Category Archives: Autographs

SIGNING RESULTS: 1985 National League Most Valuable Player, Willie McGee!!

SIGNING RESULTS:  1985 National League Most Valuable Player, Willie McGee!!

Thanks to the generosity of loyal ’30-YOC’ reader Gerad (aka McGee-Fan51), I was able to take part in a signing with the 1985 NL MVP, Willie McGee two weeks ago in St. Louis.

I’ve wanted to add McGee to my collection for some time and a signed ball by him is another great MVP-themed ball for my collection.

Gerad hooked me up by working with the promoter of the event as he had  a few things to get signed as well.  And when he asked if  I was interested as well, I jumped right in!

I put a ball and payment in the mail the very next day.  And now, I am the proud owner of this new ball.

Have a look:


I love it.  Signed right on the sweetspot in Blue ink, this ball and autograph look sharp and clean.  And while Mr. McGee may not have the best looking signature around, I am thrilled to finally have one in my collection, especially when the cost was a fraction of what a signed ball would cost me on Ebay.

Thank you again, Gerad!  Another great piece has been added to my signed baseball collection.


Adding Some More Depth To My ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ Tribute

Adding Some More Depth To My ‘Ultimate Jenkins‘ Tribute

While organizing pictures for the ’10’ post I did the other night that showcased the 10 signed Fergie Jenkins baseballs in my collection, I noticed some obvious omissions on my ‘Ultimate Jenkins‘ page.

So, I set aside some time to comb through that entire page with the goal of bulking it up and adding more that honors the great career of my favorite pitcher of all-time.

The results?  A few more photos!

Here they are:

Fergie Jenkins Game-Used Relic Cards


Fergie Jenkins IP/TTM Signed Cards


Fergie Jenkins Certified Autographed Cards



All great stuff, and all stuff that deserves to be a part of the newly refreshed ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ page.

If you haven’t checked it out in a while, come see what you are missing!!!

Andre Dawson Signed Baseball #17 – ‘Final Game’ Ball

Andre Dawson Signed Baseball #17 – ‘Final Game’ Ball

Friends, I have done it again.

I have added another unique autographed baseball to my Andre Dawson collection.

And the ball is a perfect complement to another ball that was already in my collection.

Have a look:



This time around I asked Andre to add a ‘Final Game’ inscription with the date of 9/29/96 and he obliged my request with a great looking signed baseball.

And as I mentioned, the ball is a perfect complement to another ball in my collection – my ‘MLB Debut’ ball that Andre signed for me a year or so ago.

As I mentioned, this is signed ball #17 for my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection ,and I am so excited about how this collection is rounding out.

Do I want more?  You better believe I do.  And I will go after them too.  Just give me a little time and I will be showing off some more.

I cannot wait!!  I hope you will join me for the ride.

And That Makes 10.

And That Makes 10.

If you were with me and ’30-YOC’ on Monday night, you would have seen that I scored the 10th signed baseball for my Fergie Jenkins collection.

Yes, I said 10.

All signed by my favorite pitcher of all-time.

So, since 10 is such a nice, round number, I thought it would only be fitting to show them all off to you at one time.

Sound good?

Great.  Here we go!!

Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Commemorative


‘Fly’ nickname ball


3,192 K’s ball


284 Wins ball

fergie 284

Cy Young NL 71 ball

Fergie cy ball

Rawlings Cy Young ball

fergie cy young logo ball 2

Ferguson Fergie Jenkins w/HOF 91


Fergie Jenkins HOF 91 ball


Black Rawlings ball with Gold pen and HOF 91


Hall of Fame logo ball with HOF 91 inscription



And I still have a few more ideas that will only bolster and make this collection even more well-rounded.

The next time I hear about another Jenkins signing that I can get it on, I am all over it!!

Thanks for reading.

Andre Dawson 1993 Topps Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Andre Dawson 1993 Topps Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

How about another sweet Andre Dawson autograph for the collection??

Sure thing… Don’t mind if I do!



My most recent score is this card signed by Andre in a bright Blue Sharpie.  The card is from the 1993 Topps set, and it features as great, action shot of ‘Hawk’ as he watches the result of another mighty swing.

If you were wondering, this is the 87th card in my ‘Dawson TTM/In Person’ auto collection.  Hopefully I can add a few more in the next few moths and really put a charge into getting to 100.

Time will tell.  And the ride will be sweet!

SIGNING RESULTS: 2 New Balls For My Fergie Jenkins Collection!!

SIGNING RESULTS: 2 New Balls For My Fergie Jenkins Collection!!

Friends, I missed out on an opportunity to take part in a Fergie Jenkins signings earlier in the year, so when another chance came up, I jumped right in.

With both feet!

Two balls this time around.  And each one is a unique and special addition to my collection that honors my favorite pitcher of all-time.

The first ball that I got signed is very similar to another recent addition to my collection that was signed by Andre Dawson.

Have a look:


Yep, another sweet Rawlings Fenway Park 100th Anniversary commemorative ball.  And Fergie added his jersey number from his Red Sox days to the signature too – #31.

And now, another great one.  Check out the inscription on this one…


Yessir, it reads ‘FLY’.  As is Fergie Jenkins is ‘FLY’ – and I love it.

When I think 1970’s, I think groovy and smooth and fly.  And when I think 1970’s baseball style, I think Fergie Jenkins (and others).

2 great additions to my collection.  2 very unique pieces.

Tonight, I am a very happy collector!

Andre Dawson 1992 Topps Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Andre Dawson 1992 Topps Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!’

How’s about another sweet Andre Dawson signed card for the collection, B?

Sounds good to me, I don’t mind at all!

And here it is, the latest autograph for my Dawson collection:





This is Andre’s card from the 1992 Topps baseball card set.  I’ve always like this card because the image captured the power of Dawson’s swing while also showing him keeping his eye on the ball after making contact.

The Blue Sharpie autograph looks great on the card, and is a very nice complement to the multiple Blue elements of the card.

Another great one for the ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection.  YES!!!

Andre Dawson Autographed 2011 Topps Lineage Diamond Anniversary!!

Andre Dawson Autographed 2011 Topps Lineage Diamond Anniversary!!

It took me a little longer than I wanted, but I have finally landed a new signed Andre Dawson card for my collection.

This card is from one of my favorite modern sets, Topps Lineage.  And the card is the Diamond Anniversary version of Andre’s Chicago Cubs card from the set.

Have a look:



This is new ground for me as I typically only go after vintage cards of ‘The Hawk’ for my autograph collection.  And then you add the ‘parallel’ aspect to the card and I am really in rare territory.

But, I have always liked the Topps Lineage brand and I think that the sharp, Blue autograph that Andre provided looks fantastic on this bright and shiny baseball card.

Another great addition to ‘Ultimate Dawson‘!!!!

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:



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!!!

mystery box

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