Daily Archives: December 21, 2009

Turning ‘Secret Santa’ Into A TTM Opportunity!!!

The company that I work for held their annual Secret Santa gift exchange on Friday afternoon.  Being rather new to this workplace, I thought this would be a good opportunity to meet some of the people there that I had yet to be introduced to.  Prior to the actual gift exchange, we were asked to fill out a questionnaire that would help our ‘Secret Santa’ select a gift suited to our likes.

I won’t bore you with the answers to my questions, but what I will tell you is what I received – a $25 gift card to The Sports Authority!!

Not too shabby huh???

As soon as my gift was opened, I knew how I would blow use it.  $25 is just a little less than what it would cost me for 2 Rawlings Official baseballs.  Over the weekend, I kept the gift card with me and as soon as I had the opportunity I went shopping – 2 brand new baseballs are now mine!!

And what would I do with these 2 beauties?  Why turn them into TTM requests of course…

The first one is going to Duke Snider.  I’ve seen a ton of successes from Mr. Snider recently online(mine included) and I have become quite the fan after taking the time to research and learn about him and his amazing career.  I hope he comes through with another autograph for me – I would love to add another legendary Hall Of Famer to my collection!!!

This package was dropped into the mailbox this morning….

Thanks ‘Santa’.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #1

I was able to pick up this subset for a very low price.  It’s a 6-card set and it highlights some amazing accomplishments that occurred during the 1979 baseball season.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #1

Headline – ‘Brock And Yaz Enter 3000-Hit Circle During The 1979 Campaign’

Text on the back – ‘Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals and Carl Yastrzemski of the Boston Red Sox attained their 3000th career hits in 1979.  The retiring Brock finished with 3,023 lifetime safeties while Yaz’ total stands at 3,009 hits when he enters the 1980 season.’

30 years later – At the time, Brock and Yaz were the 14th and 15th players to reach the 3,000 hits milestone.  Today, this group boasts 27 members with Brock ranking at 23rd place with 3,023 and Yaz quite a bit further ahead at 6th place with 3,419 career hits.

2 great players, 1 amazing card!!!

1972 Topps League Leaders Card Starring Jim Palmer

1972 Topps League Leaders Card Starring Jim Palmer

How about a nice vintage card celebrating 3 players and their ability to dominate the game of baseball?

This card comes from the 1972 Topps baseball set and honors Vida Blue, Wilbur Wood, and Jim Palmer for their outstanding pitching during the 1971 baseball season.

Specifically, this card celebrates their very low earned run averages.  During the ’71 season Blue had just a 1.82 ERA, while Wood tallied a 1.91, and Palmer compiled a 2.68 ERA.

3 great pitchers, and 3 dominant performances!!!

Another great Jim Palmer card for my collection – SWEET!!!

Did You Know…

Bill Mazeroski, Pittsburgh Pirates second baseman from 1956 to 1972, broke the record for double plays by a second baseman in a single season, with 161 in 1966, and the most career double plays by a second baseman, with 1,706.

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