Daily Archives: December 9, 2009

Sending A Special Autograph Request To Bob Feller.

Meeting Bob Feller was a thrill.  He is one of the most accomplished pitchers in the game’s history and he could not have been any nicer.

The Hall of Fame ball that he signed for me looks great and is a perfect addition to my autographed baseball collection.

And when I was allowed the opportunity to get a quick photo of myself with him, I jumped at it.  It’s not very often that you get the chance to have your photo taken with a 91-year old baseball legend…  Well, the photo came out great too, and it would make a nice little addition to the sports den/office I eventually plan on setting up.  But it would be an even nicer addition if it were signed…

So that is what I am going to try to do.  Bob Feller has a great autograph through the mail reputation.  I enlarged the photo to an 8×10 and it looks great.  Tomorrow I will drop it in the mail and hope that it comes back and becomes another great story for me to share.

Wish me luck!!!

Andre Dawson 1996 Pinnacle

Andre Dawson 1996 Pinnacle

I really like this card.  And while I can do without all of the Gold foil at the bottom of the card’s design, the photo is perfect.

Imagine being a rookie in the league and while you’re sitting in the dugout you turn your head to the left and you see Andre Dawson sitting there.  WoW!!!!  What a thrill, huh???  1996 aws Dawson’s last year in the majors.  And while his playing time and productivity tailed off, his mystique was still strong as ever. 

A silent leader, a great locker room presence, and a man dedicated to the game, Andre Dawson is a class act!!!

Dawson 96 Pinnacle

Cards From A Loyal Reader Aimed At My Player Collections!!!

A few weeks ago a reader of ’30-YOC’ named Jon told me that he had some cards for me that would be better suited in my collection than his own.  Always being curious and grateful, I accepted his offer and the cards were delivered quickly and safely to me.

On to the good stuff:

A 1992 Donruss Darryl Strawberry.  While not featured with the Mets in this set, this card is still a great addition to my collection.  I like the design, and the Blue used on the card’s borders and graphics compliment Darryl’s new Dodger uniform.

Up next is a 1992 Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Sportflics card featuring Hall of Famer Jim Palmer.  My scanner was able to catch Palmer right in the middle of his wind-up.  Cool!

Here we have 4 modern-day Greg Maddux cards from his second stint with the Cubs.  The photo on the ’04 Donruss Playoff Honors cards is perfect.  But my favorite of the bunch has to be the 2006 Topps Heritage card.  It screams vintage – I LOVE IT!!!

And last, but certainly not least – 3 Eddie Murray cards that were on my ‘needs’ list.  This collection is very close to completion, and Jon gave me 2 of the last 4 cards I needed!!!

Thank you Jon.  This was a very generous gesture by you and I am working on something special for to show my appreciation!!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #23

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #23

1965 Topps – Card #581 – AKA – ‘The Tony Perez Rookie Card’

Tony Perez – A 7-time All-star and key component in Cincinnati’s ‘Big Red Machine’, Perez enjoyed a very solid 23-season career.  The Hall of Famer’s resume includes 2,732 hits, 1,272 runs scored, 379 home runs, 505 doubles, and 1,652 RBI.  Perez played in 5 World Series match-ups.  He won titles in the 1975 & 1976 post-seasons. 

Kevin Collins – A 6-year veteran, Collins played in 201 major league games.  His .209 batting average alongside 81 total hits stopped him from becoming an everyday player. 

Dave Rickets – A role player for the Cardinals and Pirates, Ricketts was never able to find steady work in the big leagues.  In 6 years, he appeared in just 130 contests.  In total, Ricketts collected 53 hits, 1 home run, 20 RBI, and scored 15 runs.  Ricketts was a member of the Cardinals’ World Series Championship team in 1967.