Daily Archives: February 18, 2009

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 3

Here is part 3 in the series as my collection continues to take shape.  To see where I started from and how my collection has progressed, check out Part 1 and Part 2.

My collection has expanded quite a bit in the last few months.  Below is a picture of my collection as of this morning.  And below that is a description of what you are seeing.

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From left to right:

Box 1, Row 1 = Dave Winfield collection.  Box 1, Row 2 = Rickey Henderson collection, followed by 1983 Topps Super Veteran set.  Box 1, Row 3 = Misc. players.  Center stack = all autographs obtained through the mail.  Center box = All cards to be used for future autograph TTM requests.  Box 2, Row 1 = PSA Fergie Jenkins autographed card, followed by Billy Williams collection, followed by Fergie Jenkins collection, followed by Greg Maddux collection, followed by Mark Grace collection, followed by 2006 Chicago Cubs Greats of the Game subset.  Box 2, Row 2 = Andre Dawson collection(years 1990-current), followed by empty top loaders, followed by random Chicago Cubs cards.  Box 2, Row 3 = Andre Dawson collection(years 1977-1989).

And there you have it.  In a little over 6 months my baseball card collection has gone from 1 small shoe box containing roughly 60 cards to this.  I have become an extremely detailed and organized collector and have decided to keep my collection very specific.  I have plenty of room to grow on within this collection and look forward to updating this as the days, weeks, and months go by.

What Ever Happened To Gary Gaetti???

Gary Gaetti was a huge part of the Minnesota Twins’ success during the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s.  Although he played for 6 teams during his 19-year career, it was in Minnesota where he earned his reputation as a solid major league player.

Gaetti’s debut led off with a smash – literally.  In his first at bat in the big leagues, Gaetti homered.  And in the 10 seasons that followed, all with the Twins, Gaetti smacked 16 or more home runs during 8 of those seasons.  A lifetime .255 hitter, Gaetti made a career for himself as a power hitter that was able to drive in tons of runs.  With 360 career home runs and 1,341 RBI to his credit it’s easy to see why ‘The Rat’ was the anchor for many of the offensive lineups he was a part of.

Gaetti was also a stellar defensive player.  A 4-time Gold Glove winner at 3rd base, Gaetti’s desire to stop everything hit in his direction made him a fan favorite.  Always willing to put his body on the line to stop a ball from getting by him was an attribute that Gaetti used as one of the Twins’ leaders.

During the 1987 playoffs against the Tigers, Gaetti won the ALDS MVP award as he homered in his first 2 at-bats.  At the time, he was the only player to do this in the history of the game until matched by Evan Longoria in 2008.  Gaetti’s lone World Series appearance came in that same 1987 season when the Twins won the championship in 7 games.  In that series Gaetti hit .259 while collecting 7 hits, including 1 home run, and 4 RBI.

After retiring for the game, Gaetti put his offensive tools to work and became a hitting instructor.  Today he serves as the hitting coach for the Durham Bulls, a minor league affiliate of the Tampa Bay Rays.

I wonder why they call Gaetti ‘The Rat’…

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Update: The 1983 Topps Super Veteran Set

Just a quick update on this set.  Of the 35 cards in the set I have secured 14.  That’s not too bad since I haven’t been aggressively going after these cards either.  I’m hoping to spend a little more time focusing on this set in the coming weeks as I shift away from buying cards for autographs and focus a little more attention on my player and subset collections.

Here are the cards as they appear today.  Hopefully more will be added to this display shortly.

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