Daily Archives: March 30, 2009

The Contents Of Mystery Box #1 Can Now Be Revealed!!!

Mystery box #1 has been returned home safely to me.  Below is the story…

I have been to Ft. Lauderdale stadium now 4 times this pre-season.  Each time I go, I bring an extra baseball with me just in case I happen to run into him.  He’s one hell of a player, and in my opinion is one of the finest players that dominated during the 1970’s.  Since my luck was wearing out, I decided to send a ball to him in hopes of getting his autograph.

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Yep.  Jim Palmer.  3-time Cy Young Award winning pitcher.  Hall of Famer.  And one hell of a great guy….  I wanted to meet Mr. Palmer in person.  I have always admired him from a far for his incredible string of pitching perfection during the mid-70’s.  And if it were not for Fergie Jenkins, Jim Palmer may just be my favorite pitcher from that decade.

Well, now I own baseballs signed by both.  I wrote a very expressive letter to Mr. Palmer about my admiration for his contribution to the game of baseball.  He in turn personalized this baseball to me(COOL!!) and included some of his amazing credentials: 1973, 75, 76 CY & HOF ’90.

I could not be any happier with this signed ball.  Thank you very much, Mr. Palmer!!!

I have to give a huge ‘Hat-Tip’ to Ryan(DiamondCutter) from sportsgraphing.com for helping me with Mr. Palmer’s address.  Thanks Ryan.

15 TTM Autograph Attempts Are Out In The Mail…

Now that my Spring Training attempts at TTM are over, I wanted to jump right into the regular season.  I probably won’t send out a lot to active players but there are a ton of veterans still hanging out around the league disguised as coaches, announcers, and managers.  You better believe I am going to go after them with some gusto.  I’ve also got a nice stack of former Cubs that I want to try to get autographs from as well.

So here is my first attempt for some ‘regular season’ autographs.

The guys – Tom Browning, Damon Berryhill, Scott Sanderson, Ken Holtzman, Don Zimmer, Greg Gagne, Dan Gladden, Doug Dascenzo, Cris Carpenter, Terry Steinbach, Billy Hatcher, Jim Presley, Tommy Hutton, Cookie Rojas, and Dave Martinez.

As always, I will be sure to post my successes with you as they roll in.  And pics too of course!!! 

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1983 Donruss Diamond Kings Rickey Henderson

1983 Donruss Diamond Kings Rickey Henderson

I’ve always found the Diamond Kings cards from the early 1980’s to be disturbing.  I agree that these are nice pieces of art, but for some reason they freaked me out when I was a kid and I admit that they still do today(just a little bit though).

If it weren’t for the fact that I needed this card for my Rickey Henderson collection it probably wouldn’t have made it into my hands.  

At least this one looks like Rickey, and I must admit that I like the action shot of him as he takes a giant lead off of 1st base!! 

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‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #2

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #2

Barry Bonds – 1986 Topps Traded

Barry Bonds is easily the most intimidating force to debut during the 1980’s.  With unmatched offensive talent, Bonds is considered to be the greatest baseball player of his generations.  When mixing his stellar offense with his amazing defensive skills you have the ultimate baseball player.

The numbers are staggering.  As of the end of the 2007 season, Bonds has 2,935 career hits, 1,996 RBI, 762 home runs, and the list goes on and on.

Just 65 hits shy of the 3,000 hits milestone, Bonds combined the rare talents of power and contact hitting into his swing.  With a lifetime batting average of .298, that includes 11 seasons above .300, Bonds’ offensive game was a well-rounded one.  He has been walked 2,558 times which is a baseball record.  Amazingly for a power hitter, Bonds was able to keep his strikeout numbers down as he only struck out 100+ times once in his career(his rookie season).

Barry Bonds is baseball’s all-time home run king.  His 762 homers is a record that should stand for several years to come.  And if he makes a return to baseball, 800 is not out of the question. 

Barry Bonds has won the MVP award 7 times during his 22 year career. He has finished in the Top 5 for the award an incredible 12 times.  Bonds is also a 14-time All-star, a 12-time Silver Slugger winner, and a 8-time Gold Glove winner.

In his best season, in 2002, Bonds hit .370.  In addition to his amazing batting average his on-base percentage was a staggering .582.  Other incredible numbers from that tremendous season include 46 homers, 117 runs scored, 110 RBI, 198 walks with just 47 strikeouts, and of course another MVP trophy.

Barry Bonds has played in 1 World Series contest.  As a member of the San Francisco Giants in 2002 his team lost in 7 games to the Angels.  In that series, Bonds was awesome.  He batted .471 while amassing 4 home runs, 6 RBI, 8 runs scored and an unbelievable .700 on-base percentage.

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