Daily Archives: March 26, 2010

Welcome To ‘The Dale Murphy Portrait Studio’

Welcome To ‘The Dale Murphy Portrait Studio’

To date I have added 23 cards to my new Dale Murphy collection.  More than 1/3 of the way done with this tribute to #3, I am very excited about the progress that I have made so far.  And I owe quite a bit of that to the generous readers of this site who have offered up most of the 23 cards that currently make up my collection. 

I just completed an order with www.sportlots.com last night that will add a few more cards too.

As I show off each and every one of the cards for this specific player collection, there is one thing that stands out about this Dale Murphy collection that is unlike any of the others that I have put together so far.

What is it?  Let me tell you… 

Of the 23 cards in this little group, 10 of them feature close-up or posed photography.  This number of 10 does not include the Donruss Diamond Kings I have picked up or the speical issues that are not part of my official checklist.

Think about that – 10 out of 23.  And I am not even half way done…

While a posed photo is ok, is shouldn’t consume half of anyone’s cards.  Especially when you’re talking about one of the most dynamic offensive and defensive players to put on a uniform during the 1980’s. 

Take a look at what I am talking about:

See what I mean??

Somebody must have had a little crush on ‘Murph’ huh???

So now I challenge you.  Go find another player that has more portrait-esque cards and show them to us…  Go on, Go!!!

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – March 24 & 25, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – March 24 & 25, 2010

Wednesday, March 24

L.A. Dodgers at Oakland A’s
Phoenix, AZ

After some problems with the rental car I was forced to take the city bus from the airport so I didn’t make it to the game until 7:30 p.m. Met up with angelsfan, who has to be the prettiest grapher on this board, and a friend from South Florida. The Dodgers brought the entire starting lineup, which was a shock to me considering that’s not something that usually happens in the Grapefruit League. Most of the Dodgers’ starters were pulled halfway through the game, which is when we decided to leave our seats for the bus. Shocked at how accommodating the players were:

James Loney: 1/2 (Ginter)…said he didn’t have time to sign the second
Casey Blake: 1/1 (Ginter), 1/1 with help (Ginter)..signed but didn’t seem too happy about it
Matt Kemp: 1/1 (Ginter)….wanted to ask him about Rhiana but I didn’t LOL
Hiroki Kuroda: Actually jogged around the fans waiting by the bus so he wouldn’t have to sign
Andre Ethier: 1/1 (Ginter)
Rafael Furcal: 1/1 (Ginter)
Joe Torre: 0/1…said there were too many people even though I only counted six. seemed to be in a bad mood

Other: Mattingly and the entire coaching staff wouldn’t even acknowledge fans

and the surprise of the night:

Tommy Lasorda: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)…he only signed three. was with a handler who kept saying that “Tommy can’t sign anymore. Get him tomorrow at Camelback.” Well once the handler got in the car to pick up Tommy I shouted, “Hey Tommy, would you mind signing?” And he motioned for a friend and I to come over. I”ll just say this: Lasorda looked like death and I mean that in the nicest way. He had trouble walking and appeared to be out of it at least in the 5 minutes I interacted with him. Whatever is wrong, I wish him the best.

Next up on Thursday: Rangers at Angels (day) and A’s at Giants (night)

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Thursday, March 25

Texas Rangers at LA Angels
10:15-4:30

Got there at about 10:15 and Weaver, Wood and Santana were already on the backfields and the Rangers’ team bus had already arrived. Had to graph the stadium before the game started and I’m never a big fan of that. But all in all I did pretty well.

Josh Hamilton: 1/1 (11×14 in blue Sharpie) on the LF berm, 1/1 (8×10 in black Sharpie) on the berm, 2/2 (Ginters) after the game….also took a pic with…this dude is awesome. he actually parked in the public lot if you can believe that…..you can really see that after all he’s been through he really understand what’s important and that’s being cool to the fans
Nelson Cruz: 2/2 (8x10s) in public lot after game, 2/2 (Ginters) in public lot after game
Ron Washington: 1/1 (Senior League Baseball card)….We reminisced about the Senior Baseball League, which had a team only a few minutes from where I live. Wished him luck in 2010 and he said,”Thanks, babe.”
Chris Davis: 2/2 (Ginters) before game, 1/1 (Ginter) after game in public lot
Hideki Matsui: 0/1 just missed him as he signed about 20 in the sixth inning while leaving the field for the clubhouse
Tori Hunter: 1/1 (Ginter) in the boldest black Sharpie I have ever seen, 1/1 (’08 Ginter state card)…this dude is great..always smiling, chatting with fans and taking pictures
David Murphy: 2/2 (Ginters)

and the surprise of the day…………

Vlad Guerrero: 1/1 (’08 Ginter)…I purposely left my SI at home because I’ve never seen or heard of him signing. And then when I saw him doing SPs all I had left was the Ginter. But no regrets as I need him to complete the set. I told him that I don’t know anyone who can sport a goatee the way he does, but I’m not sure he understood me. I was finally at the right place at the right time

Oakland A’s at San Francisco Giants
5:30-11 p.m.

Mike Gallego: 2/2 (cards) before the game by the dugout….reminisced about the days the Yankees used to train in Fort Lauderdale. a GREAT dude…didn’t realize how short he is LOL
Travis Buck: 1/1 (Turkey Red) before the game by the dugout…..I don’t even collect Turkey Reds but this card looks great
Kevin Kouzmanoff: 1/1 (Ginter)…..he explained why players aren’t allowed to sign once the National Anthem begins….neat guy
Mark Gardner: 0/1..he would’ve done it but I didn’t recognize him until it was too late
Jonathan Sanchez: 2/2 (8x10s), 1/1 (8×10) with help….refused to inscribe his no-hitter, though he did for someone else…you should’ve seen the woman he was with..WOW
Bruce Bochy: 1/1 (card)…he stopped his car to sign for the dozen or so graphers left
Shawon Dunston: 1/1 (card)…he didn’t want to sign, saying, “It’s no longer my time.”
Mark DeRosa: 1/1 (card)
Roberto Kelly: 1/1 (card)
Bengie Molina: 1/1 (Ginter)…last player to leave the stadium
Buster Posey: 0/1 …didn’t think he was worth a ball so I gave him a whitesheet, which he refused to sign
Pablo Sandoval: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB)….asked him for the “Kung Fu Panda” inscription but he refused
Tim Flannery: 0/1 …wouldn’t even stop

and the biggest disappointment of the night ….

Dave Righetti: 0/1 ….last person to leave the stadium and the only reason I even attended the game. Asked him as he exited the clubhouse if he could sign and he said, “No” and then put his head down. Walked over to his car but he just drove past me

4th Spring Training TTM Return – Cameron Maybin – AGAIN!!!

4th Spring Training TTM Return – Cameron Maybin – AGAIN!!!

Wow, talk about a surprise!!  When I saw the postmark on the envelope I was thinking that another Marlins player had signed for me.  Maybe Josh Johnson or Dan Uggla or Cody Ross.  Any of those guys would have been great.

And then I ripped it open and out came this…

Nice huh?  And another full signature with his jersey number included!!

Maybin has really turned it around when it comes to providing a sweet signature.  Last year we saw everything from full name to initials, but this year he seems to be out to please his fans and he is providing a great looking autograph.

This return took just 18 days.  And like the first group of cards I got a few weeks back, I am thrilled to add another Cameron Maybin autograph to my collection!!

Thanks Cam!!

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #211 – Pete Rose, 1973 MVPs

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #211 – Pete Rose, 1973 MVPs

This card pays tribute to Pete Rose’s incredible MVP season in 1973.

During that campaign Rose was awesome!  He hit .338 while collecting 230 hits(a career high).  Pete had an on-base percentage of .401 during that year.  And while earning 65 walks in 752 plate appearance, he struck out just 42 times.  Other notable stats from that magical ’73 season include scoring 115 runs ans stealing 10 bases.  Rose connected for 36 doubles, 8 triples, and 5 home runs.   He also knocked in 64 runs for the club.

Pete’s solid season led to another All-star team selection and his 1st place finish as the NL Most Valuable Player.

Orel Hershiser 1986 Donruss Diamond Kings

Orel Hershiser 1986 Donruss Diamond Kings

To nab a Diamond Kings card after completing just two big league seasons is a big deal.  Orel Hershiser did just that!!!

So how, did he earn this coveted spot that is reserved for just 1 player per team??

Well, in 1985 Orel Hershiser was as dominant as it got.  Starting in 34 games, Hershiser went 19-3, good for an 86% win percentage.  He threw 9 complete games, which consisted of 5 shutouts.  His season ending ERA of 2.03 was 3rd in the league among starters.  He also struck out 157 batters while walking 68 in 239+ innings of work.

And that kids, is how you become a Diamond King!!!

This is one of the few issues from the 1986 DK set in which the portrait looks dead-on!!