Daily Archives: January 12, 2009

Stack Of Cards To Be Used Just For Autograph Hunting!!!

I don’t have many local friends that enjoy my hobby of collecting baseball cards.  Ok, actually, I only have 1.  For whatever reason, most of the people I associate with now don’t get my hobby.  Thankfully we have this community of bloggers to share our collections and experiences with.

Saturday afternoon my buddy asked if I was going to be home because he had something for me.  I had no immediate plans and told him to stop by anytime.  Over the years, we have shared ladders, tools, cameras, etc. so I had no idea what he was going to be dropping off.

Concealed in a small box that was wrapped in brown paper was this….. 


I didn’t even try to count these cards!!!

His instructions were simple – these cards are to be used for the sole purpose of autograph collecting.  That’s it.

In this large stack of cards are: Hall of Famers, All-stars, MVP’s, Cy Young Award winners, Gold Glove winners, managers, Silver Slugger winners, World Series heroes, and many more from baseball players that played during or around the 1980’s.  He really put together a wide variety of players and even focused a little on the guys from my ‘Where Are They Now’ series from the blog.

So you can expect to see many more autograph requests going out as I attempt to add more and more autographs of players from my favorite era, the 1980’s, to my collection.

I’ve got to get to the grocery store to pick up some stamps!!!

Jim ‘F#@*kin’ Rice ???????????????????????????????

Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system!!!


John Kruk Has Personality Like No Other…

Very few professional athletes keep their ‘true’ personalities on display for all to see all of the time.  John Kruk fits that bill.  His ability to entertain as well as be the punchline of a joke is rare amongst today’s age of the ego-driven superstar.

Sit back and enjoy a funny glimpse at John Kruk.  The introduction is a little lengthy but well worth it. 

The camera angle on this video is perfect as we take a peek into Kruk’s experience of taking ‘live pitching’ from a softball superstar. 

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #20

 “31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #20

Dave Parker – 1974 Topps – #252

Dave Parker’s career defines the word ‘steady’.  While Parker had some monstrous seasons during his 19-year career as a professional baseball player, it is amazing at how well he played each and every year.  With a career batting average of .290, Parker eclipsed the .300+ mark 6 times.  As consistently good as anyone in the game, Parker finished in the Top 16 for the MVP award 8 times, while capturing the title in 1978.  His numbers in ’78 were pretty awesome – .334/30/117.  His approach garnered 7 All-star appearances and 3 Gold Glove awards.  ‘Big Dave’ competed in 3 World Series match-ups, and won 2 titles – 1 in 1979 with the Pirates, and 1 ten years later in 1989 with the Oakland A’s.