Daily Archives: March 10, 2010

Signing Results: 1984 ROY & 1985 CY Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden

Signing Results: 1984 ROY & 1985 CY Dwight ‘Doc’ Gooden

Last month former Rookie of the Year, Cy Young Award winner, and World Series champion Dwight Gooden was doing a signing in New York.  The store hosting the event was offering up a free autograph for anyone purchasing $20 of their product.

After a quick and easy phone conversation, my order for a Rawlings game ball and 8×10 photo were placed.  I requested an inscription with ‘1984 NL ROY’ but they were unsure if ‘Doc’ was going to offer free inscriptions at the time I had placed my call.

Well, fast forward a few weeks and my package finally arrived.  Here is the ball:

Doc Gooden with ‘5-14-96 No Hitter’ inscription – SWEET!!!

I love the fact that ‘Doc’ threw in this inscription for me.  After the signing, the salesperson I spoke with called me and told me about it asking if I still wanted it since it was not the exact inscription I asked for.  And in the famous words of Lightning McQueen(sorry, I watched Cars this morning with my sons), I said ‘Oh Yeah!!!’  For the trouble, the guy told me he was going to throw in another photo – for free!!

And here are those 2 pictures:

Nice, huh??

All in all, I am thrilled with the contents of this shipment.  A typically boring Tuesday mail day was turned into a great treat!!

And now that I think about it, I am very happy with the ‘No hitter’  inscription too.  This is my second ‘No hitter’ ball(click here to see the first one) as it is a unique extension of my signed ball collection.

One final look at my treasure!!!

Andre Dawson 2005 Topps Pristine Legends Baseball – Jersey Relic Card

Andre Dawson 2005 Topps Pristine Legends Baseball – Jersey Relic Card

I picked up this card prior to Andre’s election into the Hall of Fame.  And I am lucky that I did because it would be tough to find it now for the bargain price I paid for it…  another episode of Ebay madness!!!

The card is cool. 

Obviously it is nice to add a Game-used card of Andre with a great ‘Cubbie-Blue’ pinstripe running through it.  The card commemorates Andre’s incredible 1987 season in which he was awarded the MVP trophy.  The design is reminiscent of the 1983 Topps base set, and for a vintage collector like me that is a perfect fit.

This card immediately makes it into my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection.  Check out the goods here!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #48

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #48

1970 Topps – Card # – AKA – ‘The Bill Buckner Rookie Card’

Jack Jenkins – Jenkins’ career spanned 3 major league seasons and in that time he appeared in just 8 games.  A pitcher, used as both a starter and reliever, Jenkins just did not have ‘the stuff’ to stick around long.  His career record is 0-3 with an ERA of 4.72.  In 26 innings pitched, he allowed 28 hits and 14 runs while walking 19 and striking out 16.

Bill Buckner – Buckner played in the major leagues for 22 seasons.  And during that time he played for 5 different clubs.  He will always be known for the play that he did not make during the 1986 World Series, but he also put up some solid numbers which kept him employed as a big leaguer for more than 2 decades.  A career .289 hitter, Buckner also collected 2,715 hits, 1,077 runs scored, 498 doubles, 174 home runs, and he drove in 1,208 runs.  Buckner made the all-star team one time – in 1981.

1984 Fleer Paul Molitor

1984 Fleer Paul Molitor

Oh Yeah, it’s yearbook time at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ again.  This time we have Paul Molitor taking his senior portrait.  Paul has chosen his baseball uniform as his prop, and it is a good choice since he is such a highly regarded baseball star for the school.  Asked about what the future holds, Paul says ‘I’d like to make it to the big leagues!’.


1963 Headline: Pete Rose’s Debut A Hit. 2, Actually!!

1963 Headline: Pete Rose’s Debut A Hit.  2, Actually!!

On this day back in 1963, Pete Rose made his major league debut during Spring Training for the Cincinnati Reds.

The game’s all-time hits king established himself early as he collected two hits in two at-bats against the Chicago White Sox.  And although nobody, except maybe for Pete, would have predicted what was going to follow over the next 24 big league seasons, it is very clear based on his debut performance that at the age of 22 Pete Rose had big league skills!!