Daily Archives: January 25, 2010

Wicked Ortega Continues To Deliver The Goods!!!

My buddy Alfredo did it again!  He completed another of our many trades with each other – and again, he amazed me with the stuff he sent over.

There is no doubt in my mind as to why he was named ‘2009 Trader Of The Year’!!!

On to the cards…

Two modern classics featuring my favorite played and newly elected Hall of Famer, Andre Dawson!!  The Diamond King reminds me of old-school Donruss.  And that Timelines card is absolutely brilliant!!!

A 2003 Upper Deck ‘Play Ball’ card featuring Mr. Cub – Ernie Banks!  I love the modern cards that throw a vintage feel into the design.  If it weren’t for the 4 perfectly sharp corners and rigid cardboard, this card could pass for one issued 55 years ago.

Oh, man.  Oddball cards of my 2 favorite Orioles players of All-time – Eddie Murray & Jim Palmer!!  Excellent additions to my growing player collections of each superstar and Hall of Famer!!!

And saving the best for last, a BEAU-TI-FUL game-used jersey card of Eddie Murray.  I love this design!!  The card’s look and feel has a sense of royalty to it – and the fact that it contains a swatch of jersey from one of the greatest offensive players in the game’s history is just perfect!!

Thank you Alfredo.  It’s not too often that I get to trade cards, but each time I do I am rewarded!!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #36

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #36

1986 Fleer – Card # – AKA – ‘The Paul O’Neill Rookie Card’

Kal Daniels – Lasting just 7 years in the big leagues, Daniels had some incredible success.  Batting .320 and .334 in his first 2 seasons, Daniels was on par with the other top rookies of the Class of 1986.  Tallying 104 career home runs and 87 stolen bases, he was also a power hitter that had the speed to swipe bases as well. 

Paul O’Neill – A 5-time All-star, O’Neill was wildly popular during his playing days.  A solid hitter that was able to deliver the long ball as well as run the bases well, O’Neill’s offensive talents were great compliments to the teams he played for.  The member of 5 World Series championship teams, O’Neill found himself on some amazing baseball rosters.  In 85 post-season games, he hit .285 while collecting 85 hits, scoring 39 runs, crushing 11 home runs, and driving in 39.

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – Card #6

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 #6

Headline – ‘Del Unser’s 3rd Consecutive Pinch Homer Sets New Big League Standard’

Text on the back – Philadelphia, July 10, 1979 – Phillies’ Del Unser belted a game-winning pinch-homer in the 9th inning tonight as Phillies beat the Padres, 6-5.  It was Unser’s 3rd straight homer as pinch-hitter, a new big league mark for batsmen.