Monthly Archives: July 2009

1974 Topps Fergie Jenkins

1974 Topps Fergie Jenkins

I am relieved to scratch this Fergie Jenkins card off of my ‘Need’ list.  This little beauty(is not that beautiful) is easily the worst looking card of my Fergie Jenkins player collection.

I have no idea how or why Topps would choose to run this image as part of their 1974 issue.  This zoomed-in shot of a hat-less Fergie Jenkins is one of the worst close-up pictures I have seen used on a baseball card.

But it does open this up for a fun question.

Where was Fergie Jenkins when this picture was taken?

A.  On a boat

B.  On horseback

C.  In a convertible

D.  In the middle of a tornado 

74 Fergie

Celebrity First Pitch – Misty May-Treanor

Here is video of Olympic Gold Medalist Misty May-Treanor as she throws out the ceremonial first pitch at a Los Angeles Angels baseball game.

A pretty cool 3-minute video…  No word if Misty’s husband Matt Treanor, former Florida Marlins and current Detroit Tigers catcher, coached her for this performance.

My Rickey Henderson ‘Fab 5′ – Card #3

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 #3 – 1982 Topps

Ah, good old ’82 Topps. 

I am a big fan of this card.  The picture that Topps used for this issue is a perfect way to show off Rickey.  He’s seen here in a familiar stance as he prepares to launch for second base as soon as the pitcher throws towards home plate.  And the odds are very good that his attempt to steal second base were very good!!

The ’82 design is fair, but what I like about the card is that the picture is large and is the complete focus on the design.  Yes, we have had tons of other cards with large images, but most contain other random graphic elements that draw your eye away from the image.  This one does the exact opposite and pulls you in…

And I have to say that even though Pink is not a color that is affiliated with any baseball team’s color scheme, it works very well on this card.  Is that wrong???  I think that the tubing Topps used that starts on the top left corner and wraps around the side and bottom of the card’s design looks great.  It also helps that the A’s uniform Rickey proudly wears is covered in tubing as well.

Fab 3

Andre Dawson Game-Used Memorabilia Card #2

I recently scooped up 4 more Andre Dawson Game-Used memorabilia cards at a combined price of just over $9.00 with shipping included.  This is card #2 from that purchase.

This card features a very large slice of bat from the 2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Baseball set.  The card is numbered 240 of 350 and has a great overall look.  While the design is a little lax in originality, it certainly is made up for it’s efforts with a great picture of Andre and a nice hunk of wood.  In fact, the piece of bat used on this card is so large that it should be tagged as an ‘Andre Dawson Shim’.

Dawson GU 2

Celebrity First Pitch – Anthony Keidis

Red Hot Chili Peppers front-man Anthony Keidis makes quick work of his opportunity to throw out the first pitch prior to the start of a Los Angeles Dodgers home game.  And although the ball was well out of the strike zone, he was able to reach the catcher pretty easily which is more than we can say for some fellow rockers…

Oh, and for the record, my favorite song by the Red Hot Chili Peppers is ‘Scar Tissue’.

Doug Dascenzo Autograph TTM Success!!!

You may not know Doug Dascenzo.  But if you are a Cubs fan,  you definitely know him!!!   It took Doug 122 days to return these two cards back to me but for a guy like him I consider it to be worth the wait.

Let me try to paint a picture for those of you who don’t remember Dascenzo as a major league player.  Doug is Lenny Dykstra without the personality.  He is Steve Tasker of the Buffalo Bills.  Doug is the guy diving after each and every loose ball.  He’s the one that would put his body on the line for each play of the game as if that was going to be the play to decide who wins and who goes home a loser.  Doug was the ‘dirty’ guy; his uniform was clean only when it was first put on.

Doug Dascenzo’s numbers are not worth mentioning.  He was not a stellar player, and he will not be tagged as one of the greatest Cubs players of all-time.  But if you ask anyone that cheered for the Cubs during the late 1980’s and into the 1990’s about him I guarantee a smile will cross their face.  Doug Dascenzo was a hard working player that played the game with joy and energy.

I am thrilled to add these autographs to my collection!!  Thank you Mr. Dascenzo!!!

Dascenzo TTM

My Rickey Henderson ‘Fab 5′ – Card #4

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 #4 – 1987 Topps

Ok, so the 1987 Topps set is a constant reminder of the 1962 version.  And I believe that ‘Night Owl’ calls this the wood laminate set.  And I’m cool with that too…  You see, the ’87 Topps design really brings me back to my days of collecting as a kid.  If I had to create a tally of all of the wax packs that I ripped through in my youth I firmly believe that 1987 Topps would be at the top of that list.  And while the card’s design is not the greatest of the decade put out by Topps, I have a very strong bond with this set.

The Rickey Henderson card in this set is perfect.  The action photo of Rickey in his Yankees uniform as he rips through the pitcher’s offering is strong and bold.  The Red and White in the Yankees logo and in the nameplate on the bottom of the card really compliment the ‘wood grain’ design and add a nice element of color.  While I wish that we could see the entire length of the bat in this shot, you are still able to get a good visual as to just how strong Rickey was at the plate.  Although smaller in stature than many of his teammates and opponents, Henderson’s strong legs and powerful core made him a monster at the plate. 

The 1987 Topps card captures that perfectly with this card!!!

Fab 4

The ‘Ultimate Rickey Henderson Super-Fan’ Goes To Cooperstown!!!

If you have yet to meet Brad and visit his website ‘Rickey Henderson Collectibles’, now is the best time to get out there and check out his site.  And if you have met Brad through the blogging world, you will really enjoy the amazing weekend of events he is covering while at the Baseball Hall of Fame to see the enshrinement of Rickey Henderson.

For starters, Brad went on a shopping spree at the official store of the Hall of Fame and has shown us some of the amazing Rickey Henderson memorabilia for sale in Cooperstown.  He found some great stuff and has showcased that here.

From there, Brad went to a press conference featuring Rickey and Jim Rice.  This is a pre-election conference and Brad had some pretty good seats and captures nice video of the event.  You can view all 3 video clips of that here.

Another amazing event that Brad attended was the Annual Golf Classic featuring many of the game’s Hall of Fame members.  Brad was able to snap some amazing photos of our favorite players of the 1980’s from this outing.  So if you want to see some pretty sweet and candid pics of guys like Ozzie Smith, Wade Boggs, Mike Schmidt, and many more while playing golf click here.

Lastly,  Brad was also able to secure some pretty good seats to the post-induction Q&A and he has 7 clips of Rickey discussing his baseball career and Hall of Fame induction here.

All in all, a great job of reporting by Brad.  Be sure to check out his blog as I know he will have some amazing stories and pictures from the ‘Big Day’ on his site very soon!! 

Brad, Thanks for sharing!!!!

henderson logo

Pictures From Rickey Henderson’s Enshrinement At Cooperstown…

A truly memorable day at Baseball’s Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York yesterday.  Here are just a few of the incredible pictures from Rickey’s big day!!!

Enjoy!!!

84924701JM041_2009_BASEBALL

84924701JM030_2009_BASEBALL

 

One of the greatest listening to one of the greatest...

One of the greatest listening to one of the greatest...

Rickey's daughters show their team spirit

Rickey's daughters show their team spirit

hof 4

Celebrity First Pitch – Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Here is possibly the tallest ‘First Pitch’ ever thrown out at a baseball game.  None other than Los Angeles Lakers Hall of Famer, the great Kareem Abdul -Jabbar. 

I’ve always admired Kareem as a player, and I have to admit that seeing him in the movie “Airplane” made me an even bigger fan of his!!!  ‘My name is Roger Murdoch, I’m an airplane pilot.’