Daily Archives: June 2, 2010

Haul #2 From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

Haul #2 From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

As you know by now, the ‘Andre Dawson Firesale’ is on.  And the cards that are being sold are incredible.  If my funds were limitless, I surely would be doing better when it comes to winning some of the gems that are being offered up.  Still I am very excited to be adding more unique Dawson cards to my collection.

If you missed what I picked up last week, you can click here to check out the goods.

And now my second purchase has arrived.  And while I only won 4 cards this past week, I still think that I did exceptionally well.

Take a look:

2002 Topps Tribute 500 – Numbered 45/76

2009 Topps Tribute – Black, numbered 53/99

 2004 Donruss Studio Diamond Cuts – Game Used w/Jersey & Bat

2004 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic – Manufactured Patch

4 awesome additions to my PC of ‘The Hawk’!!!

Round three is in full swing, and you can track all of Craig’s auctions here.

Something tells me that I will be back again next week showing off ‘Haul #3’.  Wish me luck!!!

Wade Boggs 2005 Upper Deck “AL Artifacts” Game-Used Jersey Card

Wade Boggs 2005 Upper Deck “AL Artifacts” Game-Used Jersey Card

I love this card!!

I really like how Upper Deck incorporated the American League logo into the background of the card’s graphic design.  Nicely placed, and muted to not take away from other elements, the logo stands out and makes a strong impact.

The feature of the card, along with the picture f Boggs, is the piece of game-used jersey from Boggs’ playing days with the Boston Red Sox. 

Numbered 185/325, this game-used relic card instantly becomes one of my favorites!!!

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000″ – George Brett

2000 Fleer – “Club 3,000″ – George Brett

Date of entry into “Club 3,000” – September 30, 1992

The Story – With the clock ticking towards the end of the 1992 baseball season, George Brett’s march towards 3,000 career hits was coming down to the final week of the baseball season. 

On the road in Anaheim, Brett and his Royals’ teammates were being hosted by just over 17,000 Angels fans.  In true All-star form, Brett went 4-for-5 on the day collecting 1 double, 3 singles, and hit #3,000 in the process.

Baseball History – George Brett retired after playing in 21 big league seasons.  He collected 3,154 total hits – good for 15th place on the all-time list.

Ron Santo 1974 Topps

Ron Santo 1974 Topps

Such a strange image to feature on a baseball card, huh?  If I put myself into this situation, I think that the photographer probably yelled, ‘Hey Ronnie’, and then Santo replied ‘Yeah’.

Since there is not much worth talking about when it comes to this card, I’ll yap for a few seconds about Santo’s 1974 season.  ’74 was Santo’s last year in the major leagues and his first and only season with the ‘other’ team in Chicago – the White Sox.  Nearing the end of his career, Santo was not ready to retire from baseball, but the Cubs were ready to move on so they traded him to the ‘North Side’.

During that ’74 campaign, Santo was unable to recapture his flare.  Hitting just .221 in 117 games, Santo was only able to amass 83 hits for his new team.  His power numbers included 12 doubles, 5 homers, and 41.

The Ron Santo experience at Comiskey Park lasted just 1 year – a blessing for both Santo, the White Sox, and Sox fans…

This is Santo’s final major-brand card showing him in a Cubs’ uniform.  What a terrible card indeed!!

Happy Anniversary Ken Griffey Jr.!!!

Happy Anniversary Ken Griffey Jr.!!!

On this day back in 1987, Ken Griffey Jr. was selected as the 1st pick in baseball’s professional draft.  At just 17 years of age, the sky was the limit for ‘The Kid’ that was born to play professional baseball.

Having grown up around big league players and ball parks during his entire youth, Griffey had the rare advantage of knowing what the daily life of a big leaguer was about well before he suited up for one.  And even with all eyes on him, Griffey excelled and certainly lived up to the hype of being the first pick in the draft as well as the son of one of the game’s former stars.

Has Griffey accomplished everything that was expected of him?  Probably not.  But I don’t think anyone can live up to some of the tags thrown at him from such a young age.  Still, Griffey Jr. has had a brilliant career and should be named amongst the sport’s greatest players of all-time, and certainly of his generation. 

 Happy Anniversary Ken.  Please stay around as long as you’d like!!!!

2,500

Here it is Ladies & Gentlemen – Post #2,500 from your friends at ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

Another milestone surpassed.  Another record in the books.

#3,000 is just a few short months away!!!

Thanks for your continued support!!!!