Daily Archives: January 30, 2009

Incredible Cards Given From 1 Andre Dawson Fan To Another…

I don’t believe that anyone follows the ‘Hawk to the Hall’ blog quite like I do.  I’ve used Charlie’s site as a source of inspiration a he has built an incredible collection of a player that we both call our favorite – Andre Dawson!

Charlie and I have chatted via email and blog comments over the last several months and recently he told me that he had pulled some cards for me.  How cool is that?  Someone that collects and cherishes cards of the same player that I do was willing to share.  Needless to say, I was thrilled by this and couldn’t wait for the cards to arrive.

Well, they have and I am more than pleased.  I’m actually quite humbled by Charlie’s generosity.  Let me share the goodies with you…


A 2004 Donruss card featuring a piece of game-used jersey of Andre’s.  If you look very closely on the left side of this swatch, you can see the famous Cubs pinstripe.


2 cards I was missing for my player collection – 1986 Fleer base card & 1986 Donruss Diamond Kings.  SWEET!!!


Great cards of Andre in the Expos, Red Sox, and Marlins uniforms….  I have to admit some of these Red Sox and Marlins cards are pretty cool.


A handful of Cubs cards I already owned but I will never say ‘No’ to adding more to my favorite Cubs’ collection.


And lastly, 5 cards of ‘The Hawk’ in a Cubs uniform that I did not have.  Such perfect additions to my collection!!

All in all, 26 cards were sent and 26 cards will be taken care of and appreciated.  Charlie- I cannot ‘Thank You’ enough for these great cards and I am already working on some ideas as to how I can return this wonderful favor.

Bobby Bonilla Autograph Through The Mail Success!!!

In just 13 days Bobby Bonilla, also known as ‘Bobby Bo’, returned all 4 of my cards to me signed to perfection!! 

I have always liked his signature.  The loops he has incorporated into the ‘B’s’ in his name really make this a great signature to look at.

I am extremely happy to add this 6-time All-star and member of the 1997 World Series Champion Florida Marlins to my collection.

Thanks ‘Bo’


Another Mystery Box Is In The Air…

Incredible!!!  2 boxes in 2 days.  Wow – I really hope that this works out well…

Don’t worry, I’ll be sure to share the contents and joy(hopefully) of this 6X6 inch cardboard box as soon as it is returned back safely to me…


“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #2

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #2

Mike Schmidt – 1973 Topps – #615

I am treating this card the in the same manner that I am treating the Molitor/Trammell rookie card.  This is classified as a Mike Schmidt rookie card only.  Ron Cey had a wonderful career and is a personal favorite of mine, but to be fair it is very clear that the hobby sees this primarily as a Mike Schmidt rookie card.

Mike Schmidt’s credentials are as impressive as any player to play the game in the last 50 years.  If you were to look up the definition of a ‘power hitter’ and ‘defensive specialist’ you could very easily see a reference to Mike Schmidt in both sections.

Schmidt played for 18 seasons with the Philadelphia Philles and was and still is the face of the franchise for many baseball fans.  His raw power at the plate drew fans to the ballpark as he put on incredible displays of power while launching ball after ball into the outfield stands.  With 548 career home runs, Schmidt blasted 30 or more home runs in 12 of his 18 seasons in the majors.  And with 1,595 RBI, he certainly took advantage of have players on base when he was at bat.  Schmidt has a career batting average of .267 and hit .300 or better just 1-time.  But his job was to produce runs and that is exactly what he did – and at an unbelievable rate too.

And then there is the defense…  Schmidt was a 10-time Gold Glove winner at 3rd base.  His range, cannon of an arm, and desire to scoop up every ball hit in his direction made Schmidt the most dominant 3rd baseman during the 1980’s.

Elected to the baseball Hall of Fame in 1995, Schmidt was a 12-time All-star.  Schmidt may also be the most highly decorated player from the 1980’s as he won 3 MVP award – in 1980, 1981, and 1986. 

Mike Schmidt competed in 2 World Series match-ups – 1 in 1980 and 1 in 1983.  His Phillies team in 1980 won the title in 6 games but lost in 7 games in 1983 to the Baltimore Orioles.  During their drive to the title in 1980, Schmidt amazed the baseball world while hitting .381 with 2 home runs and driving in 7.  These impressive stats led to him being votes the World Series MVP of the 1980 Fall Classic.  Unfortunately in 1983 he could not duplicate his success as he accounted for just 1 hit in 20 at-bats and hit a poor .050.