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1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

1987 HEADLINE: Schmidt Connects For Home Run #500!!!

On this day in 1987 Michael Jack Schmidt hit the 500th home run of is incredible career!!

I remember watching the highlights of this game. The joy that Schmidt shared with us as he rounded the bases while pumping his fists is one of the greatest memories I have of baseball from 1980′s. Rarely do you see a player emit so much joy during a game, but Schmidt did not hold back and I am thankful that I was able to enjoy his moment with him.

Schmidt finished his career with 548 home runs placing him in 13th place on the all-time list.

Congratulations Mike and Happy Anniversary!!!

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Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps – Base

Andrew McCutchen 2014 Topps – Base

When I was putting away cards the other night, I got to my Andrew McCutchen collection and realized that while I had shown off the 2014 Topps Opening Day card of ‘Cutch’ that I picked up at my local baseball card show, I never showed off the base card from the 2014 issue that I picked up prior.

So, here it is:

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The card is the same as the Opening Day card that was issued a few months after.  The lone difference is that the Opening Day card has a very classic ‘Opening Day’ logo on the front as well.

I love that swing!

Did You Know…

In the history of the Detroit Tigers, three pitchers have won both the Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards.  They are:  Denny McClain, Guilermo Hernandez, and Justin Verlander.

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Andre Dawson 2005 Upper Deck Artifacts Game-Used Jersey Relic Card

Andre Dawson 2005 Upper Deck Artifacts Game-Used Jersey Relic Card

I’m not sure how I overlooked this card for as long as I did, but I always thought that I had it in my collection.

Yes, my Andre Dawson relic collection has more than 100 cards in it, but I maintain a pretty well-organized checklist of the cards I own, but I must have just missed this one altogether.

It wasn’t until the card you see below came across Ebay that I checked my list of cards to see if I did.  The reason I went back?  I was not sure the one I owned was serial numbered – and if it was not, than this would be another unique card for my collection.  So, I checked, and the card was not listed.  Then I went to the box that holds my Dawson relic cards (in order by year and brand, of course) and it was not there either.

So, I bought it!  Plain and simple.  And now I have a new relic card of Andre Dawson in my collection.  And it is serial numbered as 133/325.

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SWEET!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 74/660 – #620 – 1975 Rookie Quad w/Carter, Hill, Meyer, Roberts

1975 Topps Set Card 74/660 – #620 – 1975 Rookie Quad w/Carter, Hill, Meyer, Roberts

Progress: 74/660

Player Name:  Gary Carter, Marc Hill, Danny Meyer, Leon Roberts

Card Number:  620

Team:  Montreal Expos, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, Detroit Tigers

Position:  Catchers & Outfielders

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

How these players fared in 1975:

Carter – Carter was runner-up for the Rookie Of The Year Award with his .270 batting average and 20 doubles, 17 home runs, 58 runs scored, and 68 RBI.

Hill – Hill hit .217 in 72 games.  He connected for 39 hits, 4 of which were doubles and 5 home runs.

Meyer – Meyer appeared in 122 games for the Tigers in 1975.  He hit .236 with 111 total hits and 47 RBI with 58 runs scored.

Roberts – Roberts hit .257 in 129 games for the Tigers.  Of his 115 hits, 17 were doubles and 10 were home runs.  He scored 51 runs while driving in another 38.

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Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps T-206

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps T-206

Gotta love the shades!!!

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I remember when Oakley ruled the sunglasses world decades ago.  Everyone wanted to wear these neat, stylish, and over-priced shades.

It has been a long time since I have worn a pair of sunglasses – but you would never catch me in a pair that looks like these.  Not back then and not today!

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’!!!

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Joe Morgan

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Joe Morgan

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing the catcher is Joe Morgan:

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In his first full season with the Houston Astros in 1965, Joe Morgan proved that he belonged in the big leagues.

Morgan played in 157 games for the team, collecting 163 hits.  Of the 163 hits, Morgan connected for 22 doubles, 12 triples, and 14 home runs.  He stole 20 bases in 1965 en route to scoring 100 runs for the team.

 

Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

Happy Birthday Pete Rose!!!

‘Charlie Hustle’ turns 73 years old today.

I am a Pete Rose fan.  I am a Pete Rose supporter.  I undoubtedly believe that Pete Rose belongs in  the Baseball Hall of Fame.

The list of accolades are endless.  His accomplishments are amazing.  He is a record-breaking, hit producing, ball player that ranks with the sport’s all-time greats.

I am proud to say that one of the greatest memories from watching baseball with my dad in my youth was watching Pete Rose collect hit number 4,192 of his career.  That moment on the field, and that memory formed in my living room as a 9-year old kid, lives with me today more than 25 years later.

Thank you for playing the game the way that you did.  Happy Birthday Mr. Rose!!!