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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!!!

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’!!!

1994 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Steals The Final Base Of His Career, #314

1994 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Steals The Final Base Of His Career, #314

On this day in 1994, Andre Dawson and the Boston Red Sox took on the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium.

Dawson was batting fifth for the Sox and was the team’s designated hitter.  In the top of the second inning, Dawson drew a walk off of Royals’ pitcher Tom Gordon.  He then proceeded to steal second base, the 314th and final steal of his career.

Happy Anniversary ‘Hawk’!!

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1994 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Joins The ’1,500 RBI Club’

1994 HEADLINE:  Andre Dawson Joins The ’1,500 RBI Club’

On this day in 1994, Andre Dawson picked up RBI #1,500 of his major league career.

In  22-11 win over the Kansas City Royals, Andre Dawson entered the game with 1,499 RBI.  It did not take long for him to help get the Red Sox a run as he laced a single through the infield and drove in career RBI #1,500 in the first inning of the game.

One the day, Dawson went 1-for-3 with 1 RBI and 2 runs scored.

Dawson would end his career with 1,591 RBI.

Happy Anniversary ‘Hawk’!!!

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Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps – 1989 Mini Die-Cut

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps – 1989 Mini Die-Cut

Wow, you almost don’t recognize the guy without the beard….

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It’s kind of funny how there are certain cards that simply get more collecting love than others – even when there is not a ‘standout’ feature like an autograph or chunk of game-used something embedded into it.

This card of Dustin Pedroia is one of them (at least for me).  The card is from a 2014 Topps Series 1 subset of 1989 Mini Die-Cuts.

And it took me quite a long time to bring one home.  Yes, I was thrifty with how much I would pay, but I got outbid a lot on this one – more than 5-6 cards sold at higher prices that I was willing to dish out.

But, as usual, the patience paid off and I was able to score the card for just $0.99 with FREE shipping.

And now, I have just one more ’89 Die-Cut Mini to go after.  Hopefully, nabbing the McCutchen is not as tough…

Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!

Happy Birthday Bret Saberhagen!!!

Bret Saberhagen turns 50 years old today.

Bret Saberhagen put together a nice 16-season career for himself.  If it were not for his playing for so many losing teams, who knows what he could have accomplished.  The individual accomplishments that Bret achieved rival those of some of the greatest pitchers from the 1980′s and 90′s.  A 2-time Cy Young Award winner and World Series MVP, many would love to have his resume.

Saberhagen’s career record of  167-117 doesn’t do justice for some of the finest single seasons by any pitcher in the 80′s.  As a member of the Kansas City Royals in 1985, Bret won his first Cy Young award as he finished the season with a 20-6 record while striking out 158 batters and walking just 38.  The dominance continued into the post-season in ’85 as his Royals went on to win the World Series behind Bret’s MVP performance.  In the ’85 match-up he pitched 2 complete games, earning the win in each, while allowing just 1 run in 18 innings.  A few seasons later in 1989, Saberhagen again had a monstrous year as he went 23-6, with a 2.16 ERA and he struck out 193 batters while allowing just 43 walks.  These amazing stats earned Bret his 2nd Cy Young  Award in 5 seasons.

After 8 amazing seasons with the Royals, Bret went on to play for the New York Mets, Colorado Rockies, and the Boston Red Sox.  Although he did compile 3 more 10+ win seasons during his last 8 years in the big leagues, he was unable to recapture his amazing from his days in Kansas City.

It should be noted that Saberhagen has an incredible K:walk ratio.  For his career, he has 1,715 strikeouts while giving up just 471 walks – good for a 3.64:1 K:walk ratio which ranks him at #10 in major league history.

Happy Birthday Mr. Saberhagen!!!

Andre Dawson 2010 Panini Century ‘Postcards’ Certified Autograph & 2-Color Jersey Relic

Andre Dawson 2010 Panini Century ‘Postcards’ Certified Autograph & 2-Color Jersey Relic

I have never been a fan of this set, but when the card features your favorite player, you tend to bend the rules a bit.

And this time around, I am happy that I did just that.

Not only does this card feature a 2-tone swatch of game-used jersey worn by Andre Dawson, but it is perfectly completed with his gorgeous signature.

Have a look:

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The card is serial numbered to just 50 copies.  Mine is #24/50.

I’m happy to have this one in my collection now.   And I am just as happy to be able to move on to the next – I’ll try for a better looking card the next time around…