Daily Archives: April 13, 2009

Marquis Grissom Autograph TTM Success!!!

18 days was all that it took for Maruis Grissom to return these beatuifully signed cards to me.  I am especially happy about this return as I have read that Grissom is usually a very hard autograph to obtain through the mail and in person.

Grissom was a solid offensive threat during his 17-year career in the major leagues.  With a lifetime batting average of .272 and an on-base percentage of .318, Marquis added quite a bit to the line-up.  And once on base, he was a terror.  Grissom has 429 stolen bases in his career and has also scored 1,187 runs.  Not to be outdone by his offensive skills, Grissom was also a solid defender.  With his speed and strong arm leading the way he won 4 consecutive Gold Glove awards in the mid-90’s!

Thank you for the great autographs Marquis!! 

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1983 Fleer Rickey Henderson – Speed & …

1983 Fleer Rickey Henderson  – Speed & …

 While definitely not one of the best looking cards in my Rickey Henderson collection, here is another one to scratch off my need list.

Obviously this is a 2-card set.  And after a few seconds of research I now know that I need to get the other half – Reggie Jackson!

And just when I thought my need list was starting to decrease in size another cards gets added…  You’ve got to love this hobby!!!!

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Alfonso Soriano Is Soaring!!!

Last night during Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN, Alfonso Soriano took 1 more step closer to making baseball history.

Soriano stole the 250th base of his career earning him a place in the 250/250 club.  He is now on his way to joining the 6 members of the 300/300 club.  Barring any injuries, Alfonso has a real shot of making it to this elite club during the 2010 season.

And at 33 year of age and still averaging 30+ home runs and 20+ steals a year, one has to wonder if Alfonso is capable of reaching the even more exclusive level of 400/400.  We know he can do it, but will he?  His numbers have declined a bit, but he still shows signs of the guy that smacked 46 dingers and stole 41 bases in 2006.

You may recall that I posted about his possibility in the 400/400 club a few months ago.  If not, read this.  My money(the very little that I have) is on Soriano!! 

Congratulations Alfonso!!

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Happy Anniversary Hank Aaron!!!

On this day in 1954 you made your debut as a professional baseball player.  Happy Anniversary!

At the time who would have thought that you would be the player to surpass the great Babe Ruth’s all-time home run mark?  Who would have thought that you would have been 1 of just a few players in the history of the game to eclipse the 500 home run and 3,000 hit plateaus?  Who would have thought you would have been a 21-time All-star?  A 3-time Gold Glove winner?  A Most Valuable Player?  A World Series winner?

Thank you for dreaming Mr. Aaron.  Thank you for reaching for the stars!!!

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