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Did You Know…

John Burkett is the only Texas Rangers pitcher that won a playoff game during the 1990′s.  The win came in the American League Division Series against the Yankees on October 1, 1996.

John BUrkett

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!!!

mystery box

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

Adrian Beltre 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

Adrian Beltre 2014 Topps Series 1 Subset – ‘Super Veterans’

When I got back into the hobby of baseball card collecting in the summer of 2008, my goal was to pay homage to the players that helped build my love for the game and the hobby.

The first subset I put together that helped me with that cause was the ‘Super Veterans’ subset from the 1983 Topps baseball card set.  This set is a beauty and it highlights the true legends of the game as their careers were winding down.

For the last few years, I have actively been begging Topps to bring this subset back and pay honor to today’s ‘Super Veterans’.  And while I cannot confirm that they obliged my request, I was very excited to see that a 15-card ‘Super Veterans’ subset was part of the 2014 Topps Series 1 release.

I am building the set now.  Here is the card of Adrian Beltre:


Entering the 2014 baseball season, Adrian Beltre will begin his 17th big league season.  He is a 3-time All-Star and has won 4 Gold Glove awards and 3 Silver Slugger trophies.

Beltre has 2,426 career hits to his credit, including 376 home runs and 495 doubles.  He has scored 1,177 runs and driven in 1,307.  Beltre has a career slugging percentage of .478 and an OPS of .812.

Beltre has competed in one World Series match-up, but lost in seven games.

1975 Topps Set Card 48/660 – #568 – Dale Murray, Expos

1975 Topps Set Card 48/660 – #568 – Dale Murray, Expos

Progress: 48/660

Player Name:  Dale Murray

Card Number:  568

Team:  Montreal Expos

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style: Posed Pitching

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 seasons, 1974-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:   While not starting a single game in 1975, Murray was able to amass a record of 15-8 for the Expos.  He pitched 111 innings in 1975, while amassing an ERA of 3.96.  He was not an overpowering pitcher as he struck out just 43 batters in those 111 innings.  But, he also allowed just 39 walks.

Notes From Career:  In 12 seasons, Murray put together a career record of 53-50 with 60 saves.  He pitched for six teams during his playing days and did not make the playoffs with any of them.


1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 40/660 – #143 – Cliff Johnson, Astros

Progress: 40/660

Player Name:  Cliff Johnson

Card Number:  143

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Catcher

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  15 years, 1972-86

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Johnson hit .276 in 122 games for the Astros in 1975.  Of his 94 hits, 16 were doubles and 20 were home runs.  He scored 52 runs in 1975 while also driving in 65.  Johnson had an on-base percentage of .370 with 172 total bases.

Notes From Career:  At the time of his retirement, Johnson would be the major league leader in career pinch-hits.  He was a journeyman that played for seven teams in 15 seasons.  But, he could hit – and he could do it off of the bench.  His bat was widely respected throughout baseball, and his playing on five different teams in nine seasons shows that his talent was widely respected and needed.


1975 Topps Set Card 34/660 – #77 – Richie Zisk, Pirates

1975 Topps Set Card 34/660 – #77 – Richie Zisk, Pirates

Progress: 34/660

Player Name:  Richie Zisk

Card Number:  77

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  13 years, 1971-83

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Zisk played in 147 games for the Pirates in 1975.  He hit .290 as he collected 146 hits in 504 at-bats.  He connected for 27 doubles and 20 home runs while driving in 100 runs and scoring 75 times.

Notes From Career:  Zisk was a 2-time All-Star and MVP candidate in three major league seasons.  He played for the Pirates, White Sox, Rangers, and Mariners during his career, making it to the playoffs only with the Pirates.  Zisk was a career .287 hitter with 1,477 hits collected in 1,453 games played.


Happy Birthday Kevin Brown!!

Happy Birthday Kevin Brown!!

Kevin Brown turns 49 years old today.

A 19-year veteran, Kevin Brown enjoyed a very solid major league baseball career as a starting pitcher.  A lifetime record of 211-144, equating to a win percentage of 59.4%, is strong considering some of the cellar-dwelling teams that Brown suited up for.

With dominant stuff on the mound, and very good health, Brown pitched 3,256 innings.  In that time, he compiled a 3.28 ERA while amassing 2,397 strikeouts.

Brown was an All-Star six times and finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young award on five occasions.  He had one 20-win season with the Texas Rangers in 1992 when he went 21-11.

Kevin Brown is a member of the 1997 World Series Champion Florida Marlins!

Happy Birthday Mr. Brown!!

1984 Topps Chicago Cubs Batting & Pitching Team Leaders Card Signed By Fergie Jenkins!!

1984 Topps Chicago Cubs Batting & Pitching Team Leaders Card Signed By Fergie Jenkins!!

Since finding vintage, new additions for my Fergie Jenkins player collection has proven to be a tough task, I have opted to see how I can do at nabbing more relic and autographed cards as I wait for new releases to include Mr. Jenkins on their checklists.

So far, that process has landed me two new autographed cards in 2014.  I showed you the first one two weeks ago.

And now, here is the other one I was able to score.  The card is from the 1984 Topps set and it is the Chicago Cubs Batting & Pitching Team Leaders card.

Have a look:



Fergie has a great autograph!  And the Blue signature is a nice complement to the Cubs’ colors he is wearing as well as the headline of the card that claims Fergie as a ‘Pitching Leader’.

Who would have thought at a pitcher with a 4.30 ERA would be celebrated on a baseball card…

Still, a great addition to my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.

Fergie Jenkins 1983 Topps Team Leaders Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Fergie Jenkins 1983 Topps Team Leaders Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

It has been way too long since I added a Fergie Jenkins autograph to my collection, so when I saw this one on Ebay for a super price, I decided to ‘Watch’ and see what I could do…



Well, fast forward 6+ days and the card was mine for the very low price of $0.99 plus $2.49 shipping.  Not a bad $3.48 investment if you ask me.

As a matter of fact, the seller had a few other Jenkins autographed cards available so I scooped up another one at the same time, even getting a shipping discount for the multiple wins.

The card above comes from the 1983 Topps set and it is part of their ‘Batting & Pitching Leaders’ series.  It’s nice to see Fergie showcased on a card like this, and while he may not have been as strong as he was during his first stint with the Cubs, his 3.15 ERA in 1982 is still very, very good.

As for the other card I picked up, you’re going to have to wait for that one..  Stay tuned.

And ‘Thanks’ for reading!

Did You Know…

Alex Rodriguez hit 435 home runs during the first decade of the 21st century (2000- to 2009), the most by any major league player during that time frame.

Alex rodriguez