Monthly Archives: June 2010

Tony Gwynn 2009 SP Legendary Cuts Game-Used Jersey Card

Tony Gwynn 2009 SP Legendary Cuts Game-Used Jersey Card

Another Hall 0f Fame relic card for the collection – SWEET!!!

And who wouldn’t want to add a game-used relic card of one of the game’s greatest hitters to their collection?  I know I would, so I did…

Serial numbered 71/75, this card comes from the 2009 SP Legendary Cuts set.  The image of Gwynn is an older shot – I just wish that the relic featured the old Pardes’ colors too.

Still, it’s a pretty awesome looking baseball card!!

Bob Gibson 1973 Topps

Bob Gibson 1973 Topps

Hey, check it out.  Another vintage beauty for my growing collection – YES!!!

And while the card lacks quite a bit of personality and flare, the same cannot be said for Gibson’s 1973 season.

The numbers – 25 starts, 12-10 record, 13 complete games, 1 shutout, 2.77 ERA, 142 strikeouts, 57 walks, 60 runs surrendered.

Not too shabby for a 37-year old, 15-year veteran!!!

Great sideburns too!!!

Dale Murphy 1983 Fleer

Dale Murphy 1983 Fleer

Oh man. 

Can it get any worse????

YUCK!!!

Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

Happy Anniversary Eddie Murray!!!

On this day in 1995 Eddie Murray collected the 3,000th hit of his amazing baseball career!!!

In his 19th big league season while playing DH for the Cleveland Indians, Murray joined baseball’s elite group of hitters.

In the 6th inning, he smacked a single off of Mike Trombley of the Minnesota Twins and that moment became history!!!

Murray ended his baseball career with 3,225 hits which currently ranks him in 12th place in baseball history.

Congratulations Mr. Murray!!! 

Andre Dawson, Frank Robinson, & Gary Sheffield: 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads – “Generations”

Andre Dawson, Frank Robinson, & Gary Sheffield: 2005 Donruss Throwback Threads – “Generations”

Now this card here is a beauty!!!

Brimming with bold color, this card immediately draws your eye with its vivid design and use of great baseball-themed colors.

As you all know, I am an Andre Dawson guy.  And of the guys that were baseball heroes from the generation prior, Frank Robinson is one of the best of the bunch.  And as for Gary Sheffield rounding out this amazing trio, he is a soon-to-be Hall of Famer that was part of my 1997 Marlins team.

3 incredible players, 1 great card.  This one is an instant classic in my eyes!!!

Paul Molitor 1983 Topps

Paul Molitor 1983 Topps

My favorite set issued during the 1980′s is a bit disappointing with this issue of Paul Molitor…

While the design doesn’t fail, the main image was a poor, poor choice.  The color scheme is perfect.  The image used in the cameo of Molitor is good.

Thankfully, the classic design of the 1983 set saves the card and it gets a passing grade from me: C-

1990 Headline: Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

1990 Headline:  Two No-Hitters In One Day!!!

I can recall this day like it was yesterday… 

On this day in 1990, both Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics and Fernando Valenzuela of the Los Angeles Dodgers threw no-hitters.

I remember checking the box scores the day after these two no-hitters and thought how cool it was to see two on the same page of the paper…

Let’s look a little closer at these two ‘No-No’s’:

Dave Stewart – On the road and in front of a crowd of just under 50,000, the A’s were in Toronto to battle the Blue Jays.  Stewart pitched a gem while striking out 12 batters ang giving up just 3 walks.  He threw 115 pitches during the game it took just 147 minutes for his A’s team to beat the Blue Jays 5-0.

Fernando Valenzuela - At home and facing the Cardinals, Valenzuela was awesome as he and his Dodgers teammates beat St. Louis 6-0 in 161 minutes.  Valenzuela was brilliant – allowing just 3 base runners while striking out 7 batters.  For the game, he threw 119 pitches.  He also went 1-for-4 at the plate.

2 great pitchers.  1 amazing accomplishment.  Baseball history!!!

Today Is ‘Billy Williams Day’!!!!

On June 29, 1969, the Chicago Cubs held ‘Billy Williams Day’ at Wrigley Field. 

While an event of this caliber is usually reserved for a player in his final year or final home stand as a member of the home team, I guess that the Cubs organization thought so much of Mr. Williams that they chose this day to honor him.

So, 41 years later I will carry on this tradition.  Today, I will celebrate the main player that brought me back to the hobby of collecting baseball cards – ‘Sweet Swinging Billy Williams’!! 

The below pin was handed out to all in attendance at Wrigley back on June 29, 1969. 

You’re Not Going To Believe What I Won!!!

You’re Not Going To Believe What I Won!!!

I listen to sports radio pretty much throughout the day.  If I am in the car or at work(with my IPhone), the radio is on.  And while South Florida has 3 or 4 options for sports radio entertainment, my choice is 790 – The Ticket.

The channel is full of fun hosts, and while they take sports seriously, they don’t overwhelm the airwaves with sports content every second of the day.  Instead they take a more light-hearted approach and add in pop culture, world news, and comedy to help the day flow.

Anyways, last week I got an email from the stations producer telling me that I had won a contest.  A few weeks prior I signed up for their email newsletter giving me access to contests and well as keeping me updated on their interview schedule.  Well, my email address was pulled and I won!!!

I made arrangements to pick up my prize. 

And here it is:

A Bose Portable Sounddock system. 

This thing is very sweet and appears to be a very top-of-the-line product!!  And while I love music, I don’t have and have never felt the need to own an IPod or MP3 player.  In fact, I have now had my IPhone for close to two months and I have yet to load a single song onto it.

So while I am thrilled to have won this incredible gift, I am leaning towards not keeping it for myself.  My wife had first dibs and she passed.  And with that out of the way, I think I am going to Ebay with it!!!

I’ll keep you updated.  I am thinking that it would be kind of fun to see what I can turn this Bose system into….  Maybe some baseball-related memorabilia or cards…  We’ll see….

Stay tuned.

My 1981 Topps Record Breakers Set Is Complete!!!

My 1981 Topps Record Breakers Set Is Complete!!!

I have to admit that of all of the subsets that I have assembled myself in the last year, this one was by far the easiest to complete. 

When I decided to go after this one, I found one seller on www.sportlots.com that had all of the pieces I needed to get the job done.  So, after quickly throwing them into my cart, I soon had the set complete without breaking a sweat.

And what a set it is!!!

From Ozzie Smith to Pete Rose to Mike Schmidt to Johnny Bench to Steve Carlton.  The list goes on and on. 

But the set stops here – COMPLETE!!!