Monthly Archives: January 2009

Mystery Box Has Been Shipped…

Only 2 people know the destination of this box – me and the UPS driver that just picked it up.

But don’t fret, as soon as the contents of this box are returned to me I will share it will all of you.

Set your watches – the countdown begins now!!!

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“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #3

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #3

George Brett – 1975 Topps – #228

George Brett played a phenomenal 21 seasons with the Kansas City Royals.  Most players fade in such a small market, but Brett thrived and the baseball world took notice of this incredibly talented and entertaining player.

Brett’s offensive game was terrific.  A contact hitter with power, Brett was a force at the plate and was a threat to the opposition each time he batted.  With a career average of .305 and with 11 seasons to his credit of batting .300 or better, Brett was a master.  Add to that his 317 career home runs and 665 doubles and you have a near-perfect example of a combined power/finesse hitter.  Brett tallied 3,154 hits over the course of his career, which was good for 150 hits per season.

In 21 years, George Brett finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 10 times.  In 1980 he won the award and had one of the greatest offensive seasons of the decade.  While batting a remarkable .390, Brett also crushed 24 home runs while driving in 118 runs.  In addition to that, Brett was an All-star that year and earned a Silver Slugger award as well(his 1st of 3).  Brett’s offensive game was so well-rounded that it earned him 13 All-star game appearances.

George Brett played in 2 World Series championships.  Brett’s Royals team lost in 1980 to the Phillies, but won the championship in 1985 versus the Cardinals.  Brett shined in all of his post season appearances.  In 43 games, Brett collected 56 hits giving him a .337 batting average.  To top it off, he also smacked 10 home runs and drove in 23 runs.  Brett won the ALCS MVP in 1985 when he hit .500 over the course of a 7-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays. 

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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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11 More Autograph TTM Requests Going Out…

I plead Guilty.  I am hooked.  And my mailman is not going to be too pleased with the extra weight he’s got to carry around…

11 more autograph requests have been mailed.  I have been on a nice little hit streak lately so I didn’t want to let up.  I have a shrinking stack of cards that I want to send out for autographs, but my stack of signed cards is multiplying in quantity.  I don’t consider this to be too bad of a trade-off…

The Guys: Don Zimmer, Steve Sax, Frank Viola, Mark Gubicza, John Olerud, Dave Henderson, Tim Raines, Cecil Cooper, Tim Brunansky, Lou Whitaker, and Lance Parrish.

Wish me luck!!!

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Ron Cey Autograph Through The Mail Success!!!

What a cool looking signature.  Ron Cey delivered these beauties to me in just 11 days…

And while most of the baseball world will remember Cey as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers from 1971-82, I choose to remember him first as a Cub!!  But, you certainly cannot deny what Cey did in a Dodgers uniform…  6 All-star appearances in a row solidified Cey as a dominant 3rd baseman.  Oh yeah, he also won the World Series MVP for the Dodgers in 1981 too..

As a member of the Cubs from 1983-1986, Cey continued on his tear as a great hitter and skilled defense-man and it is thrilling to add this Dodgers and Cubs legend to my growing autograph collection!!

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Busting One More Pack Of 1990 Fleer – Pack #3

 I received 4 packs of 1990 Fleer in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from Pack #3

Von Hayes, Ron Hassey, Fred McGriff, Devon White, Glenn Wilson, Dave Winfield, Sandy Alomar Jr, Danny Tartabull, Andres Galaraga, Scott Coolbaugh, Rick Dempsey, Scott Hemond/Mark Gardner, Tony Gwynn, Lou Whitaker, and Steve Wilson.

Doubles, Doubles, Doubles.  At least some of the doubles I got are of players I like, but this was a pack that contained only 3 new cards for me.  At least one of the ;newbies’ was a Tony Gwynn card!!!

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“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #5

“31 in 31” – The 1970’s – Card #5

Robin Yount – 1975 Topps – #223

Robin Yount ranks as #5 on my list of the Top 31 rookies from the 1970’s.  Had Yount played for a team that got more media attention, he could be even higher on the list.

Everything Robin Yount did, he did exceptionally well.  A hitter for power, a hitter for average, a base runner, you name it and he did it very well.  Yount was an offensive machine for 20 years as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.  In 20 big league seasons, Yount finished his career with 3,142 hits.  With those hits came 251 home runs and 271 stolen bases.  And if you add to that his 1,406 RBI and 1,632 runs scored you’ve got a potent mixture that creates the perfect offensive threat.

A 2-time MVP winner with 5 more Top 18 finises, Yount was widely accepted as one of baseball’s best players for 2 decades.  Yount is a 3-time All-star and a Gold Glove winner as well.  Yount reached the World Series in 1982 and lost to the Cardinals in 7 games.  In that series, Yount hit an amazing .414 as he collected 12 hits with 6 RBI.

Robin Yount was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1999. 

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