Daily Archives: March 20, 2010

2004 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts – Historic Swatches – Fergie Jenkins

2004 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts – Historic Swatches – Fergie Jenkins

I cannot belive that the auction for this card got just 1 bid.  Lucky for me, it was mine and I had this bad-boy won for just $0.99!!!

As I get very close to owning every major brand issue from Fergie’s playing days, I have a strong desire to keep building up on my stack of cards that bare his likeness.  The fact of the matter is that I have no plans on stopping my pursuit of Fergie Jenkins’ baseball cards.  Sure, once the 1969 Topps card is mine I will have to go after a new theme.  But, for me that is a welcomed challenge as I plan to continue to honor him – my favorite pitcher of all-time!!

This one’s for you, Fergie!!

Ok, actually, it’s for me.  But you catch my drift,,,

1974 Topps Johnny Bench

1974 Topps Johnny Bench

While shopping around on Ebay a week ago I ran into this card.  And surprisingly enough, the action was very light and I was able to scoop it up and bring it home for all under $5.

A true steal in my mind!!!

The card is nice;  I especially enjoy the photo!!  I am fairly certain that it is good old Wrigley Field in the background too…

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #51

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #51

1963 Topps – Card #228 – AKA – ‘The Tony Oliva Rookie Card’

Max Alvis – Alvis played in the big leagues for 9 years, making the All-star team twice.  A solid thrid baseman, he was good in the field, and steady at the plate.  During his 9-year career, Alvis compiled a .247 batting avergae while collecting 895 hits.  He also rung up 421 runs scored, 111 home runs, and 373 RBI. 

Bob Bailey – Bailey enjoyed a 17-year major league career that saw him call 5 teams ‘home’.  A true role player, Bailey played 6 of 9 defensive positions at some point during his playing days.  Bailey has 1,564 career hits.  Other notable offensive numbers include his 772 runs scored, 189 home runs, 773 RBI, and 85 stolen bases.

Ed Kranepool – A lifetime New York Met, Ed Kranepool called ‘The Big Apple’ home from the team’s debut in 1962 through 1979.  Kranepool was present for each and every win and loss during the team’s first 18 big-league seaons.  He was part of their 1969 World Series championship team too!!  In total, Ed Kranepool tallied 1,418 hits as a Met.  He also made the All-star team during the 1965 season.

Pedro ‘Tony’ Oliva – Oliva had an incredible rookie season, and continued to excel from that point on.  Winning the Rookie of the Year award in 1964 with his 217 hits, 109 runs scored, and .323 batting average, Oliva was right at home playing major league baseball.  A skilled offensive player, Oliva was a great contact hitter and he collected 150 or more hits in 8 of his 15 years as a pro.  Oliva was a 8-time All-star, and he finished in the Top 10 for the MVP five times during his playing days.

Darryl Strawberry 1988 Donruss – Baseball’s Best

Darryl Strawberry 1988 Donruss – Baseball’s Best

This card comes from the 1988 Donruss – Baseball’s Best set.  A compliment to their base issue of 1988, the only difference in design is the bold Orange color they used versus the Blue of the base set.

One thing I don’t get, and I guess that I never will, is that if this set was tagged as ‘Best’ why would they use such lousy photographs?  I mean calling a set ‘Best’ and including the ‘Best’ players in the game in that set is a collector’s dream.  And then you get offered such terrible imagery…   I really don’t get it.

If the set is called ‘Best’, give me the ‘Best’ you have.  ‘Best’ players, ‘Best’ photos’, ‘Best’ design…

Hi Darryl!