Daily Archives: June 5, 2009

Baseball Card Show This Weekend!!!

It has been 4 months since I last attended a baseball card show.  And if my plans work out the way that I intend, I will bust that streak this weekend!!!

It’s not that I couldn’t have made the trip to our local, monthly show.  I just lost a bit of  the motivation to head out for my 30-minute, 1-way drive to attend a show that offered little of what I was looking for.  But this time, I have a new shopping list to go after and I am hoping that the dealers present can satisfy my desire to hover over their 3,200 count card boxes as I work on my ‘want list’.

We’ll see how it goes.  And I will be sure to share my purchases with you upon my return.  Wish me luck!!!

My Dave Winfield Collection Is Now Complete!!!

Wow, what a thrill.  With this 1975 Topps card, I have finally completed my Dave Winfield player collection.  I now own all of the base cards issued by the major brands from 1974 through 1989 of ‘Big Dave’.

As a kid, I got to see Winfield play a few times when the Yankees used to have Spring Training in Ft. Lauderdale.  I saw Dave Winfield hit one of the deepest home runs I have ever witnessed and I have been hooked on him and his baseball talents ever since.

Winfield is an enormous man, and this collection pays homage to the biggest player I have ever enjoyed watching play.  While he was by no means a 1-dimensional ‘big guy’, Winfield combined all of his athletic talents and became a true ‘5-Tool Player’.

I am very happy that this collection is finally complete, and I look forward to leafing through it every once in a while to remember one of the greatest players from the 1970’s and 1980’s – Mr. Dave Winfield!!!

I started this collection with just 1 of Winfield’s cards – his 1974 Topps rookie.  And today, I can proudly say that I have completed my 54-card collection.

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Stay tuned next week as I will bring you my ‘Dave Winfield Fab 5’ series.  Each day I will unveil my top 5 cards from this set.

1988 Score Traded Mark Grace

1988 Score Traded Mark Grace

I finally found this card for a bargain – I paid just 35 cents for what may be my favorite Mark Grace rookie card.

That swing, man that swing brings back a lot of memories.  As a ‘righty’ I always admired the ‘other guys’ that swung from the left-hand side.  And of them, I thought Grace had one of the greatest looking swings out of all of them.  I liked watching him swing the bat more than Will Clark and Ken Griffey, Jr. and Wade Boggs and Don Mattingly.  Grace had that pure stroke with very little upswing.  His swing was perfect for line drives, and he took advantage of playing at Wrigley Field on a daily basis.

I am thrilled to have this card in my small, but very meaningful Mark Grace rookie collection!

Grace Score