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Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Silver Foil Edition!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Silver Foil Edition!

The Fergie Jenkins ‘Archives Train’ keeps rolling here at ’30-YOC’ as I have now grabbed three of the four cards of Fergie from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

This is my first ‘Silver Foil’ card from the Archives set that I have picked up, and it is pretty shiny – reminding my of the platinum cards from the 2011 Topps Lineage release.

Each ‘Silver Foil’ card is serial numbered to 99 copies.  Mine is numbered as 54/99.

Have a look:

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Of the three cards, I would say that this one is my favorite so far.

And now, I just need one more card of Fergie from the set and my ‘Jenkins Archives Rainbow’ is complete!

 

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 65 years old today.

Not only did Vida Blue win the Cy Young in his first full-time season as a starter, he also was the league’s MVP. Beat that!!!

Blue had a monster year in 1971 for the Oakland A’s. He went 24-8 with 24 complete games and 8 shutouts. Add that impressive record to his 1.82 ERA with 301 strikeout and you have one of the most impressive seasons by a pitcher during the decade of the 1970’s.

Vida Blue finished his career with a 209-161 record and 1,185 strikeouts. He finished in the Top 7 for the Cy Young award 5 times and was a 6-time All-star. Blue was part of the legendary Oakland A’s teams that won 3 consecutive World Series titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Blue pitched in 8 games in the Fall Classic and went 3-0, a perfect record on baseball’s biggest stage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Gold Foil Version

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Gold Foil Version

With this card, I am exactly half-way to where I want to be with my collection of Fergie Jenkins cards from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

Fergie has four cards in this release – and this Gold version of his base cards is the second one that I have now hauled in.

The Gold cards are serial numbered to 199 copies.  Mine is #95/199.

Have a look:

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When I posted the base card a week or so ago, I blasted Topps for giving us another card with the same image of Fergie that we have seen on other recently released products.  So, I am not going to do that again.

But, I will say that even with the Gold border color added to the cards as an extra piece to the puzzle, I am not overly thrilled…

I want truly unique images.  Or at least ones we have not seen in recent years.

Pretty Please?!?!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Base – BORING, BORING, BORING

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – Base

Yessir, I have finally landed my first card of Fergie Jenkins from the 2014 Topps Archives set.

Here it is:

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While I was thrilled to see that Mr. Jenkins’ name was on the set’s checklist, I have to say that I was pretty disappointed by the actual card itself.  Not only would I have liked to have seen Fergie featured in a card design that he has yet to be shown with (like the ’86 Topps design), but we have also seen this specific image WAY TOO MANY TIMES ALREADY!!!

Come on Topps, enough is enough – give us something new.  Fergie has been featured with the 1989 Topps design before.  And this image has been used many times before.

Give us unique and special and we will keep ripping.  Until then, I will spend my money with Sportlots.com where I can snag singles, like the one above, for just $0.18 per card.

Sheesh.

 

1976 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Win #200

1976 HEADLINE: Fergie Jenkins Captures Career Win #200

On this day in 1976, Ferguson Jenkins picked up career win number 200 of his amazing career.

Playing for the Boston Red Sox, and facing the Chicago White Sox, the ‘Fenway Faithful’ were in for a treat.

Jenkins hurled a 4-hit, complete game shutout of the White Sox.  He struck out just two batters during the game and walked none.

All of the offense that Jenkins needed for this win was supplied by Rick Burlseon, Bobby Darwin, and Doug Griffin as the Red Sox beat the White Sox 4-0.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, Mr. Jenkins!!!

Fergie Jenkins #31

Adding Some More Depth To My ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ Tribute

Adding Some More Depth To My ‘Ultimate Jenkins‘ Tribute

While organizing pictures for the ’10’ post I did the other night that showcased the 10 signed Fergie Jenkins baseballs in my collection, I noticed some obvious omissions on my ‘Ultimate Jenkins‘ page.

So, I set aside some time to comb through that entire page with the goal of bulking it up and adding more that honors the great career of my favorite pitcher of all-time.

The results?  A few more photos!

Here they are:

Fergie Jenkins Game-Used Relic Cards

JENKINS GU CARDS

Fergie Jenkins IP/TTM Signed Cards

JENKINS AUTO CARDS

Fergie Jenkins Certified Autographed Cards

JENKINS CERT AUTO CARDS

Sweet!

All great stuff, and all stuff that deserves to be a part of the newly refreshed ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ page.

If you haven’t checked it out in a while, come see what you are missing!!!

And That Makes 10.

And That Makes 10.

If you were with me and ’30-YOC’ on Monday night, you would have seen that I scored the 10th signed baseball for my Fergie Jenkins collection.

Yes, I said 10.

All signed by my favorite pitcher of all-time.

So, since 10 is such a nice, round number, I thought it would only be fitting to show them all off to you at one time.

Sound good?

Great.  Here we go!!

Fenway Park 100th Anniversary Commemorative

JENKINS FENWAY BALL

‘Fly’ nickname ball

JENKINS FLY BALL

3,192 K’s ball

JENKINS K

284 Wins ball

fergie 284

Cy Young NL 71 ball

Fergie cy ball

Rawlings Cy Young ball

fergie cy young logo ball 2

Ferguson Fergie Jenkins w/HOF 91

FERGIE NEW BALL

Fergie Jenkins HOF 91 ball

FERGIE HOF 91

Black Rawlings ball with Gold pen and HOF 91

JENKINS BLACK

Hall of Fame logo ball with HOF 91 inscription

FERGIE HOF BALL

I LOVE IT!!!

And I still have a few more ideas that will only bolster and make this collection even more well-rounded.

The next time I hear about another Jenkins signing that I can get it on, I am all over it!!

Thanks for reading.

SIGNING RESULTS: 2 New Balls For My Fergie Jenkins Collection!!

SIGNING RESULTS: 2 New Balls For My Fergie Jenkins Collection!!

Friends, I missed out on an opportunity to take part in a Fergie Jenkins signings earlier in the year, so when another chance came up, I jumped right in.

With both feet!

Two balls this time around.  And each one is a unique and special addition to my collection that honors my favorite pitcher of all-time.

The first ball that I got signed is very similar to another recent addition to my collection that was signed by Andre Dawson.

Have a look:

JENKINS FENWAY BALL

Yep, another sweet Rawlings Fenway Park 100th Anniversary commemorative ball.  And Fergie added his jersey number from his Red Sox days to the signature too – #31.

And now, another great one.  Check out the inscription on this one…

JENKINS FLY BALL

Yessir, it reads ‘FLY’.  As is Fergie Jenkins is ‘FLY’ – and I love it.

When I think 1970’s, I think groovy and smooth and fly.  And when I think 1970’s baseball style, I think Fergie Jenkins (and others).

2 great additions to my collection.  2 very unique pieces.

Tonight, I am a very happy collector!

Remembering And Celebrating The Magnificent Career Of Tony Gwynn

Remembering And Celebrating The Magnificent Career Of Tony Gwynn

Like most baseball fans across the globe, I took today’s news of Tony Gwynn’s death as a shock.  And while I had read prior reports about his health and battle with cancer, I did not expect his life to end today.

In a fog for a few hours after, I began recalling watching my generation’s greatest hitter perform at a level I have never seen duplicated.

Gwynn was as likable as any sports star in the 1980s and 1990s.  He smiled on the field, he did his job well, he was loyal to his organization – and best of all, he always worked harder with the goal of getting better.

Tonight, as I sit here, I wanted to share a few pieces of my personal collection that honors Mr. Padre.  I do this with a heavy heart, but also while sporting a smile for Tony Gwynn helped shape my love for the game during my youth.  And when I collected cards as a kid, and now again as a man and father of two young boys, I always try to grab cards of him for he was one of the best.

The first major league game that I ever attended was on a family vacation in 1985 to San Diego with my parents.   This is the ticket stub from the game – Gwynn went 1-for-4 on the day with a double.  I was 9 years old on this date – and already a Tony Gwynn fan.

gwynn ticket stub

When I got back into collecting baseball cards in 2008, one of the first players I decided to honor was Mr. Gwynn.  I put together a pretty good-sized collection of major brand cards from his playing days – from his rookie cards of 1983 through to the end of his career.

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And one year for Christmas, my wife and kids surprised me with a Tony Gwynn signed ball for my collection.

And in a collection of 100+ signed baseballs, my Gwynn ball rests on the top row of the lot alongside such greats as Nolan Ryan and Dave Winfield.

Gwynn signed ball

Lastly, when my family and I took a vacation to Southern California in 2012, I made going to see a Padres game a priority.  And while Mr. Gwynn was obviously not playing, I certainly did my best to acknowledge and celebrate him by sporting a t-shirt with his name and jersey number on the back as I visited and had my picture taken with his statue at Petco Park.

Tony Gwynn Statue

Mr. Gwynn, I hope that you are finally resting comfortably.  Please know that you have impacted not just my life, but the lives of millions and millions of baseball fans and people across this country.  The joy we got by watching you play a sport we love at the highest level is something I am unable to put into words.

You may be gone now, but you will never be forgotten.  Rest in peace.

Still Seeking That Elusive Sepia…

Still Seeking That Elusive Sepia…

Friends, I am so close to finishing my ‘Fergie Jenkins Rainbow’ from this year’s Gypsy Queen release that I can taste it.

I am, and have been, just 1 card shy of the full collection for more than a few weeks now and it is starting to drive me wild that I cannot seem to knock out this last card.

Sure, I know that they are on the rare side and limited to just 50 copies.  But, by now, I would have expected that more than three would have appeared on Ebay.  I’m truly kicking myself for not buying one of those three cards as I am not deep in the ‘waiting game’…

But trust me, in time that Sepia will be mine!!!

the waiting game