Daily Archives: March 9, 2009

Mike Bielecki Autograph TTM Success!!!

In just 8 days, yes I said 8, Mike Bielecki returned these 2 cards to me with what can definitely be classified as an awesome looking signature!!!

Although Bielecki’s Chicago Cubs career lasted just 3 1/2 years, he had an incredible season with the Cubbies in 1989.  ’89 was the year I moved to Chi-town with my family and his performance for the team was brilliant.  Bielecki went 18-7 that year while tossing 3 shutouts.  He also recorded 187 K’s and posted a 3.14 ERA.

Thanks for the great autographs Mike!!! 

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1987 Fleer Headliners Rickey Henderson

1987 Fleer Headliners Rickey Henderson

Insert cards were kind of new territory in the mid-to-late 1980’s.  And I scooped these up at any chance I got when they first came out…

But when you look at this card, there is really NOTHING special about it.  Sure, it’s limited to a very select group of players.  And it’s really nice that a player I collect was found to be worthy of being in such an elite class.  But when you look at the overall design, it fails.  If card companies wanted to make a small but impact-ful subset of cards to ride along with their base set, they should have made something that stands out for it’s superior quality and design. 

Instead, Fleer gave us all this.  At least it’s another Henderson card I can scratch off of my ‘need’ list!!

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #23

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #23

Orel Hershiser – 1985 Donruss

Orel Hershiser was nicknamed ‘The Bulldog’ due to his ferocious style of pitching in which he attacked each batter he faced.  A player that always seemed to be wise beyond his years, Hershiser may have strung together the most impressive feat of any pitcher during the 1980’s.  During the 1988 season he pitched 59 straight scoreless innings, the equivalent of 6 1/2 shutouts in a row.

Orel Hershiser had a very strong 18-year career as a pitcher in the major leagues.  For 13 of those seasons, Orel was wearing Dodger Blue, and will always be remembered for his accomplishments as a Dodger.  With a career win/loss record of 204/150 along with 2,014 strikeouts and an ERA of 3.48, Hershiser was as dominant as any pitcher during the late 1980’s.

Amazingly, Orel Hershiser won 20 or more games in 1 season just 1 time.  But, his overall performance put him on par with the game’s elite pitchers.  In his best statistical season of 1988, Orel went 23-8 and pitched 8 shutouts.  In that same year he had a 2.26 ERA and struck out 178 batters.  For his amazing efforts, Hershiser won the Cy Young Award, the Gold Glove award, and was also selected as an All-star.

During the 1988 World Series, Hershiser dominated the Oakland A’s and their powerful offense.  He started 2 games for the Dodgers and went the distance in both while recording wins in each game.  In 18 innings of work, Orel allowed just 7 hits while striking out 17 batters.  For his amazing efforts, Hershiser was awarded the World Series MVP award as his Dodgers beat the A’s in 4 straight games.

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