Monthly Archives: November 2008

Dave Winfield 1989 Topps

Dave Winfield 1989 Topps

The 1989 Topps design has quickly become one of my favorites from the 1980’s.  I like the style, I like the incorporation of the team’s colors, and I like the photography.  Well, most of the time I like the photos that they used.  This base card does nothing for me…  Who wants to see ‘Big Dave Winfield’ sitting on the bench?   Come on, show him making a pay in the outfield or hitting a ball over the fence or running the base paths.  Don’t show me a Hall Of Fame player riding the pine…  give me a break!!!

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Happy Birthday Bo Jackson!!!

“Bo knows Birthdays”

46 of them to be exact.  That’s right, the great Bo Jackson turns 46 years old today.

Arguably the most exciting player in the major leagues over the last 30 years, Bo Jackson brought an enthusiasm to the game that baseball’s biggest stars couldn’t compare to.  Bo was not the best hitter, best fielder, or best base runner, but he was incredible to watch. 

For Bo’s birthday, I would love to give him a career that was injury free and strictly focused on baseball.  I in no way want to take away any of the ‘2-Sport’ phenomenon that Bo caused by playing baseball and football, I just want to see how good he could have become if he focused on just 1 sport.  He may not rank amongst the best of all-time, but his highlight reel would be worthy of that ranking!!!

Happy Birthday Bo!!!

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1989 Donruss Andre Dawson

1989 Donruss Andre Dawson

Even while taking practice swings with a donut on his bat Dawson looks fierce!!!  I could not imagine being a pitcher as ‘The Hawk’ stares you down during a 1-on-1 duel!!!

Happy Birthday Mariano Rivera

Happy Birthday ‘Mo’!!!

Mariano Rivera turns 39 years old today.  Arguably the greatest closer in major league baseball history, Rivera’s career is a picture of greatness. 

After 14 years in the majors, Rivera has amassed 482 saves ranking him second all-time.  In just 14 years in the big leagues Rivera has finished in the top 5 for the Cy Young award 5 times while being voted onto 9 All-star teams.

With 4 World Series championship rings in his pocket, what can you possibly give Mariano Rivera that he doesn’t already have???  A ring for his thumb of course…  So I give ‘Mo’ one more shot in the World Series.  Maybe we’ll see the Yankees again in the fall classic in 2009….

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Black Friday Sale for the Baseball Card Collector!!!

Check this out…  I received an email from www.checkoutmycards.com providing me with a $3 flat fee for shipping on any orders placed on Black Friday – November 28.

If you have never checked out this site, today is as good a time as any since the reduced shipping fee is only effective today.

Follow this link to get your $3 shipping. 

http://blog.checkoutmycards.com/2008/11/26/black-friday-special-3-flat-shipping/

Happy Shopping!!

Happy Birthday Dave Righetti!!!

Happy Birthday ‘Rags’!!!

Today, Dave Righetti turns 51 years old.  This former Rookie of the Year award winner was one of baseball’s most dominant relievers in the 1980’s.  Righetti is one of the very few pitchers that was converted to a closer after spending the first 3 full seasons as a starter for the New York Yankees.  It seems to have paid off as ‘Rags’ finished hi career with 252 career saves.

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Happy Thanksgiving From ’30-Year Old Cardboard’

Just 1 post today… 

Enjoy whatever you may have planned for the day.  Thanksgiving means different things to different people.  For me, it’s a nice afternoon with my family and some extra time to hang out with my wife and play with my 2 sons during a time that I would normally be at work and them at day care.  And maybe I’ll get to sneak in a little football too…

Have a great day!!!!  Happy Thanksgiving!!!

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3 More Modern Billy Williams Cards Added To The Collection!!

3 More Modern Billy Williams Cards Added To The Collection!!

Here are cards 4,5, and 6 from my purchase of 9 modern-day Billy Williams cards.  I don’t even care that seem to repeat the photography on these for several different card versions.  I am trying to decide if I like the color photos better than the black and white images and I guess it all depends on how it works with the card’s modern design.

Of the 2 below, the B&W version appeals more to me.  The greys used on the border and in the background of the photo really make this card stand out!!  Billy’s image appears to be leaping off of the card. 

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What Ever Happened To Bret Saberhagen???

Bret Saberhagen took the baseball world by storm in 1985.  In just his second year as a major league pitcher, Saberhagen compiled a 20-6 record with 10 complete games, 158 strikeouts, and a 2.87 ERA.  These numbers earned Bret his first Cy Young Award.  In addition to that, he also led the Kansas City Royals to the World Series in which he won 2 games for them including a shutout in game 7 to clinch the title.  Saberhagen was awarded the World Series MVP that year for his outstanding performance in the fall classic.

Just 4 years later, Saberhagen was at it again and quickly solidified his status as one of the game’s best pitchers.  Bret won the Cy Young Award again in 1989 while finishing the season with a 23-6 record.  He also averaged a career low ERA of just 2.16 for the season.

Amazingly enough in his 2 best years, each of which ended as the Cy Young Award winner, Saberhagen was not voted to the All-Star team in either of these years.  After his first 6 seasons, he compiled a 92-61 record but only made 1 trip to the All-Star game.  It’s very surprising that with such dominant performances and some incredible World Series moments, that Bret Saberhagen’s star was not the brightest of them all.  Granted, he played in Kansas City, but his skills and stats should have elevated his status to one of baseball’s best during the 1980’s.

Bret Saberhagen ended his 16-year career with a 167-117 record.  Who knows how many more wins he would have compiled if he had played on better teams during his playing days.  Although his annual stats cannot compare to other breakthrough stars from the 1980’s like Roger Clemens and Dwight Gooden, Bret’s best years can.  And then you add the fact that he carried the Royals to the World Series Championship in 1985 and you’ve got a great legend to share….

Today, Bret runs the Bret Saberhagen Make A Difference Foundation.  You can click this link to check out the great charity work that he is involved with.

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Dave Winfield 1989 Upper Deck

Dave Winfield 1989 Upper Deck

Here is another one of the cards I bought from www.checkoutmycards.com.

With their inaugural set in 1989, Upper Deck blew the baseball card collectors out of the water with their beautiful photos and unique designs.

I guess that is why I am so disappointed with the Dave Winfield card from that set.  This picture is nothing short of terrible.  I am not sure how card companies obtain images for use on their products, but for UD to use this image of Winfield doesn’t say a lot for whoever makes their selections…

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