Daily Archives: September 23, 2009

Andre Dawson 2005 Upper Deck League Leaders

Andre Dawson 2005 Upper Deck League Leaders

Numbered 987/999, this 2005 Upper Deck card is a beauty!!! 

With a classic image of ‘The Hawk’ and his customary look of complete focus and concentration, Upper Deck captured what was a pitcher’s nightmare each and every time Andre went to the plate.

I think what I like most about this card is that the image of Andre really pops off of the background.  Other card companies have tried to gain this effect, but this card from Upper Deck conquered that mission – Great Job!!! 

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Bill ‘Spaceman’ Lee TTM Success!!!

206 days later, ‘Spaceman’ Bill Lee returned 2 very neat autographs to me.

I had seen for some time that Lee was a good signer through the mail.  I had also seen on several occasions in which he would add some odd inscriptions along with his signature.  And while it took much longer for me to get these cards back(with no crazy messages), I have to admit that Lee’s autograph looks pretty sweet!! 

Bill Lee had a solid 14-year career.  He has a career record of 119-90 along with a 3.62 ERA and 713 strikeouts.  Lee is a 1-time All-star and appeared in the 1975 World Series as a member of the Boston Red Sox. 

Thank you Mr. Lee!!!

Bill Lee

I have to wonder if  the same photographer that took the photo on the left in 1974 came back in 1978…

Did You Know….

The youngest player to reach 3,000 hits was Ty Cob at age 32.

Cobb

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

My take – I don’t know what’s more impressive: That Cobb was just 32 when he got the 3,000th hit of his career or that at the age of 32 Cobb was already appearing in his 15th major league season.  WoW!!!

On This Day, The ’40/40 Club’ Was Born!!!

On this day in 1988, Jose Canseco elevated his game to a place that no other player had been prior.

With 2 stolen bases against the Milwaukee Brewers, Canseco collected his 39th and 40th steals of the season and became the first player in major league history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.

Canseco won the Most Valuable Player award during this season.  And it can be argued that this was the most impressive offensive season ever had by a player.  To date, only 4 players have gained entry into the ’40/40 Club’, with Canseco being the first.  And had it not been for Jose’s incredible year, it’s very possible that this baseball milestone never existed.

Congratulations to Jose Canseco – A Very Elite Player!!!

Canseco