Daily Archives: August 21, 2010

Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Game Used Bat – Mark Grace

Chicago Cubs Greats Of The Game – Game Used Bat – Mark Grace

The ‘Greats Of The Game’ subset issued by Fleer in 2006 may be my favorite subset from this millenium.  A classic look combined with a perfectly executed team-theme, I knew that I wanted to collect these as soon as I saw them.

First, collected the Cubs set.  And currently, I am working on the Reds set.  But I still have several of my ‘old’ searches saved in my Ebay account so when I saw this card, I knew that I wanted it:

It could very easily be argued that Mark Grace is the greatest Cubs hitter from my lifetime.  So, naturally adding a Game-Used bat card of Grace to my collection makes this Cubs fan feel good!!!

Andre Dawson Oddball – 1986 True Value Hardware

Andre Dawson Oddball – 1986 True Value Hardware

And here we have another major company trying to capitalize on the popularity of baseball cards during the mid-80’s.  From cakes to pharmacies to beverage companies, everyone wanted a piece of the hottest hobby in the world!

And that included True Value hardware stores who honored Andre Dawson in their 1986 set with this card:

Very basic in nature, and void of using any team logos, this is a typical looking oddball from that era.  What the cards lacked in design and beauty they made up for it in popularity as these bonus sets gave all of us player and team collectors a lot more to go after than just the ‘Big Three’.

A fine addition to my Andre Dawson player collection!!!

Orel Hershiser 1992 Pinnacle

Orel Hershiser 1992 Pinnacle

Man those Black-bordered cards just look incredible!!!

I don’t know why, but whether it is the 1971 Topps or 2010 Bowman or anything in between like this 1992 Pinnacle baseball card, I just cannot get enough of the Black borders.

But what is it about them that makes them all look great? 

They kind of look like frames, so maybe the whole frame and picture thing is what does it?  Or maybe it is because it allows for the design elements to stand alone? 

I really just don’t know.  Do you??

Happy Anniversary Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Anniversary Rollie Fingers!!!

On this day in 1982, Rollie Fingers captured the 300th save of his major league baseball career.

Coming off of a Cy Young and MVP season in 1981, Fingers and the Brewers were riding high in 1982.  And as the team led their division heading into the last month of the season, several of the Brewers’ top players were performing at their peak – Fingers included.

On this night, in Seattle and in front of 20,000 fans, Fingers added another baseball milestone to his already impressive resume.  Save #300 came as he preserved the 3-2 victory over the Mariners. 

Fingers’ stat line looked like this – 2 innings pitched, 3 hits allowed, 2 runs allowed, and 1 strikeout.  Not the most impressive stuff on this night, but a victory and a save nonetheless.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Rollie Fingers!!!