Daily Archives: August 14, 2010

Andre Dawson 2009 Topps Tribute Autograph & Game-Used Bat Card

Andre Dawson 2009 Topps Tribute Autograph & Game-Used Bat Card

It had been quite some time since I added a certified autograph of Dawson to my collection.

So, with a little patience and planning, I nabbed this one:

From the 2009 Topps Tribute set, this card offers up both the certified autograph and Game-used bat relic that I craved.

Numbered 56/75, I opted for this version(there are many to choose from) because it was the ‘Blue’ version and I think that of all of the color options available, that this one looks the best with Andre’s Cubs jersey.

Between the various colors and then the various images that Topps used for this Tribute set, it is safe to say that I won’t be obtaining all of them.  Kind of steep in price, the cards look incredible in person.  With a very thick cardstock, and a high-gloss shine, I have to imagine that others would classify this set as high-end.

The more that I look at this one and check out the others that are out there, I may need to try to grab 1 more…

Stay tuned!!!

Kirby Puckett 1985 Topps Rookie Card!!!

Kirby Puckett 1985 Topps Rookie Card!!!

On an impulse, I scooped up this card while surfing around on Ebay.

An incredible talent, and a guy that obviously loved to play the game, we need more personalities in the sport today like that of Kirby Puckett.  There was never a question about Puckett’s love for the game – it was written all over his face!!  Playing the game with a constant smile, Puckett was a fan favorite, and coupled with his ability to take over games on both offense and defense, Kirby Puckett was one of the most well-rounded players from his era.

We miss you Kirby!!  You are 1-of-a-kind!!!

Joe Morgan 1981 Topps

Joe Morgan 1981 Topps

1981 was Morgan’s first of two years with the San Francisco Giants.  And while his 1981 Topps card pictures him with the Astros, he only played for them in 1980.

How did Morgan play in 1981 while on the West Coast??  Let’s see….

Appearing in just 90 games during year #1 in San Fran, Morgan hit just .240 while collecting 74 hits.  Still a very well-rounded offensive talent, Morgan connected for 8 home runs while stealing 14 bases.  He also scored 47 times and drove in 31 runs in those 90 contests.  What may be most impressive about Joe Morgan’s 1981 season was his defense.  He amassed a fielding percentage of .991 while committing just 4 errors in 439 chances!!

1971 Headline: Bob Gibson No-Hits The Pirates!!!

1971 Headline:  Bob Gibson No-Hits The Pirates!!!

On this day in 1971, Bob Gibson was masterful as he and his Cardinals teammates battled the Pirates in Pittsburgh.

Defeating the team by himself, Gibson did what everyone knew that his talents could offer.  Allowing no hits to a very talented Pirates squad, Gibson made major league history.  He went the distance in the contest while facing 28 batters.  His impressive numbers from this outing include:  10 strikeouts, 3 walks, 0 runs, and 0 hits allowed!!!

And ‘Hoot’ helped himself at the plate too.  Going 1-for-4, Gibson drove in three runs to help pad the team’s lead.  The Cardinals ended up winning the contest 11-0.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Gibson!!!