Daily Archives: March 16, 2009

The Ultimate Mascot Card – The San Diego Chicken!!

I had a bunch of these cards when I was a kid.  I thought that this card was pretty cool and it is the FIRST card that I have seen since my return to the hobby that actually brought me back to my childhood.  Not a Dawson or a Winfield or a Henderson.  It was a chicken!!!

That was the fun of collecting back in the 80’s.  You weren’t concerned about the 50 cents you plunked down to get one more pack, you just couldn’t wait to see what was inside.  This is not the case for collectors today, and this may be a big part of what’s wrong with today’s version of my favorite hobby.  If you spend $150 on a box of cards and pull out a ‘chicken’ you would probably be pissed that it may have taken the place of a game-used card or certified autograph card.

The San Diego Chicken card – when the hobby was good!!!

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Alan Trammell Autograph TTM Success!!!!!!

You may recall that when I first started TTM requests in the fall of 2008 that Alan Trammell was one of the first guys I sent a card to.  He was also the first one I got a card back from – too bad it was not signed.  You can re-live that experience here.

I figured I would give Trammell one more shot this Spring and my luck came around.  I got this card, the same one he did not sign for me last September, back in the mail on Saturday.  The signature looks great and this time it took just 36 days for this card to be returned back to me.

6-time All-star, 4-time Gold Glove winner, 3-time Siver Slugger winner, World Series MVP!!!

Thank you Mr. Trammell!!

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1976 Topps Fergie Jenkins

1976 Topps Fergie Jenkins

With Fergie’s 1980’s cards out of the way, I made a quick move to the cards issued during the 1970’s and added this ’76 Topps card to my collection.  I’ve never been to Texas before but I have to imagine that this photo was taken during Spring Training as I don’t recall seeing any palm trees on the TV show Dallas!!!! 

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #16

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #16

Ryne Sandberg – 1983 Fleer

Easily the most popular player to put on a Cubs uniform since Ernie Banks, Ryne Sandberg revolutionized offensive stats for a 2nd baseman during his career.

‘Ryno’ was the first second baseman to hit 40 or more home runs in a single season.  And he really was never known to be a power hitter either.  What ‘Ryno’ was known for was his all-around skill level that classified him as a 5-tool player.

With a career batting average of .285, Ryne was a good contact hitter that kept the ball in play.  During the course of his 16-season career, Sandberg hit .300 or better 5 times.  And with his average, came a little pop in his bat too.  ‘Ryno’ has 282 career home runs and topped 25 or more homers in 6 seasons.  Adding 344 stolen bases to his resume as well as 2,386 hits, 1,061 RBI, and 1,318 runs scored rounds out Sandberg’s offensive stats.

Defensively, Ryne was incredible.  The winner of 9 consecutive Gold Glove awards from his second season of 1984-1991, Sandberg put on a show each time he took to the field.  Ryne Sandberg was also a 10-time All-star, a 7-time Silver Slugger winner, and a league MVP.  In his MVP season of 1984, ‘Ryno’ went for .314/19/84 while stealing 32 bases and scoring 114 runs.

Ryne Sandberg never played in a World Series.  He did play in 2 NLCS match-ups and did extremely well.  In 10 games between the 2 series’, ‘Ryno’ hit .385 while also collecting 6 RBI, 3 stolen bases, and hitting 1 home run. 

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