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!!!
Posted in 2006 Fleer 'Greats of the Game' - CUBS, Chicago Cubs, Game Used/Memorabilia Cards
Tagged 2006 fleer, all-star, all-star rookie, all-star rookie team, amazing grace, baseball, baseball cards, bat card, Chicago Cubs, Cubs, first base, fleer, gold glove, greats of the game, left-handed, lefty, mark grace, memorabilia card, relic card, sweet swing, Wrigley Field
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!!!
Posted in Andre Dawson Collection, Chicago Cubs, Stars from the 80's
Tagged all-star, Andre Dawson, Andre Dawson Collection, baseball, baseball cards, boston red sox, Chicago Cubs, collection, collector, Cubs, dawson contract, Expos, Florida/Miami Marlins, gold glove, hobby, Marlins, montreal expos, most valuable player, MVP, red sox, silver slugger
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??
Posted in Orel Hershiser Collection
Tagged 1988 world series, all-star, baseball, baseball cards, baseball history, cy young, cy young award, dodgers, gold glove, los angeles dodgers, orel hershiser, pitcher, shutouts, world series, world series MVP
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!!!
Posted in Birthdays & Anniversaries, Rollie Fingers Collection
Tagged 1972 world series, 1973 world series, 1974 world series, baseball, baseball cards, brewers, closer, cy young, cy young award, milwaukee brewers, most valuable player, MVP, oakland A's, Oakland Athletics, pitcher, relief pithcer, reliever, rollie fingers, world series