Daily Archives: February 12, 2010

This is How ’30-YOC’ Gets Ready For Spring Training…

This is How ’30-YOC’ Gets Ready For Spring Training…

Ah, Spring is getting close.  The smell of freshly cut grass and warm peanuts will soon fill the air in both Florida and Arizona and Spring Training begins. 

When a player gets ready to head off to Spring Training they have to get their gear together.  Bats, gloves, spikes, batting gloves, sunglasses, and the list goes on and on.

Well, I too have to get ready.  Because for me, Spring Training is not just the start of the upcoming baseball season, it is also the start of the current player autograph season as well!!!

My gear:

I’ve got my cards, my envelopes, my paper, my pen, and my stamps all ready to go.  It is going to be a lot of work, but as we all have learned hard work pays off and I happen to be willing to put in the time!!!

I am so ready for the 2010 baseball season!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Prime Cuts MLB Icons

Andre Dawson 2004 Prime Cuts MLB Icons

Numbered 48/50, this 2004 Donruss issue screams vintage!  And at just 6 years old, the task was accomplished by Donruss and their designers as this card has several old-time elements to it…

  1. The font used in the headline ‘MLB ICONS’ has an old English look
  2. The Brown coloring used throughout the card’s design has the leathery-look of a first issue hardcover book
  3. Black & White photography certainly adds to the element of vintage
  4. The filigree and leaf pattern used around the Expos logo is an old-school style

And while the use of two baseball bats in an ‘X’ is not a new design option for a baseball card, this one looks perfect.  With the Expos name pasted right in the middle, the card has two great focal points versus just one – the team name plate and the picture of Andre!!

Nice work!!

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #396 – Fred Norman

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #396 – Fred Norman

A 16-year veteran, Norman enjoyed a long and healthy professional baseball career.  Playing for 7 different teams during that time, Norman amassed a record of 104-103 while also collecting 8 saves.  Used primarily as a starting pitcher throughout most of his career, Norman also found himself in the bullpen when his team needed middle and long relief.  He has a career ERA of 3.64 and a strikeouts per 9 innings ratio of 6.0.

Norman played for the Reds for 7 seven seasons, his longest tenure with any team.  From 1973-1979, Norman was a full-time starter for the Reds and he reached double-digits in victories in each of those years.  During his time in Cincy, Norman went 85-64. 

Fred Norman was a member of both Reds championship teams in 1975 and 1976.

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My Eddie Murray ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

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 #1 – 1988 Topps, Record Breakers

That’s what I’m talkin’ about!!!

Eddie Murray didn’t make it onto too many cards that we’re base cards in the 1980’s.  I would have to say that his quiet demeanor coupled with his playing for several bad Orioles teams had something to do with that…

This card celebrates Eddie.  It celebrates the fact that he is the lone player in baseball’s 100+ year history to accomplish the feat of hitting home runs from each side of the plate in two consecutive games.  Tuned in for 48 hours, Murray dominated, and his talent shined brightly.

Topps did a brilliant job in honoring this moment in baseball history, and their work on the card’s imagery is perfect!!!

Not only is this my favorite card of Eddie Murray that I own from his playing days in Baltimore, this could very easily be one of my favorite cards from the 1980’s!!!!