Daily Archives: August 8, 2010

Four Balls!!!

OK, so by now you all know that I won a Bose Sounddock from the local sports radio station a month or so ago.  If you want to revisit that story, you can click here.

And then a few weeks later I sold it.  I made a killing, and even after dealing with the Ebay and PayPal fees that I incurred, I had a nice chunk of change left to use at my disposal.  If you want to revisit that story, you can click here.

Pretty quickly after the auction ended, and I had a much better idea of what ‘my take’ would be, I knew how I wanted to spend some or most of the money.

So I shopped.  And shopped some more.  And shopped quite a bit more.

And after shopping til I dropped, I made my purchase(s).

4 Rawlings Official Game Baseballs!!!  But there is something a bit more special about these balls than the ones you will find on the shelves of your local sporting goods store.  You see, each of these balls are signed.  And they happen to all be signed by members of the Baseball Hall of Fame.

Here are the balls.

And now for the unveiling!!!!

In my best impression of ‘Lets Make A Deal’, let’s take a look at what’s behind Door #3!!!!!

That’s right – A ball signed by Mr. Frank Robinson.  1 of the greatest all-around hitters in the game’s history, Robinson is a member of the ‘500 HR Club’ and is one of very few players in MLB history to win the Triple Crown.  Robinson is a member of the 1982 Hall of Fame class.

And now, let’s see what’s hiding behind Door #1…

Oh yeah, one of the most dominant pitchers to ever suit up in the big leagues, Mr. Bob Gibson.  An intimidating hurler, Gibson’s stuff earned him one of the most impressive pitching resumes of any player that took the mound during his era.  A World Series hero, Cy Young Award winner, 3,000 Strikeout Club member, and Hall of Famer!!!

Can it get any better?  Let’s see what’s behind door #2…

Holy Cow!!  It’s ‘Mr. October’ – Reggie Jackson.  One of the greatest sluggers of all-time, Jackson’s heroics from the plate are legendary.  Jackson is a member of the ‘500 HR Club’, a 5-time World Series champion, and a proud member of the Hall of Fame class of 1993!!!

I don’t know if I can take any more, but with just one more door to open I cannot leave it closed.

Time to unveil what is lurking behind door #4….

Wait a minute, is that ‘Mr. Cub’???  Why yes it is!!!!  I have wanted to add an Ernie Banks signed ball to my collection for quite some time.  I’ve got the Fergie, and the Billy, and the Santo, Grace, Sandberg, and Dawson balls.  But now my Cubs signed baseball collection is complete!!  Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, the most famous Cubs player of all-time, and one of the greatest infielders to ever play the game is now mine.

Here is a look at all 4 balls that I have added to my collection:

As you can tell, I am ecstatic to add these signed baseballs to my collection.  It has been a blast showing them off to you as well….

One last thing to say – Bose, what???

Thanks for reading!!

Happy Anniversary ’30-Year Old Cardboard’!!!!

Happy Anniversary ’30-Year Old Cardboard’!!!!

Today marks the 2-year anniversary of this blog and my emergence back into the hobby that I loved as a kid.

In that time, I have re-dedicated myself to the sport that I love and to the hobby that consumed hours of my youth.  Along the way, I have met some incredible people, picked up some great additions to my collection, and have fallen in love with the only sport that I believe to be timeless.

When I think about what baseball means to me today and compare it to how I felt about the sport during my youth, the feelings are very similar.  I love the fundamentals of the game.  I love the strategy of the game.  And I love that the stars of today play the game in the same manner that the heroes of my youth did.   Baseball is a timeless sport, and I cannot wait to share my love for it with my kids.

Speaking of today, I am actually going to a game.  The Cardinals are in town, and this will be my first time seeing Albert Pujols play live.  I have had the tickets for months as he is someone I want to be able to say that ‘I saw him play’ before his career ends.  And amazingly enough, my wife has agreed to go with me.  I’ll post pictures tonight.

Thank you to everyone that had made ’30-YOC’ a part of their lives over the last 730 days.  We have shared great things in the past and the future only looks brighter!!

I’ll leave you with this thought.  During Andre Dawson’s Hall of Fame induction speech, he stated at least 4 or 5 times that ‘If you love the game, it will love you back’.  He could not be any more right – I absolutely love this game, and it has loved me back ten-fold!!!

Happy Anniversary ’30-YOC’!!!