Daily Archives: May 25, 2010

My Haul From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

My Haul From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

When Craig contacted me a few weeks ago and informed me that he would be breaking up his Andre Dawson collection, he also asked me to send over my Dawson checklist as he should have a nice stack of cards to help fill some voids in my collection.  I obliged, and just a few short days later we struck a deal for a healthy serving of Dawson cards that would be heading my way.

At the same time, he listed 100 Dawson-related auctions on Ebay and I won 6 of them.

Everything has arrived, and it all looks incredible.

Here is the haul:

Tons of O-Pee-Chee cards.

Lots of Red Sox cards.

A great stack of Marlins cards.

A healthy dose of modern cards featuring old school images.

A few premium singles.

5 new autographed cards for my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection.

And 1 more certified autograph too.

64 glorious cards!!!

I told you that it was quite a haul!!!

This addition of cards take my Dawson PC to a whole new level.

And while I don’t want to be premature by calling this ‘Haul #1’, it is very safe to say that I will be bidding again when Craig’s next round of auctions near their close.

If you want to add some great cards of Andre Dawson to your collection from a trustworthy seller, check out Craig’s auctions here.  And if you win, tell him that ’30-YOC’ sent you.  He’ll hook you up with a shipping discount!!!

Thanks Craig!

Certified Autograph – Marlins’ Ace Josh Johnson

Certified Autograph – Marlins’ Ace Josh Johnson

This card comes from the 2006 Upper Deck ‘Special Endorsements’ set.  Featuring an autograph from Josh Johnson, I couldn’t resist grabbing this on Ebay for just $2.50.

Johnson is one of the best young pitchers in the game today.  Physically, he is impressive and his power pitching backs up his immense presence on the mound.  While the Marlins have several ‘project’ pitchers in their rotation and bullpen, Johnson has been the picture of consistency and I am hopeful that he earns his second trip to the All-star game in a few months.

This is just the second autograph that I have obtained of Josh, but I have seen quite a few more.  I have to say that he has one of the most consistent signatures in the game right now.  Take a look at the ‘J’ and the ‘H’ in both his first and last name – they are exactly the same.

A great autograph for my collection from one of my favorite pitchers in the game today!!!

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – May 22, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – May 22, 2010

Saturday, May 22
Mark Light Field at Alex Rodriguez Park
Coral Gables, Fla.
Virginia at Miami
12-5:15 p.m.

I roasted but at least I got to see a good game. Made the mistake of wearing my Gators’ shirt so I got a few comments for that (but at least they were in fun). I was told that my ticket cost $45 and thought the cashier was being serious until I realized he was poking fun at me for my UF allegiances. Saw Miami Heat coach Eric Spoelstra but didn’t have anything for him. Got lucky that it was Fan Appreciation Day and uncut sheets of team cards were being given out. I grabbed two. On to the totals:

Thomas Powers: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Joe Lovecchio: 1/1 (uncut sheets)
Steven Ewing: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Thomas Powers: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Chantz Mack: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
David Villasuso: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Taylor Wulf: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Frankie Ratcliff: 3/3 (uncut sheets, SG custom)
Eric Erickson: 2/2 (uncut sheets, UM program)
Chris Pelaez: 3/3 (uncut sheets, custom)….he went to JUCO for a year then transferred to U of Louisville, where I was born. Oddly enough never attended the Kentucky Derby. I guess the school always schedules away games during that week
Rony Rodriguez: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Michael Broad: 3/3 (uncut sheets, custom)…said he hadn’t read the wonderful story about him written in the local paper. told him that I’ve been to the Little League World Series and that I loved the electricity in the crowd and Broad suddenly got animated (remember that this is the kid whose Boynton Beach team won the LLWS back in 2003)
Zeke DeVoss: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Nathan Melendres: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
JD Arteaga: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Joe Mercadante: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Scott Lawson: 2/2 (uncut sheets)
Jim Morris: 2/2 (uncut sheets), 1/1 (UM baseball camp flier)…funny story: told him I saw UM recruit Nick Castellanos last night and Morris said he was awed by the kid’s play and that the kid would probably go pro if he were taken in the first round. Asked him if he had recruited Manny Machado, another local I’ve been graphing who is supposed to go to the Pirates with the No. 2 pick in the 2010 MLB Draft, and he replied, “No, he’s not a good student.” LOL
Harold Martinez: 9/9 (USA Olympic cards), 5/5 (USA Olympic cards)…actually apologized for not doing all of them the first time
Chris Hernandez: 4/6 (USA Olympic cards)…His dad told me the last time I graphed him that Hernandez always leaves two cards unsigned
Yasmani Grandal: 4/4 (8x10s)
Jerad Grundy: I had a custom but I’ll never get it done because, according to a fan, he was homesick and left UM (guess the girls in Illinois are hotter than those in Miami LOL)

Orel Hershiser 1993 Donruss

Orel Hershiser 1993 Donruss

I love this card!!!

This is exactly what the catcher and umpire saw every five days when Hershiser took the mound.

And while he is not the most physically imposing player to ever throw a pitch, he was incredible to witness.  Hershiser’s desire to compete and excel at the highest level made him an ultra-competitive player.  You have to earn a nickname like ‘Bulldog’ and that is exactly what he did.

Great player.  Great card.  Great addition to my Orel Hershiser player collection!!!

Did You Know…

On July 23, 1991, Goose Gossage recorded his 308th career save – by preserving Nolan Ryan’s 308th career victory.  The Texas Rangers beat the Boston Red Sox 5-4 at Arlington Stadium with Ryan pitching seven innings of three-hit ball, giving up three earned runs and striking out seven.  Gossage entered in the bottom of the eighth to get the last four outs to earn the save – his only save of the season.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – Fun with baseball numbers!!!