTV Raps #33
1991 Pro Set MusiCards Yo! MTV Raps #121

And a few other Freds I had laying around...

2013 Topps Archives Fan Favorites Autographs #FFA-FL

2013 Panini Golden Age Historic Signatures #FB

2010 Panini Century Collection Souvenir Stamps Materials #16

1999 Playoff Momentum SSD Stargazing #SG 7

2011 Certified Fabric of the Game #45

Well there you have it.  Seven different Freds... including an astronaut, a hall of famer, an actor, a 7x 1,000 yard rusher, and two MVP Award winners.

What about you...

Do you have a favorite Freddie?

I'm pretty sure I have a Fred Flintstone card laying around somewhere... and I know that Freddie Mercury has a card in the 1991 Pro Set Super Star MusiCards UK set... but I don't own a copy.  Mister Rogers also has some cards, but sadly... I don't think I have any of those either.

Happy Tuesday and sayonara!


  1. I’ve liked Fred McGriff. Hope he gets some Hall consideration the next time his group is up for voting.

  2. How about Freddie Fabulous from Fremont? He battled with Charlie Brown and Snoopy in a decathlon. I don't know if he has any cards.

  3. Good call on Fred McGriff by Jeremy there. My soccer team had a manager called Fred Davies, and I have a Panini sticker of him.

  4. That Fred Lynn auto is sharp! And I like that you faked us out and included Fab Five Freddy anyhow.

    Freddie Mercury is my favorite Fred, though I'm probably forgetting a pro sports star or two.

  5. Isn’t that a sweet Lynn card? Nice redo of the quarter panel 75.

  6. I have that same Fred Gregory card in my collection....mine is numbered #18/100. Nice looking stack of Freds you have there.

  7. Was so happy for Freddie. Great year for him and the Bravos. My favorite card there is the 5-Star auto. Great Fred Lynn card as well. Fun post.

  8. jeremya1um - wow. epic fail on my part. not sure how i completely forgot about mcgriff

    runforekelloggs - lol. completely whiffed on freddie fabulous too.

    jongudmund - hmmm. another freddie i wasn't familiar with

    jeff b - i'd love to add his autograph to my collection one day

    chris - i missed a few already. my biggest regret is mcgriff. as for mercury... i'm hoping to one day own that pro set card of him

    steve at 1975baseballcards.com - i forgot that his rookie card was in the 1975 set

    sumomenkoman - we sure do love our astronaut cards. wish they made more

    matt - i remember owning a flintstone nfl set. gotta go dig it out

    bulldog - yeah. such a great turnaround over a 4 month period

  9. I love all the relic Freeman cards but there's nothing like that clean, crisp 2011 rc, tho😉

  10. Krueger?

    Those are nice Freddie Freeman cards

  11. big tone - sadly... it's not that clean. one of the corners has a ding. but i can live with that

    collecting cutch - krueger is a good call. still need to get an autograph of him one day.