Daily Archives: February 8, 2010

Andre Dawson 2009 Topps Tribute – Base

Andre Dawson 2009 Topps Tribute – Base

Finally, I have added a 2009 issue of Andre Dawson to my collection – YES!!!!

Of course it didn’t happen until 2010, but who’s counting??  Actually I guess I am counting…

Anyways, I am not sure when the 2009 Topps Tribute set was released but they have been all over Ebay for the last month or so.  And ever since Andre’s Hall of Fame election was announced, the price of these and their availability on Ebay has steadily risen.

From what I can tell, there are Blue, Black, Gold, and Red versions of this card available too.  Each is serial numbered and I am pretty sure that they are limited to 219, 99, 50, and 1 respectively.  So while my desire to obtain the full set of these is strong, the likelihood of securing the Red version is pretty unrealistic at this point.  But that won’t stop me from going after the other three versions…

As for the card itself, it is a beauty.  With a nice, thick cardstock it won’t fit in a regular top-loader.  The card is as shiny as can be and I am very happy with the photo that Topps used for this issue.

Blue, Black, Gold, and possibly Red – Here I come!!! 

Ron from “Section 36” Offers Up Cards 2,3,4,5,&6 For My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set!!

Ron from “Section 36” Offers Up Cards 2,3,4,5,&6 For My 1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set!!

About two weeks ago Ron sent me an email asking I would like a few of his extra ’75 Topps cards featuring guys for my team set.  With a checklist featuring more than 30 cards, I jumped at the chance to secure a few freebies!!!

Here they are:

Jack Billingham – Billingham was a solid part of the Reds pitching staff in 1975 and 1976.  With 15 and 12 wins respectively, he set the pace for what would be 10 consecutive seasons with double-digit victories.  Billingham was an All-star during the 1973 baseball season and he also finished in the Top 6 for the Cy Young Award during the 1973 and 1974 seasons.  Billingham was on both of the Reds’ championship winning teams in 1975 and 1976.

Pedro Borbon – Borbon starred for the Reds for 10 seasons.  During his days in Cincy, Pedro amassed a 62-39 record while capturing 76 saves.  Used primarily in middle relief, Borbon figured in several wins because of the powerful offense of ‘The Big Red Machine’.  Borbon’s career win percentage of .639 puts hi min 36th place on the all-time list.  Borbon was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series winning teams.

Clay Carroll – Carroll played 8 years for the Reds and enjoyed his greatest success as a major league pitcher with the team.  During that time, Carroll won 71 games while losing just 43 – good for a .623 win percentage.  Carroll was a 2-time All-star, and he finished in the Top 8 for the Cy Young award 2 times.  Carroll won one title with the Reds, in 1975.

Terry Crowley – Terry Crowley’s career as a Red lasted just 2 seasons – 1974 & 1975.  An outfielder, Crowley was used primarily as a utility guy to give the starters a break when needed.  Playing in just 150 games as a Red, Crowley amassed a .250 batting average while collecting 49 hits, 31 RBI, and scoring 19 runs.  Crowley was a member of the 1975 World Series winning team and he hit .500 in that championship match-up. 

Dan Driessen – Driessen was a solid contributor to the Reds team for 12 seasons.  A key, and underrated part of their offense, Driessen hit .271 as a Red while also scoring 661 runs, crushing 133 home runs, stealing 150 bases, and collecting 670 RBI.  Driessen won titles with the Reds in both ’75 & ’76 – and in that 1976 series, he hit .357 as he went 5-for-14.

Caser Geronimo – In the right place at the right time, Cesar Geronimo played 9 of his 15 big league seasons in Cincinnati.  A solid outfielder that could play both Center and Right very well, Geronimo won 4 consecutive Gold Gloves in Cincy from 1974-1977.  With the team, he hit .261, but during the World Series he rose his average to .290 en route to winning championships in both 1975 and 1976.

Thank you, Thank you, Thank you Ron!!! 

This was just the kick-start I needed to get going on this set.  I appreciate your extreme act of generosity!!!

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Jim Palmer 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces

Jim Palmer 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces

Taking a quick break from my strict player collection guidelines, I picked up this 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces card featuring Jim Palmer.

I like the Masterpieces set – and I love how they brought back so many of baseball’s greatest players from decades past – Palmer included. 

And while I would never really want to build sets issued today, I wouldn’t mind finding a few more ‘Masterpieces’ to connect me with some more legends of the game!!

What a beautiful card!!!

My Eddie Murray ‘Fab 5′ – Card #5

Now that my Eddie Murray player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #5 – 1983 Topps

When card number 5 of a ‘Fab 5’ list starts with the 1983 Topps base card, you know that the list is going to be good!!!

I love everything about the 1983 set, and if I had to rate all of the sets issued in the 1980’s, this one would be very close to the top.  The card has it all – large action photography, small close-up cameos, and colors that coordinate with the player’s team.

On this card, we have a very focused Eddie Murray as he prepares to do battle from the left-side of the plate.  As he gets into his batting stance, the look of focus and concentration is very clear.  And even in the cameo on the bottom-left corner of the card, Eddie means business!!  The Orange and Brown details of the card’s border and text are perfect compliments to the Orioles team colors!!

Super Bowl Sunday Is A Great Time To Shop On Ebay…

Super Bowl Sunday Is A Great Time To Shop On Ebay…

Yes, I tuned into the game just like most of the country.  But I did it while sitting in my comfortable office chair.  And I did it while surfing around on Ebay!!!

And you will not belive what I walked away with…  I want to save it all for a forth-coming post and as soon as I get everything in the mail, I will be sure to post a special story on here featuring the cards so you can enjoy them as much as I know that I will!!!

1 hint – the oldest card is more than 30 years of age…

Even Drew Brees is happy for me!!!