Daily Archives: June 24, 2010

TTM Success: Hall of Famer, Mr. Duke Snider!!!

TTM Success:  Hall of Famer, Mr. Duke Snider!!!

This is a lesson in patience.  This is a reminder of a lesson that I was taught at a very early age – ‘If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again’.  And you know what, that lesson has paid off again for me…

In the mail today, and 1 day after showing off my 28-piece signed baseball collection, #29 is now home safely.

Hall of Famer Duke Snider signed my baseball and returned if back to me in under two weeks!!!

I am thrilled to add this beauty to my collection, and I am even more thrilled that after my most recent failures with Snider that he is back to signing again through the mail.

Here is the ball:

Looks great, huh? 

And I am so excited to add this autographed baseball to my collection, that I don’t even care that he did not add a Hall of Fame inscription and that he apparently signed the ball in a marker-type pen.  The Blue ink looks great and reminds me of Dodger-Blue, heck Brooklyn Dodger-Blue for that matter!!

Thank you Mr. Snider – I will cherish this one!!

And thanks again ‘Q’ for the heads-up!!!

Joe Morgan 2002 Fleer ‘October Legends’ Game-Used Bat Card

Joe Morgan 2002 Fleer ‘October Legends’ Game-Used Bat Card

By now, all of you know that I have become a bit obsessed with ‘The Big Red Machine’.  The fact that they dominated the sport in the year of my birth makes me feel connected to them – Hell, 1975 was a great year!!

And now I have another great baseball card to commemorate that year, that baseball season, and ‘The Machine’.

Issued in 2002 by Fleer, this game-used bat relic card of Joe Morgan was part of their ‘Fall Classic – October Legends’ set.  And what better way to honor their 2-time MVP, and Hall of Famer than by buying and now showing off this great looking card…

See for yourself:

AWESOME!!!

Paul Molitor 1991 Fleer Ultra

Paul Molitor 1991 Fleer Ultra

Not bad, and not great, Fleer was just getting their feet wet with their new ‘Ultra’ brand that a few short years later would be one of the best quality issues in the marketplace.

Still, this 1991 Fleer Ultra card is a nice one.  And compared to the base 1991 Fleer card, this is a huge upgrade.  While still lacking the high-gloss shine and picture-perfect images that eventually made Ultra a ‘high-end’ product, this was a great start by Fleer…

And not a bad addition to my Paul Molitor collection too!!!

1979 Headline – ‘Rickey Henderson Debuts For The A’s’

It all started on this day 31 years ago…

Rickey Henderson’s debut with the Oakland A’s on June 24, 1979 is when it all began.  In the game, Henderson’s A’s team took on the Texas Rangers in Oakland, CA.  The A’s lost the game 5-1, but Rickey gave us a glimpse of what was to come..

In the game Henderson batted lead-off and went 2-for-4 with a single and a double.  He also picked up the first stolen base of his career, which as we all know was just the start of his amazing run as the game’s greatest lead-off hitter!!

Happy Anniversary Rickey!!! 

My Greg Maddux ‘Fab 5′ – Card #3

My Greg Maddux ‘Fab 5′ – Card #3

Now that my Greg Maddux player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #3 – 1991 Upper Deck

I enjoy when a photographer goes out of his way to capture a player in a more unfamiliar manner.  There are so many cards in my Maddux collection of him on the mound; this one of him in the batter’s box is instantly a hit with me.

We all know that Maddux enjoyed and took hitting very seriously.  And who can forget his ‘Chicks Dig The Longball’ commercial from his time with the Braves??  Classic stuff…

Here we have a very zoomed-in picture of Maddux as he squares himself at the plate ready to drop down a bunt. 

A lifetime .171 hitter, Maddux is one of his era’s best hitting pitchers!!