Category Archives: Dave Winfield Collection

Dave Winfield 1990 Fleer Update

Dave Winfield 1990 Fleer Update

Take a look at this mighty swing:

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I love it.

And while I can appreciate how large Dave Winfield looks on this 1990 Fleer baseball card due to the card design and cropping of the image, I do wish that we got to see more of the action – especially the bat!

I want to know if he mad contact.  I want to know if it was fair or foul.  And I really want to know what kind of cleats ‘Big Dave’ was wearing back in 1990 when he was playing for the Angels.

I want the details.  Give me the detes…

Dave Winfield 1986 Fleer Star Sticker

Dave Winfield 1986 Fleer Star Sticker

Now this is the smile of a guy that loves to play the sport!!

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I wish that there were more players like this in today’s game….

Thank you, ‘Big Dave’.

1992 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Becomes Oldest MLB Player To Drive In 100 Runs

1992 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Becomes Oldest MLB Player To Drive In 100 Runs

On this day in 1992, Dave Winfield became the oldest player in major league history to collect 100 RBI in a single season.

At the age of 40, and playing for the Toronto Blue Jays, Winfield tallied 108 RBI by the end of the 1990 baseball season.

His efforts were rewarded very kindly – a World Series championship.  Winfield collected three more RBI in the Fall Classic as well.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Winfield!!!

Dave Winfield 1985 Topps Glossy All-Star

Dave Winfield 1985 Topps Glossy All-Star

Gotta love it – Another great card for my Dave Winfield collection!

This one comes from the 1985 Topps baseball card set.  The All-Star Glossy cards were inserted into rack packs of 1985 Topps and were counted as bonus cards for the set.

Have a look:

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I have always enjoyed the theme of All-Star cards – these players stand out and deserve the extra attention.  In many sets, I wish that the cards were done better and did a more solid job of celebrating the All-Star, but I will take what I can get.

And this time, I got another great card for my growing Dave Winfield collection.

Yeah, Baby!!

1993 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Joins The 3,000 Hits Club

1993 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Joins The 3,000 Hits Club

On this day in 1993, Dave Winfield joined the ‘3,000 Hits Club’.

Playing for the Twins and at home, Winfield entered this game with 2,999 hits on his resume.  With just 3 weeks left in the season, this was a match-up of a 6th and 7th place team so it was a relatively small crowd of just over 14,000.  But for those that showed up, they got to witness baseball history!!  Winfield collected 2 hits in the contest, both singles, in this 13-inning marathon.  Hit #3,000 came off of fellow Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in the 9th inning.

Baseball History – Winfield finished his career with 3,110 hits.  He presently ranks in 19th place on the all-time list.

Dave Winfield 1994 Topps Gold

Dave Winfield 1994 Topps Gold

Just like the Wade Boggs card that I showed you yesterday, to this point my Dave Winfield player collection has contained cards just from his Padres and Yankees days.  When I first began the collection, I did it as a way to pay homage to the time I recall Winfield’s career the most.

But, that has all changed now as I look to build a complete career-retrospective of Dave Winfield baseball cards.  And because his career extended well past the Padres and Yankees days, this is going to be very involved – and a lot of fun.

This new mission has allowed me the opportunity to bring in cards I otherwise would never get to experience.

Like this one from the 1994 Topps Gold set.

Have a look:

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Sure, his time with the Twins was not as legendary as with other teams, but this is a very neat card.  It looks like ‘Big Dave’ is helping a pitcher warm-up his arm in the outfield.

Someone should tell him that he’s using the wrong mitt…

1980 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Becomes The Richest Man In Baseball

1980 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Becomes The Richest Man In Baseball

On this day in 1980, Dave Winfield signed the largest contract in professional baseball’s history.  As a free agent, Winfield signed with the New York Yankees for 10 years and $23 million dollars.  In today’s age the Yankees got a bargain to land a player of Winfield’s ability for just $2.3 million per season.  But, back in the 80’s this was big news!!!

In 1980 the average baseball salary was $143,756.  Now you can see why this was such a big story almost 30 years ago.  In 2002, baseball’s average salary was what Winfield was getting on this contract – $2.3 million.  And for the 2008 season, the average was $2.925 million per year.

It can easily be argued that Winfield was worth the money the Yankees invested in him.  For the next 5 seasons ‘Big Dave’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP.  He was selected to 8 consecutive All-star teams as a Yankee and won 5 Silver Slugger titles as well.

By comparison, there are 2 players that in 2008 made MORE money than Dave Winfield did over the course of this 10-year contract.  In 2008, Alex Rodriguez earned $28 million dollars and his teammate, Jason Giambi, earned $23.4 million.  Winfield’s deal looks like a steal now doesn’t it???

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