Daily Archives: March 24, 2010

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Champions Impressions Game-Used Dual Relic Card

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Champions Impressions Game-Used Dual Relic Card

Now this one is a true work of art!!  I have already expressed my love for this 2005 Donruss Champions design, so adding  a few more variations if this card is a nice complement to the base version I picked up a while back.

This card, numbered 64/165, features the same great imagery and design elements as the base card.  But it’s kicked up a bit with 2 pieces of game-used relics – pieces of jersey and bat used by Andre Dawson.

Of all of the game-used memorabilia cards I have added to my collection over the last year of Andre, this one easily ranks in the Top 3.  One of these days, I will do a special post ranking them.  But if you cannot wait for that, you can always check out my full collection here.

TTM Success: 1960 World Series MVP Bobby Richardson

TTM Success: 1960 World Series MVP Bobby Richardson

104 days was well worth the wait to grab 2 sweet looking autographs of this World Series legend!!

Bobby Richardson has a very artsy looking signature, and it comes out beautifully in Blue Sharpie!!

The MVP of the 1960 World Series, Richardson’s role in that championship match-up of his Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates was vital.  In that 7-game series, Richardson hit .367 as he collected 11 hits in 30 at-bats.  He also scored 8 runs, hit a homer, and drove in 12.  Stuff that legends are made of, right there!!!

Thank you Mr. Richardson!!!

Ron Santo 1972 Topps

Ron Santo 1972 Topps

I nabbed this 1972 Topps gem for the low price of $1.99. 

The photo was taken during Spring Training, and I have to imagine that Santo was pretty warm in his sweat jacket while baking under the Arizona sun.  I also find his lone batting glove to be a flashback to the 70’s and 80’s.

Nearing the end of his playing days, and final seasons with the Cubs, Santo still put up some solid numbers in 1972.  During that season, he hit .302 while smashing 17 homers and collecting 74 RBI.    He also made the All-star team for the 8th time in his career.

Did You Know…

On July 12, 1997, in his first appearance against his former team the Boston Red Sox, Roger Clemens set the Toronto Blue Jays strikeout record by fanning 16 batters at Fenway Park.  Clemens notched the 16 strikeouts in only 8 innings as Toronto beat Boston 3-1.  On August 25, 1998, Clemens would increase the Blue Jays strikeout record by fanning 18 members of the Kansas City Royals.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – Always ready for the ‘BIG’ moments, I wonder what the ‘Fenway Faithful’ thought off Rocket’s first game back in Boston…