Daily Archives: January 13, 2009

20 More Autograph TTM Requests Out In The Mail…

After receiving these cards, I couldn’t resist putting more cards in the mail with the hopes of receiving a few back autographed.

So off I went to the Post Office and the Grocery Store to stock up on stamps and envelopes.

And out these went today….

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The guys:  Kent Hrbek, Jim Abbott, Joe Carter, Chili Davis, Eric Davis, Fernando Valenzuela, Bobby Bonilla, Whitey Herzog, Shawon Dunston, Orel Hershiser, Todd Zeile, Bucky Dent, Willie Randolph, Mike Scioscia, Willie McGee, Ron Cey, Mike Greenwell, Harold Reynolds, Robin Ventura, and Tony Perez.

Cubs Cards from The Cubs Blog – ‘Wait ‘Til Next Year’

Although this new blog is in it’s infant stages, you would never be able to tell as Steve is an exceptional writer and adds personal touches to most of his posts. 

I am always happy to find a new blog to read, and when it is littered with the Chicago Cubs and stories about them it is even a bigger reward.  ‘Wait ‘Til Next Year’ is Steve’s take on the old-school Cubs.  Of course you’re going to read about Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Fergie Jenkins, and the other guys.  But what Steve does is offer a perspective that most of us were unable to enjoy.  Without trying to call Steve ‘old’, he has memories from the golden age of the Cubs – the 1960”s.  While most of us have to settle for stories that have been handed down or finding them on-line, Steve lived it daily!!!  Sometimes I wish I were born in a different era so I could enjoy the game when my heroes played.  Thankfully Steve has been able to bridge that gap for us with some of his experiences…

Onto the cards…  In order to obtain one of Mark Grace’s autographs, I had to pull this card out of my collection.  Steve has generously added this card back into my collection and it is easily one of my favorite Mark Grace cards.

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 The next 4 cards mean more to me than they would to the average collector.  And if you were to place these 4 in front of different people, their likes and dislikes would differ greatly.  But, for me, these cards are all ‘Likes’!!!

1989 Topps Ramon Martinez rookie card – Martinez is one of my ‘That Guys’.  1987 Donruss Barry Larkin rookie card.  Larkin was my first TTM autograph since I picked this part of the hobby back up a few months ago.  I am hopeful that he gets some serious consideration for the HOF next year when he is eligible.  1982 Topps Jody Davis.  CUBS – ’nuff said!!  And finally, the 1989 Topps Robin Ventura rookie.  One of my favorite players from the time I lived in Chicago. 

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Thanks Steve.  Don’t worry – I’ll certainly ‘Wait ‘Til Next Year’.

What Ever Happened To Terry Steinbach???

Terry Steinbach was the anchor for a very successful Oakland Athletics pitching staff during their ‘Glory Years’ of the late 1980’s. 

A 3-time All-star catcher, Steinbach was the model of consistency both at the plate and on the field for what at the time was baseball’s most dynamic line-up.  During Steinbach’s 14-year career, he hit a solid .271 while amassing 162 home runs and driving in 745 runs.  On a line-up that consisted of the amazing talents of Rickey Henderson, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire, Carney Lansford, Dave Henderson, and others, it was Steinbach’s approach at the plate that helped the A’s become the elite team of the 1980’s. 

Steinbach also caught 2 no-hitters during his career: 1 in 1990 by A’s ace Dave Stewart & 1 in 1999 by Eric Milton of the Twins.

Terry Steinbach helped lead the A’s to 3 consecutive AL pennants in 1988, 1989, and 1990.  The pinnacle was reached in 1989 as the Oakland A’s won the World Series in a 4-game sweep of the San Francisco Giants.

 In Steinbach’s first year of Hall of Fame eligibility in 2000 he received 1 vote and was dropped from all future ballots.

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“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #19

 “31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #19

Keith Hernandez – 1975 Topps – #623

Keith Hernandez was the model for defense at first base throughout his entire career.  Hernandez captured the Gold Glove over 11 straight seasons.  But Keith Hernandez was not a 1-dimensional player.  With a lifetime batting average of .296, Hernandez also drove in 1,071 runs while scoring 1,124 himself.  Keith’s best season came in 1979 when he won the league’s MVP award after posting a .344 batting average while driving in 105 runs and scoring 116 times.  Hernandez would go on to finish in the Top 21 in the MVP race 8 times while also grabbing 5 All-star selections.  Keith Hernandez played in 2 World Series contests winning both – 1 in 1982 with the Cardinals and then again in 1986 with the Mets.

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