Category Archives: Tim Raines Collection

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

During the offseason of 1990, Tim Raines was shipped off to the Chicago White Sox after 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos.  In typical Expos form, it was out with the old and in with the new.  The Expos had a talented crop of young rookies in the early 1990’s and wanted to give them playing time so they dumped their veterans – including their 7-time All-star Raines.

During his 12 years with Montreal, Raines shined as one of the game’s best lead-off hitters.  With a solid, and decade-long .300 batting average, Raines was the ideal guy to start each game with the goal of igniting his team’s offense.  And boy did he deliver…  With the Expos, Raines collected 634 stolen bases while scoring 934 runs.  He also developed a knack for driving in runs as he collected 552 RBI while batting lead-off.  He even hit 96 home runs!!!

Montreal’s loss eventually became the White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Marlins, and Orioles gain as Tim Raines was a classy ballplayer both on and off the field!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Tm Raines turns 54 years old today!!

One of the scrappiest and most entertaining players to debut during the 1980’s, Tim Raines was magical on a baseball field.

I don’t know if it was because he was undersized (5 feet, 8 inches tall), but Tim Raines dominated baseball games to most people’s surprise.

Raines had a knack for contact hitting and he retired with a .294 lifetime average alongside 2,605 hits.  And on the base paths he was a monster.  One of the sport’s greatest runners, Raines has 808 career stolen bases and he has also scored 1,571 runs.

A constant threat to win the league’s MVP award and a 7-time All-star, Tim Raines was a steady contributor to each of the 7 teams he played with during his 23-year career.

Yet, Tim Raines is still a player that is hardly collected in today’s hobby.  And he is rarely celebrated in baseball.  Much of this has to do with his best years as a professional be ing played in Montreal for the Expos.

Happy Birthday ‘Rock’!!!

Tim Raines 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – Refractor!!!

Tim Raines 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites – Refractor!!!

Now this one is a beauty.  And I am not the collector that is typically mesmerized by shiny, refractor-style baseball card designs.

But, this one is very, very nice.

Have a look:

VINTAGE RAINES

The card features the 1982 Topps baseball card design, and a picture of a very young Tim Raines.

I will say that I am a little curious about the ‘faux auto’ presented on the card.  I have a few Tim Raines signatures in my collection, and have seen quite a few in my collecting days – and this one looks nothing like the real deal!!!!

I wonder if Topps was just missing it from their collection and asked one of the ladies in the office for a little help…

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

During the offseason of 1990, Tim Raines was shipped off to the Chicago White Sox after 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos.  In typical Expos form, it was out with the old and in with the new.  The Expos had a talented crop of young rookies in the early 1990’s and wanted to give them playing time so they dumped their veterans – including their 7-time All-star Raines.

During his 12 years with Montreal, Raines shined as one of the game’s best lead-off hitters.  With a solid, and decade-long .300 batting average, Raines was the ideal guy to start each game with the goal of igniting his team’s offense.  And boy did he deliver…  With the Expos, Raines collected 634 stolen bases while scoring 934 runs.  He also developed a knack for driving in runs as he collected 552 RBI while batting lead-off.  He even hit 96 home runs!!!

Montreal’s loss eventually became the White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Marlins, and Orioles gain as Tim Raines was a classy ballplayer both on and off the field!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Tm Raines turns 53 years old today!!

One of the scrappiest and most entertaining players to debut during the 1980’s, Tim Raines was magical on a baseball field. 

I don’t know if it was because he was undersized (5 feet, 8 inches tall), but Tim Raines dominated baseball games to most people’s surprise.

Raines had a knack for contact hitting and he retired with a .294 lifetime average alongside 2,605 hits.  And on the base paths he was a monster.  One of the sport’s greatest runners, Raines has 808 career stolen bases and he has also scored 1,571 runs. 

A constant threat to win the league’s MVP award and a 7-time All-star, Tim Raines was a steady contributor to each of the 7 teams he played with during his 23-year career.

Yet, Tim Raines is still a player that is hardly collected in today’s hobby.  And he is rarely celebrated in baseball.  Much of this has to do with his best years as a professional be ing played in Montreal for the Expos. 

 Happy Birthday ‘Rock’!!!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

During the offseason of 1990, Tim Raines was shipped off to the Chicago White Sox after 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos.  In typical Expos form, it was out with the old and in with the new.  The Expos had a talented crop of young rookies in the early 1990’s and wanted to give them playing time so they dumped their veterans – including their 7-time All-star Raines.

During his 12 years with Montreal, Raines shined as one of the game’s best lead-off hitters.  With a solid, and decade-long .300 batting average, Raines was the ideal guy to start each game with the goal of igniting his team’s offense.  And boy did he deliver…  With the Expos, Raines collected 634 stolen bases while scoring 934 runs.  He also developed a knack for driving in runs as he collected 552 RBI while batting lead-off.  He even hit 96 home runs!!!

Montreal’s loss eventually became the White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Marlins, and Orioles gain as Tim Raines was a classy ballplayer both on and off the field!!!

Tim Raines 2009 SP Legendary Cuts – Game Used Bat Card #51/100

Tim Raines 2009 SP Legendary Cuts – Game Used Bat Card #51/100

It has been way too long since I added a nice card of Tim Raines to my collection, so I shopped around bit and found this beauty for a great price.

Issued in 2009, I love that the SP brand decided to use a photo of Raines in his Expos uniform for he card.

When I think of Raines, I absolutely think of the Expos first, and he is one of the franchise’s greatest players.  Hell, to take that one step further, I could easily argue that he is one of the decade’s best players too – 1980’s!!!

A fantastic addition to my collection.

And it cost me just a measly $1.99!!!   YES!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Tm Raines turns 52 years old today!!

One of the scrappiest and most entertaining players to debut during the 1980’s, Tim Raines was magical on a baseball field. 

I don’t know if it was because he was undersized (5 feet, 8 inches tall), but Tim Raines dominated baseball games to most people’s surprise.

Raines had a knack for contact hitting and he retired with a .294 lifetime average alongside 2,605 hits.  And on the base paths he was a monster.  One of the sport’s greatest runners, Raines has 808 career stolen bases and he has also scored 1,571 runs. 

A constant threat to win the league’s MVP award and a 7-time All-star, Tim Raines was a steady contributor to each of the 7 teams he played with during his 23-year career.

Yet, Tim Raines is still a player that is hardly collected in today’s hobby.  And he is rarely celebrated in baseball.  Much of this has to do with his best years as a professional be ing played in Montreal for the Expos. 

 Happy Birthday ‘Rock’!!!

Tim Raines 2011 In The Game ‘Heroes & Prospects’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Tim Raines 2011 In The Game ‘Heroes & Prospects’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Man, this card is very sweet!  Such creativity…

I found this card online while shopping for the Andre Dawson relic from the same set.  And while I ultimately lost out on that auction(story of my life), I did score this beauty of Dawson’s favorite teammate and ’30-YOC’ PC member – All-Star Tim Raines.

Issued in February 2011, I knew I wanted to add a few of these cards to my collection as soon as I came across them.

The card is issued by a company called ‘In The Game’, and while they are not licensed to use MLB logos or team names, the product offered up is pretty solid.

Mostly done in shades of Black and White, the card looks fantastic.  The little splashes of color that they added, along with the Silver foil stamping, blend very well with the design of the card.  And it doesn’t hurt that the company’s logo matches the Montreal Expos’ colors too.

And the big chunk of Raines’ jersey looks great.  Nice and big, the piece offers up two colors and two seams.

Here it is:

Tim Raines 2008 Upper Deck SP ‘Legendary Memorabilia’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Tim Raines 2008 Upper Deck SP ‘Legendary Memorabilia’ Game-Used Jersey Card

I love this set.

I love this series.

I love picking up relic cards of my favorite players for bargain pricing!

I scooped up this card for just $1.49 on Ebay a week ago.  It had been a while since I added a new Tim Raines card to my collection, but the wait was certainly worth it as this one is a beauty.

Check it out:

I told you!!!

Numbered as 30/30, this one is one of the more rare versions from this 2008 issue.  And while that is coll and all, I am just happy to own a great-looking relic card featuring Tim Raines in his Powder Blues!!!