Daily Archives: February 17, 2010

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 6

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 6

The first thing that you will notice in the below picture is that my collection has added a fourth box.  And while I still had a little wiggle room left in each of the 3 boxes I was storing my cards in, box #4 allows me to remain incredibly organized.

Check it out:

And now a detailed breakdown of what you are looking at:

From left to right.

Box #1 – Row 1 – Rickey Henderson and Eddie Murray player collections.  My nice stack of Reggie Jackson cards.  And lastly my Hanley Ramirez, Dan Uggla, and Cameron Maybin cards.  Row 2 – Empty.  Row 3 – All of the ‘other’ cards I own.  If the lot of any player has more than 4-5 cards, they got their own section.  If not, they are sorted alphabetically.

Box #2 – Row 1 – My TTM collection.  Row 2 – All of the subsets that I have completed or am currently working on.  Row 3 – My supplies.

Box #3 – Row 1 – empty.  Row 2 – Jim Palmer, Dave Winfield, and Darryl Strawberry player collections.  Cards of Ernie Banks and Mark Grace.  Row 3 – Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Ron Santo, and Greg Maddux player collections.

Box #4 – My Dawson collection.  Row 1 consists of my autographs, game-used cards, and modern-era cards.  Row 2 and 3 are all of my base Andre Dawson cards from ‘The Hawk’s playing days.  Row 1 consists of my autographs, game-used cards, and modern-era cards.

My collection is in tip-top form right now.  My player collections are rounding out nicely; and the TTM autographs and subsets I have tackled have taken on a life of their own.

And as you can see, I have quite a bit of room in these boxes to add more cards – and you know that I will!!!

As I look ahead and plan for my collecting future, I am very excited that I am coming close to finishing some of my collecting goals.  And I am even more excited about what the future my bring!!!

Thanks for reading.

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1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #87 – George Foster

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #87 – George Foster

George Foster played 11 years for the Reds.  And from 1976-78, he may have been their most potent offensive threat.  Foster crushed 121 home runs in that 3-year span while driving in 290 runs.  Winner of the 1977 MVP award, Foster was the runner-up in 1976 and finished in 6th place in 1978.

During Foster’s 11-year stay in Cincy, he was a 5-time All-star.  He hit .286 during that span, along with 244 home runs, 1,276 hits, scoring 680 runs, and driving in an additional 861.  Foster was a key part of the Reds’ success and was a big reason that the ‘Big Red Machine’ was so dominant.

Foster was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series championship teams.

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Did You Know…

Many people believe Ernie Banks won the MVP award while playing for a last-place team, but during both of Banks’ winning years(1958 & 1959), his Cubs finished in fifth place.  The first MVP to play for a cellar dweller was Andre Dawson for the Cubs in 1987.

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

My Take – OK, so I knew this one.  But any time I can pass on a little knowledge about Ernie Banks and Andre Dawson, I will do it!!

Greg Maddux 1991 Stadium Club

Greg Maddux 1991 Stadium Club

While this may look like just another card of Greg Maddux in his pitching wind-up, this card offers a little different of an angle for us to view.  And I like it.

If you happen to have played third base or were a thrid base coach in the major leagues than you have probably seen this exact look from Maddux several times.  But for the rest of us, it is a new and unique camera angle that offers us a shot from eye level.  While most of the photos used of Maddux while he’s pitching are head-on, or slightly to the side of home plate, this one gives us an opportunity to see what the guys on the field saw.

The colors and steady imagery used by Topps Stadium Club were supreme in the early 1990’s.  And their high-gloss cardboard really made a card shine when compared to the other issues. 

Topps Stadium Club did a great job with this one, and I am thrilled to add it to my Greg Maddux player collection!!