Daily Archives: March 8, 2010

2nd Spring Training 2010 Autograph TTM Success: Brett Butler!!

2nd Spring Training 2010 Autograph Success: Brett Butler!!

I sent Brett Butler 4 cards in hopes of him returning two of them back to me.  I offered for him to keep a few if he wanted to.  The other day I had an envelope in my mailbox and inside were the cards I sent to him.  All 4 – perfectly signed!!

This is the second time I have sent cards to Butler, and each time he has signed the full lot for me.  This time, I went for cards of him from his playing days in Atlanta as that is how I remember him the most from his playing days.  In a way, it was Butler that taught me what hitting lead-off was all about.  As a kid, I watched a ton of Braves game and it was Butler who led off quite a few of them.  A great hitter, skilled bunter, and excellent runner – Brett Butler was a classy player on the field.

And just 19 days after sending these cards to him, he proves he is just as classy off of it too!!

Thank you Mr. Butler!!

Dave Winfield 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic – Game Used Jersey Card

Dave Winfield 2007 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic – Game Used Jersey Card

Now this is a great looking card.  When I mention my enjoyment of the modern-era card with a vintage look, this is what I am talking about!!!

That old school San Diego Padres uniform takes me back to the days of Winfield, Ozzie Smith, Steve Garvey, a slimmer Tony Gwynn, etc, etc…

The only thing that could raise my level of love for this card any more would be if the jersey swatch was Yellow and Brown too.

Tim Raines 1986 Fleer

Tim Raines 1986 Fleer

I cannot tell if the photographer had Tim’s attention in this shot or if he was told to not look directly at the camera.  And to be honest, I don’t think that it really mattered wither way…  the card kind of stinks!!!

You all know that I am a sucker for old-school uniforms and logos, but even 2 prominent Expos logos cannot save this card.  The photo is way too ‘zoomed-in’.  And the fact that the seats over Raines’ shoulders are empty doesn’t help matters.

Instead, I will focus on the positive and share some of his season highlights from 1986.

  1. .334 batting average(career high)
  2. 194 hits(career high)
  3.  91 runs scored
  4. 70 stolen bases
  5. 60 strikeouts in 664 plate appearances
  6. 6th All-star selection
  7. 1st and only Silver Slugger award
  8. Highest finish in MVP race – 6th place

Ah, that’s more like it!!  I’m good again…

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #5 – Joe Morgan

1985 Topps Record Breakers – Card #5 – Joe Morgan

Headline – “Morgan’s 265th Homer At Second Base Surpasses Hornsby Standard”

The Story – Oakland, California, June 24, 1984:  A’s Joe Morgan today belted his 265th career homer as a second baseman.  The blow establishes a new major league record surpassing the former mark of 264 homers set by Hall of Famer Rogers Hornsby with Cardinals, Giants, Braves, Cubs, and Browns, 1915 thru 1937.

My Added notes – Morgan retired with 268 career round-trippers.  The current record for home runs in a career by a second baseman is 351 by Jeff Kent, 1992-2008.

Happy Birthday Jim Rice!!!

Hall of Famer Jim Rice turns 57 years old today.

Jim Rice may be one of the best examples of a great hitter that could also hit for power or you can classify him as a power hitter that was a great contact hitter too.  Either way, it works!!  Although we cannot clearly say Rice was a better hitter for average than power or vice-versa, we can surely say that his number are mighty impressive. 

After 16 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Rice ended his career with a .298 batting average while launching 382 home runs.  Rice’s best season came in 1978 when he won the Most Valuable Player award while hitting .315, belting 46 home runs, and driving in 139 runs.  Rice was a MVP candidate annually and finished in the Top 5 for voting in 6 total seasons. 

Jim Rice competed in 1 World Series championship match-up in 1986 against the New York Mets.  Although his team ultimately lost in 7 games, Rice did extremely well as he hit .333 and scored 6 runs.

Happy Birthday Mr. Rice!!