Daily Archives: February 11, 2010

20 Balls!!

If January is any indication of what 2010 may bring, my autographed baseball collection is going to grow in size while maintaining a very high standard. 

Adding a Dave Winfield Hall of Fame ball and an Andre Dawson Hall of Fame ball so far this year has already put a new element into my collection.

And some of the ‘stuff’ I am working on right now will ensure that the quantity and quality remains at a very high level!!!

Ladies and Gentlemen, my balls:

Top row – Andre Dawson Hall of Fame 2010, Andre Dawson 87 NL MVP, Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins HOF 91, and Dave Winfield HOF 2001.

Second row – Pete Rose #4256, Jose Canseco 40/40 Club, Tim Raines #30, Mark Grace, Jim Palmer personalized and with 1973, 75, 76 CY and HOF 90.

Third row – Don Larsen WS PG 10-8-56, Lee Smith #46, 478 Saves, Ryne Sandberg, Ron Santo, and Bob Feller HOF 62.

Last row – Cameron Maybin #24, Jeff Conine, Tony Perez, Dan Uggla #6, and Jim Abbott 9-4-93 No Hitter!!

Sweet, huh???

Just wait until you see what I have planned.  I should be able to unveil signed ball #21 in the coming days.  And from there I have 3-4 other things cooking as well…

Stay tuned.  You’re not going to want to miss this!!!

TTM Success: Dan Plesac!!

In 24 days Dan Plesac returned one of the nicest signatures in my collection thus far.  This is the second time that I have sent to Mr. Plesac.  The first time he took a bit longer to return my cards and he signed them in ballpoint pen – a BIG No No!!  This time, they look incredible, and his unique looking autograph is much more prominent.

Still anytime you can add a 3-time All-star’s autograph to your collection you’re having a pretty good mail-day!!

Thanks Dan.

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000″ – Tony Gwynn

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000” – Tony Gwynn

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – August 6, 1999

The Story – On the road, and across the US border, Gwynn and his Padres teammates were taking on the Expos in Montreal.  And in front of just 13,540 fans, Gwynn became a member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’.  Coming into the game, Gwynn was hitting a solid .326 on the year.  But on this night in Montreal, he went 4-for-5 as he collected 4 singles against the Expos.  The 8-time batting champ accomplished this rare and amazing baseball feat in just 18 big league seasons as he averaged more than 166 hits in each campaign.

Baseball History – Tony Gwynn will go down as one of the sport’s greatest contact hitters of all time.  He retired with a career batting average of .338 and his 3,141 hits ranks him in 18th place on the all-time list.

1982 Headline: Ozzie Smith Dealt To The Cardinals!!!

1982 Headline:  Ozzie Smith Dealt To The Cardinals!!!

On this day in 1982, Ozzie Smith was traded from the San Diego Padres to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Part of a 6-player deal, the 2-time All-star and 1-time Gold Glove winner was the focal point of the trade.

And as they say, the rest was history… 

For the next 15 years, Ozzie Smith was the centerpiece of the Cardinal team as well as the face of the franchise.  Amazingly enough, he captured the hearts of the Cardinals’ fans with his amazing defensive play, and not his career .262 batting average.  ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was truly a wonderful sight to see as he covered more ground, made more plays, and solidified the entire right side of the Cardinal infield for one and a half decades.

While Ozzie will never be noted as one of the better hitters in the Hall of Fame, he did excel in certain areas of offense.  A speedster, Smith tallied 580 career stolen bases which puts him in 21st place on the all-time list.  He also scored 1,257 runs in his career.

Ozzie went on to capture 13 Gold Gloves, 15 All-star selections, and 1 World Series Championship!!!

My Eddie Murray ‘Fab 5′ – Card #2

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 #2 – 1989 Topps

Oh yeah, now we’re talking!!!

The 1989 Topps design still ranks as one of my favorites of all-time!  A clean looking card with large pictures and a vintage feel is just what this collector loves the most!

When the 1989 Topps set debuted, I was hooked immediately.  As a kid, and still today, I enjoyed cards in which the companies tied the team colors to the card’s design.  And with this 1989 issue, Topps scored a perfect 10.

Skipping the posed portrait look for a change, Topps gave us a brilliant shot of Eddie batting right-handed.  And as you can see by the look on his face, he is as focused as ever on the next offering that the pitcher hurls his way.

Between the great use of Orange and Black, along with a near-perfect photo, this card is a beauty!  The vintage Orioles uniform looks great, and I am always a sucker for that bird on Eddie’s helmet!!