Monthly Archives: June 2010

Orel Hershiser 1989 Donruss – ‘Baseballs Best’

Orel Hershiser 1989 Donruss – ‘Baseballs Best’

Donruss struck Gold with this one!!!

For just a few short years, in the late 80’s and into the early 90’s, Donruss issued their ‘Baseball’s Best’ sets.  Rather large in size(300+ cards), the sets gave set builders a new challenge and the player collectors another card to go after of their favorites.

And oftentimes, the card in this set was better than the one from Donruss’ base version.  Like this card of Orel Hershiser…

I told you!!!  This is a great looking card, and it features a very rare kind of image.  When I say rare, it is not odd to find images of Hershiser on the pitching mound, but at this angle we get a pretty unique and different look. 

And I love it!!!

Did You Know…

During his brief stay in Montreal, Pete Rose doubled against Philadelphia’s Jerry Koosman during the fourth inning of Montreal’s home opener on April 13, 1984, for his 4,000th career hit.  Rose’s milestone hit happened on the 21st anniversary of his first major league hit, a triple against Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Bob Friend on April 13, 1963, at Crosley Field.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

Happy Birthday Mark Grace!!

Amazingly, Mark Grace turns 46 years old today!!

One of my favorite Cubs players of all-time, Mark Grace was so much fun to watch.  It’s not often that you get to witness watching a player have fun day in and day out during his playing days.  But with Mark Grace, that is exactly what you got!!

A guy with an incredible swing and defensive skills to match, Grace was an all-around baseball star.  While never the most celebrated player on his roster, Grace was certainly the most consistent.  His approach at the plate was consistent enough to yield him more hits than ANY other player in the decade of the 1990’s – WoW!!!

For Mr. Grace’s birthday I want to get him a flag.  Not just an ordinary, run-of-the-mill flag though…  I want this one to be special.  I want it to be White in color with Blue letters and numbers.  And while we’re at it, let’s slap his name and #17 on it and hang it from a pole in the outfield at Wrigley Field(a place Gracey called home for 13 amazing years)!!

Happy Birthday Gracey!!! 

Showing Off My Karl Malone Basketball Card Collection

Showing Off My Karl Malone Basketball Card Collection

When it comes to collecting, baseball was a focus of mine 95% of the time.  During that 5%, I spent quite a bit of energy collecting basketball cards.

But, I was not a set builder, or team collector.  Surprise, surprise, I was a player collector.

And my player of choice just happened to be my favorite NBA player – Mr. Karl Malone!!!

My love for basketball was born while living in Illinois.  And while 99.9% of the people in the state cheered and rooted for a certain team that won 6 championships in 8 years, I was the guy that didn’t conform.  Did I value the Bulls and what they did?  Of course.  Who wouldn’t?  But as a fan of the sport and a huge supporter of the fundamentals, I found myself a Utah Jazz fan.

My Karl Malone collection is large.  It is not catalogued the way that my Dawson one is, but I would guess that  I own 3,000 total cards with there probably being 800-900 different ones in that mix.  It didn’t take long to accumulate these as I found tons of willing trade partners.  While I bought packs and boxes like all kids did, everything I got was traded away except for my Malone and Stockton cards.

Here is my collection:

I made a quick re-entry into the hobby when I heard about ‘jersey’ cards from a friend.  I managed to grab a bunch of them right before I completely left the hobby some years ago:

 I have not purchased any basketball related cards in over 6 years now.  And while I have no intention of adding any more to my collection at this time, I have to wonder what new goodies may come out once Karl Malone’s Hall of Fame induction breeds new life into collectibles that feature him…

Time will tell!!!

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings – White

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings – White

Another 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings parallel to show off!!

This one is the ‘White’ version.  The basic difference between this card and the base version is the Black and White portrait of Dawson and the White trim that is part of the card’s border.

This is my 4th version of this 2005 card.   One of these days, I will have to show them all off at one time…

Of teh variuos versions of this card that I have picked up so far, I believe that this one is my favorite!!!

Dale Murphy 1982 Donruss

Dale Murphy 1982 Donruss

Overall I do not care for this card.  And if it wasn’t for the photo being shot at Wrigley Field, there may not be anything positive that I could offer up about this 1982 issue…

But when I think of Dale Murphy and his 1982 baseball season, I quickly get invigorated!!!

Murph won the National League MVP award in 1982.  Here is why:  168 hits, 23 doubles, 36 home runs, 109 RBI, 23 stolen bases, 113 runs scored, Gold Glove trophy, Silver Slugger Award, All-Star team selection.

Solid stuff, huh??

The card?  Not so much…

Willie McCovey 1971 Topps

Willie McCovey 1971 Topps

I am thrilled to have found this card at such an affordable price!!

Easily one of the best looking 1971 Topps cards that I have picked up so far, this ’71 of Willie McCovey is the perfect addition to my collection.

In 1971 McCovey was 33 years old and already entering his 13th big league season.  A true superstar, and one of the game’s great sluggers, McCovey continued to impress during that 1971 baseball season…

Limited by injuries, ‘Stretch’ only appeared in 105 games.  But he still managed to put up solid numbers.  McCovey hit .277 as he collected 91 hits.  And of those 91 hits, 13 were doubles and 18 home runs.  McCovey made his 6th and final All-star team in ’71 and he also finished in 15th place for the league MVP award despite missing roughly 40% of the year.

A truly great addition to my Willie McCovey collection – 1971 Topps!!

Tim Raines 1983 Topps League Leader Card w/Rickey Henderson

Tim Raines 1983 Topps League Leader Card w/Rickey Henderson

This card is part of the League Leaders subset that celebrates the baseball leaders from the 1982 baseball season.

And who better to lead the leagues than Tim Raines & Hall of Famer, Rickey Henderson?

During the 1982 season, Henderson led the American League with 130 steals while Raines was the leader of the National League with 78 swipes.

2 classic runners – 1 great card!!!

Happy Birthday Derek Jeter!!!

The Yankees’ captain turn 37 years old today.

And while it can be very easily argued that Jeter has never been the best shortstop in the league or entire sport at any point during the course of his career, I can easily say that he is one that I have the utmost respect for.  A true leader on the field, Jeter has a knack for making good things happen.  And whether it is luck or skill, his star seems to shine brightest when all eyes are aimed in his direction.

To date, I do not own a single baseball card of Jeter.  But I think that is going to have to change.  I want to start picking up cards for both of my boys – and I think that a few Jeter cards would be nice ways to get those collections going.

Happy Birthday Derek Jeter!!!