Monthly Archives: February 2010

Mike Schmidt 2005 Upper Deck Classic Materials Game Used Jersey Card

Mike Schmidt 2005 Upper Deck Classic Materials Game Used Jersey Card

A game-used jersey card of Mike Schmidt – YES!!!

The colors of this card look great.  The border color is an almost perfect match for the Phillies’ batting helmet that Schmidt is wearing in this photo.  And even though the swatch of jersey used on this card is a rather boring, White one, it looks great on this very colorful baseball card.

An excellent addition to my collection!!

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Andre Dawson 2005 Playoff Tools Of The Trade – Red

Andre Dawson 2005 Playoff Tools Of The Trade – Red

Since adding more of the 2004 Tools of the Trade cards to my Dawson collection is a longshot due to scarcity, I figured picking up a few from the 2005 set would appease me.  And it worked!!

I love these cards!!

Numbered 125/250, this beauty is the ‘Red’ version to this multi-colored set.  The design is impeccable, and I find these cards as irresistable today as I did when I first ran into them months back.  Between the great use of color, excellent image choices, and powerful graphics, the ‘Tools of the Trade’ set is a favorite at ’30-YOC’!!! 

Greg Maddux 1992 Bowman

Greg Maddux 1992 Bowman

And here we finally have it.  More than 30 cards into my Greg Maddux collection and I finally got a card of the ball sailing from Maddux’s hand towards the batter! 

There is only so much you can do with cards featuring pitchers(especially from guys in the AL).  But anytime you get a card with a picture of the ball flying through the air it is a great break from the ‘Ho-Hum’ that pitchers often offer us.

And while the 1992 Bowman design is far from brilliant or unique or delightful, this card earns an A+ for having an incredible photo!!!

I am thrilled to add this ‘Bad-Boy’ to my collection!!!

Did You Know…

In 1979, Willie Stargell and Keith Hernandez became the first and only players to ever share the MVP award.

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

Ron Santo And His Glorious 1961 Topps Rookie Card!!!

Ron Santo And His Glorious 1961 Topps Rookie Card!!!

I’ve drooled over this card way before I declared myself as a Ron Santo player collector.

I have always enjoyed the 1961 set and its basic design.  The Santo card offers us a nice, large photo with Wrigley Field and the visiting team’s dugout in the background. 

And then there is the Topps ‘All-Star Rookie’ logo.  Santo played in just 95 games during the 1960 season, but his efforts were solid enough to earn him a 4th place finish for the NL Rookie of the Year award and a spot on the Topps ‘All-Star Rookie Team’.

It’s not too often that a player’s first major brand issue features such a nice achievement!!!

I’ve got to get myself one of these  – a 2010 goal for sure!!!

Ron Santo – From The Field To The Booth

Ron Santo – From The Field To The Booth

After an incredible 15-year baseball career, Ron Santo retired from the sport he loved as a kid and played professionally as an adult.

After retiring, he kept busy with other business ventures in and around the Chicago-land area.

And in 1990, the Cubs came calling.  This time they wanted him to be part of their broadcast team.  Santo has a undenyable love for the game, the Cubs, and the sport’s history.  His enthusiasm and passion were evident from his very first broadcast.

And now, as we approach the 2010 season, Santo is primed to start his 20th year as a member of the Cubs’ broadcasting team!!! 

Ron Santo And That Damn Black Cat…

Ron Santo And That Damn Black Cat…

I don’t believe in hexes or hoaxes or jinxes.  But if you ask any of the players on the 1969 Cubs or Ron Santo about the night that a black cat crossed his path as he stood in the on-deck circle and you may get a different reaction. 

What resulted next was one of the biggest flops in major league history – a heart breaking tale for all Cubs’ fans!  The hated Mets, who were down close to 10 games, put it into over-drive and slowly pushed past the Cubs all the way to the World Series title.