Daily Archives: March 15, 2009

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Al Oliver

1983 Topps Super Veteran – Al Oliver

 Queitly, Al Oliver put together an 18-year career that most big leaguers would envy.

During his 18 seasons, Oliver finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 9 times.  That’s not too shabby for a guy that spent over 90% of his career playing for the Pittsburgh Pirates, Texas Rangers, and Montreal Expos.

His career numbers : .303 batting average, 219 homers, 1,326 RBI, 1,189 runs scored, 2,743 hits, and 1 World Series title as a member of the 1971 Pittsburgh Pirates.

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A Few More Andre Dawson Oddball Cards For The Collection…

As I get closer and closer to completing my player collection of Dawson cards, I continue to find more and more cards issued during Andre’s playing days that I have not seen before.

Check out what I just got in the mail from a recent purchase:

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There is some really neat stuff here!!! 

Although these are not part of base sets put out by the main companies during Dawson’s playing days I am thrilled to add these to my collection.

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #17

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #17

Jose Canseco – 1986 Donruss

Ah, we finally make it to the player that this series was named for – Mr. Jose Canseco!

When his name is mentioned today, it’s very possible that Canseco’s baseball career is not even mentioned.  But, back in the late 1980’s and through the 90’s Canseco was king of the baseball world. 

Jose Canseco debuted with the Oakland A’s in 1985 and played in just 29 games.  His efforts earned him a full-time position with the team for the ’86 season and Canseco took full advantage of his playing time.  Although his batting average was relatively poor, at .240, Canseco was crushing monstrous home runs and driving in runs regularly.  With a stat line that read .240/33/117, Canseco earned the Rookie of the Year award as well as his first All-star berth.

1988 is the year that Jose Canseco blew the baseball world out of the water.  As the offensive star of the team, this member of the ‘Bash Brothers’ put together the most dominant power hitting and base stealing season of any player prior.  With 42 home runs and 40 stolen bases, Canseco became the first member of the ’40/40 Club’.  With these incredible feats, Canseco also hit .307 that year, his highest ever during his 17-season career.  And with 120 runs scored and 124 RBI, Canseco was an obvious and unanimous choice for the MVP Award.

By the end of his career, Jose Canseco had tallied 462 home runs and 200 stolen bases.  Like many aging stars, his power and speed wore off as he got older but Jose still managed to display flashes of his greatness.  In 1998 as a member of the Toronto Blue Jays and 14 years after his debut, Jose was able to amass an incredible 46 home runs and 29 steals.  He ended his career as a 6-time All-star and 4-time Silver Slugger winner.

Over the course of his career, Jose Canseco made 4 trips to the World Series, winning 2 championships.  With Oakland in 1990, Canseco hit .357 with 1 home run, 5 runs scored, and 3 RBI.  And then in 2000 as a member of the New York Yankees, Jose won his 2nd title while appearing in just one game and getting 1 at-bat. 

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