Daily Archives: June 12, 2010

TTM Success: Hall of Famer, Mr. Rollie Fingers!!!

TTM Success: Hall of Famer, Mr. Rollie Fingers!!!

Hey now, check this one out!!!

It took Mr. Rollie Fingers just 14 days to return this beautifully signed baseball back to me.  A great signer with an awesome looking signature, Fingers works quickly when it comes to the TTM game.  I live in Florida and he lives in Las Vegas – so the fact that I got this ball back in exactly 2 weeks time is pretty solid work on his part.

Fingers had a magnificent career.  A Hall of Famer with 17 years experience in the big leagues, Fingers established himself as one of the sport’s premier relief pitchers back during the mid 1970’s.  His ability to close games and keep other teams from rallying in the late innings of ballgames became a very necessary role for a team that wanted to win.  And win he did…  Along with his 314 career saves, Rollie Fingers won the American League Cy Young Award and MVP Award in 1981 as a member of the Milwaukee Brewers.  And prior to that he helped the Oakland A’s with three straight World Series championships in 1972, 1973, and 1974!!

A great competitor, and a true baseball icon.

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

And I love that HOF ’92 inscription – YES!!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Donruss Elite – ‘Round Numbers’

Andre Dawson 2004 Donruss Elite – ‘Round Numbers’

This card comes from the 2004 Donruss Elite subset titled ‘Round Numbers’. 

Serial numbered 279/500, the card is very dark in design elements.  Luckily, ‘The Hawk’ is featured in his classic Powder-Blue Expos uniform so his image on the card pops off of the background.

As for the theme of the card, Round Numbers, this card features the number eleven.  Why eleven, you ask??  Good question!  For this card, the number eleven is highlighted because Dawson was the 11th player selected in the 1975 baseball draft.  He was taken as the 11th overall pick by the Montreal Expos.

Ron Santo 1970 Topps All-Star

Ron Santo 1970 Topps All-Star

I picked up a few of these 1970 Topps All-star cards in a recent Ebay auction. 

And this one lands directly in my Ron Santo player collection!!!

The card pays tribute to Santo’s selection to the National League All-star team in 1969.  Beautifully and uniquely designed, I cannot get enough of the newspaper-ish element that Topps adopted for this series of All-star cards.

Let’s take a look back at the 1969 season Santo had.  During a season in which the Cubs were supposed to dominate and make it to the World Series, Santo was a key element to their offensive attack.  Collecting 166 hits during that year, Santo amassed a .289 batting average in ’69 along with an on-base percentage of .384.  His power numbers were solid as he hit 18 doubles and 29 homers while collecting 123 RBI(a career high). 

Ron Santo finished in 5th place for the NL MVP voting in 1969.

A great and welcomed addition to my Ron Santo collection!!!