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Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps ‘Ticket To Stardom’

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps ‘Ticket To Stardom’

I love this card design and  I wish that it was one Topps would bring back periodically to showcase young talent as well as legends from the past.

The card is from the 2009 Topps insert set tagged as ‘Ticket To Stardom’.

I am very excited to add the card of Dustin Pedroia from the set to my collection.

 

 
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And I just wish that there were more…

I’d love cards like this of Dawson, Jenkins, Morgan, Reggie, Palmer, and more.  And let’s not forget about Giancarlo Stanton, Bryce Harper, Jose Fernandez, and Cutch.

1975 Topps Set Card 82/660 – #448 – Frank Duffy, Indians

1975 Topps Set Card 82/660 – #448 – Frank Duffy, Indians

Progress: 82/660

Player Name:  Frank Duffy

Card Number:  448

Team:  Cleveland Indians

Position:  Shortstop

Image Style:  Posed Action

Years In The Major Leagues:  10 seasons, 1970-79

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Duffy played in 146 games for the Indians in 1975.  He connected for 117 hits and amassed a .243 batting average with 482 at-bats.  Of his 117 hits, Duffy connected for 22 doubles, 2 triples, and 1 home run.

Notes From Career:  Duffy shared time between four teams during his 10-year career.  In that time, he collected 619 hits with 104 doubles, 14 triples, and 26 home runs.  He scored 248 runs while driving in 240.  He also stole 49 stolen bases.  In ten seasons, Duffy made just one playoff appearance – 1971 with the Giants.

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Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps Chrome

Dustin Pedroia 2009 Topps Chrome

Gotta love the shininess of the Chrome product put out by Topps.

But, if there is one player in the sport that could find a way to even make a Chrome baseball card dirty it would be Dustin Pedroia.  He has no regard for a clean uniform and something tells me that by the time he applied the tag to the baserunner on this play his uniform pants from the knees down were covered in clay…

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Great card!!

Happy Birthday Frank Viola!!!

Happy Birthday Frank Viola!!!

Frank Viola turns 54 years old today.

Frank Viola didn’t take baseball by storm the way some other pitchers did during their first season in the majors. Drafted out of college in 1981, Viola debuted with the Minnesota Twins in the middle of the 1982 season and the next year and a half were a learning process for both him and the Twins team.

It was not until the 1984 season when Viola took off and began dominating hitters. After going 11-25 in his first two seasons, Viola sparkled in ’84 when he went 18-12 while pitching 250+ innings. In each season from 1984-1993, Viola had double-digit wins with the most being 24 wins during the 1988 season.

In 1987, Viola helped the Twins win the World Series and he earned the World Series MVP Award for his outstanding pitching performance. Viola started 3 games against the Cardinals and went 2-1. He displayed amazing control in a pressure filled series as he only allowed 3 walks in 19+ innings, while striking out 16.

The ’88 season was very special for Viola. Not only did he go 24-7, but he also had the lowest ERA of his career at 2.64. That year, Viola earned 27 of the 28 first place votes for the Cy Young Award.

After 8 seasons with the Twins, Viola spent the last 7 years of his career playing for the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Reds, and lastly the Toronto Blue Jays.

With a career record of 176-150, Viola’s record does not stand out as an above average pitcher. But, when you examine the kinds of teams he played for and their success you begin to see how valuable his efforts were as most of these teams had losing records. With 4 Top 6 Cy Young award finishes, and 1 win of the award, Viola should go down as one of the most consistent pitchers of the 1980′s.

Happy Birthday Mr. Viola!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Certified Materials – GOLD – Numbered To 25!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Certified Materials – GOLD – Numbered To 25!!

Oh yeah, anytime you can add a card limited to just 25 copies to your collection, you should go for it. And if said card happens to feature your favorite player of all-time, it is worth taking and making the extra effort to bring the card home.

And that is precisely what I did when I landed this card of Andre Dawson from the 2004 Leaf Certified Materials set.  The card featured Dawson in his Red Sox uniform, and as you can see below, this is the Gold version of the card.

The Gold cards were limited to just 25 copies.  Mine is numbered as 18/25.

Have a look:

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This is not the first card of Andre that I have scored from this set.  I have a small stack of cards from the regular issue, including the base cards and a few other serial numbered parallels.  I also have a few of the cards from the jersey and patch relic sets that feature Dawson.  And an autograph too!

Maybe there are some other gems from this issue out there for me to find.  If so, I’m ready to get them!

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!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Avery!!!

Happy Birthday Steve Avery!!!

Steve Avery turns 44 years old today.

Steve Avery may have been thrown into the fire a little too early, but his talent level even at a young age had expectations high as he joined the Atlanta Braves’ talented starting pitching core nicknamed – ‘The Young Guns’.  To be considered on par with Greg Maddux, John Smoltz, and Tom Glavine must have been wonderful, and yet stressful, for Avery.

Avery made his debut with the Braves in 1990 and didn’t fare well as he finished the season with a 3-11 record alongside his 4.02 ERA.  But as the youngest player in the game in 1990, Avery managed to impress the Braves’ management enough to remain in the pitching rotation and his hard work began to pay off.  In 1991, Avery went 18-8  while finishing in 6th place for the Cy Young Award.  The next year he declined a bit as he went 11-11 but then thrived in 1993 by going 18-6 and earning his lone trip to the All-star game.

Unfortunately Avery suffered an injury to his pitching arm in late 1993 and he would never be able to recover the success he had for the Braves.  Prior to the injury Avery had a regular season record of 48-36, but after coming back from his injury he managed to go just 44-50.  Many blame the heavy workload and pressure to perform as the Braves’ 4th starter for his breakdown.  While the Braves’ were winning division titles one after  the other, the accolades went to their talented trio of pitchers and Avery became lost in the shuffle.

In 1997 Steve Avery joined the Boston Red Sox and pitched well for them for 2 seasons.  He was no longer the dominant guy that he was in the early 90′s but he performed well as their #2 starter.  The Red Sox kept his innings down and he managed to go 16-14 for them.  In 1999 he joined the Cincinnati Reds and posted a losing record of 6-7 with an enormous ERA of  5.16.  Steve Avery left the game after the 1999 season.

Avery attempted a comeback in 2003 as he wanted to give professional baseball one more attempt.  4 years after leaving the game, Avery joined his hometown team, the Detroit Tigers, as a relief pitcher.  He went 2-0 and played in 19 contests for the Tigers before finally hanging up his cleats for good.

Happy Birthday Mr. Avery!!!

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’!!!