Daily Archives: February 20, 2009

Just 3 Andre Dawson Cards To Go….

3.  That’s all.  3 more cards is all I need to add to my Andre Dawson collection and then I have obtained my goal to get all of Andre’s major brand cards from his rookie season of 1977 through 1989.

In 6 months I have gathered up 46 of the 49 cards in this set and now I have my sights set on the final 3.  I have had a harder time tracking these 3 down than some of the others.  I can go onto ebay at any time and buy all 3 of these cards from 3 different sellers and get this player collection completed for somewhere between $8-$10.  But that is not my goal.  I like to shop for these cards.  I like for readers of the blog to join me on my quest to find these cards.  My pockets are not particularly deep, and I have no intention of investing $10 in 3 cards that I may be able to find in a bargain bin over time.  And to be perfectly honest, I don’t want this to end right now.  I’ve got too much emotion wrapped up in this dedication to Andre and I am not sure how it will feel once the set is complete.

So the quest continues.  Here are the final 3 cards I need to secure and then my Andre Dawson player collection will be complete!!!!

1987 Fleer Update

1987 Fleer Update

1988 Fleer All-Star

1988 Fleer All-Star

1989 Bowman

1989 Bowman

Happy Birthday Livan Hernandez!!!

Happy 34th Birthday to Livan Hernandez!!!

Livan was the primary reason that the Florida Marlins won the World Series title in 1997.  If it wasn’t for his amazing pitching in the NLCS and World Series who knows if the Marlins would have been able to prevail.  I can still remember Livan screaming ‘I Love You Miami’ as he but the team on his back on the way to the title.

For Livan’s birthday I am going to give him a treat.  This is certainly not something you should give a professional athlete that is tuning up his body for another season, but I want Livan to enjoy himself.  I’m going to get him a $25 gift card to McDonalds.  Silly you say?  NO!!!  Livan loves fast food.  Hell, in the months after winning the World Series in 1997, it was rumored that Livan gained up to 43 pounds from his constant trips to the drive-thru window at McD’s!!!

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #40

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #40

Jim Abbott – 1988 Topps

Jim Abbott makes the list for being one of the most inspirational players in baseball history – and clearly has the most inspiring story of any player that debuted during the 1980’s. 

Born with no right hand, Abbott did not let his limitations stop him from achieving his dream to play professional baseball.  As a star pitcher in college, he was drafted in the first round of the 1988 draft and debuted with the California Angels in 1989.  With a 87-108 record during his 10-year career, Abbott’s numbers certainly don’t indicate how immensely talented he was on the mound.  With (5)10-win seasons under his belt, and a 3rd place finish for the Cy Young award in 1991, Abbott became a baseball star for teams that were generally towards the bottom of the rankings year after year.

The highlight of Abbott’s professional career came as a member of the New York Yankees during the 1993 season when he threw a no-hitter.  To be able to achieve pitching greatness, even for just 1 night, Abbott stood heads and shoulders above his competition. 

Sadly, Abbott never made a post-season appearance in his 10 years as a major league pitcher.

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