Monthly Archives: March 2012

A Pair Of Andre Dawson 2010 Panini Relic Cards!!!

A Pair Of Andre Dawson 2010 Panini Relic Cards!!!

Alright, two more cards for my Andre Dawson player collection.  And to get just a little more specific, two more relic-cards for the collection!!

I am not a big fan of the 2010 Panini release, but the cards came to me at a great price, one that I felt that I should not pass up.

So, with that I bring to you the latest additions to my collection.

First, we have the Game-Used Bat card that is serial numbered as  6/100.

And then we have the Game-Used Jersey card which is a little more rare as it is numbered to just 29/50.

Not horrible looking cards, but far from stunners too.

Still, any time that I can add some new cards to my Andre Dawson collection, affordably, I will usually take the plunge.

Thanks for reading.

Fergie Jenkins 2004 Topps Tribute – 1991 GOLD!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2004 Topps Tribute – 1991 GOLD!!!

What’s not to like about this card of Fergie Jenkins, the latest addition to the collection I am building to honor his Hall of Fame career…

It’s a modern card that features an old school image…

It’s got him wearing his Chicago Cubs uniform…

It’s part of the 2004 Topps Tribute set…

It’s a parallel card to the base card – this one happens to be Gold…

It’s serial numbered as 32/91…

There is nothing about this card that I do not like!!!

Enjoy.

Jim Abbott 1992 Fleer

Jim Abbott 1992 Fleer

I’m not sure what it is, but these 1992 Fleer baseball cards always stand out to me.

I’m not entirely sure what catches my eye first – the Aqua-colored border or the vertical player name…

Either way, I like the cards!

And when they feature a sweet image of Mr. Jim Abbott, even better.

Have a look:

Rod Carew 1981 Fleer

Rod Carew 1981 Fleer

Horrible baseball card design – Hell of a ballplayer!!!

My favorite stat from Rod Carew’s 1981 season??

16

In a shortened season, Carew appeared in just 93 baseball games in 1981.  Still, he managed to steal 16 bases.  And for a 35-year old veteran, 16 swipes in a single campaign is very solid output!!

Atta Boy Rod!!!

Bret Saberhagen 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Bret Saberhagen 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Bret Saberhagen celebrated his first All-Star selection during the 1987 baseball season.

And his numbers certainly backed up his selection:

  • 18-10 record
  • 15 complete games
  • 4 shutouts
  • 3.36 ERA
  • 163 strikeouts
  • 1.16 WHIP

Not bad at all!!!

Go Get ‘Em Bret!!!!

Dennis Eckersley ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1978 Topps

Dennis Eckersley ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1978 Topps

Now that my Dennis Eckersley collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #1 – 1978 Topps

This baseball card does not feature the requisite ‘action’ shot that I prefer for most of my high-ranking player collection baseball cards.

But, I do consider this card more of a ‘period piece’.

Simply stated, this card screams 1970′s baseball – all of the elements are featured.

From the butterfly collar to the mustache to the long hair – Dennis Eckersley’s 1978 Topps baseball card is a throwback to the time when disco was king and bell-bottom jeans were the grooviest thing you could wear.

Yeah, Baby!!!

Ernie Banks 2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

Ernie Banks 2007 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts

I really enjoy adding modern cards of Ernie Banks to my collection.  The vintage stuff is great too – just a tad too expensive in most cases…

And this card from the 2007 Upper Deck SP set is a beauty!!!

While very dark in design elements, it is the Red background that saves this card for me.  The Red background that surrounds Banks really makes his image pop.

And all of that Gold filigree really gives this card a sense of royalty.  And Ernie Banks certainly fits into that mold very nicely.

Have a look:

Jim Palmer 2002 Topps Archives

Jim Palmer 2002 Topps Archives

Just adding a little bulk to my Jim Palmer baseball card collection.

I believe that this is now the third card of Palmer that I own that features the 1975 Topps card design.

I like that the card features the Orioles’ team colors in the very popular ’75 Topps border.  And as you know, I also really like ‘batting cage’ cards too.

But this one is just a bit too dark for me.  Based on the shadows in the image, I am guessing that the sun is behind Palmer.  That bodes well for not having squinted eyes in the image, but not so much for being well-lit…

Have a look:

Lee Smith 1986 Fleer

Lee Smith 1986 Fleer

After such a nice release in 1985, Fleer resorted to their old trick in ’86.  The design of their 1986 set may be the worst one of the decade…

Have a look:

At least the color matches that of the Cubs.

But for 20+ other teams that do not incorporate Navy Blue into their color schemes, I have to guess that the dark borders overpower the card (see Orioles, Reds, A’s).

Did You Know…

Billy Williams finished in second place for the MVP award in 1970 and 1972 – both times to Johnny Bench.

In 1970, Williams hit .322 with 42 home runs and 129 RBI.  And in 1972, he hit .333 with 37 home runs and 122 RBI.