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Dave Winfield 1985 Topps Glossy All-Star

Dave Winfield 1985 Topps Glossy All-Star

Gotta love it – Another great card for my Dave Winfield collection!

This one comes from the 1985 Topps baseball card set.  The All-Star Glossy cards were inserted into rack packs of 1985 Topps and were counted as bonus cards for the set.

Have a look:

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I have always enjoyed the theme of All-Star cards – these players stand out and deserve the extra attention.  In many sets, I wish that the cards were done better and did a more solid job of celebrating the All-Star, but I will take what I can get.

And this time, I got another great card for my growing Dave Winfield collection.

Yeah, Baby!!

1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

1984 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Crushes Home Run #500 Of His Career!!!

On this date in 1984, Reggie Jackson crushed the 500th home run of his Hall of Fame career!!!

One of the most impressive players in the game joined the 500 Home Run Club in front of 28,862 fans at Anaheim Stadium in California.  As a member of the Angels, Jackson and his teammates took on the first place Kansas City Royals.

In the bottom of the 7th inning with his team trailing 7-0, Reggie Jackson crushed a Bud Black pitch into the outfield stands for a home run – #500!!!

Reggie Jackson currently ranks at 13th All-time with 563 career home runs.  And although that ranking will fall a few notches over the next few years, Reggie Jackson will always be remembered as being one of the greatest home run hitters of All-time!!

Congratulations to ‘Mr. October’!!!

1993 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Joins The 3,000 Hits Club

1993 HEADLINE: Dave Winfield Joins The 3,000 Hits Club

On this day in 1993, Dave Winfield joined the ‘3,000 Hits Club’.

Playing for the Twins and at home, Winfield entered this game with 2,999 hits on his resume.  With just 3 weeks left in the season, this was a match-up of a 6th and 7th place team so it was a relatively small crowd of just over 14,000.  But for those that showed up, they got to witness baseball history!!  Winfield collected 2 hits in the contest, both singles, in this 13-inning marathon.  Hit #3,000 came off of fellow Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley in the 9th inning.

Baseball History – Winfield finished his career with 3,110 hits.  He presently ranks in 19th place on the all-time list.

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Tm Raines turns 55 years old today!!

One of the scrappiest and most entertaining players to debut during the 1980’s, Tim Raines was magical on a baseball field.

I don’t know if it was because he was undersized (5 feet, 8 inches tall), but Tim Raines dominated baseball games to most people’s surprise.

Raines had a knack for contact hitting and he retired with a .294 lifetime average alongside 2,605 hits.  And on the base paths he was a monster.  One of the sport’s greatest runners, Raines has 808 career stolen bases and he has also scored 1,571 runs.

A constant threat to win the league’s MVP award and a 7-time All-star, Tim Raines was a steady contributor to each of the 7 teams he played with during his 23-year career.

Yet, Tim Raines is still a player that is hardly collected in today’s hobby.  And he is rarely celebrated in baseball.  Much of this has to do with his best years as a professional be ing played in Montreal for the Expos.

Happy Birthday ‘Rock’!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 261/660 – #557 – Larry Gura, Yankees

1975 Topps Set Card 261/660 – #557 – Larry Gura, Yankees

Progress: 261/660

Card Number:  557

Player Name:  Larry Gura

Team:  New York Yankees

Position:  Pitcher

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1970-85

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Larry Gura appeared in 24 games for the New York Yankees during the 1975 baseball season.  He compiled a record of 7-8 with 5 complete games at the conclusion of the year.  Gura pitched in 151 innings, giving up 173 hits and 65 runs.  He struck out just 65 batters in those 151 innings while walking 41.

Notes From Career:  Gura pitched in 403 games during his major league career.  He has a record of 126-97 with 71 complete games, 16 shutouts, and 14 saves.  Gura’s career ERA is 3.76 as he allowed 958 runs across 2,047 innings of work.  Gura was an All-Star during the 1980 baseball season and he has 3 Top 9 finishes for the Cy Young Award on his resume.

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1990 HEADLINE: Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. Are First Father-Son Combo To Hit Back-To-Back Home Runs

1990 HEADLINE:  Ken Griffey Sr. and Jr. Are First Father-Son Combo To Hit Back-To-Back Home Runs

On this day back in 1990, Ken Griffey Sr. and Ken Griffey Jr. became the first ever Father & Son duo to hit back-to-back home runs in the major leagues.

An event that must have been extremely memorable and enjoyable for the duo, the Griffey men certainly had a great evening.

Ken Sr. went 2-for-5 on the day with a home run and 3 RBI.  The younger Griffey went 1-for-4 with his solo home run.  Their combined offensive output was not enough to hold of the Angels as the Mariners lost 7-5.

Still, a very memorable and historic night in Anaheim!!!

Congratulations to 2 class acts!!!

Incredible ‘Through The Mail’ Mail Day Courtesy Of Mr. Wade Boggs!!

Incredible ‘Through The Mail’ Mail Day Courtesy Of Mr. Wade Boggs!!

As soon as i decided to jump in and go after more baseball cards of Wade Boggs for my collection, the first thing I did was document each and every card I owned that featured him as the primary subject so I could get my ‘Boggs Checklist’ up to date and proceed with my expansion plans.

As I went through the cards I already owned, I saw that a few doubles had crept into the mix.  And they were all pretty good looking cards too.  My mind began to spin, and I started formulating my plan…

First, I went to a few of the sports autograph websites that I frequent to see if Boggs’ signing habits through the mail were still positive.  And as soon as I got that confirmation, I pulled three cards from my small stack of ‘doubles’, jotted a quick letter to Wade, and packed the cards up with a small cash donation and return self-addressed-stamped-envelope.

And off they went.

And just 2 1/2 weeks later, my three cards were returned to me and they are all signed beautifully in Blue Sharpie.

Have a look:

1988 Score – base

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1991 Score ‘Dream Team’ w/HOF 05 inscription

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2001 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

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I told you that they were good looking cards!!!

And even better with that bright Blue Wade Boggs autograph scribbled on each one.

I am so thrilled that Boggs is still signing so generously for his fans.  I may try to grab a few more while I can – time to go back and see what other ‘doubles’ I have that may look just as nice as the above cards.

Which one do you like the best?  My pick is the 1988 Score card – the Blue really pops!!!