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1993 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Joins The ’400 Home Run Club’

1993 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Joins The ’400 Home Run Club’

On a new team, and playing in front of his home crowd for the first time, Andre Dawson crushed home run #400 of his career in front of 22,000+ fans at Fenway Park.

The former Expos and Cubs All-star player was signed by Boston as a free agent following the 1992 baseball season.  And it did not take long for ‘The Hawk’ to earn the respect and admiration of the ‘Fewnway Faithful’ when he launched a solo home run over the ‘Green Monster’ in the second inning of the contest off of Indians’ pitcher Jose Mesa.

#400 was the first of what would be 13 home runs that Dawson would hit during his 1993 campaign in Boston.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!!

Andre Dawson Signed Ball #16 – Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Ball. Come See!!

Andre Dawson Signed Ball #16 – Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Ball.  Come See!!

I don’t recall how or when I picked it up, but I had a $50 Amazon gift card in my ‘stack’ of gift cards with active balances on them.

While shopping on Amazon a few weeks ago while looking for the new Rawlings Wrigley Field commemorative baseballs, I found a similarly themed Fenway Park ball.

So, I bought two of them.  One for Fergie Jenkins.  And one for Andre Dawson.

And after waiting for just a few weeks, the ball that I sent to Mr. Dawson has been returned to me.  And it is signed beautifully!

Have a look:

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I asked Andre to add the ‘#10′ inscription to the ball as this is the jersey number he wore while with the club during the 1993 and 1994 baseball seasons.  I think it looks great!

And when I eventually get that Wrigley Field ball signed, these two special edition balls will look great together.

Enjoy.  And ‘Thanks for Reading’!!!

Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Greg Maddux turns 48 years old today.

Greg Maddux was the epitome of a hard-working pitcher.  His talent was immense and he often came across as a calm and relaxed guy.  But once Maddux took the mound, he was all about business and he excelled at a record pace.

After 23 seasons in the big leagues, Greg Maddux retired with 355 wins and 277 loses.  He has pitched over 5,000 innings during the course of his career while starting 740 games.  In his 23 seasons, Maddux threw 35 shutouts and pitched 109 complete games.

For his career, Maddux won 15 or more games in 18 of his 23 seasons; 17 of them being consecutive.  Maddux won 20 or more in 2 seasons.  He also eclipsed the 3,000 strikeout plateau with 3,371 career K’s.  His ERA at the end of his career was 3.16.

As a pitcher in the National League for the course of his career, Maddux had a career batting average of .171.  While considered to be a pretty good hitting-pitcher, Maddux hit 5 home runs and drove in 84 runs.  He has 272 hits, 103 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases to his credit.

Greg Maddux won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards.  And in 9 straight seasons from 1992-1990, he placed in the Top 3 for the award 8 times.  Greg Maddux is an 8-time All-star and has won 18 Gold Gloves for his dominance as a defensive pitcher.

In his best season of 1995, Maddux went 19-2 while throwing 10 complete games and 3 shutouts.  In that season, his ERA was an amazing 1.63 and he struck out 181 batters while walking just 23.  In that year Maddux won his 4th and final Cy Young award, a Gold Glove, and was an All-star.

Greg Maddux was played in 3 World Series contests while winning 1 championship title.  In 1995 his Atlanta Braves were victorious.  Maddux started 2 games in that match-up as he won 1 game and lost 1 game.  In 16 innings of work, he struck out 8 batters and allowed 4 runs.

He is a member of the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class.

Happy Birthday ‘Professor’!!

1994 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Steals The Final Base Of His Career, #314

1994 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Steals The Final Base Of His Career, #314

On this day in 1994, Andre Dawson and the Boston Red Sox took on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Dawson was batting fifth for the Sox and was the team’s designated hitter.  In the top of the second inning, Dawson drew a walk off of Royals’ pitcher Tom Gordon.  He then proceeded to steal second base, the 314th and final steal of his career.

Happy Anniversary ‘Hawk’!!

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1994 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Joins The ’1,500 RBI Club’

1994 HEADLINE:  Andre Dawson Joins The ’1,500 RBI Club’

On this day in 1994, Andre Dawson picked up RBI #1,500 of his major league career.

In  22-11 win over the Kansas City Royals, Andre Dawson entered the game with 1,499 RBI.  It did not take long for him to help get the Red Sox a run as he laced a single through the infield and drove in career RBI #1,500 in the first inning of the game.

One the day, Dawson went 1-for-3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Dawson would end his career with 1,591 RBI.

Happy Anniversary ‘Hawk’!!!

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A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer, Fergie Jenkins!!!!

A Special Shipment Headed To Hall OF Famer,  Fergie Jenkins!!!!

On the way in to work this morning, I made a quick stop at my local USPS building so I could drop a very special package in the mail.

One of my collecting goals for 2014 is to add some bulk to my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.  So, I am taking a few steps towards making that happen.

This very special package is headed to Mr. Jenkins this morning!!!

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As soon as it is returned back to me, I will unveil the goodies inside!!

Andre Dawson 2010 Panini Century ‘Postcards’ Certified Autograph & 2-Color Jersey Relic

Andre Dawson 2010 Panini Century ‘Postcards’ Certified Autograph & 2-Color Jersey Relic

I have never been a fan of this set, but when the card features your favorite player, you tend to bend the rules a bit.

And this time around, I am happy that I did just that.

Not only does this card feature a 2-tone swatch of game-used jersey worn by Andre Dawson, but it is perfectly completed with his gorgeous signature.

Have a look:

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The card is serial numbered to just 50 copies.  Mine is #24/50.

I’m happy to have this one in my collection now.   And I am just as happy to be able to move on to the next – I’ll try for a better looking card the next time around…

I Have Landed 11/12 Cards For The Andre Dawson 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Rainbow!!

I Have Landed 11/12 Cards For The Andre Dawson 2013 Panini Hometown Heroes Rainbow!!

Friends, I have been working on this little project for the last few months.  And while I am unable to officially call it ‘Complete’, I am able to show it off and be proud of the work that has been put in up to this point.

I really like what Panini did with this release in 2013.  The graphics have a sharp, vintage look – from the base set to the inserts.  And I was thrilled to find the name ‘Andre Dawson’ linked to many of them.

In total, Dawson appeared on 12 different cards in this issue.  To date, I have landed 12 of them.  Some were simple to obtain.  Some were very difficult.  And some were somewhere between the two.

But, ll were fun!  And I am ready to show them off – all 11 of them!

Ready?

Good.

Let’s do this…

For the base set, Dawson was featured as a member of the ‘Chicago’ franchise.  There is a base card, a gold-foil stamped State card, and a gold-foil stamped Zip Code card.

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Along with the base ‘Chicago’ cards, Dawson was also featured as a short-print as a member of the ‘Montreal’ franchise.  I was able to grab the base and State versions of the card rather quickly, but the Montreal ‘Zip Code’ card has been very elusive.  With no clue as to how many were produced, I have only seen one so far – and with a $20 price tag on Ebay, I am not yet ready to take the plunge to capture card 12 of 12.

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Andre was rightfully inserted into the ‘Nicknames’ subset as is celebrated as ‘Hawk’.  I love this – and the whole checklist is pretty neat.  There are three cards of Dawson in this subset – the base, the Black border, and the Gold border.

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And last, but not least, Andre was also inserted into the ‘Defining Moments’ subset.  The card celebrates one of Andre’s fantastic performances during his 1987 NL MVP-winning season.  In the game he connected for three home runs and 5 RBI.  And once again the cards are available in a base version, Black border version, and Gold version.

 

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YES!!  I love it.  All of it.

As I mentioned, this has been a lot of fun to put together and I am eager to get that pesky 12th card for my collection so I can call this rainbow complete.

But, until that time comes, I can still sit back and enjoy the 11 cards that I do have…

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Andre Dawson 2013 Panini America’s Pastime ‘Career Numbers’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Andre Dawson 2013 Panini America’s Pastime ‘Career Numbers’ Game-Used Jersey Card

While the execution may not be flawless, the theme is neat.

This card is from the ‘Career Numbers’ subset that is a part of the 2013 Panini America’s Pastime set.

This card of Andre Dawson pays homage to his 438 career home runs.  I like the way that Panini threw the ’438′ onto what looks like flip cards.

There were 125 copies made of this card with the White jersey swatch.  Mine is serial numbered as 124/125.

Have a look:

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One of the things that I think could make this card better would have been if the card was serial numbered to 438 copies.

I do know that there are other versions of this card out there – with differing colors of jersey chunks.  Hopefully, in time, I can add another one or two to my collection.

Time will tell…

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.