Daily Archives: February 13, 2009

Busting Open A Pack Of 1989 Topps – pack 2

I received 2 packs of 1989 Topps in the contest I won on the Autographed Cards blog.

Here are the results from Pack #2

Gary Sheffield(rookie), Don Heinkel, Ken Phelps, Houston Astros Team Leader, Dennis Eckersley, Kurt Stilwell, Chad Kreuter, Jeff Bittiger, Luis Polonia, Mickey Hatcher, Terry Clark, Charlie Leibrandt, Mike Scott, Andres Thomas, and Johnny Ray.

This pack was definitely the better of the 2 I received of 1989 Topps.  You cannot go wrong with a Gary Sheffield rookie card.  Eckersley is a Hall of Famer.  And nabbing cards of Mike Scott and Andres Thomas are not too bad either.

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Jimmy Key Autograph TTM Success!!!

In my fastest return on an autograph through the mail request, Jimmy Key has sent these beautiful autographs back to me in just 5 days.

Ok, so we live one county apart from one another, but is is extremely exciting to know that Key values his fans and returns their requests for autographs quickly.  I was a big fan of his during his playing days with the Toronto Blue Jays and I am happy to add his amazing autograph to my collection.

Thank you, Mr. Key!!! 

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Rent This Movie: Bigger, Faster, Stronger.

I watched this movie last night and with all of the recent and non-stop talk about steroids in sports and specifically in baseball, I thouhgt I would put this out there as a recommendation for you to watch.

This film is a documentary about 3 brothers that grew up in an age when being the best meant being bigger, faster, and stronger than the competition.  Like many of us, these 3 guys idolized the same sports heroes that we did in our youth – Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jose Canseco, Hulk Hogan, and others.  Yet 2 of these 3 brothers were unable to accomplish what they wanted in the gym or on the playing field so they turned to steroids as a means to get bigger, faster, and stronger.

Some of the more interesting parts of the film entail dealing with the parents of these 3 guys as the father certainly has an inkling of what they’re doing while the mom doesn’t.  Also, one of the guys is a high school football coach and family man and it’s very interesting to see how his students and especially his wife feel about the choices he’s made.  And this film also provides quite a bit of humor as the narrator and star of the film, Christopher Bell, interviews people all across America about the use of illegal steroids and the effect they are having on people of all ages.

I don’t want to provide all of the details of the film, just a summary and a recommendation to check it out if it sounds entertaining to you.  It should be noted that since the release of this documentary one of the brothers, Mike Bell, passed away at the age of 37 quite possibly due to the effects that steroids had on his body. 

Check out the trailer:

Ken Griffey Jr. Going Back To Seattle???

It appears so.  Or that’s what the writers of ‘The Seattle Times’ believe.

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/mariners/2008736944_webgriffeystone12.html?syndication=rss

I enjoy stories like this.  Griffey has stated publicly that if he had a choice as to what cap is on his plaque at Cooperstown it would be the Mariner’s.  It’s nice to hear that he has fond memories of his 10 seasons with the team.

Even if the contract is just for 1 year, as reported, it will certainly boost interest in Mariners baseball again and will only increase their ticket and merchandise sales for the 2009 season.  Not a bad move by Griffey or the Mariners…

Ah, the good old days….

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