Category Archives: Chicago Cubs

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!!

1965 HEADLINE: Ferguson Jenkins Notches First Win As A Cub & Connects For Home Run!!!

On this day in 1965, Fergie Jenkins made his second start for the Cubs.  The team was at home to face the Los Angeles Dodgers in front of a crowd of just 6,974 fans.

The ones that were at the ballpark, were in for a treat!!

Fergie took over in relief during the third inning of the game for Bob Hendley.  He then threw five plus innings allowing four hits and zero runs while striking out three batters.  During that stretch, the Cubs scored two run to take a lead and secure victory.

And it was Fergie Jenkins that supplied the offense!!!  Jenkins went 2-for-3 on the day including a 2-run home run that would account for all of the runs needed to secure victory for the Cubs and Fergie.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Jenkins!!!

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1989 Topps Cello Pack With Andre Dawson All-Star Card On Top!!! YES!!

1989 Topps Cello Pack With Andre Dawson All-Star Card On Top!!!  YES!!

Here is another sweet addition to my Andre Dawson collection of sealed packs that showcase his card in the ‘window’.

This one is from the 1989 Topps release and it features his All-Star card from the set.

Have a look:

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What’s really cool is that I already have a sealed cello pack from the 1989 Topps release that features Dawson’s base card from the set.

He had three cards in total in the 1989 release.  I am now officially hunting for a third one for my collection – and it must feature his ‘Record Breaker’ card in the window.

Wish me luck.

Happy Birthday Shawon Dunston!!!

Happy Birthday Shawon Dunston!!!

Shawon Dunston turns 51 years old.

One of the most likeable and recognizable faces in the Cubs’ dugout during the mid-to-late 1980′s. Shawon Dunston was a fan favorite in Chicago.

A highly skilled baseball player, Shawon Dunston enjoyed playing the game each and every day.  With a huge smile as proof, it was very hard to find another player that enjoyed taking the field more than Shawon.

Whether it was at the plate, with the fans celebrating him with the ‘Shawon-O-Meter’, or in the field when he routinely turned double plays or showed off his cannon of an arm while playing at short, Shawon was electric.

Dunston played 18 years in the majors – for 6 teams.  He is, and will always be a ‘Cubbie’ in my eyes!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Dunston!!

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Five Star – Silver

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Five Star – Silver

I have been keeping my eyes on every single Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Five Star auction that his Ebay.  And if the starting price is right, I am watching it – like a ‘Hawk’.

I have lost out on tons of them.  I have not even been able to bid on many.

But, I finally scored.

I nabbed the ‘Silver’ version of his base card from the set.  The Silver cards are serial numbered to 75 copies.  Mine is 71/75.

Check it out:

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I’d really like to grab one of the autographed cards of Andre next.  Hopefully one lands in my price range in the near future because these are so, so nice!!

Wish me luck.

2012 Topps Timeless Talents Dual-Game-Used Relic Card With Andre Dawson & Justin Upton

2012 Topps Timeless Talents Dual-Game-Used Relic Card With Andre Dawson & Justin Upton

I’d been passively shopping for this card for part of two years.

At first, the card was drawing in a lot of high bidders – some paying more than $20 for the card.

I waited it all out – and I just kept my search going and my faith in the fact that I should be able to find one in my price range over time.

Well, that patience paid off as I finally landed the card for less than $8.00.

The card comes from the 2012 Topps ‘Timeless Talents’ subset.  It is a dual-game-used relic card that features 2 piece of jersey worn by Andre Dawson and 2 pieces of wood from a game-used Justin Upton bat.

The card is serial numbered to just 50 copies.  Mine is #49/50.

Have a look:

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I like this card a lot.  I have had the base version in my Dawson collection since it was released back in 2012.  The style is neat and clean, and while both hitters are right handed, I like how Topps chose two images of the guys with their bats in the position that they are – for me, it draws my eye to the center of the card – and all of those relics.

A fantastic addition to my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection!!  YES!!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Certified Cuts – Numbered To 50 Copies

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Certified Cuts – Numbered To 50 Copies

This card is sweet – and the scan does not quite do the coloring of the card justice.  The Blue is a great match to the Cubs’ team colors.

Serial numbered to just 50 copies, mine is 15/50.

And it looks great!!  The Silver accents that make up the Cubs’ logo and Leaf logo really add a nice touch while not taking away much from the overall look of the card.

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And I love that Leaf kept the brick backdrop of Wrigley Field in the image. Sure, we know that because he is wearing his ‘Home Whites’ that Dawson was playing at Wrigley Field when this picture was snapped, but having it in the background is a great touch.

1987 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Signs 1-Year ‘Blank Contract’ With The Chicago Cubs

1987 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Signs 1-Year ‘Blank Contract’ With The Chicago Cubs

And as they say, the rest was history…

After 11 years as an Expos player, Andre and the Expos were at an impasse while negotiating a contract for future employment.  The Expos wanted to low-ball the superstar, and Dawson wanted to be paid comparably to his peers.  Fed up with their shenanigans, Dawson walked out.

Enter the Chicago Cubs.  Dawson wanted to play for a team that had its home games on real grass as he felt that the artificial turf would end his playing days prematurely.  Wrigley Field obliged him.  Dawson visited the team during Spring practice causing a minor media frenzy as this kind of bold move was not commonplace in that era.  He finally met with the team’s management and offered up a ‘blank contract’  In a ‘Pay me what you think I’m worth’ move, Dawson was offered a 1-year $650,000 contract, and while still relatively low at the time for an established star, he signed.

Then he went out on a mission to prove to the Expos that they made a huge mistake and to the Cubs that they got a bargain!!

The result:  .287 batting average, 49 home runs, 137 RBI, 178 hits, 90 runs scored, 11 stolen bases, a trip to the All-star game, A Gold Glove award, and the grand prize of being named the National League’s MVP!!!

I’d say that the Cubs got a steal with that one, huh…

1988 Fleer Cello Pack With Andre Dawson On Top!!!

1988 Fleer Cello Pack With Andre Dawson On Top!!!

Hey, how about that?

A sweet 1988 Fleer baseball card cello pack with my favorite player right on top!!!

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My collection of sealed baseball card packs that features Andre Dawson place on top in the ‘window’ of the package is picking up nicely.

This Fleer packaging allows for the card’s image to really stand out and I have to guess that if I had seen this one in 1988 I would have been thrilled to find it.  Almost as thrilled as I am 26 years later!!

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

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.

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!