Daily Archives: May 24, 2010

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 7

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 7

It has been more than 3 months since my last evolution post.  You can revisit ‘Part 6’ here.

Here is a picture of my current collection of baseball cards:

And as you can see from ‘Part 6’, my collection had taken on more life since that time.

Obviously, the glaring difference is that I have added a 5th box into the mix.  I was coming close to full capacity and moving players around to accommodate for growing player collections was getting tiring.  The 5th box has served its purpose very well as it has allowed me the space needed to grow my PC’s while keeping things somewhat organized.

Here is a description of what you are looking at:

Top Row, Row 3 – Reggie Jackson, Joe Morgan, Willie McCovey, Johnny Bench, Gary Carter, Ozzie Smith, Frank Robinson, and Kirby Puckett.

Top Row, Row 4 – Fergie Jenkins, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo

Top Row, Row 5 – Jim Palmer, Darryl Strawberry, Dave Winfield

Top Row, Row 6 – Billy Williams, Greg Maddux, Mark Grace

Top Row, Row 7 – Rickey Henderson, Eddie Murray, Dan Uggla, Cameron Maybin, Hanley Ramirez

Top Row, Row 8 – Paul Molitor, Tim Raines, Orel Hershiser

Top Row, Row 9 – Misc. Players, Dale Murphy

Bottom Row, Row 1 – Game-Used Cards, Autographed Cards

Bottom Row, Row 2 – Subsets

Bottom Row, Row 3 – Empty Storage

Bottom Row, Row 4,5,6 – Andre Dawson

I am thrilled with how my collection has filled out this year.  And I have so much more that I want to go after too!  Stay tuned, I promise it will just keep getting better!!!


‘On The Road With psugator02′ – May 21, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02’ – May 21, 2010

Friday, May 21
Dunedin Blue Jays at Jupiter Hammerheads
Roger Dean Stadium
3:15-4:15 p.m.

I thought I had it timed perfectly. I arrived at 3:15 p.m. and only had to wait 15 minutes for the Jays. I asked a player getting off the bus if he could point out SS Adeinis Hechavarria. Wouldn’t you know it, Hechavarria, in what was supposed to be his first game in the FSL, missed the bus. He finally showed up at 4:15. It was hot so I sat in my air-conditioned car waiting for his taxi. It wasn’t a cab but an old man driving Hechavarria and another teammate to the stadium. That came as a shock to me as I was expecting a taxi. By the time I realized it was Hechavarria it was too late. I shouted at the two of them, asking them to sign. But this Rodriguez character that Hechavarria was with yelled back, “We can’t right now because we’re late.” I didn’t fret, considering I’ll have at least four years to graph Hechavarria if he ever amounts to anything.

Adeinis Hechavarria: 0/1..would’ve gotten him had I stayed but I wanted to get to the FHSAA state baseball tournament in Port St. Lucie. I do know that he signed later for graphgetter, who happened to be the only grapher there. He kept telling graphgetter that he could only do one, yet he eventually broke down and did a second only after graphgetter showed him a picture of his infant son. Dude just got to the U.S. and he’s already a 1-per. not good

FHSAA baseball tournament
Digital Domain Park,
Port St. Lucie, Fla.
4:45-7:15 p.m.
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Dunnellon

Archbishop McCarthy was practicing on the backfields behind third base when I arrived. I sauntered over to the seats that jutted out onto the field, hoping to get Nick Castellanos, who is projected to go in the first round of the 2010 MLB Draft. Former MLB pitcher Alex Fernandez is one of the team’s coaches, and even though I was the only grapher there, Fernandez insisted on getting in the way as I asked Castellanos for his graph. The kid was actually walking toward me as Fernandez shouted, “Not now, Nick. You’re going to have to sign for him after the game.”

Game was actually pretty exciting. As Archbishop McCarthy finished its on-field celebrations I waited for Nick, who came over to sign for me on his own (love when that happens). He happily did two (SS, ROMLB) and then another dozen Pro Sigs for graphgetter. I also got Fernandez, whom I’ve had some run-ins with as an umpire, to sign some cards.

Nick Castellanos: 2/2 (SS, ROMLB)
Alex Fernandez: 3/14 (cards)

A picture of the Castellanos balls can be seen below. He would’ve done everything I had.

Former MLB pitcher Alex Fernandez had me pick three cards for him to do. I chose the UM and draft-pick cards because they looked like they would hold signatures well.

If you would like to contact Mark, he can be reached at psugator02@yahoo.com.

Tony Perez 1970 Topps

Tony Perez 1970 Topps

I cannot get enough of the Reds and ‘The Big Red Machine’ from the mid-1970’s.  If I told you how much time I have spent shopping for stuff that honors the team, you would have me committed.

And every once in a while I find a bargain that I just cannot pass up.

And that is how I got this 1970 Topps Tony Perez card!!

I have to say that this set has started to grow on me.  With their dull(and boring) border color, Topps really didn’t bring their ‘A’ game to the table when it comes to design.  But what I have found is that the cards that feature Bright and Bold colors look great with the Gray border color.

And that is why this card featuring Tony Perez is a hit!!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Donruss Classics – ‘Legendary Lumberjacks’

Andre Dawson 2004 Donruss Classics – ‘Legendary Lumberjacks’

Of the several ‘Lumberjacks’ cards that I have of Andre Dawson that were issued by Donruss in the mid-2000’s, this is my favorite.

While others tried to be more creative by showing trees as their ‘lumber’, I will go with and enjoy the ‘lumber’ that made Dawson a Hall of Famer. 

This card, numbered 458/1000, captures the theme perfectly for me when I hear the term lumber as it relates to baseball.  And while close to 50% of the card’s surface area is plain, the two images used by Donruss on this card work very well in capturing the theme.

A great, new addition to my growing Andre Dawson collection!!!

1981 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ – Card #205 – Pete Rose

1981 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ – Card #205 – Pete Rose

“Rose sets new standard in at-bats”

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, October 5, 1980.

Phillies’ first baseman Pete Rose has added another record to his ever-increasing collection.  Nicknamed ‘Charlie Hustle’, he topped the 600 mark in official at-bats in 1980 marking the 13th consecutive season that he reached that plateau.  The former major league record of 12 consecutive seasons was set by Nelson(Nellie) Fox of the White Sox from 1951 through 1962.

My Take – Put this guy in the ‘Hall’ already!!!

Contest Winner!!!

Contest Winner!!!

And the winner of my ‘Shades of 89’ contest is – GERAD!!!

With 31 runs selected, Gerad is the only player to enter my ‘Shade of 89’ contest that selected below the actual number of hits during the 3-game series.  His guess of 31 was closest to the 36 hits that the A’s and Giants accounted for this past weekend

Congratulations, Gerad!!!  I already have your address – your cards will be mailed out shortly.

And thanks to everyone that participated in this contest.  The next one is just around the corner…  Stay tuned.