Monthly Archives: July 2010

Paul Molitor 2004 SP Legendary Cuts ‘Historic Swatches’

Paul Molitor 2004 SP Legendary Cuts ‘Historic Swatches’

You don’t get to see too many pictures of Paul Molitor in the field on the modern issues.  More known for his ability to dominate the game with his offensive skills, it’s nice to see a different shot of Molitor on this card.

And adding to that great in-the-field photo is a very well done design that includes Gold accents throughout the card.

Check it out:

An instant classic!!!

Andre Dawson 1993 Topps – Base & Variations

Andre Dawson 1993 Topps – Base & Variations

I nabbed all 4 of these beauties at the same time.  And while they all appear to look the same, they are indeed unique.

The top card is the base card from the 1993 Topps set.

The three cards in row 2 are variations of that same base card.  Slightly different, here is what you are seeing in row 2:

Left – 1993 Topps Gold

Center – 1993 Topps Florida Marlins Inaugural Set

Right – 1993 Topps Colorado Rockies Inaugural Set

4 new additions to my Andre Dawson collection – 4 great additions to my Andre Dawson collection.


Tim Raines 1983 Fleer

Tim Raines 1983 Fleer

There is next to nothing exciting to say about this baseball card of Tim Raines from the 1983 Fleer set.

So, instead of dwelling on that fact, I will jump right into the 1983 baseball season and show off a few highlights that Mr. Raines gave us.

And here they are – 720 plate appearances with 97 walks and 70 strikeouts.  183 hits gave him a .298 batting average and aided his .393 on-base percentage.  32 doubles, 8 triples, and 11 home runs along with 71 RBI.  90 stolen bases and 133 runs scored.

In that ’83 season, Raines made the All-star team for the third season in a row.  He also finished in 5th place for the NL MVP award that year – his highest ranking season of his career!!

Contest Players & Their Picks!!!

Contest Players & Their Picks!!!

Thanks to everyone that submitted picks in my ‘MVP For A Day’ contest.

Below is the list of contestants and their selections for MVP.

Player MVP
Eric Lundy Billy Butler
Gerad Albert Pujols
Mark Mosley David Wright
Sewingmachineguy Joey Votoo
Charley Beatley Carl Crawford
Brian Ryan Braun
Cam  Michael Bourn
Hackenbush Aramis Ramirez
Jon  Hunter Pence
Q Evan Longoria
Tai Alex Rodriguez
Kevin B Joe Mauer
Smedindy Troy Tulowitzki
Sean Jayson Werth
Matt Josh Hamilton
Steve D Ryan Howard
Eli Adam Dunn
Nery James Loney
Jon  Miguel Cabrera
**30-YOC** Dan Uggla


I threw myslef into the contest but I am not eligible for the prize – I just wanted to see how Dan Uggla stacked up against these guys…

Good luck everyone!!!

And don’t forget, the contest winner will walk away with this:


Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Black

Ernie Banks 2008 Upper Deck Heroes – Black

As you may have read last night, I picked up a ‘U Pick 10’ lot of these 2008 UD Heroes cards on Ebay a few weeks ago.  Strictly seeking out the Ernie Banks card for my rainbow, I nabbed a bunch of high quality players that will enhance my personal collection and a few other collectors that I am friendly with as well.

And as I mentioned, the main reason for grabbing this lot was to add another card to my Ernie Banks set.

So, without further ado, here is the Black version of the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes set featuring Mr. Cub himself, Hall of Famer Ernie Banks!!!

Ron Santo 1968 Topps All-Star

Ron Santo 1968 Topps All-Star

What a great looking card, huh??

This card is from the 1968 Topps set, and it pays tribute to Ron Santo’s selection to the National League All-Star team during the 1967 baseball season.

A closer peek at the ’67 season reveals – 176 hits, 23 doubles, 31 home runs, 98 RBI, 107 runs scored, and Santo’s 4th consecutive Gold Glove trophy.

Santo finished in 4th place for the MVP award in ’67 – his highest finish during his 15-season big league career.

Did You Know…

After hitting just one homer from 1992 to 1995 and later sitting out the entire 1999 season, Kevin Elster smacked three home runs in the first game as San Franciscos’ Pac Bell park on April 11, 2000.  Elster connected in the third and fifth inning against Kirk Reuter and in the eighth against Felix Rodriguez, leading the Dodgers to a 6-5 win.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’.

My take – Awesome Trivia!!  If you were to ask me this question, and even tell me the year, Kevin Elster would not be in my top 500 choices…

Happy Anniversary Willie McCovey!!

On this day in 1959, Willie McCovey made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

And I have to say that McCovey did pretty well in his debut – he went 4-for-4 while collecting 2 triples and 2 singles.  Most importantly, the Giants beat the Pirates by a score of 7-2.

Back in ’59, who would have thought that ‘Stretch’ would go on to be a Hall of Famer with more than 500 home runs and 1,500 RBI on his resume.

Congratulations on a fantastic debut – and Happy Anniversary, Mr. McCovey!!!

One More Time, “Hip, Hip, Jorge”!!!!!

One More Time, “Hip, Hip, Jorge”!!!!!

After nearly three seasons with the Florida Marlins, Jorge Cantu has been dealt to the Texas Rangers.  Cantu would be a free agent at the conclusion of the 2010 baseball season and he didn’t appear to be in the Marlins’ plans for 2011.

I am happy to see Jorge go to a contender as he should be able to fit in at either 1st base, 3rd base, or DH for the division leading Rangers.

Thank you for your great energy and for always giving it your all on the field.  Best of luck to you!!!

“Hip, Hip, Jorge”!!!!!

“Hip, Hip, Jorge”!!!!!

“Hip, Hip, Jorge”!!!!!

Haul #10 From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

Haul #10 From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

Week number 10 of the ‘Andre Dawson Firesale’ has passed and the high quality cards keep coming!!

This time around I nabbed 6 cards – and they’re all beauties.

A few autos, a game-used relic card, and a few low numbered cards…

Check them out:

2003 Donruss Team Heroes – numbered 101/107

2005 Topps Rookie Cup – Blue – numbered 36/50

2005 Donruss Studio Portraits – Blue – numbered 24/25

1983 Topps All-Star – autographed

1985 Donruss Highlights – autographed

2004 Leaf Certified Blue Mirror Dual Game-Used Jersey Card – numbered 54/100

And there you have it – AWESOME additions to my Andre Dawson collection.

Week #11 of the ‘firesale’ ends in just a few short days – check back next week to see what I pick up this time!!!!