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Frank Robinson hit 586 home runs in his career, won the 1966 Triple Crown and led the Orioles to World Championships in 1966 and 1970. Willie Mays hit 660 home runs, won a title with the Giants in 1954 and finished his career with 3,283 hits. Both men were two-time MVPs and first-ballot baseball Hall of Famers.

In a world still without a Ryan Flaherty card, I may be a little grumpy about overexposure of certain players (especially comparing Chris’ 2014 with two separate Hall of Famers), but these cards certainly put Chris in elite company. Not bad, Davis, not bad at all.

(Trivia! Mays peaked at 52 home runs in 1965, Robinson at 49 in 1966. Both led the majors in home runs, just as Chris did with his 53 in 2013).

(Pictured: 2014 Topps Heritage Then & Now)

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Tonight the Orioles seek two in a row against the Angels as Miguel Gonzalez returns to Anaheim for the first time since winning his major league debut as a starter. In that game on July 6 of last season he allowed only one run on three hits across seven innings in the Birds’ 3-2 win. MiGo struck out Mike Trout twice and Albert Pujols was 0-3 against the 28-year-old, who would finish the season with a 9-4 record.

Last night, Anaheim native Chris Tillman threw eight scoreless innings; with MiGo calling the San Fernando Valley home, Orioles fans can hope the local boys’ luck continues. 

The last of the 2012 Orioles to appear on a Major League Baseball card, Miguel finally joins my collection through his 2013 Topps Heritage card, which he signed through the mail. He has a great signature - I especially dig his “G.” I sent him two, as I was tearing packs the day the set went live, and told him to feel free to keep one in case he didn’t have one yet. That situation has definitely changed over the last month, as Orioles collectors can now pick up MiGo in the 2013 Topps Orioles Team set, as well as the tobacco-card inspired Topps Gypsy Queen set, which features MiGo on a base card as well as several miniature parallels.

2012 ORIOLES PROGRESS: 18 OF 53
2012 PLAYOFF ROSTER: 14 OF 28