Daily Archives: November 14, 2009

Introducing ‘Ultimate Dawson’

This project has been in the works for over a year now.

By now any consistent follower of ’30-YOC’ knows that Andre Dawson is my favorite baseball player and I enjoy honoring him by collecting his cards while also sharing information and stories about him.

‘Ultimate Dawson’ is a new image filled page on this blog that highlights the greatest elements in my Andre Dawson baseball card collection.  Currently broken into four sections, ‘The Inscription Set’, ‘In Person and TTM Autographs’, ‘Certified Autographs’, and ‘Game Used Memorabilia Cards’, this new page will proudly display the variety of my Dawson cards.

As I continue to add special cards to my collection, I will add them to this page as well.

Click here to take a tour.  And check back often as I have plans to build this into a very nice and deserved tribute to ‘The Hawk’!!!


Dawson photo

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #16

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #16

1970 Topps – Card #21 – AKA – ‘The Vida Blue Rookie Card’


Vida Blue – Blue’s first full year in the majors was stellar.  In 1971 he won the Cy Young and MVP awards in the American League.  With a record of 24-8, Blue threw 24 complete games, 8 shutouts, struck out 301 batters, had an ERA of 1.82, and he was just 21 years old.  For his career, Blue went 209-161 and he was a 6-time All-star.  Blue was a member of three Oakland A’s teams that went on to win the World Series in 1972, 1973, and 1974.

Gene Tenace – A 15-season veteran, Tenace was the guy that found himself in the right place at the right time quite often.  Owner of 4 World Series championship rings, Tenace won three titles with the A’s during the mid-1970’s and then his final one with the Cardinals in 1982.  Tenace made the All-star team one time and he finished his career with a .241 batting average alongside 1,060 hits, 201 home runs, and 674 RBI.

1980 Topps Jim Palmer

1980 Topps Jim Palmer

I always like the 1980 Topps design.  Back when they had no competition for  the market, Topps still did a great job of coming up with new and stylish baseball card designs.

And the 1980 Topps design is no different.  The banners that hold the player’s name and team name wrap the image nicely while not taking away from the main feature.  And the color choices that Topps used work well with the team theme and add a nice consistency to the card.

 But for the life of me, I cannot understand why Topps would select this photo of the future Hall of Famer for this card.  Yes, Jim Palmer has a great head of hair.  But should his baseball card celebrate that?  I don’t think so…

Something tells me that somebody working at Topps in 1980 might have had a little crush on the 3-time Cy Young award winner!!!  🙂

Palmer 80T