Daily Archives: August 23, 2010

Andre Dawson 2004 Sweet Spot Patch Card – ’8 Gold Gloves’

Andre Dawson 2004 Sweet Spot Patch Card – ‘8 Gold Gloves’

I have a small handful of relic/patch cards featuring Andre from this 2004 Sweet Spot set.  And what quickly went from 1 to 2 and 2 to 3 has quickly evolved into 5.

My latest addition is the one below – honoring Andre’s defensive dominance and 8 Gold Glove awards.

Serial numbered 111/150, I love that Upper Deck really put some time, thought, and effort into designing this card for ‘The Hawk’.  In fact, of the 5 cards that I have from this series, this one is without a doubt the most unique!!!

I wonder how many more versions there are of this card…  Time to do a little research…

Dale Murphy 1989 Donruss

Dale Murphy 1989 Donruss

On the ‘Murphy-Scale’ this one is a ‘0.5’.  Meaning that you get a half of Murphy with this card.

For from flattering and far from great, the 1989 Donruss base card of Dale Murphy is a nice card.  A bit on the dark side, with the Black and Purple framing and Murphy’s Navy Blue long sleves, the picture is centered very well and is clearly focused.  I like the uniform that he’s wearing in the picture, and the addition of ‘Chief Knock-A-Homa’ in the upper left hand corner is a nice way to finish off the card.

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #6 – Ruben Sierra

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #6 – Ruben Sierra

Headline – ‘Sierra Slugs From Each Side At The Youngest Age’

The Story – Minneapolis, Minn.  September 13, 1986:  Rangers’ Ruben Sierra became the youngest player to belt homers both lefty and righty in the same game.  Orioles’ Eddie Murray was 21 years, 5 months, 10 days old when he achieved the feat on August 3, 1977.  Sierra turns 21 on October 6, 1986.

Happy Anniversary Barry Bonds!!!

Happy Anniversary Barry Bonds!!!

On this day in 1998, Barry Bonds stole the 400th base of his major league career!!  And in the process, he became the first and only member of the “400/400 club”.

There was no question prior, but this moment in baseball history solidified Bonds as one of the greatest offensive weapons that the sport has ever seen.  A dynamic player at the plate and on the base paths, Bonds was able to take over game and win with his amazing array of baseball talents!

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary, Mr. Bonds!!

Happy Anniversary Dennis Eckersley!!!

Happy Anniversary Dennis Eckersley!!!

On this day in 1992, Dennis Eckersley recorded his 40th save of the 1992 baseball season.

And while there was nothing extra-special about this particular game or the circumstance of the save, ‘Eck’ made history with this closing appearance.  This save gave Eckersley 40 or more saves in four different seasons – a major league record!!

The first player to ever accomplish this feat, ‘Eck’ tallied 45 saves in 1988, 48 in 1990, 43 in 1991, and 52 in 1992.  And with 33 saves during the 1989 season, Eckersley capped that 5-year span with 221 total saves.

Truly dominant and a great competitor.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Eckersley!!!