Daily Archives: August 19, 2010

Haul #13 From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

Haul #13 From “The Andre Dawson Firesale”

The train keeps on rolling, and my Andre Dawson collection gets more and more impressive each week.

This time around, I nabbed 5 cards – with 3 of them having a very common theme.

On to the loot….

2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Gold – Black & White – numbered 9/25

2005 Donruss Diamond Kings – Black & White w/Blue Frame – numbered 1/100

2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Gold – Dual Game-Used Jersey & Bat card – numbered 40/50 

2004 Donruss Throwback Threads – Gold – numbered 8/100

2005 Upper Deck SP ‘Legendary Lineage’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Great stuff!!

Week #14, here I come!!!

Ryan Braun 2008 Topps ‘All-Star Rookie’

Ryan Braun 2008 Topps ‘All-Star Rookie’

Braun was awarded the 2007 National League Rookie of the Year award after his fantastic debut with the Brewers in 2007.

He was also named to the Topps ‘Rookie All-Star Team’ that year, and this card from the 2008 set celebrates that moment with the Topps ‘Rookie Cup’ logo affixed to the upper left corner of the card.

How impressive was Braun’s rookie season?  Here are a few key numbers – 146 hits, .324 batting average, 26 doubles, 34 home runs, 15 stolen bases, 91 runs scored, and 97 RBI.  I know some veteran players that would love those numbers…

1988 Score – ‘Speed & Power’ Starring Tim Raines & Eric Davis

1988 Score – ‘Speed & Power’ Starring Tim Raines & Eric Davis

The 2 words ‘Speed’ and ‘Power’ are great words to use to describe the talents of both players featured on this card – Tim Raines & Eric Davis.

A quick look at their career numbers will settle the debate as to who was the speedier and more powerful of this skilled pair.

SPEED – Raines collected 808 stolen bases in his career.  His highest tally was 90 swipes in 1983.  Eric Davis stole 349 bases during his playing days with his greatest season coming in 1986 with 80.  Advantage – Raines.

POWER – In 23 major league seasons, Tim Raines smashed 170 home runs with his highest total coming in 1987 with 18 homers.  Davis crushed 282 round-trippers during his 17 years in the majors.  Davis’ highest single season tally came in 1987 with 37.  Advantage – Davis.

Now matter how you slice or dice it, both of these very skilled baseball players brought an all-around arsenal of offense to their teams.  They could beat you at the plate or on the bases – and that is what made these two guys some of the best from the 1980’s.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr.

2006 Fleer ‘Greats of the Game’ – REDS – Ken Griffey, Sr.

A 19-year veteran, Ken Griffey Sr. was an integral part of the Cincinnati Red’s ‘Big Red Machine’ during the mid-1970’s.  The first 9 years of his career were played with the Reds and Griffey became an All-star on their star-studded line-up 3 times.  During his time in Cincinnati, Griffey hit .300+ in 6 of his 9 seasons while also 80+ runs 5 times.  Ending his career with a very impressive .296 batting average, Griffey was also able to swipe 200 bases and score 1,129 runs. 

A 2-time World Series winner on the Reds teams of 1975 and 1976, Griffey won championship rings in each of the World Series contests he participated in.