Daily Archives: February 24, 2010

Andre Dawson 2002 Upper Deck – A Piece Of History

Andre Dawson 2002 Upper Deck – A Piece Of History

This card is an absolute GEM!!!

With incredible design features and superb quality, this modern-era card probably ranks in my Top 10 of cards issued of Andre since 2000.

I like how Upper Deck used both B&W and color photography together.  I have seen this done in the past and it doesn’t always work – but this time they hit a home run!!  I also like the timeline element that they added to the card; and I really like how they put it into the card’s design, and not just as a border. 

With a nice, high-gloss finish, this card is a beauty and looks so much better in person than what the scan offers!!

A great addition to my Andre Dawson collection – YES!!!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #44

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #44

1969 Topps – Card #99 – AKA – ‘The Graig Nettles Rookie Card’

Danny Morris – A 2-year veteran that appeared in just 6 games, Morris had a very brief stint as a major league baseball player.  Used in both starting and relief roles, Morris compiled an 0-2 record with a 2.81 career ERA.  In 16 total innings of work, he struck out 7, walked 8, and allowed 16 hits and 9 runs.

Graig Nettles – Nettles played in the big leagues for 22 seasons.  A veteran of 6 different clubs, his greatest success came as a New York Yankee during the mid-70’s.  Nettles was a 6-time All-star, with 5 of those appearances coming while wearing pinstripes.  His career numbers are impressive – 2,225 hits, 328 doubles, 390 home runs, 1,314 RBI, and 1,193 runs scored.  Nettles played in 5 World Series contests – winning 2 titles in 1977 and 1978 with the Yankees.

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Gooden

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Gooden

Headline – “Teenager Gooden Sets Season Strikeout Record For Rookies’

The Story – Montreal, Quebec, September 30, 1984:  Mets’ right-hander Dwight Gooden has completed his first major league campaign with 276 strikeouts.  The total by Gooden, who’ll be 20 on November 16th, represents a new record for rookies.  The former mark of 245 strikeouts by a rookie was set by Indians’ ace Herb Score in 1955.

My added notes – While too young to understand the impact of this remarkable baseball record as s kid, I absolutely felt the impact as a baseball card collector.  Gooden was a very hot commodity when I began collecting.  Everyone wanted his stuff, and since he was a ‘Florida-Boy’, his following down here was probably second to only New York.