Daily Archives: September 19, 2009

My Andre Dawson Collection Gets A Shot Of HGH…

I have the phrase ‘Andre Dawson Lot’ saved as a search term in my Ebay account.  And while most of the stuff that comes up is small, and often ridiculous stuff, I have found a few gems as well.  And while I continue to try to add new cards of ‘The Hawk’ to my collection, my focus as of late has been of game-used memorabilia or certified autograph cards.

And then I saw an auction for a 450-card lot of Dawson with the starting price of just $0.99.  And while the seller did not provide too much detail as to assortment of years and companies involved, a quick email left me feeling confident that this was not a 400-card lot of Andre’s ’86 Topps card.

And now $20.25 later, the cards have arrived and my collection has instantly ‘bulked up’.  Going into this, I knew that I would find very few ‘new’ additions to my player collection.  But at less than 5 cents per card, I couldn’t resist.

So, if you need any Dawson cards for your collection, or want to start your own player collection of ‘The Hawk’, let me know.  I’ll hook you up…

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1982 Topps Jim Palmer – In Action

1982 Topps Jim Palmer – In Action

Man that wind-up was fierce!!!

I always liked the ‘In-Action’ cards that Topps added to their sets in the 1970’s and into the 80’s.  And while I’d rather have each and every cad feature an action photo, it was nice to see 2 cards of the stars from those seasons in each set.

In that 1982 season, Jim Palmer was a monster.  Finishing in second place for the league’s Cy Young award, Palmer was 15-5 while pitching 227 innings.  He struck out 103 batters that year and finished the season with a 3.13 ERA. 

Of the 13 double-digit win seasons Palmer compiled, 1982 was the final one.

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Happy Birthday Jim Abbott!!!

Jim Abbott turns 42 years old today.

One of the most inspirational athletes of my generation, Jim Abbott and his amazing story remain as a precious baseball memory for me.

I knew little about Abbott prior to his rookie card debut in the 1988 Topps baseball card set.  Back then it meant quite a bit to be part of the Team USA set so I always tried to spend a little time learning about the players featured.  And with no Internet, this was quite a challenge.  But when Abbott’s second card came out in the 1989 Topps set, he had a reputation and stories about him and his abilities became more available to collectors.

Abbott was a fan favorite in each city he called ‘home’.  And on the road he was quite an attraction.

For his birthday, I would like to give Jim Abbott one more standing ovation.  He inspired millions with his desire to win and compete at the highest level.  Although most of us are not in the same position as he was, it’s pretty easy to realize how incredible of an athlete and man Jim Abbott is!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Abbott!!!

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