Daily Archives: January 28, 2009

Ron Santo Autograph Through The Mail Success!!!

In just 17 days I received this perfectly signed card from Ron Santo.  For a small donation, Santo is available to sign any item(within reason) you wish to mail him.  I’ve already got off to a great start on adding some Cubs superstars to my collection so Santo is a perfect compliment to this set.

Often called ‘the greatest player not in the Hall of Fame’, Ron Santo spent 14 of his 15 seasons with the Cubs and was a 9-time All-star.  With 2,254 career hits alongside 342 home runs and 1,331 RBI one has to wonder what more Santo could have done to earn a few more votes to sit alongside baseball’s elite players.

How nice is this???

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 And here is the Certificate of Authenticity from the company that Santo signs through…

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Something tells me that this is not the last time a Ron Santo autographs joins my collection!!

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Steve Carlton

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Steve Carlton

Another great addition to my Super Veterans set.  Steve Carlton is one of the greatest pitchers to play the game, and could also be one of the most underrated too.  Carlton is among the elite group of pitchers to amass 300+ wins and 4,000+ strikeouts.

And oh yeah, he has won the Cy Young award 4 times and has 2 World Series championship rings as well. 

“Super Veteran”???  YES, he is!!!

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Shawon Dunston Autograph Through The Mail Success!!!

3 sweet looking Shawon Dunston autographed cards have been returned to me in just 11 days.

When I lived in Chicago, Dunston was one of my favorite players.  I got hooked, like most Cubs fans, on the ‘Shawn-O-Meter’ as we watched his batting average rise and fall daily.  It was a lot of fun cheering for Dunston and he was always very gracious with the fans.

His signature always stood out to me.  And when I was collecting during my first stint in the 1980’s and into the early 90’s I had a few Dusnton auto’s from various Cubs related events.  I am so happy to bring a few back into my collection.  His autograph is very unique and he was a special player to watch!!!

Thanks Shawon!!! 

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“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #4

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #4

Paul Molitor w/Alan Trammell – 1978 Topps – #707

This was tough.  If you take the stats of both of these baseball studs and add them together you have an unstoppable force.  But how do you rate this card when you are trying to rank the best rookies from the 1970’s???  Puzzling for sure.  What I did was take the ‘bigger’ of the 2 stars which in my opinion is Paul Molitor.  So, there is no Alan Trammell post in this ’31 in 31′ story.  Unfortunately he falls short compared to Molitor so I am classifying this card solely as a Paul Molitor rookie card.

Elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004, Paul Molitor had a brilliant 21-year career.  Never getting the opportunity to showcase his talents in front of a consistently large crowd, Molitor spent most of his career as an unheralded superstar.

With 3,316 career hits and a lifetime batting average of .306 Paul Molitor is one of the greatest hitters of the last 40 years.  For a player that was not classified as a ‘power hitter’ Molitor quietly bashed 234 home runs.  And while also never being classified as a ‘speedster’, Paul also accumulated 504 stolen bases.  This multi-dimensional player was a 7-time All-star, and he won 4 Silver Slugger awards as well.  Molitor finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 9 times over the course of his career where his highest finish was coming in at 2nd place in 1993.

When Molitor got the opportunity to play in the World Series, he took full advantage and the world watched in awe.  Playing in the 1982 contest with the Brewers and then again in 1993 with the Blue Jays, Molitor put on a remarkable show.  In 13 games between the 2 series’, Molitor went 23 for 55 hitting a solid .418.  He also homered twice and drove in 11 runs.  Although his Brewers lost the championship in 1983, he did go on to win a title in 1993 and was voted World Series MVP for his dominant hitting performance in which he hit .500.

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