Monthly Archives: April 2010

9th Spring Training TTM Return – Joe Nathan!!

9th Spring Training TTM Return – Joe Nathan!!

Well into the 2010 baseball season, it is great to still get mail from Spring Training.  TTM return #9 comes from Minnesota Twins closer, Joe Nathan.

Out with an injury that will likely keep him sidelined for the duration of the 2010 season, it is nice to see that Nathan is doing well enough to maintain his great TTM reputation.  All it took was 68 days for him to return these 2 cards to me – and they are beautifully signed!!!

Nathan is one of my favorite closers in the game today.  The picture of steady and consistent work, Nathan has collected 246 saves over the last 6 seasons, ranging from 36-47 in each of those years.  I just wish my Marlins would employ a closer of his skill level…

Thank you for the great autographs Mr. Nathan.  I wish you a fast and speedy recovery.  See you in 2011!!!

Orel Hershiser 1988 Donruss

Orel Hershiser 1988 Donruss

I always liked baseball cards that show pitchers hitting the ball.  Just one of those oddities that I was able to find appealing when it came to photo choices by the companies that dominated baseball cards during my youth.

And here we have Orel Hershiser preparing to bunt on his 1988 Donruss card.  I love the idea, and the work put in to capture this moment.  I just wish the shot was a bit more zoomed out so we could see the full bat and more of Orel’s stance as he squares around in an attempt at laying down his bunt.

Great job Donruss!! 

We’ll see how many more cards of Hershiser in the batter’s box make it into my collection before it’s wrapped up.  So far the count stands at: 1.

Did You Know…

Hideo Nomo’s two career no-hitters are the only no-hit games pitched at two different ballparks.  The Colorado Rockies moved into hitter-friendly Coors Field for the 1995 season, and the park’s lone no-hit game was played on September 17, 1996, when Nomo struck out eight Rockies and won 9-0.  Baltimore’s Camden Yards opened for the 1992 season and has hosted just one no-hitter, which was on April 4, 2001, when Nomo whiffed 11 batters and beat the Orioles 3-0.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My Fergie Jenkins ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

My Fergie Jenkins ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

Now that my Fergie Jenkins player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #1 – 1967 Topps

I love this card.  I always have!!

The 1967 Topps card is Fergie’s first in a Cubs’ uniform – and it looks great!!  While offering a posed photo, which is not preferred by me, the card design is classic and very reminiscent of cards issued in the late 1960’s.

I was thrilled to add this card to my collection when I picked it up months ago.  And that feeling of personal enjoyment has yet to fade.

1967 Topps – My favorite card that was issued of Ferguson Jenkins during his playing days!

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Lastly, a huge ‘THANK YOU’ goes out to AtlantaSportsCards for offering up the prize for this contest.  None of this could have been possible without them.  Thanks again, Josh!!!

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Toy Story 3 Premier – 50 Days And Counting…

Toy Story 3 Premier – 50 Days And Counting…

Just like the 2010’s Opening Day for the baseball season, the countdown to the Toy Story 3 premier at my house is another highly anticipated event.

And while my generation(the 30-something crowd) missed out on the incredible advances in technology in regards to animation, our kids have benefited greatly from the advancements in film.

Toy Story ranks head and shoulders above all other kid’s films in my household.  My 2 young boys love all of the characters and it is quite odd to not watch both Toy Story 1 and 2 at least once a week.

And if you have yet to see the trailers for the film, don’t worry – ’30-YOC’ has that covered.  Enjoy!

Oh yes, my friends, the countdown has begun.

Greg Maddux 2002 Upper Deck ‘Stars Of 89’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Greg Maddux 2002 Upper Deck ‘Stars Of 89’ Game-Used Jersey Card

There are so many reasons as to why this card should be loved by a Greg Maddux fan.  And yet, I am very disappointed in the actual issue itself.  And while I knew what I was getting into prior to clicking my way through the checkout process of buying this one, I admit that I knew it was a mistake before I even started.

Here’s the card:

And now, why I just can’t stomach it…

The premise of this card issued by Upper Deck is ‘Stars of 89’.  During the 1989 baseball season, Greg Maddux pitched for the Chicago Cubs.  The card obviously features him in an Atlanta Braves uniform.  And the swatch?  Yep, it’s from a Braves jersey too…  Kind of sad, huh??  I want to and will at some point add a relic card of Maddux to my collection that features a relic from his playing days with the Cubs.  I just got sucked into the whole ‘1989’ theme this card had going for it. 

1989 was the year I moved to Chicago.  1989 was the year that I became a Cubs fan.  1989 was the year that I fell in love with Wrigley Field.  And now I have a great souvenir of the team’s premier pitcher of that season – and he’s captured in a Brave’s uniform – UGHHH!!!

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #308 – League Leaders w/Johnny Bench

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #308 – League Leaders w/Johnny Bench

The 1975 Topps set, like all Topps sets issued prior, included a small subset of cards that honored the league leaders in offensive and defensive categories during the 1974 season.

Johnny Bench is featured on the 1975 Topps League Leader card for his RBI totals from the 1974 baseball season.

During that campaign, Bench led the National League by accumulating 129 RBI.  This total would rank as his third best RBI season of his career – behind his 148 in 1970 and 125 in 1972.  Jeff Burroughs led the American League with his 118 RBI.

Progress – 27/34

Darryl Strawberry 1987 Fleer

Darryl Strawberry 1987 Fleer

Darryl Strawberry and the New York Mets were riding high at the start of the 1987 baseball season.

Coming off of a World Series championship at the conclusion of the 1986 season, there was no reason not to expect this young and talented team would not duplicate the same feat just one season later.

Well, the Mets faltered and did not defend their title.  But, Mr. Strawberry continued to shine!!

Darryl had a solid season in 1987.  Hitting .284(a career high), Darryl collected 151 hits(also a career high).  His power numbers remained strong as he smacked 39 home runs, while driving in 104 runs and scoring 108 times.  He also stole 36 bases that year, which gave him his only 30/30 season.  Darryl was honored with another All-star selection in ’87, which gave him 4 in his first 5 years in the big leagues.  He finished in 6th place for the NL MVP voting as well.

Darryl’s 1987 Fleer card – not great by any stretch of the imagination, but it is honoring one of the sport’s greats from that season. 

My Fergie Jenkins ‘Fab 5′ – Card #2

My Fergie Jenkins ‘Fab 5′ – Card #2

Now that my Fergie Jenkins player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #2 – 1969 Topps

1969 was supposed to the be the year of the Cubs.  A powerful team, full of young stars and veteran talent, the Cubs were poised to win it all.  Sadly, they did not.  Yet many consider that ’69 team to be the most talented team that the Cubs ever had.

And Fergie Jenkins was a big part of the reason.  Jenkins had a fabulous season in 1969.  He started 42 games for the club, while going the distance in 23 of them.  Fergie compiled a record of 21-15 that year which gave him three consecutive seasons of at least 20 wins.  Throwing 311 innings, Jenkins allowed just 122 runs giving him a solid 3.21 ERA.  He also struck out 273 batters while walking just 77, good for a 3.55 K:walk ratio.