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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!

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Yes, I am guilty.  I am just getting to showing off my card of Dustin Pedroia from the 2014 Topps Archives set.  And yes, I know that this set was released months ago.

As for the card, it is nice.  I like the 1973 Topps design.

But, being that DP was not even born in 1973 makes this one a bit odd, especially since he is sporting a full beard in the picture that was used.

While I don’t really have a problem with him being inserted in the 1973 portion of the Archives product, I would have liked if Topps went back and found a picture from his earlier years in the majors – sans facial hair.

Have a look:

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Happy Birthday Carl Yastzemski!!

Happy Birthday Carl Yastzemski!!

‘Yaz’ turns 75 years old today!!

Best known as ‘Yaz’, Carl Yastrzemski personified what being a consistent leader was all about.  ‘Yaz’ spent every minute of his 23-season long career in a Boston Red Sox jersey.

Along with the droves of fans he established during his career, ‘Yaz’ put up some amazing numbers too.

The stats : 3,419 hits, 452 home runs, 1,844 RBI, 1,816 runs scored, 168 stolen bases, and a career batting average of .285.  In Yaz’s 23-year career, he finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 12 times, while earning the award in 1967 with his .326/44/121 performance.

Happy Birthday ‘Yaz’!!!

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!

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Panini Prizm – ‘Chasing The Hall’

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Panini Prizm – ‘Chasing The Hall’

I love the theme of this subset and it is one that I really need to review.  Why?  Because I am always interested in seeing who people/companies think will be elected into the Hall of Fame when their careers are over.  For me, there is no greater conversation.

As for Mr. Pedroia, I would put him at a 50/50 right now.  But, he would probably get my vote.  He’s got the ROY, and the MVP, and two World Series rings.  He’s got multiple Silver Slugger awards and a few Gold Gloves too.  Plus, he is a team leader and face of the franchise.  Now, he just needs to continue to stay on the field and contribute.  His stats will build naturally, but Boston has to surround him with talent that allows him to use his in the best manner possible.

For a player in his ‘age 30′ season, he had a solid career average of .300 with more than 1,350 hits.  The hits, doubles, and runs scored all have a long way to go to be ‘HOF-worthy’ but I think he has a good shot to make a run at it.

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Time for me to track down the checklist of this set.

1975 Topps Set Card 232/660 – #490 – Reggie Smith, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 232/660 – #490 – Reggie Smith, Cardinals

Progress: 232/660

Player Name:  Reggie Smith

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:   Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  17 seasons, 1966-82

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Reggie Smith played in 135 games for the St. Louis Cardinals during the 1975 baseball season.  Smith was selected as an All-Star in that season due to his .302 batting average with 144 hits and .382 on-base percentage.  Of Smith’s 144 hits, he connected for 26 doubles, 3 triples, and 19 home runs.  He scored 67 runs for the club and drove in 76.

Notes From Career:  Reggie Smith is a 7-time All-Star with a Gold Glove to his credit.  A 17-year veteran, Smith connected for 2,020 career hits en route to a lifetime batting average of .287.  Smith played for four different major league teams during his 17-season career, making it to 4 World Series championships.  He won a World Series title as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1981.

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1989 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects Hit #2,000 Of MLB Career

1989 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects Hit #2,000 Of MLB Career

On this day in 1989, Chicago Cubs All-Star outfielder Andre Dawson collected the 2,000th hit of his major league career.

On the road in Houston to face the Astros, Dawson entered the game needing just 1 hit to reach the milestone.

And that hit came pretty quickly.  In the second inning, Dawson connected for a line-drive single to the outfield off of Astros pitcher Jim Clancy.

On the day, Dawson was 3-for-4 with 2 singles, a double, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Sadly, the Cubs lost the game 6-5.

Happy Anniversary, Andre!!!

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