As the blog enters its 17th month, I still have a nice handful of loyal readers that have been with me and ’30-YOC’ since the start.
Reader Gerad is among them. Gerad and I have shared several emails over the last year and he is a frequent commenter on the site.
And now he is a contributor as well. He sent me my most coveted Greg Maddux card of my collection…
… the 1987 Topps Traded rookie card!!!
I have wanted to add this card to my Maddux collection for quite some time. And each time I found one, it was either ridiculously priced or not in tip-top condition. Well, Gerad solved that problem for me as this one is a gem!!!
Thank you Gerad!!! I owe you one!!!
**on a side note, don’t the 1987 Topps Cubs cards look awesome? I know I am biased, but the Red,White, and Blue looks great with that wood paneling!!!
Posted in Chicago Cubs, Greg Maddux Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1987 topps traded, 1995 world series, 300 wins, 3000 strikeouts, all-star, atlanta braves, baseball, baseball cards, braves, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, cy young, cy young award, gold glove, greg maddux, rookie, rookie card, topps, world series
8 short days was all that it took for former Cardinals and Dodgers pitcher John Tudor to return these 2 baseball cards back to me.
Beautifully signed in Blue Sharpie, Tudor’s delivery of these 2 great autographs were almost as fast as his delivery to the plate.
I have vivid memories of collecting John Tudor cards as a kid. Actually, let me correct that. I was collecting the 1985 Topps set and the Tudor base card was the last one I needed to finish it off. The card eluded me for a while, but I was a determined 10-year old and I eventually prevailed!!! Since that day, when I hear the name John Tudor, it brings back great memories…
Thank you Mr. Tudor!!!
**On a related note, I ended up working with Todur’s niece in the late 1990’s. We became friendly and I eventually told her my story involving her very famous uncle. Kinda cool!!!
Posted in Autographs, Stars from the 80's
Tagged authentic, autograph collecting, autograph hunting, autographed baseball cards, Autographs, autographs through the mail, baseball, baseball cards, Cardinals, dodgers, free autographs, John Tudor, los angeles dodgers, pitcher, sports autographs, st. louis cardinals, starting pitcher, TTM, ttm autographs, ttm success
1989 Donruss Darryl Strawberry
A very nice looking card that could have been made just a bit better by doing any of the following…
- Show Darryl’s famous leg-kick
- Give me the rest of the bat
- Show me both of his hands
I don’t ask for a whole lot do I? I love baseball cards and I have my preferences; is that so wrong?? 1 of my main preferences is a superb picture. And while I know that cannot occur each time, I will certainly offer my honest critique on what we could have been given to enhance the final product.
I love how ‘zoomed-in’ this photo is. But I cannot help but be a little disappointed too. Disappointed in the fact that Darryl had one of the most talked about and popular batting stances in the game during his playing days. SHOW US THAT!!! Whoops, sorry.
Anyways, this is a very nice addition to my rapidly growing Darryl Strawberry collection – YES!!!
Posted in Darryl Strawberry Collection, Stars from the 80's
Tagged 1986 world series, 1996 world series, 1999 world series, all-star, darryl strawberry, dodgers, los angeles dodgers, Mets, New york mets, new york yankees, Rookie of the Year, ROY, silver slugger, world series, yankees
Ricky Bones, middle reliever for the Florida Marlins in 2000, had to be placed on the disabled list after he injured himself changing channels on the clubhouse television.
**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’
My take – In the ‘real world’ imagine calling in with that excuse… WHOA!!!
Posted in Did You Know....
Tagged baseball, baseball cards, baseball trivia, Did You Know...., disabled list, Floridam Marlins, Marlins, pitcher, relief picther, reliever, ricky bones, silly injury, sports trivia