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An Amazing Andre Dawson “Mail Day” For 30-YOC!!

An Amazing Andre Dawson “Mail Day” For 30-YOC!!

Friends, I have had a lot of great ‘mail days’ since I started this blog.  There have been great purchases.  There have been incredible trades.  There have been fantastic gift.

But, today’s ‘Mail Day’ is just a tad more special, and a tad more unique.

I sent a package to Andre Dawson a few weeks ago, after all of the MLB All-Star and HOF induction festivities were done.

And on Saturday, that package was returned to me with two great items enclosed.

For starters, I was able to add another signed baseball to my collection, that would be Andre Dawson signed ball #18 for my collection.

As with all of the balls in my Dawson collection, I sought out another unique inscription – this time going for a career achievement.

Have a look:

DAWSON HITS BALL

Yep, it is a ball celebrating Andre’s 2,774 career hits.  And it is a perfect complement to my other achievement balls.

The next item is the one that I am really excited about.

Are you ready?

You sure?

Buckle Up…

DAWSON AUTO 1977 ROOKIE

Yessir, that is a 1977 Topps signed rookie card.

I have wanted a signed rookie card in my collection for a very long time and I have no idea why I waited as long as I did to get this one done. But, now that it is home, I can officially scratch it off of my ‘Want List’.  And trust me when I tell you, it  has been on that list for years!!

Two fantastic items – two great additions to the collection that honors my favorite baseball player of all-time!!

Happy Monday.

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

1974 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Strikeout #2,000!!!!

On this day in 1974, the Texas Rangers were hosting the Cleveland Indians in what would be a landmark game for Rangers’ starting pitcher Ferguson Jenkins.

In front of a crowd that was 14,800 fans deep, Jenkins collected career strikeout #2,000 when he struck out George Hendrick for the final out of the game.  It was his 9th strikeout of the evening.

The Rangers won the game 2-0, and Fergie also captured his 20th win of the season, his first with the Rangers.

His line from the game  Win, Complete Game, Shutout, 2 Hits Allowed, 0 Runs Allowed, 0 Walks Allowed, 9 Strikeouts, and just 29 batters faced.

One heck of a night for Mr. Jenkins – HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!

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Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Yes, I find this year’s release of Allen & Ginter to be a complete snooze-fest.

But, I am thankful for the fact that my favorite Hall of Famer, Mr. Andre Dawson, has a spot on the A&G checklist.

If I play my cards right, I should be able to add 6-7 new cards of ‘Hawk’ to my collection from this release, and hopefully for not too much money as well.

This is his base card from the set.  It put me back a whole eighteen cents.

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And now, I am ready to dig a bit deeper and try to rescue the mini and related parallels.  And if I am really luck, the relic card too.

Wish me luck!

1975 Topps Set Card 243/660 – #294 – Geoff Zahn, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 243/660 – #294 – Geoff Zahn, Dodgers

Progress: 243/660

Player Name:  Geoff Zahn

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  Pitching

Image Style:  Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 seasons, 1973-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Geoff Zahn appeared in 18 games during the 1975 baseball season, splitting time between the Los Angeles Dodgers and Chicago Cubs.  Zahn started 10 games during the year, and put together a record of 2-8 with one save.  He had an ERA of 4.66 as he allowed 40 runs in 65 innings of work.

Notes From Career:  Geoff Zahn pitched for four clubs during his big league career.  A lifetime 111-109 pitcher, Zahn threw 79 complete games over his playing days with 20 shutouts.  He has a career ERA of 3.74 as he allowed 889 runs in 1,849 innings of work.  Zahn made it to the playoffs just one time, losing in the ALCS as a member of the Angels in 1982.

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1975 Topps Set Card 241/660 – #154 – Mike Lum, Braves

1975 Topps Set Card 241/660 – #154 – Mike Lum, Braves

Progress: 241/660

Player Name:  Mike Lum

Team:  Atlanta Braves

Position:  Outfield, 1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 seasons, 1967-81

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Mike Lum played in 124 games for the Atlanta Braves during the 1975 baseball season.  Lum collected 83 hits over the course of the season including 8 doubles, 2 triples, and 8 home runs.  He hit .228 on the year, while also accounting for 32 runs and 36 RBI.

Notes From Career:  Mike Lum suited up for three different teams during his 15-year major league career.  He is a lifetime .247 hitter with 877 career hits.  In 1,517 career games, Lum scored 404 runs, drove in 431 runs, and struck out 506 times.

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Andre Dawson 2005 Upper Deck SP ‘Glory Days’ Red Border Game-Used Patch Card!

Andre Dawson 2005 Upper Deck SP ‘Glory Days’ Red Border Game-Used Patch Card!

I’ve got a small stack of cards featuring Andre Dawson from the 2005 Upper Deck SP set tagged as ‘Glory Days’.

I’ve always been a fan of the card design and colors – I’ve got the base card, some serial number cards, a relic card, and even a certified autograph card.

Well, now I have a card that features a sweet patch too.  The card is serial numbered to just 50 copies, with mine being #40/50.  It’s a Red-border parallel and the Red is a perfect complement to the patch that is featured on the card.

Have a look:

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I’m really digging this one.  The card is so nice, and it all looks very good put together as UD did in 2005.

I really like how the Red from Dawson’s jersey and helmet pop as they are a much lighter shade of Red than the jersey patch and Glory Days border.

A fantastic addition to my Andre Dawson relic collection, indeed!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Last week I showed you the base card of Fergie Jenkins that I picked up from the new 2014 Allen & Ginter release.

And today, I have the mini version of that same card.

Have a look:

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The minis are neat, but I am still not that happy with the card as a whole.  The image is tired and has been used in way too many recent issues to get me going.

Still, as a Fergie Jenkins collector, I will try to grab a few more A&G singles as I can.  If the feature image was different, and unique, I would certainly be more excited about the hunt ahead of me, but I have to be thankful that Mr. Jenkins’ name was included in the checklist to begin with…

On to the next!