Monthly Archives: February 2009

19 More Autograph TTM Requests Are In The Mail!!

19 more envelopes are in the mail stream.  I’ve got these going out to Spring Training ballparks, television studios, homes, and Major League Ballparks too.

This group is an eleclectic bunch, hopefully some fresh autographs will be headed back my way shortly!!!

The guys : Jamie Moyer, Steve Trout, Matt Treanor(correct team this time), Bill Lee, BJ Surhoff, Steve Lyons, Todd Hundley, Vance Law, Paul Molitor, Tom Herr, Jeff Reardon, Dave Dravecky, Darren Daulton, Mike Bielecki, Jody Davis, Dan Plesac, Paul Assenmacher, Larry Bowa, and Mitch Williams. 

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Before There Was ‘Manny Being Manny’…

…there was ‘Lenny Being Lenny’.

In all seriousness, I enjoy the guys that throw a little personality into the game.  Lenny Dykstra certainly did that, and this entertaining clip proves it.  From his hat that’s turned backwards to his bulging, steroid-filled biceps, Dykstra has a rare personality and from my perspective it’s fun to watch.

Enjoy!! 

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #32

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #32

Will Clark – 1986 Fleer

Will ‘The Thrill’ Clark had one of the prettiest swings in baseball to debut during the 1980’s.  And he could connect too…

With a career batting average of .303 and with 2,176 hits to his credit, Clark was a premier hitter in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s.  In 15 seasons in the major leagues, Clark hit .300 or better 10 times.  Clark’s offensive game was very well-rounded.  He scored 1,186 runs and drove in 1,205.  Couple that with his 284 career home runs and you have one of the most explosive hitters in the game. 

Never known for his defensive game, and playing in an era with Mark Grace and JT Snow, Clark did manage to win 1 Gold Glove Award in 1991.  He was also a 2-time SilverSlugger winner and 6-time All-star.  From 1987-1991, Clark finished in the Top 5 for the MVP award 4 times.

Clark’s lone appearance in the World Series came in 1989 when his team lost in 4 straight games to the Oakland A’s.  But in the series prior against the Chicago Cubs, Clark shined brighter than any other star.  In the 5-game series, Will batted an incredible .650 as he went 13 for 20 while crushing 2 home runs, scoring 8 runs and driving in 8 as well.  This series put Will Clark on the map in front of a national audience and he delivered a performance that is still talked about today.

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How Do My Balls Look To You???

Jeez, did that headline catch your attention??? 

Along with the great autographed cards I have been adding to my collection, I am also stocking up on some great-looking signed baseballs…

I thought I would showcase these for you now.  Of the 7 signed balls, 2 of them were mine prior to starting this blog.  The remaining 5 have been picked up over the course of the last 3 months.

Here they are:

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And now a quick summary about these baseballs – From Top to Bottom, Left to Right:  TOP ROW – Andre Dawson with ’87 NL MVP inscription.  SECOND ROW – Tony Perez, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins with HOF ’91 inscription.  BOTTOM ROW – Mark Grace, Jim Abbott with No Hitter inscription, Cameron Maybin.

Not too bad for just a few short months of collecting, huh??

That Guy #5

This ‘That Guy’ story focuses on a player that I overheard a conversation about when I was a kid.  I was at a baseball card show and overheard 2 dealers talking pretty vividly about Tom Brunansky.  1 dealer was convinced that ‘Bruno’ was a lock to hit 500 home runs and join the Hall of Fame, and the other guy just didn’t see it that way.

Although I have no recollection of what these guys looked like, their vocabulary is what caught my attention and is probably the biggest reason as to why I remember much of the dialogue.

It went a little something like this.  Try to picture this as a conversation between Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci.

Dealer #1 – You know, I’ve been stocking up on cards of Bruno.  I mean, dis guy is smackin’ homers left and right.  If he keeps this up, he’s a future fawkin’ hall of fama.

Dealer #2 – Bruno ain’t makin’ it to da hall.  No way!

Dealer #1 – What the fawk you talkin’ ’bout, ‘dis guy is hittin’ 30 plus a year.  If he gets 500, he’s in.

Dealer #2 – He ain’t neva comin’ close to 500.  No way!

Dealer #1 – He just might.  So I’ve been gettin’ all kinds of his fawkin’ cads.  Rookies, 2nd yeez, 3rd yeez, pretty cheap too.  If he stays on dis pace I would make a killin’ on deez cads.

Dealer #2 – What do you not get?  Bruno ain’t sniffin’ 500.  No way, no how!!!

Let me tell you, this conversation stuck with me for quite some time.  I may not have the wording exactly right, but you get the gist of the conversation.  So, what did I do?  I bought a few Tom Brunansky rookies over the course of the next few months and viola – Bruno has 271 career home runs.  At the time of this conversation, I was around the age of 12.  And you know what, if Bruno did continue on his pace from the few seasons prior to that one 500 could have been a possibility. 

So, now I open it up to you.  Do you have a ‘That Guy’ story that falls into the category of someone you overheard a conversation about and it sparked your interest enough to drop a few dollars in that player’s direction?  If so, please share your ‘That Guy’ with us…

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #33

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #33

Cecil Fielder – 1986 Donruss

Just a legitimate chance was all that Cecil Fielder needed.  When he got that chance he blew up – literally!!!  After 3 frustrating seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, ‘Big Daddy’ left the big leagues and headed to Japan for a year.  He quickly developed a strong following as he blasted ball after ball into the outfield stands.

Fielder was soon back in the states, and he was offered a large contract to play for the Detroit Tigers.  Cecil continued his amazing pace and began to win over fans in the states.  In the 7 seasons that followed, ‘Big Daddy’ crushed 51, 44, 35, 30, 28, 31, and 39 HR’s respectively!  Along with those incredible numbers, Cecil earned 3 Top 10 finishes for the MVP Award.  With his improved batting skills, Cecil was one of the most popular players in the game.

During the tail end of his career, Cecil joined the New York Yankees and won a World Series title with them in 1996.  In a starring role, Fielder hit .391 while collecting 9 hits, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI. 

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Dave Henderson Autograph TTM Success!!!

Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson returned these 4 cards to me, each containing a beautiful autograph.  It took 33 days, but it was certainly worth the wait as ‘Hendu’ has a great looking autograph!!

I became a fan of Henderson’s like many others that fell for the ‘Bash Brothers’ in Oakland.  The A’s lineup was incredible, and Henderson was a large reason for their success although most of the credit was shifted to the bigger-name attractions on the team.  Still, in 1998 when Oakland was the best team in baseball(until the World Series), Henderson had the best statistical season of his career as he went .304/24/94 while also scoring 100 runs.

Thanks ‘Hendu’.  These cards make a wonderful addition to my growing autograph collection!! 

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