Daily Archives: January 20, 2009

Mail Day Courtesy Of Chris From ‘Project ’62’

At this point, Chris and I have an unspoken pact.  If I find any Ryne Sandberg cards that are on his ‘Want List’ I grab them for him.  And if he finds anything that I am searching for he picks it up on my behalf.  We’re not talking rookie cards or cards that cost a fortune.  We’re talking about 1 player collector and Cubs fan swapping cards with another player collector and Cubs fan.  If you haven’t already visited his site, please check out ‘Project ’62’.

I’ve been kicking myself for not jumping on the ‘Pete Rose 1985 set w/Autographed card’ for the last few weeks and based on the reviews I have been reading I have definitely made a big mistake by not getting one of these.  Oh well, it’s not my first collecting mistake and it won’t be my last(although I wish it was).

Anyways, I got this package in the mail last night and wanted to share it with everyone.  Here are the cards:

2 1983 Topps Super Veteran cards for my set


2 Andre Dawson Sportflics & an Andre Dawson/Ryne Sandberg combo card


A few Ryno cards that must have been doubles from Chris’ collection


And a nice handful of Cubs cards from various years and brands


Thanks Chris!!!

Ripping Open A Pack Of 2007 Topps Series 2 – Pack #1

 I received 4 packs of 2007 Topps Series 2 in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from Pack #1

Matt Morris, Jim Thome, Mickey Mantle, Kip Wells, David Eckstein, and Josh Beckett

You can’t go wrong with a Mickey Mantle card, and the Thome and Beckett are pretty sweet too!


“31 in 31″ – The 1970′s – Card #12

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #12

Dennis Eckersley – 1976 Topps – #98

The man simply known as ‘The Eck’ was one of baseball’s brightest stars in the 1970’s and carried his success through 24 seasons as a big league player.  Dennis Eckersley began his career as a starting pitcher.  In fact, one of the game’s greatest relief pitchers in the history of baseball was a starter during his first 12 seasons.  As a starter, ‘Eck’ did well as he had (9) 10+ win seasons in 12 years.  That all changed in 1987 when Eckersley was traded to the Oakland A’s and was converted into a closer for the Athletics.  ‘Eck’ began to dominate.  And in 12 seasons after that trade, he piled up 387 saves.  Eckersley’s best season came in 1992 when he won the league’s MVP and Cy Young awards.  In ’92 he pitched 80 innings and saved 51 games.  With an ERA of just 1.91 and the control to strikeout 93 batters while walking just 11 and it is easy to see why ‘Eck’ was tagged as one of the best closers in baseball history.  Dennis Eckersley finished in the top 7 for the Cy Young award 6 times in his career – 4 of which came as a closer.

Eckersley has played in 11 post season match-up and 3 World Series championships.  He won the title with the Oakland A’s in 1989 and finished his career with 1 championship ring and 15 saves in post season play.