Daily Archives: February 1, 2010

January, 2010 – The Greatest Autograph Month In ’30-YOC’ History!!!!

January was a very memorable one for me when it comes to autograph collecting.  And while it is definitely not my biggest month when it comes to volume of autographs obtained, the quality and personal value would be very tough to beat!!!

Here is a summary of what I added to my growing collection:

Josh Hamilton

Mark Grace

Lee Smith

4 great additions to my Andre Dawson ‘Inscription Set’

John Tudor

Tom Brunansky

Hall of Fame manager of ‘The Big Red Machine’, Mr. Sparky Anderson

Dave Winfield 2001 Hall of Fame baseball

And finally, my Andre Dawson Hall of Fame baseball

You thought I was kidding didn’t you….  I never kid about my collection!!!

You may remember that one of my 2010 collecting goals was to add more quality autographs to my collection.  If January is any indication as to what lies ahead, 2010 is going to be an incredible year!!!

Stick with me and enjoy the ride…  Thanks!

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – The Complete Set

1980 Topps – ‘1979 Highlights’ – The Complete Set

This was a fun set to review.  Taking a look back at the major headlines from the sport 30 years ago really puts into perspective how much the game and its players have changed over the course of 3 decades.

I also love to learn more about the players that paved the way for the stars of today.  Picking up extra knowledge and admiration for guys like Willie McCovey, Pete Rose, Lou Brock, and Carl Yastrzemski is never a bad thing when you are someone who loves and appreciates the history of the game like I do!!

Here’s a look at the complete 6-card set:

I hope you enjoyed learning about these guys and their amazing feats from the 1979 baseball season as much as I did.

I am certainly going to go after more subsets as I continue to find this to be great fun!!!  Thanks.

My First Pack Of 2010 Phungo Cards!!!

I was presently surprised to find a package in the mail recently from Paul over at Phungo.  I’ve avoided contacting Paul recently because I am still a little mad that my favorite active pitcher is now the ace of his favorite team, the Phillies.  If you’re a Marlins fan, there is still a handful of us left, this move was very hurtful of our chances at winning the AL East any time soon.

Maybe this was Paul’s peace-offering – a pack of 2010 Phungo cards.

I quickly ripped them open, and here are the results:

Chris Coghlan- the 2009 NL Rookie of the Year, Aramis Ramirez, Rich Harden, Nick Johnson, and Ivan Rodriguez.

The pack also contained 2 inserts of rare and significant value.  The first insert was the Blue-bordered Harry Caray tribute card that depicts Harry as he leads the Wrigley Faithful in a rendition of ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’.  The second insert was the even more rare Black-bordered Harry Kalas Memorial card showing a memorial that the Phillies’ fans made for Kalas after he passed.

I can’t be too mad at Paul right?  After all he sent me this free pack of cards – and some of the cards I pulled seem to be quite rare.  I guess I just need to get over the fact that I will get to see Roy Halladay pitch a lot more than I used to – but this time I will be forced to route against him…

Thanks Paul!!!

Did You Know…

In 1968, Johnny Bench became the first catcher to win the Rookie of the Year Award.

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

My take – While not a staggering trivia question, I still find this quite a surprise considering that some of the sport’s greatest catchers debuted before Bench.  A truly remarkable feat by him, nonetheless…