Daily Archives: July 30, 2009

Paul Molitor Autograph TTM Success!!!

149 days is not a terribly long time to wait for an autograph from a Hall of Fame baseball player.  Unless you’re standing on line of course…

I just got this Paul Molitor card in the mail and am thrilled with the results.   For some reason cards from the 1985 Fleer set look great signed and this one is no exception!!!

Molitor had an amazing 21-year career but seemed to remain under the radar due to playing for small market clubs.  Still, the Hall of Fame noticed, and rightfully so.  In 21 seasons as a major leaguer, Molitor collected 3319 hits, scored 1782 runs, smacked 234 homers, stole 504 bases, and compiled a .306 batting average.

Thank you for the great autograph Mr. Molitor.  This one easily ranks in my ‘Top 5’!!!!

Molitor

New Subset To Collect – 1985 Topps #1 Draft Picks!!!

The set builder in you never dies!!!

Let me be clear, I have NO intent on ever putting together a 792 card set from Topps or a 660 card set from either Fleer or Donruss.  While these 3 brands remain my flavors of choice for their issues during the 1980’s, I don’t find the thought of searching for commons from that era to be that much fun.

But the subsets issued during those times are amazing to me.  Those little jewels buried in all of that heavy cardboard is what I am after.

One of those new jewels I am going to go after is the 1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick set.  It’s a relatively small 12-card set that features all of the players on a major league roster in 1985 that were the #1 pick in their year’s professional baseball draft.  While some of these guys went on to star in the sport for years on end, some quietly fizzled away and did not reach the lofty goals that are often too burdensome for a kid chosen with the first pick.

So, here is the checklist.  I already own the Darryl Strawberry card but I may decide to pick up another one so I can leave this one with his 1984 Topps rookie and 1985 Topps base card.  We’ll see…

Card # Player
271 Tim Foley
272 Jeff Burroughs
273 Bill Almon
274 Floyd Bannister
275 Harold Baines
276 Bob Horner
277 Al Chambers
278 Darryl Strawberry
279 Mike Moore
280 Shawon Dunston
281 Tim Belcher
282 Shane Abner

 

Stay tuned as I will present this subset to you as I obtain each and every card!!! 

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Celebrity First Pitch – Homer Simpson

Doh!!  Homer Simpson recently took the family to Dodger Stadium and he was given the opportunity to throw out the game’s first pitch. 

While I am not a fan of ‘The Simpsons’ it is impossible to question their immense popularity and ranking in the pop culture world.  I remember this show debuting when I was in middle school and I am pretty confident that it still has a similar appeal with people some 20 years later.  Amazingly, the Simpson gang and their humor has been able to remain relevant and funny after being on television over the last three decades.

Did You Know…

The first major league player to be paid $100,000 was Hank Greenberg in 1947.  The first to be paid $10 million was Albert Belle in 1997.

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Belle

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

My take – What a difference 50 years makes, huh?  If anyone wants to make me an offer to play for $100,000 I am accepting all offers…  🙂

My Rickey Henderson ‘Fab 5′ – Card #2

Now that my Rickey Henderson player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #2 – 1983 Topps

Now this card right here is a classic!!

The picture used on this 1983 Topps card shows Rickey’s swing as he launches a baseball to the outfield.  Is it a home run??  I cannot say for sure that it is, but based on  the look in Rickey’s eyes he has hit the ball a pretty good distance.

Just like with the 1982 set, Topps used the color Pink to accompany this card of an Oakland A’s player.  And again, it worked!!  While Pink is not a traditional color used on a baseball card, it adds just the right amount of bold accent color to the card’s look while not effecting or taking anything away from the overall design.

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