Daily Archives: June 3, 2010

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #260 – Johnny Bench

1975 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #260 – Johnny Bench

Often regarded as the greatest catcher of all-time, Johnny Bench displayed all of the traits of being a dominant baseball player and ultimate competitor.

Bench was : A 2-time MVP Award winner, A Rookie of the Year winner, A 10-time Gold Glove winner, A 14-time All-star, and a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine” that won back-to-back championships in 1975 & 76.

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Andre Dawson 1995 Donruss

Andre Dawson 1995 Donruss

Andre Dawson’s final two big league seasons were spent with the Florida Marlins.  And although he did not get the playing time he was used to, he still found himself on quite a few baseball cards during those years.

And I am really glad that he did.  ‘The Hawk’ looks great in the Teal and Black, and he has been captured perfectly on this issue from the 1995 Donruss base set.

By 1995 I had all but stopped collecting baseball cards.  I am really happy now, some 15 years later, that I have expanded my initial goals with my Andre Dawson collection.  Otherwise, I would have missed out on beauties like this one:

TTM Success: Shawon Dunston!!!

TTM Success:  Shawon Dunston!!!

3 sweet looking Shawon Dunston autographed cards have been returned to me in 33 days.

When I lived in Chicago, Dunston was one of my favorite players.  I got hooked, like most Cubs fans, on the ‘Shawn-O-Meter’ as we watched his batting average rise and fall daily.  It was a lot of fun cheering for Dunston and he was always very gracious with the fans.

His signature always stood out to me.  And when I was collecting during my first stint in the 1980’s and into the early 90’s I had a few Dusnton auto’s from various Cubs related events.  I am so happy to bring a few back into my collection.  His autograph is very unique and he was a special player to watch!!!

Thank you Mr. Dunston!!! 

The Toy Story 3 Premier Is Just 2 Weeks Away…

The Toy Story 3 Premier Is Just 2 Weeks Away…

… and my kids remind me of that very fact multiple times a day.

This will be the first time that we take our sons to the movie theater to see a full-length film.  We’ve taken them to short films at the Imax, to short videos at theme parks, and have watched countless Disney movies at home.  But no movie-type happening that they have been to will be anything like what I expect of the Toy Story 3 premier.

As I mentioned a few weeks back, both of my boys love the Toy Story franchise.  And from their wardrobes to their lunch boxes to their toys, Buzz & Woody are strongly represented in our household.  Thankfully for me and my wife, the films are fun and entertaining for us as well.

And now we’re just about 2 weeks away from the premier of Toy Story 3.  We cannot wait!!!


Orel Hershiser 1990 Upper Deck – Collector’s Choice Team Checklist

Orel Hershiser 1990 Upper Deck – Collector’s Choice Team Checklist

Such an incredible upgrade from the Diamond Kings artwork that dominated the early-to-mid 1980’s, these Collector’s Choice team cards issued by Upper Deck were phenomenal.

UD issued 1 of these cards for each big league team and used the card as their official team checklist.  Lucky for me, several of the guys I collected and enjoyed as a kid were the ones that UD honored as the cover boy for their team cards.

This card is a fabulous addition to my Orel Hershiser player collection!!

Saying Good-Bye To “The Kid”

Saying Good-Bye To “The Kid”

Just a few short hours ago, it was announced that Ken Griffey Jr. has retired from playing major league baseball.

At the age of 40, and with 22 big league seasons under his belt, Griffey is one of the most accomplished players that the sport has ever seen.  A ‘5-tool player’ that was able to dominate the game in a vast number of ways, the man they called ‘Junior’ was a superstar in the sport through 4 straight decades.

His resume is impressive.  His smile is contagious.  His swing is legendary – Ken Griffey Junior will be impossible to replace!!!

Congratulations on a fantastic career – I am thrilled that I was able to enjoy all of it!!!