Daily Archives: January 30, 2010

“I Won A Contest, I Won A Contest!!!!”

With child-like enthusiasm, I was very excited to win a recent contest sponsored by Chris from the blog On Card Autos.

The premise of the contest was simple – help Chris develop a new name for his ‘mailday’ posts.  Yet while the idea was a simple one, coming up with a new name for this series of posts is not so easy…

After a few days, I went with ‘From The Friendly Confines Of My Mailbox’.  You see Chris is a Cub’s fan(me too!) and with that came the idea of tying the Cubs or something Cubs related to my contest entry.

My entry took a spin off of a famous sign at Wrigley Field…

And I won!!! 

The prize?  50 cards of any team of your choosing.  And an added bonus of either a relic or certified autograph card featuring a player on that team.

I chose the Marlins.  I could have gone a few ways with my pick, but I settled on the Marlins as I want to do some TTM-graphing of my favorite home team this Spring.


Chris hooked me up!!!  I got some Hanleys, some Ugglas, some Conines, and handfuls of other guys wearing Teal & Black.

Thanks for the great contest Chris.  Tons of Fun!!!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #37

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #37

1965 Topps – Card #477 – AKA – ‘The Steve Carlton Rookie Card’

Fritz Ackley – Ackely’s career spanned 2 seasons and just 5 games.  He left the sport with a perfect winning percentage as he went 1-0.  Ackley pitched a total of 19.1 innings during his major league career.  And in that time he allowed 10 runs while giving up 17 hits.  His career total of 17 strikeouts and 11 walks allowed round out his career numbers along with his 4.19 ERA.

Steve Carlton – One of the most decorated pitchers to ever play the game, Steve Carlton was a true gamer.  As a team player, Carlton was a member of 2 World Series championship teams – the 1967 Cardinals and the 1980 Phillies.  As an individual, Carlton won 4 Cy Young awards.  He is also a member of the 300 Wins Club with his 329 victories and he ranks in 4th place on the all-time strikeout list with 4,136 K’s.  Carlton was a 10-time All-star and he also won the 1972 Triple Crown of pitching with his 27 wins, 1.97 ERA, and 310 strikeouts!!

1987 Fleer Superstar Special Featuring Darryl Strawberry & Don Mattingly

1987 Fleer Superstar Special Featuring Darryl Strawberry & Don Mattingly

This is a nice addition to my Darryl Strawberry player collection.  The card features two of the game’s brightest stars from the 1987 baseball season.

Fleer captivated me with their ‘Superstar Special’ series of cards from the 1980’s.  Unique photos, odd pairings of players, and fun times, Fleer really brought it with this subset.

For this card, it celebrates Darryl and Don Mattingly as two of the sport’s best left-hand hitting sluggers.  And while ‘Straw’ was probably the better home run hitter of the two, Mattingly was able to put on some spectacular displays of power hitting as well.

The picture on this card looks like it was taken during batting practice, probably at an All-star game.  I just wish the photographer had been able to snap a shot with the guys looking at the camera…  I feel like we’re eavesdropping a bit here!!!

Straw 87F SS