Daily Archives: June 25, 2010

Haul #5 From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

Haul #5 From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

The fire sale marches on and so does my collection of Andre Dawson baseball cards.

In this round I picked up just 4 cards, my lowest total to date.  So, I went with rarity over volume.  I added 2 more autographs and 2 more game-used relic cards to my collection.

On to the goodies:

1984 Topps autograph

1989 Donruss National League All-star

2005 Topps Celebrity All-Star Game – ‘Legendary Sacks’ Game-Used Jersey – Numbered 216/300

2004 Donruss Throwback Threads Game-Used Pants – Numbered 6/10

I told you it was quality over quantity this time.  In fact the above card that is numbered 6/10 is the lowest serial-numbered in my collection now!!!

Awesome stuff!!!

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Red

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Red

Finally, I inject a little(actually, a lot) of color into this rainbow…

Possibly the most vibrant of the Heroes color variations, I am so happy to finally add the Red card to my collection.

Numbered 171/249, this card’s color alone makes this rainbow all of a sudden come to life…

Here it is:

Pete Rose 1981 Topps

Pete Rose 1981 Topps

I know, I know… a rather bland card I’ve got here.  But during a recent vintage bulk buy on Ebay last week, I threw this one in for 1 simple reason – It’s Pete ‘Frickin’ Rose!!!

The all-time hits king had a solid season in ’81.  And while only appearing in 107 games for the Phillies. Rose put up a stat line that could easily be mistaken for a 162-game season.  Batting .325, Rose collected 140 hits.  In 484 plate appearances, he amassed a .391 on-base percentage and struck out just 26 times!!  Rose was an All-star for the 15th time in 1981 while also winning his only Silver Slugger award as the National League’s best hitting first baseman that year.

With a tremendous background like that, this card doesn’t look too bad all of a sudden…

Did You Know…

Detroit Tiger Harry Heilmann won American League batting titles in four consecutive odd-numbered years.  Heilmann led the AL in 1921, 1923, 1025, and 1927, with averages of .394, .403, .393, and .398.

*factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – It is amazing how much history this game has.  Prior to this factoid, I had never heard of Heilmann, and now I am intrigued to learn more…

My Greg Maddux ‘Fab 5′ – Card #2

My Greg Maddux ‘Fab 5′ – Card #2

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 #2 – 1991 Topps

Another great card that features Wrigley Field in the background, this card has life injected onto its surface.

With graphic elements tha make Maddux look like he is coming right at you, the depth of this card makes it stand out.

1991 marked the 40th anniversary of Topps.   And the logo they created to honor that milestone, along with the other Red, White, and Blue elements that they added all work very well together!!