Collecting Cleveland Indians Since 1982

Collecting Cleveland Indians Topps team sets from 1952-present, as well as post-war minor and major league autographs.

New Arrival: Charlie Blackmon, of, Colorado Rockies

2015 National Treasures
2015 National Treasures

Years ago I saw Charlie Blackmon play in Cleveland…and he was amazing. The entire weekend he seemed to get hits, make big plays, and generally dominate in a way that I had rarely seen a player do live. I was an instant fan.

This season Blackmon forced himself in the NL MVP award conversation. His final numbers are compelling: .331 AVG, 37 HR with a .399 OPB. This was good for an OPS+ of 142 and 6 WAR.

Unfortunately, he is a Rockie, so people will wave off those numbers as inflated by the thin Colorado air.

And…yea…they might be kind of right:

Home or Away
Split G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
Home 78 304 24 60 7 5 39 50 .391 .466 .773 1.239
Away 81 340 13 44 7 5 26 85 .276 .337 .447 .784
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/23/2017.

Still, he is a very good player who the Rockies are lucky to have. And while his numbers might be a little inflated, he is still one of the best OF in the National League.

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ Awards
2011 24 COL NL 27 98 1 8 5 1 3 8 .255 .277 .296 .573 47
2012 25 COL NL 42 113 2 9 1 2 4 17 .283 .325 .407 .732 85
2013 26 COL NL 82 246 6 22 7 0 7 49 .309 .336 .467 .803 106
2014 27 COL NL 154 593 19 72 28 10 31 96 .288 .335 .440 .775 103 AS
2015 28 COL NL 157 614 17 58 43 13 46 112 .287 .347 .450 .797 102
2016 29 COL NL 143 578 29 82 17 9 43 102 .324 .381 .552 .933 130 MVP-26,SS
2017 30 COL NL 159 644 37 104 14 10 65 135 .331 .399 .601 1.000 142 AS
7 Yr 7 Yr 7 Yr 7 Yr 764 2886 111 355 115 45 199 519 .305 .359 .497 .856 115
162 162 162 162 162 612 24 75 24 10 42 110 .305 .359 .497 .856 115
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 10/23/2017.

I have been trying to get a copy of this card all season long and was finally able to score it for under $10. So I am pretty happy.