Daily Archives: August 5, 2010

Haul #11 From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

Haul #11 From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

Moving right along, I scooped up 5 cards in this installment of the ‘Andre Dawson Firesale’.

I lost out on a big handful of cards this time around as it appears that all of the hype leading up to Dawson’s Hall of Fame induction has raised his popularity amongst collectors.  I am happy to see him getting the attention – I just hope that my collection doesn’t suffer as a result…

Here are the 5 beauties that I nabbed this week:

2002 Donruss Diamond Kings – Heritage Collection

2005 Leaf Limited Century Collection – Silver – numbered 1/100

2004 Donruss Throwback Threads – numbered 93/100

2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia ‘Absolute Heroes’ Game Used Jersey & Pants Card – numbered 17/50

2004 Leaf Limited ‘Theads’ Game Used Jersey Card w/Pinstripe – numbered 49/50

And there you have it.  5 more additions to my Andre Dawson collection.

Thanks.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Johnny Bench

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Johnny Bench

Often regarded as the greatest catcher of all-time, Johnny Bench displayed all of the traits of being a dominant baseball player and ultimate competitor.

Bench was : A 2-time MVP Award winner, A Rookie of the Year winner, A 10-time Gold Glove winner, A 14-time All-star, and a member of the Cincinnati Reds’ “Big Red Machine” that won back-to-back championships in 1975 & 76.

Tim Raines 1987 Donruss ‘Highlights’ – Double Header

Tim Raines 1987 Donruss ‘Highlights’ – Double Header

The more I see of these Donruss ‘Highlights’ cards, the more I wish another company picked up where Donruss left off with the idea.  It’s always fun to re-live the biggest thrills from seasons past, and Donruss did a great job in the 1980’s capturing that for us.

The 2 cards below come from the 1987 Donruss Highlights set and feature one of my favorite Expos’ players of all-time – Tim ‘Rock’ Raines.

The card on the left celebrates Raines’ return to Montreal after nasty contract conflicts with the club. Personally, it was great to see Raines return back to the Expos, but I also feel like he never got his just due as a great lead-off hitter in the game because of where he played.  A few more years of playing in front of US crowds and media may have given him a few more Hall Of Fame votes.

The card on the right honors Tim’s All-Star game heroics from the 1987 game.  He won the MVP due to his game-winning triple in the 13th inning that propelled the National League to victory.

2 great additions to my Tim Raines collection!!!

Ryan Bruan 2009 Bowman

Ryan Braun 2009 Bowman

Of all of the Black bordered cards that I know of, this design from the 2009 Bowman set may be my least favorite.

Why, you ask?  Let me tell you…

  1. Black is a traditional and classic border color – cards using a black border need to be minimal in design and let the border color help the other aspects of the card.
  2. There is way too much going on here – from the hidden, horizontal Grey stripes in the center of the card to the shaded autograph section right above the Bowman logo.
  3. The Silver baseballs that incorporate Braun’s jersey number and position are not prominent.  If you’re going to use Silver in your design, make it LOUD!!!
  4. The font size of Braun’s name is way too small for this card’s design.  Heck, it was the last thing that I saw when I picked it up.

I will give Bowman props on their design of the frame around Braun’s picture.  The Red and White framing looks great against the Black border.  And the shape does hot hurt or hinder the overall image that they selected for this issue.