Daily Archives: February 27, 2009

How Do My Balls Look To You???

Jeez, did that headline catch your attention??? 

Along with the great autographed cards I have been adding to my collection, I am also stocking up on some great-looking signed baseballs…

I thought I would showcase these for you now.  Of the 7 signed balls, 2 of them were mine prior to starting this blog.  The remaining 5 have been picked up over the course of the last 3 months.

Here they are:

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And now a quick summary about these baseballs – From Top to Bottom, Left to Right:  TOP ROW – Andre Dawson with ’87 NL MVP inscription.  SECOND ROW – Tony Perez, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins with HOF ’91 inscription.  BOTTOM ROW – Mark Grace, Jim Abbott with No Hitter inscription, Cameron Maybin.

Not too bad for just a few short months of collecting, huh??

That Guy #5

This ‘That Guy’ story focuses on a player that I overheard a conversation about when I was a kid.  I was at a baseball card show and overheard 2 dealers talking pretty vividly about Tom Brunansky.  1 dealer was convinced that ‘Bruno’ was a lock to hit 500 home runs and join the Hall of Fame, and the other guy just didn’t see it that way.

Although I have no recollection of what these guys looked like, their vocabulary is what caught my attention and is probably the biggest reason as to why I remember much of the dialogue.

It went a little something like this.  Try to picture this as a conversation between Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci.

Dealer #1 – You know, I’ve been stocking up on cards of Bruno.  I mean, dis guy is smackin’ homers left and right.  If he keeps this up, he’s a future fawkin’ hall of fama.

Dealer #2 – Bruno ain’t makin’ it to da hall.  No way!

Dealer #1 – What the fawk you talkin’ ’bout, ‘dis guy is hittin’ 30 plus a year.  If he gets 500, he’s in.

Dealer #2 – He ain’t neva comin’ close to 500.  No way!

Dealer #1 – He just might.  So I’ve been gettin’ all kinds of his fawkin’ cads.  Rookies, 2nd yeez, 3rd yeez, pretty cheap too.  If he stays on dis pace I would make a killin’ on deez cads.

Dealer #2 – What do you not get?  Bruno ain’t sniffin’ 500.  No way, no how!!!

Let me tell you, this conversation stuck with me for quite some time.  I may not have the wording exactly right, but you get the gist of the conversation.  So, what did I do?  I bought a few Tom Brunansky rookies over the course of the next few months and viola – Bruno has 271 career home runs.  At the time of this conversation, I was around the age of 12.  And you know what, if Bruno did continue on his pace from the few seasons prior to that one 500 could have been a possibility. 

So, now I open it up to you.  Do you have a ‘That Guy’ story that falls into the category of someone you overheard a conversation about and it sparked your interest enough to drop a few dollars in that player’s direction?  If so, please share your ‘That Guy’ with us…

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #33

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #33

Cecil Fielder – 1986 Donruss

Just a legitimate chance was all that Cecil Fielder needed.  When he got that chance he blew up – literally!!!  After 3 frustrating seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, ‘Big Daddy’ left the big leagues and headed to Japan for a year.  He quickly developed a strong following as he blasted ball after ball into the outfield stands.

Fielder was soon back in the states, and he was offered a large contract to play for the Detroit Tigers.  Cecil continued his amazing pace and began to win over fans in the states.  In the 7 seasons that followed, ‘Big Daddy’ crushed 51, 44, 35, 30, 28, 31, and 39 HR’s respectively!  Along with those incredible numbers, Cecil earned 3 Top 10 finishes for the MVP Award.  With his improved batting skills, Cecil was one of the most popular players in the game.

During the tail end of his career, Cecil joined the New York Yankees and won a World Series title with them in 1996.  In a starring role, Fielder hit .391 while collecting 9 hits, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI. 

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