Daily Archives: April 7, 2010

1962 Topps Ron Santo

1962 Topps Ron Santo

Here we have Ron Santo’s second baseball card – 1962 Topps.  And while it is far from perfect, and obviously off-centered, I couldn’t resist nabbing this one.  This is the oldest card I have purchased since my return to the hobby and I believe it is the second oldest card that I now own – the first being a 1961 Topps Billy Williams rookie.

1962 was Santo’s third year with the Cubs.  Having secured the job at third base, Santo had established himself as the premier defender at the ‘hot corner’.  And while 1962 was a down year in terms of hitting(.227/17/83), Santo had begun to win the hearts of the Wrigley faithful.

The next season, 1963, Santo would start a string of 6 All-star teams in 7 years.  He also became a perennial MVP candidate by finishing in the Top 20 in 6 of the 7 years as well. 

Ron Santo was on his way to baseball superstardom!!!

6th Spring Training TTM Return – Terry Pendleton!!

6th Spring Training TTM Return – Terry Pendleton!!

I had a tough time in classifying this post.  It is a Spring Training TTM return, but it’s a little different from the previous 5 I have posted this year…

Good things come to those who wait?  Absolutely true in this situation.  I sent these 1987 Donruss cards to Terry Pendleton at the start of the 2009 Spring Training season.  And wouldn’t you know it, good things really do come to those who wait.  420 days after being mailed out, both cards are now back with me and they look great!  I only had 2 cards of Pendleton back then, and although they were the same, I sent them both.  Lucky for me, I know a few Cardinals fans that may be willing to work out a trade for one of these….

Pendleton was the National League’s MVP during the 1991 season.  And he was also the runner-up for the award in 1992 as well.  Raising his game to new heights during those 2 seasons, Pendleton hit .319 and .311 respectively.  In those 2 campaigns, he collected 386 hits, including 73 doubles, 9 triples, and 43 home runs.  He was also a scoring machine as he scored 192 times while also stealing 12 bases.

Pendleton played in 5 World Series match-ups for the Cardinals and Braves.  His teams lost all 5 series’.

Thank you for the great autographs Mr. Pendleton!!!

Andre Dawson 2003 Donruss Classics – ‘Legend’

Andre Dawson 2003 Donruss Classics – ‘Legend’

If a baseball card set or subset comes out and is called ‘Legend’, I am interested.  And if said set includes a card honoring my favorite player, I am buying!!

And that is exactly what we have here,  I am just 7 years late to the game…  This card is from the 2003 Donruss Classics subset called ‘Legend’.  Serial numbered 766/1500, the card features a modern look with a nice vintage shot of Andre Dawson from his Cubs days.

The card’s design is that of a piece of artwork.  With nice framing, and cool banners, the card looks like it could have been printed 100 years ago.  The card is then brought to life with the modern cardboard stock and high-gloss shine.  And that small Cubs logo that Donruss added in the upper-left corner brings in just enough color to work, but not overtake the card’s feel of vintage.

Nice work, Donruss!!

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #562 – Gary Nolan

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #562 – Gary Nolan

Gary Nolan’s big league career lasted 10 seasons, 9 1/2 of which were spent in Cincinnati.

A starting pitcher, Nolan made 242 starts for the Reds.  His career record in Cincy is 110-67, good for a 61.1 win percentage.  He amassed a lifetime ERA of 3.08 and collected 1,035 strikeouts.

Nolan played in 4 World Series match-ups with the Reds, winning two titles in 1975 & 1976.  In World Series play, Nolan started 7 games, winding up with a record of 1-2.  He compiled an ERA of 4.96 in those 7 games while allowing 30 hit s and 18 runs.

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Happy Birthday Bobby Doerr!!

Mr. Bobby Doerr turns 92 years old today. 

Doerr is baseball’s oldest living Hall of Famer, having made his professional debut in 1937. 

A 14-year veteran, Doerr was a 9-time All-star for the Boston Red Sox.  He has a lifetime batting average of .288 with 2,042 career hits.  Other notable stats from his career include 1,094 runs scored, 223 home runs, 1,247 RBI, and 54 steals.  In 7,093 at-bats, Doerr struck out just 608 times – less than 10% of the time.  Doerr finished in the Top 20 for the MVP award 7 times during his major league career.  

Doerr played in the 1946 World Series but the Sox lost to the Cardinals in 6 games.  In that match-up, he hit .409 by collecting 9 hits in 22 at-bats.  

Happy Birthday Mr. Doerr!!! 

Doerr signed these for me TTM in 2009