Daily Archives: July 17, 2009

My Balls Look Better Today Than They Did Yesterday!!!

In fact, my balls continue to get better looking as time goes by…

My autographed baseball collection has increased to 12 pieces.  And to be honest, I am thrilled with how this little collection has taken off in the last few months.  The first time I showed off my balls to you I owned 7, now as I sit here with 12 I am eager to build onto this collection and have some great ideas as to how I can add some high quality autographs so stay tuned. 

So here is the collection as it stands today: 


And now my notes:

From the top row going from left to right – Fergie Jenkins w/HOF 91 inscription, Jim Palmer w/To Brian and 1973,75,76 Cy and HOF 90 inscription, Andre Dawson w/87 NL MVP inscription, and Billy Williams.  On the second row starting on the left is Jim Abbott w/9/4/93 No Hitter! inscription, Tony Perez, Mark Grace, and Dan Uggla w/#6.  And on the bottom row we have Ron Santo, Cameron Maybin w/#24, Jeff Conine, and Lee Smith w/#46 and 478 Saves inscription.

So there you have it.  My autographed baseball collection has shaped up very nicely in the last few months and I look forward to building on it in the future.  Now I just need to make some more room on my desk…

1992 Andre Dawson Topps Kids Baseball Card

Another in the long line of ‘oddball’ cards I scooped of of Andre Dawson…

The card is very cool.  And I love the fact that Topps did this 15+ years before this style of card became popular again due to some more recent Upper Deck Goudey issues.  

Dawson front

This is the first time during this blog’s 11-month history that I am showing off the back of a baseball card.  But, it’s for very good reason.  I love the cartoon on the back that shows Willie Mays welcoming Andre to the 2,000 hits, 300 home runs, and 300 steals club!!! 

2 baseball legends and 2 of the greatest all-around players in baseball history!!!  Not bad company at all…

Dawson Back

Celebrity First Pitch – Randy Jackson

‘Yo, Yo, Yo Dawg.  you did your thing man.  That was hot, you know what I mean…’

They were certainly not talking about Randy Jackson’s ability to throw out the first pitch with that quote, huh??  When Simon Cowell was asked to comment he said with a smirk – ‘That was horrible.  I am sure that your parents are ashamed of that effort and I wouldn’t be surprised if your wife had the locks on the house changed after that terrible toss.”

Did You Know…

Even though he was playing for the lowly Pittsburgh Pirates, Ralph Kiner set a record by winning seven consecutive home run titles from 1946 to 1952.


**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’