Monthly Archives: November 2009

Coming Soon: Bob Feller Signing!!!

While at the mall last weekend with my wife and kids, my wife gave me ‘The Nod’.  For those of you that are not familiar with ‘The Nod’, let me explain.  In my family, ‘The Nod’ means take off, get away, scram, etc…

We were in the Disney store and she spotted something she wanted to get for the boys.  My 3-year old is very intrigued when we’re out shopping, and has a knack for finding something he wants wherever we go.  This time, my wife gave me ‘The Nod’ so I hightailed it out of there before he could see what she found.

I made my way across the mall’s hallway to the Mounted Memories Factory Outlet.  It’s a great store with some great stuff.  Some of it is very affordable while some is outrageously high-priced.  While I have never made a purchase there, I do enjoy checking out what they have so it was a natural choice for us to burn a few minutes there.

While cruising around the store, I saw a stack of these flyers at the register:

Obviously the headline of the flyer did it’s job as I was instantly intrigued.  Bob Feller and Free Autographs sounds like a great time to me.  He’ll be at the store next week and I have every intention of being there as well.  If you purchase a ball or photo from the store you get a free autograph.  If you walk in with your own item to be signed, it’s $20.00.  

It sounds like I’ll be adding another signed baseball to my collection!!!  Plus, it’s from an in-person appearance!!!  And he’s a Hall of Famer!!!

Stay tuned next week as I bring you the results from the Bob Feller signing.

1986 Fleer Superstar Special with Darryl Strawberry & Tim Raines

1986 Fleer Superstar Special with Darryl Strawberry & Tim Raines

What can I say, this is a card featuring two of my favorite players from my favorite baseball era – the 1980’s!!

The card’s theme is ‘Instant Offense’ and I don’t know if a better title could have been established for these two All-star players.

Both Strawberry and Raines were multi-faceted players whose offensive skills were some of the best in the league.  With blazing speed, home run power, and great control at the plate, there was nothing that these guys couldn’t do to ignite offense!!!

Another great card in my Darryl Strawberry player collection has found a new home!!!

Straw 86F SS

Happy Birthday Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez!!!

Pudge Rodriguez turns 38 years old today.

Still a favorite of all Florida Marlins fans, Pudge Rodriguez should go down as one of the greatest players from his era!!

With a resume that includes 1 Most Valuable Player Award, 7 Silver Slugger awards, 13 Gold Gloves, and 14 All-star games, one has to wonder where Pudge ranks in the conversation about the game’s greatest catchers.

Through the 2009 baseball season, Rodriguez has tallied 2,711 hits, 1,308 runs scored, 305 home runs, 1,264 RBI, and he even has 125 stolen bases to his credit.

As he continues to climb towards a few more baseball milestones, it seems like his election into baseball’s Hall of Fame is inevitable.  One thing is for certain:  He has my vote!!!

Happy Birthday Pudge!!!

RESULTS: Jose Canseco Signing!!

Just days after major league baseball named its American League MVP, I received a signed baseball from the 1988 winner.

Jose Canseco’s popularity and stranglehold on the hobby were at an all-time high in 1988.  The MVP was part of the most dynamic offensive team in baseball and his 40+ home runs and 40+ stolen bases during that 1988 campaign put him into elite status.

So when I read about the signing at www.sportsgraphing.com, I jumped at the chance to get his autograph and decided to go with an inscription that was as rare as his incredible feat.  Now seeing the ball in person, I know that I made the right decision!!!

Pretty sweet huh???

Another great autograph added to my growing signed baseball collection.  And if you’re keeping track at home, this signed Canseco ball is #17.

1988 Topps Eddie Murray

1988 Topps Eddie Murray

 This one may be a contender for my ‘Fab 5’ when I complete my Eddie Murray player collection!!

I have always enjoyed the 1988 design.  A little on the bland side, the overall look of the card has a vintage feel to it.  While not being heavy on the graphic element, Topps did a very nice job of making the card’s design elements flow.  Starting with the color schemes used, they added the team colors into the card’s headline and banner in the lower right corners.  When adding the player photos, they put them on top of the graphic which makes the player’s image really pop off of the card.

1988 was a solid year for Murray.  He played in all but one game and managed to hit .284 while collecting 171 hits.  He was also able to crush 27 doubles, 28 home runs, and drive in 84 runs.  Murray’s amazing ‘batting eye’ was once again on display in ’88 as he struck out just 78 times in 681 plate appearances. 

Murray 88T

Did You Know…

In modern baseball, Jim Kaat’s career, from 1959 to ’83, spanned the most presidential administrations: seven, from Dwight D. Eisenhower through Ronald Reagan.

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

1991 Upper Deck Baseball – Pack Break #6

I bring you the sixth and final pack of 1991 Upper Deck baseball cards that I ripped through this morning…

Notable – Harold Reynolds, Kevin Mitchell, Fernando Valenzuela, Mark Langston, and a ‘1917 Revisited’ Chicago White Sox team card.

Pick Of The Pack – Bert Blyleven – easily the happiset baseball card I have ever seen!!!

1991 Upper Deck Baseball – Pack Break #5

I bring you the fifth of six packs of 1991 Upper Deck baseball cards that I ripped through this morning…

Notable – Jose Oquendo, Darren Daulton, Mike LaValliere, Gary Sheffield, Charlie Hayes, Jack Morris – Team Checklist

Pick Of The Pack – Barry Bonds – Team checklist

 

1991 Upper Deck Baseball – Pack Break #4

I bring you the fourth of six packs of 1991 Upper Deck baseball cards that I ripped through this morning…

Notable – Tom Browning, Ellis Burks, Ozzie Guillen, Robby Thompson, Sandy Alomar Jr.

Pick Of The Pack – Rafael Palmeiro – Team checklist

1991 Upper Deck Baseball – Pack Break #3

I bring you the third of six packs of 1991 Upper Deck baseball cards that I ripped through this morning…

Notable – Willie McGee, Tim Raines, Hall of Famer Paul Molitor.

Pick Of The Pack – It’s a 3-way tie:  Mike Mussina rookie card, Luis Gonzalez rookie card, and a Frank Thomas 2nd year card!!!