Daily Archives: November 23, 2009

Just Two More Fergie Jenkins Cards To Go….

With the acquisition of this card I am now just 2 cards away from completing my Fergie Jenkins player collection.

When I set out to collect every card issued by a major card company from Fergie’s playing days, I never knew how enjoyable this goal would be.  Starting with zero cards, it was fun to shop for my ‘needs’ and along the way my appreciation for Fergie and his stellar pitching career sky rocketed.  This collection has taken longer to complete due to the age and condition of the cards I needed, but this extra time has allowed me more opportunities to learn about and enjoy stories focusing on Fergie.

Today I can proudly say that Ferguson Jenkins is my favorite pitcher of all-time!!!

And these are the final 2 cards I need to complete my player collection that honors his legendary career:

1966 Topps - Rookie card

1969 Topps

I have every intention of completing this collection by the end of the year.  It won’t be easy, but it will be fun!!!

 

 

My 1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick Subset Is Complete!!!

Finally!!!

It took a little longer than I had expected, but I have completed my 1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick subset.  I posted each card individually for you with some insight as to how these guys and their professional careers panned out.  Some were impressive while others did not get the job done…

And even though the ranking of #1 pick connotes greatness, it is very obvious that it takes a very rare player to meet or exceed the expectations of this title.  Of this group of players, only 2 met the expectations – Darryl Strawberry and Harold Baines.  Each had very impressive careers, and were multiple time All-stars.  Of the remaining guys, Shawon Dunston, Bob Horner, and Mike Moore also fared pretty well in the majors yet fell short of what is expected of a player selected first in their draft class.  The rest of the guys may have shown flashes of greatness from time to time, but were definitely not able to achieve what was expected of them.

Here is the complete set:

Draft Set Complete 1

Draft Set Complete 2

And now that this subset is complete, I am ready to take on the next one!!  I have a few ideas…. Stay tuned!!!

 

Did You Know…

The only pitcher to win Rookie of the Year, the Cy Young Award, and MVP  was Don Newcombe of the Dodgers.

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

My take – At first when I read this, I thought it was in the same year – and my jaw literally dropped.  Even though this is a career accomplishment, and not a single-season one, it is still incredibly impressive.