Category Archives: Dave Winfield Collection

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???


Happy Birthday Dave Winfield!!!

Happy Birthday Dave Winfield!!!

Dave Winfield turns 61 years old today!

And if you’re a baseball fan, you have no doubt caught Winfield on ESPN’s Baseball Tonight program.  Winfield looks great for his age and appears to still be in very good shape.  It’s nice to see the baseball heroes of my childhood like Winfield, Dawson, and Henderson stay in good shape.  It really bothers me when a player is unrecognizable due to their lack of physical activity after leaving the game.

Happy Birthday Mr. Winfield!!

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!!!

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 2013 Topps Archives – 1990 Topps Design

Dave Winfield 2013 Topps Archives – 1990 Topps Design

I am really digging this card of Hall of Famer, Dave Winfield from the 2013 Topps Archives set.

And it’s not just because the 1990 Topps design that the card employs works well with the colors of the New York Yankees…

It’s because the image of Winfield that was selected for the card reminds exactly of how I recall’ Big Dave’ during his playing days!!

Check it out:


Whether he was launching balls over outfield walls or slapping sharp singles over the gloves of the infield, Dave Winfield was a supreme hitter and a very talented offensive player.

Winfield collected 3,110 career hits during his 22-season career.  With his 540 doubles, 88 triples, and 465 home runs, Winfield was able to help his team in a vast variety of ways.

One of my favorites!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Dave Winfield 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #3 – Dave Winfield 2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

I pulled this card from a ‘5 For $1.00′ box.  The card jumped out at me and I really like the look and feel of the Fleer GOTG design.

I also like the added shadow in the background as it makes the image of Winfield appear to leap from the card’s surface.

Check it out:



Dave Winfield 2012 Panini Cooperstown ‘Credentials’

Dave Winfield 2012 Panini Cooperstown ‘Credentials’

I am nearing the end of my collecting of the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set.  Unless something new from the set is revealed to me that peaks my interest, this ‘Credentials’ card of Dave Winfield may be the last one I bring into my collection.


The ‘Credentials’ subset is a nice one.  I like the whole resume feel that the card offers up a nice way to honor a player’s career.

For me, there is just too much missing from the card.  Obviously, you have no player image on the card – and for me that is not good.  But you also do not have any mention of Winfield being a member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or a World Series champion on the card as well…

Nice thought, just not a solid execution by Panini on this one.

2001 Fleer Platinum ‘Winning Combinations’ Starring Dave Winfield & Tony Gwynn – “San Diego’s Famers”

2001 Fleer Platinum ‘Winning Combinations’ Starring Dave Winfield & Tony Gwynn – “San Diego’s Famers”

I had never seen 1 of the 40 cards that make up this set, but I am now very intrigued by what 2001 Fleer’s ‘Winning Combinations’ has to offer.

Check out what got me all excited:


Nice, huh?

The card features two of San Diego’s finest players – David Winfield and Anthony Gwynn.  And I am happy to see that the card pays homage to the times that Winfield and Gwynn played for the Padres with their very different uniforms being present.

Tagged as “San Diego’s Famers”, these two players are easily the most accomplished players to come through the San Diego Padres organization.

I love cards like this.  And now, I have to find the checklist!!!

Dave Winfield 2011 Topps ’60 Years Of Topps’ – 1986 Topps Design

Dave Winfield 2011 Topps ’60 Years Of Topps’ – 1986 Topps Design

I’m never going to complain when a baseball card company goes back to its roots and shows off some cardboard from prior eras.  Especially when that era takes me right back to my childhood collecting days.

This card of Dave Winfield is from the 2011 Topps ’60 Years Of Topps’ set.  The card featured is Winfield’s 1986 Topps base card.

Have a look:


I have long said that the 1986 Topps set is a underappreciated one.  Sandwiched between the enormously popular 1985 and 1987 sets, the ’86 set offers us a very clean and classic card design with oversized images.  If the set had a few ‘calling cards’ of its own like the ones from ’85 and ’87, I have no doubt that it would be a more popular one among today’s collectors.

Dave Winfield 2003 Donruss 20th Anniversary – 1983 Donruss Design

Dave Winfield 2003 Donruss 20th Anniversary – 1983 Donruss Design

When I first came across this baseball card, I simply skipped right past it and said ’83 Donruss – cool’ and moved right on by.

I paused for a second and realized that the card was in immaculate condition, and a little shinier than what I recall the original 1983 Donruss cards being.

After looking at the back, I realized what I had.

In 2003, Donruss issued a 20th Anniversary set – and this is the Dave Winfield card from that set.  It is sharp, and it takes me right back to when ‘Big Dave’ was driving in runs for the New York Yankees at a rampant pace!!!



As a kid, it was the 1983 Donruss brand that really first got me excited about them making baseball cards.  The 1981 design was very boring, and the ’82 release was pretty dull.  But the glove and bat graphics of the 1983 set made me giddy!!

I love this card!!