Monthly Archives: February 2012

Special Delivery From Ferguson Jenkins!!!!

Special Delivery From Ferguson Jenkins!!!!

Last month I sent a special shipment to Hall of Famer Fergie Jenkins in hopes of adding a few more autographs to my collection.

Well my friends, that ‘special’ box is now back with me and I am happy to unveil the treats that were inside to all of you.

The box contained two items.

Here is a shot of the first one:

A Rawlings official Hall of Fame logo baseball – now beautifully signed in Blue ink with the requested ‘HOF 91′ inscription.  And while I am not a huge fan of the side-paneled signed baseball, for these special edition baseball, I gladly change that opinion.  This ball looks great!!!

If you recall my original post announcing that I was sending something to Fergie, you probably also recall the size and shape of the box.  If not, here is a quick teaser

And now that you probably have a better idea of what was inside, here is the second item that I sent Fergie’s way:

Yep, a full-size Rawlings Big Stick baseball bat, perfectly signed in Blue.  And just for good measure, another great ‘HOF 91′ inscription too!!!

Here is a close-up:

This is the second baseball bat that I have in my collection (not surprising that Dawson was the first, huh?) and while I have no real intention of stocking up on lumber, I am really happy that I went this way.

This bat and special edition baseball are great additions to my collection, and I am thrilled to have both of them home with me.

Special thanks to Fergie Jenkins for signing these items for me.  And special thanks to Craig for helping me get these done!!!

:)

From A Lot Of 1,200 Andre Dawson Cards, I Found 4 New Ones For The Collection!!!

From A Lot Of 1,200 Andre Dawson Cards, I Found 4 New Ones For The Collection!!!

So, you may recall that a few weeks ago I purchased a few lots of Andre Dawson baseball cards that totaled up to 1,200.  If not, you can click here to read that story.

Anyway, after all of the sorting, and organizing, and penny-sleeve filling, I was finally able to go to my master checklist and start the process of identifying new cards for the collection.

I have a pretty good memory for stuff like this and I knew that the number of new additions to the collection would be minimal, my assumption was 6-8.

I was not far off – the 1,200 cards turned into four new ones for my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection.

And here they are:

1988 Sportflics

1990 Sportflics

1994 Sportflics

1996 Leaf Limited

Four more beauties added to my list.  Four more steps closer to 1,000!!!

YIPPEE!!!!

Lee Smith 1984 Fleer

Lee Smith 1984 Fleer

I’ve stated before that the 1984 Fleer baseball card design was one of the most dull issues from the 1980’s.   But for players of the Chicago Cubs, the cards worked very well…

The latest evidence of that is my newest acquisition, Lee Smith:

It looks like the photographer stopped Smith either on his way into or out of the locker room with this picture.

Still, the Blue of Fleer’s design is a perfect compliment to the Cubs’ team colors -and the team logo.

Robin Roberts 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Robin Roberts 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

I recently scooped up this card of Hall of Famer Robin Roberts:

And while I know very little about his professional career, what drew me to this card was the great photo.

Obviously, Roberts is being told how to pose for the photographer – this was pretty common of cards from the 1950s and 1960s; especially pitchers.

What really caught my eye was the background…  Not only do the seated fans seem to have little to no interest in the photo shoot happening right before their eyes, but look at how close to the field they are!!!

Great Stuff!!!

My Wade Boggs Player Collection Is Complete!!!!

My Wade Boggs Player Collection Is Complete!!!!

Friends, I am here to proudly announce that my Wade Boggs collection of baseball cards is complete.

When building this checklist, I was a bit overwhelmed by the volume of cards needed – and I was only going after Boggs’ cards from his playing days with the Red Sox.

Because Boggs was so dominant, he was included in a lot of sets, multiple times too.  And I think, now that the set is finished, that I have done a great job in honoring his time as a member of the Boston Red Sox.

Here is a look at the completed set:

And as always, next week I will show you my favorite five cards from the group in my daily ‘Fab Five’.  Please stay tuned for that!!

Also, if you think that I am done collecting Wade Boggs, think again.  Now that this set is complete, I will have more time to find some modern stuff of his – and I am guessing that there is a ton out there!!!

See you next Monday with my Wade Boggs ‘Fab Five’!!!  :)

Jack Morris 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Jack Morris 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Jack Morris had a fantastic baseball career.  And with all of the hype that surrounded the young guns that debuted during the decade of the 1980’s, it was Morris that captured the most victories in the decade.

And his 1984 season was fantastic – I am very happy that Topps honored that season with his card from their 2004 All-Time Fan Favorites set!!

The numbers from 1984 – 19-11, 9 complete games, 1 shutout, 3.60 ERA in 240 innings pitched, 148 strikeouts, and a K:walk ratio of 3.3:1.  Morris was an All-Star in 1984 and helped lead the Detroit Tigers to the World Series championship!!!

Reggie Jackson 2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

Reggie Jackson 2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

I have a handful of baseball cards from this set – and they are all DARK!!!

Have a look:

I have to wonder if this card would look better if Upper Deck used a picture of Reggie is a White uniform, versus the darker Grey…

Hmmmm….

Jim Abbott 1990 Topps – All-Star Rookie

Jim Abbott 1990 Topps – All-Star Rookie

Gotta love the Topps All-Star Rookie trophy!!  And from the looks of it, the trophy in 1990 was ‘Super-Sized’!!!!

Abbott had an impressive rookie season, one that landed him on this prestigous squad. 

Of note was his 4 complete games and 5.7 strikeouts per nine innings – not bad for a rookie!!!

Did You Know…

No player has led the National League in home runs for three straight seasons since Mike Schmidt did it from 1974-1976.

Not McGwire, or Sosa, or Pujols, or Bonds, or Howard…

Does Anyone Know Why George Foster Had Two Cards In The 1981 Fleer Set? Both Are #216…

Does Anyone Know Why George Foster Had Two Cards In The 1981 Fleer Set?  Both Are #216…

While composing my checklists for the new player collections that I am going after, I noticed something odd when creating the checklist for 1977 NL MVP George Foster.

It appears that in Fleer’s 1981 set, the company issued two cards of Foster.  Both are numbered as 216, and I have seen them listed since on Ebay and other sites as ‘A’ and ‘B’ versions.

But what is the story behind the cards?  I know that some of the knowledgable readers of this blog know the answer – Please share it with me!!!

And since I have secured both versions of these cards for my collection, I thought I would share the ‘A’ and ‘B’ with you…

A

B

Thanks for reading.  NOW HELP ME UNDERSTAND!!!