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Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tier 1 Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – Cubby Blue!!

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tier 1 Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – Cubby Blue!!

Last week I showed you the first card I bought of Andre Dawson from the 2014 Topps Tier 1 set.

That card featured a White piece of jersey material with a sweet Royal Blue pinstripe accent running vertically through it.

Tonight, I take it a step further as I have another one to show off.

This time around, there is no pinstripe.  Sorry.

But, there is this…




That’s right – an All-Blue jersey swatch.  And it’s not just any shade of Blue, it is ‘Cubby Blue’.  And it looks fantastic.

The card is serial numbered as 133/399 and it is a great complementary piece to the card I featured last week.

It’s been a while since I picked up two relic cards from the same release of Andre.  It’s nice to have been able to affordably grab these for my collection as I have seen Tier 1 relics sell for quite a bit more in the past…

1975 Topps Set Card 199/660 – #156 – Dave Kingman, Giants

1975 Topps Set Card 199/660 – #156 – Dave Kingman, Giants

Progress: 199/660

Player Name:  Dave Kingman

Team:  San Francisco Giants

Position:   1st Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1971-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  The 1975 baseball season was Dave Kingman’s first with the New York Mets.  He played in 134 games for the club, hitting .231 with 116 hits in 502 at-bats.  Of his 116, Kingman connected for doubles, 1 triple, and 36 home runs.  He was responsible for driving in 88 runs for the team while also scoring 65 times.

Notes From Career:  Dave Kingman played for 6 different teams during his 16-season MLB career.  He is a career .236 hitter with 1,575 hits, which includes 240 doubles and 442 home runs.  Dave Kingman was selected as an All-Star three times during his career.  He led the league in home runs hit twice and RBI three times.  Kingman received votes for MVP in five different seasons.


Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tier 1 Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – SWEET!!!

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tier 1 Game-Used Jersey Relic Card – SWEET!!!

I cannot believe that I was able to snag this card for as low of a price as I did.  And with no competition too!

The Topps Tier 1 set is a high-end product that offers relic and autographed baseball cards of both modern and royalty in the baseball world.  Boxes of this product are expensive, and they only offer 8 cards per box.  But, hits are guaranteed.  Still, I prefer to shop for singles from the in the secondary market.

And when the set dropped, I immediately started watching the relic cards of Andre Dawson to see how the would be priced and sold to see if adding one to my collection would be a possibility.

And finally, after a few weeks of watching and waiting, I nailed it!!

I brought home this beauty for less than $5.00 – and that includes my shipping fees.



The card is serial numbered as 233/399 and as you can see in the above scan, it features a very nice piece of Cubs jersey that is punctuated by a Royal Blue, Cubs pinstripe running vertically.

I’m digging this one.  A great addition to my Dawson Game-Used collection.  Yeah buddy!

1975 Topps Set Card 191/660 – #231 – Mike Tyson, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 191/660 – #231 – Mike Tyson, Cardinals

Progress: 191/660

Player Name:  Mike Tyson

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 seasons, 1972-81

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Mike Tyson played in 122 games for the Cardinals in 1975.  He connected for 98 hits in 368 at-bats, good for a .266 batting average.  Among the 98 hits, Tyson delivered 16 doubles, 3 triples, and 2 home runs.  He was responsible for driving in 37 runs while also scoring 45 times.

Notes From Career:  Mike Tyson spent his career playing for two teams – the Cardinals and the Cubs.  He is a lifetime .241 hitter with 714 career hits.  Tyson drove in 269 runs during his 10-season big league career and he also scored 281 times.  Tyson never played in the postseason.


Ernie Banks 2014 Topps Archives

Ernie Banks 2014 Topps Archives

Here’s another single from the lot I recently bought.  This one is of Hall of Famer, Ernie Banks and it is from the 2014 Topps Archives set.



I like it.  I like the 1973 Topps design.  And I like the contrast of the large image showing Banks in a posed batting stance and then the small, silhouette of a player making a play at shortstop is the perfect complement.

Banks’ career ended when he was 40 years old and at the conclusion of the 1971 baseball season.  While he was always a younger-looking guy, he looks to be in is late twenties or early thirties in this shot.  If I had to complain about anything about this baseball card, it would be that Topps could have chosen an image of an older Ernie Banks to make the ’73 theme work better with the image.


Did You Know…

Toronto’s George Bell set a major league record by hitting three home runs on Opening Day of the 1988 baseball season.  Bell connected for homers in the 2nd, 4th, and 8th innings.  All three came against Royals’ starting pitcher Bret Saberhagen.

Bell amassed 4 RBI on the day, and the Blue Jays won the game by a score of 5-3.

1988 score george bell

‘Ultimate Dawson’ Continues To Grow Into An Amazing Tribute To ‘The Hawk’!!!

‘Ultimate Dawson’ Continues To Grow Into An Amazing Tribute To ‘The Hawk’!!!

I have been doing a much better job of keeping my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ page updated with my latest and greatest Andre Dawson related treassures.

I invite you now to go ahead and take a tour of the Constantly Growing & Improving Ultimate Dawson!!!


Andre Dawson And His Wildly Affordable 1977 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Andre Dawson And His Wildly Affordable 1977 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

It is amazing to me that the most coveted baseball card from the 1977 Topps baseball set can be had pretty regularly for less than $8.00.

It is very rare to find a Hall of Famer’s rookie card at such an affordable price – especially one that was issued in the 1970′s; before collecting hit its pinnacle.

So, if you don’t have one I suggest you get one.

The price of these cards will surely go up over time – but for the time being you can bring home a classic rookie card of a legendary player at a price that can be beat!!!

And if you happen to find one that you feel is worth picking up but you just are not ready to pull the trigger let me know; I am always happy to grab a few more for my collection!!!

Here is ‘Hawk’s’ rookie card:


Andre Dawson & The Baseball Hall Of Fame!!!

Andre Dawson & The Baseball Hall Of Fame!!!

Andre Dawson’s induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame was a moment that I will never forget. For Dawson fans, as well as Expos, Cubs, Red Sox, and Marlins fans too, the induction was long overdue.

A popular teammate and player among the fans, Dawson played the game right. He worked hard, loved the game, and was a great teammate that attempted to put winning before everything.

The end result?

A phenomenal career that allowed him to play more than 20 seasons in the big leagues. A solid player at all aspects of the game, Dawson amasses many statistical achievements that put him on par with some of the greatest outfielders in the history of the game.

Congratulations on a fantastic career Andre!!

Andre Dawson’s Jersey Deserves To Be Hanging Somewhere!!!

Andre Dawson’s Jersey Deserves To Be Hanging Somewhere!!!

Prior to shutting down their operations and moving to Washington DC to be renamed the Washington Nationals, the Montreal Expos had retired Andre Dawson’s #10 jersey. A special honor held for baseball’s elite players, this gesture by the team showed just how much Dawson meant to the team over the course of his 11 seasons North of the border.

While this was a very special acknowledgement, the lasting impact of it faded quickly. When the Expos became the Nationals back in 2005 they put the three retired Expos numbers right back into the available list of numbers that a player could select.

Overnight, the tributes to the three greatest Expos players of All-time vanished – no more tributes to Andre Dawson or Gary Carter or Tim Raines. What a terrible way to erase the impact these three players had on that franchise.

While Dawson’s greatest single season came as a member of the Chicago Cubs, he had his greatest successes while playing in Montreal. And although I would personally love to see it, I doubt that Andre’s 6 years in Chicago or 2 years in Boston or 2 years in Florida are enough to get his number retired by any of those teams.

This whole thing is a shame, and it’s terrible that what ‘The Hawk’ did for the Expos has basically been erased.

Could the Marlins?? Would the Marlins??