Category Archives: Autographs

Andre Dawson Signed Ball #16 – Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Ball. Come See!!

Andre Dawson Signed Ball #16 – Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Ball.  Come See!!

I don’t recall how or when I picked it up, but I had a $50 Amazon gift card in my ‘stack’ of gift cards with active balances on them.

While shopping on Amazon a few weeks ago while looking for the new Rawlings Wrigley Field commemorative baseballs, I found a similarly themed Fenway Park ball.

So, I bought two of them.  One for Fergie Jenkins.  And one for Andre Dawson.

And after waiting for just a few weeks, the ball that I sent to Mr. Dawson has been returned to me.  And it is signed beautifully!

Have a look:

DAWSON FENWAY BALL

 

I asked Andre to add the ‘#10′ inscription to the ball as this is the jersey number he wore while with the club during the 1993 and 1994 baseball seasons.  I think it looks great!

And when I eventually get that Wrigley Field ball signed, these two special edition balls will look great together.

Enjoy.  And ‘Thanks for Reading’!!!

A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer, Fergie Jenkins!!!!

A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer,  Fergie Jenkins!!!!

On the way in to work this morning, I made a quick stop at my local USPS building so I could drop a very special package in the mail.

One of my collecting goals for 2014 is to add some bulk to my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.  So, I am taking a few steps towards making that happen.

This very special package is headed to Mr. Jenkins this morning!!!

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As soon as it is returned back to me, I will unveil the goodies inside!!

Andre Dawson 2010 Panini Century ‘Postcards’ Certified Autograph & 2-Color Jersey Relic

Andre Dawson 2010 Panini Century ‘Postcards’ Certified Autograph & 2-Color Jersey Relic

I have never been a fan of this set, but when the card features your favorite player, you tend to bend the rules a bit.

And this time around, I am happy that I did just that.

Not only does this card feature a 2-tone swatch of game-used jersey worn by Andre Dawson, but it is perfectly completed with his gorgeous signature.

Have a look:

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The card is serial numbered to just 50 copies.  Mine is #24/50.

I’m happy to have this one in my collection now.   And I am just as happy to be able to move on to the next – I’ll try for a better looking card the next time around…

Andre Dawson Autographed 1995 Donruss Baseball Card – SWEET!!!

Andre Dawson Autographed 1995 Donruss Baseball Card – SWEET!!!

That’s right – another sweet signed baseball card for my Andre Dawson player collection.

This card comes from the 1995 Donruss set, when Dawson was playing for the Boston Red Sox.

Have a look:

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What I have found with many of my signed Dawson cards that features him in a Red Sox uniform is that the signature does not pop off of the card like they do from when Andre was playing for Montreal or Chicago or even Florida.  It probably has to do with the cards being darker since the Red Sox cards always have Navy Blue as a primary color.

Luckily, this one looks great.  And the Blue Sharpie signature truly stands out!!

Another great addition to ‘Ultimate Dawson’.

Take A Guess At What I Am Going To Do With These Two Baseballs…

Take A Guess At What I Am Going To Do With These Two Baseballs…

After publishing my most recent ‘My Balls‘ post I got to thinking about how I would like to add a few more specialty signed baseballs to my collection.

I have a few Hall of Fame balls, a Gold Glove ball, a Cy Young ball, and a few Black Rawlings balls in my collection.  I even have a special Montreal Expos / Puerto Rico ball in my collection.

I know that the Cubs will be using a special Wrigley Field ball this year that honors the 100th season of Cubs baseball at the ballpark.  I have yet to find bargain pricing online for those balls yet.

But, I did find a great price on the Fenway Park 100th Anniversary balls that the Red Sox used in 2012.

So, with the help of an Amazon gift card that I had been holding for a special purchase, I bought two of them.

Here they are:

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And here is a zoomed-in look at the logo:

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Any guesses on who I may be sending these to so I can add some more signed specialty baseballs to my collection???

Hmmmm….  I wonder.

1984 Topps Chicago Cubs Batting & Pitching Team Leaders Card Signed By Fergie Jenkins!!

1984 Topps Chicago Cubs Batting & Pitching Team Leaders Card Signed By Fergie Jenkins!!

Since finding vintage, new additions for my Fergie Jenkins player collection has proven to be a tough task, I have opted to see how I can do at nabbing more relic and autographed cards as I wait for new releases to include Mr. Jenkins on their checklists.

So far, that process has landed me two new autographed cards in 2014.  I showed you the first one two weeks ago.

And now, here is the other one I was able to score.  The card is from the 1984 Topps set and it is the Chicago Cubs Batting & Pitching Team Leaders card.

Have a look:

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Fergie has a great autograph!  And the Blue signature is a nice complement to the Cubs’ colors he is wearing as well as the headline of the card that claims Fergie as a ‘Pitching Leader’.

Who would have thought at a pitcher with a 4.30 ERA would be celebrated on a baseball card…

Still, a great addition to my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.

It Has Been Way Too Long Since I Showed You My Balls…

It Has Been Way Too Long Since I Showed You My Balls…

The title of this post says it all.  I try to show you my balls at least 2-3 times a year.  I do this as a way to motivate myself and to keep my other ball-collecting pals updated on my progress.  I also do this as a way to get other talking about their balls…

Tonight, I wanted to give you the full tour.  The collection sits at 114 as this post is published.  I have one signing happening in March that I have already committed to, and I have two more that I am also very likely to get involved with.

So, the collection will grow – for sure.  And the quality remains at an all-time high as well.  While I could easily have between 120-130 signed balls in my collection thus far, the last 18+ months have been more about quality and less about quantity.  And the results of that philosophy has netted me some pretty elite players – and for me, that is extremely exciting.

Ready for the tour??

Cool.

First, here is the full collection:

My Balls

And now, a detailed breakdown of what you’re seeing:

Starting from the bottom…

Row 1 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Bill Madlock, Mark Grace, Lee Smith, Jack McKeon, Livan Hernandez, Al Leiter, Charlie Hough, Jeff Conine, Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, Ozzie Guillen, Bobby Bonilla, Josh Johnson, Cameron Maybin

Row 2 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Fergie Jenkins, Brian Jordan, Vince Coleman, Steve Garvey, Bert Campaneris, Vida Blue, Harold Baines, Jack Clark, Don Larsen, Earl Weaver, Monte Irvin, Bobby Doerr

Row 3 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Bob Feller, Whitey Ford, Duke Snider, Fred Lynn, Luis Tiant, Al Kaline, Juan Marichal, Orlando Cepeda, Goose Gossage, Gaylord Perry, Phil Neikro

Row 4 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Fergie Jenkins, Tom Glavine, Dave Parker, Alan Trammell, Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, Carlton Fisk, Mike Greenwell, Rollie Fingers, Jim Abbott

Row 5 – Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson, Fergie Jenkins, Joe Morgan, Johnny Bench, Pete Rose, Tony Perez, Ken Griffey, George Foster, Dave Concepcion, Dale Murphy, Tim Raines, Gary Carter, Dwight Gooden, Darryl Strawberry, Keith Hernandez

Row 6 – Andre Dawson, Jim Palmer, Jim Palmer, Jim Palmer, Rod Carew, Willie McCovey, Brooks Robinson, Mike Schmidt, Dave Winfield, Lou Brock, Ozzie Smith, Bob Gibson, Wade Boggs, Dennis Eckersley, Paul Molitor, Ryne Sandberg, Steve Carlton

Row 7 – Hank Aaron, Stan Musial, Willie Mays, Yogi Berra, Reggie Jackson, Ernie Banks, Cal Ripken Jr., Eddie Murray, Frank Robinson, Rickey Henderson, Tony Gwynn, Nolan Ryan

Whew………

That was a lot of typing.  But, in time, I think I will be able to type some more as I am really looking to build my collection in the early parts of this year.  As I mentioned earlier, I am committed to one signing already, have my eyes on two more, am still hunting a Tom Seaver ball, and I am always looking for more Andre Dawson opportunities as well.

What do you think???

I’ll tell you what my wife thinks – She thinks I am NUTS!!!!

Thanks for reading.  Have a great night!

Fergie Jenkins 1983 Topps Team Leaders Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Fergie Jenkins 1983 Topps Team Leaders Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

It has been way too long since I added a Fergie Jenkins autograph to my collection, so when I saw this one on Ebay for a super price, I decided to ‘Watch’ and see what I could do…

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Well, fast forward 6+ days and the card was mine for the very low price of $0.99 plus $2.49 shipping.  Not a bad $3.48 investment if you ask me.

As a matter of fact, the seller had a few other Jenkins autographed cards available so I scooped up another one at the same time, even getting a shipping discount for the multiple wins.

The card above comes from the 1983 Topps set and it is part of their ‘Batting & Pitching Leaders’ series.  It’s nice to see Fergie showcased on a card like this, and while he may not have been as strong as he was during his first stint with the Cubs, his 3.15 ERA in 1982 is still very, very good.

As for the other card I picked up, you’re going to have to wait for that one..  Stay tuned.

And ‘Thanks’ for reading!

Come Check Out My Newest Signed Andre Dawson Baseball With ‘The Cycle’ Inscription

Come Check Out My Newest Signed Andre Dawson Baseball With ‘The Cycle’ Inscription

Ah, another signed baseball for my ‘Ultimate Dawson‘ collection.  This is now ball #15 in the collection.

And this one offers up another sweet and unique inscription.

Check it out:

DAWSON CYCLE BALL

That’s right, Andre added ‘The Cycle 4/28/87′ to the ball for me – and it looks great!!

As with all Andre Dawson autographs, the signature offered up is super-clean and neat.

Thank you Mr. Dawson, thanks for being so accessible to your fans!!!

And just wait until you see what I have planned next for this part of my collection.  If all goes according to plan, it will be spectacular.

SIGNING RESULTS: Boston Red Sox All-Star, Mike Greenwell!!!

SIGNING RESULTS: Boston Red Sox All-Star, Mike Greenwell!!!

When I tell you that Mike Greenwell was one of my favorite players from the late 1980′s I am not kidding.

Alongside Wade Boggs, Greenwell was so much fun to watch.  And he could do it all – hit for a high average, bang doubles off of the Green Monster, and drive in runs at a rapid pace.

He only played in the major leagues for 12 seasons (all with the Sox), and left the game at the age of 32.  But, Greenwell is loved in Boston and will forever be a member of ‘Red Sox Nation’.

His career numbers look like this:  .303 lifetime batting average, .368 on-base percentage, 1,400 hits, 275 doubles, 130 home runs, 80 stolen bases, 657 runs scored and 726 RBI.

Greenwell was a 2-time All-Star and he also win the Silver Slugger Award and finished second in the AL MVP race in 1988.

I am thrilled to add this signed ball to my collection and it will find a comfortable home with the rest of the balls I have signed by stars from the 1980′s.

Greenwell Ball

SWEET!!!