Monthly Archives: September 2010

My Orel Hershiser Collection Is Complete!!!

My Orel Hershiser Collection Is Complete!!!

More than 7 months and 90 cards later, my collection paying homage to the incredible baseball career of Orel Hershiser is complete.

For the cards, I chose to keep my collecting focus strictly on the Dodgers cards of Orel’s.  The result is a beautiful array of cards that scream ‘Dodger Blue’.  And while I kept my focus on Hershiser’s days with the Dodgers, I did also enjoy watching him pitch for the Indians.

So, here it is.  My completed set of Orel Hershiser cards:

And as you have come to expect this from ’30-YOC’, I will unveil the ‘Fab 5’ cards from my collection starting next Monday.

Stay tuned!!!

Did You Know…

In the 2004 season when he shattered his own single-season record by drawing 232 walks, Barry Bonds had more intentional walks than the American League leader had total walks.  Bonds has 120 intentional walks while Eric Chavez led the AL with just 95 total walks.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – Will there be another hitter that was as respected and feared as what Barry Bonds was??  I’m not so sure…

Happy Anniversary George Brett!!!

Happy Anniversary George Brett!!!

On this day in 1992, George Brett collected hit number 3,000 of his amazing baseball career!!!

On the road playing the Angels, Brett’s Kansas City Royals teammates were playing in front of 17,000+ fans.  If the baseball fans in the Los Angeles area knew that history was going to be made on this day, I would have to imagine that more people would have been in attendance.

For the day, Brett put on quite a display of hitting excellence.  Going 4-for-5, he hit 1 double and 3 singles.

George Brett finished his Hall of Fame career with 3,154 hits and ranks as 15th in baseball history for career hits. 

Happy Anniversary Mr. Brett!!!

Coming Soon: Brooks Robinson Signing!!!

Coming Soon:  Brooks Robinson Signing!!!

I am very excited to pass along the details of a Brooks Robinson signing happening during the first week of November.  Organized and held by DugoutZone in the Baltimore-area, they have been hosting semi-annual signings with Mr. Robinson for a few years now.  And since I just missed the cut-off the last time around, I paid special attention to not miss out this time.

With their permission, I am posting the details of the signing here for you:

BROOKS ROBINSON returns to the DugoutZone on Saturday, November 6th. The Hall of Famer will hold court from Noon until 1:30pm. It is always a very special time when Brooksie appears at the DugoutZone.Brooks has one of the absolute best fan bases of any athlete and it is always enjoyable to see familiar faces come just to spend a little time with the greatest 3rd baseman and one of the truly great guys of all time. 
We are able to hold our pricing for this signing at $35 for flat/ball or $55 for deluxe. We will only selling 200 advance tickets for this signing and pricing will definitely be going up in 2011!. Brooks will be signing mail-in items for this signing and we will also be accepting drop-offs. In addition, the following autographed items will be available for pre-order. All items will include the HOF 83 inscription (additional/alternate inscriptions available at $20 per).
Our 8×10 Photo @ $39
Our 11×14 Photo @ $44
Our 16×20 Photo @ $54
Our Mini Helmet  @ $49
Our Official Baseball @ $49
Our Norman Rockwell “Gee, Thanks Brooks” print @ $79
Our Rawlings 60’s style bat with name inprinted @ $79
Our Official Louisville Slugger Brooks Robinson player model bat @ $129
Our Authentic Mitchell & Ness 1966 Flannel Jersey @ $299 (specify road grey or home white)
Add $7 s&h for all orders. Bats add $12. All pre-orders, mail-ins and drop-off must be received no later than noon on November 5th.
Rick Hubata
9210 Baltimore Nat’l Pike
Ellicott City, MD 21042
If you want to grab an autograph from a legendary Orioles player and possibly the greatest third baseman of all time, this is a very respected and organized opportunity! 
I know I am going to get a ball signed.  How about you???

Billy Williams 2008 Upper Deck SP ‘Legendary Memorabilia’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Billy Williams 2008 Upper Deck SP ‘Legendary Memorabilia’ Game-Used Jersey Card

It has been months since I added a new Billy Williams baseball card to my collection.  More than 4 months to be exact…

So, when I saw this card on Ebay with the very low asking price of $0.99, I placed my bid, crossed my fingers, and hoped for the best.  And you know what, I WON!!!  Not only did I win this card, but I grabbed a few more from the same set; and I will show them off in time.

The card comes from the 2008 Upper Deck Sp Legendary Memorabilia set, and it features a swatch of Green jersey.  And since Billy Williams did not wear Green during his time in Chicago, I think that it is safe to say that this piece of jersey is from him time with the Oakland A’s.

Numbered 66/99, I am thrilled to finally add a new card to my collection that pays tribute to Williams.

I think I am going to have to go for a few more!!!

Joe Morgan 1970 Topps

Joe Morgan 1970 Topps

Time to add a little vintage to my Joe Morgan collection.

This card comes from the 1970 Topps set, and from Morgan’s playing days with Houston Astros.  And while the hat contains the logo that we became familiar with, it is a really good thing that they aborted that logo that flows across the chest of Joe’s jersey.

1970 was Morgan’s eighth year in the big leagues and at th every young age of 26 he was a seasoned veteran.  Some of his numbers from that 1970 baseball season include 147 hits, 102 runs scored, 42 stolen bases, 28 doubles, 8 home runs, and just 55 strikeouts in 658 plate appearances!!

A classic addition to my Joe Morgan collection!!!

My Ernie Banks Rainbow Has Hit A Major Snag…

My Ernie Banks Rainbow Has Hit A Major Snag…

What to do, what to do.

I have not purchased a 2008 Upper Deck Heroes card of Ernie Banks in almost a month.  And it is not for lack of effort, let me tell you!!

Simply put – I just cannot find any more of my ‘Needs’ for this set I was hoping to build to honor Mr. Cub.  To date, I have amassed 8 of the colored parallel versions of this card, and with just three more to go, I cannot find them.

Actually, I have never seen them. 

They are:

  1. Purple – numbered to 25
  2. Light Blue – numbered to 49
  3. Sea Green – numbered to 99

I don’t really know where to go from here.  I mean, I have really enjoyed the challenge of trying to put this set together.  But if the cards aren’t out there to be had, what can I do???

Actually, I do kind of know something that I can do…

Here’s a hint – 3 HOFers, 3 members of the ‘500 HR Club’.

Are you thinking what I am thinking???

Gary Carter 1982 Donruss Diamond Kings

Gary Carter 1982 Donruss Diamond Kings

This is kind of a fun one to add to my Gary Carter player collection!!

Issued as part of the 1982 Donruss base set, this is the Diamond King of Carter. 

Each year, the Diamond Kings set paid tribute to one member of each time, and in ’82 Donruss honored the Expos catcher with that selection.

I have to say that the smile employed by Carter’s portrait can light up a room – I just don’t know why the artist would depict him such straight hair…

A Pair of 2008 Bowman Chrome Ryan Braun Cards – Base & Refractor!!

A Pair of 2008 Bowman Chrome Ryan Braun Cards – Base & Refractor!!

It’s never a bad thing when you can kill two birds with one stone.  And that is exactly what I did when I grabbed both of these Ryan Braun cards at the same time.  And while I don’t have an official ‘Needs’ list for this collection that pays tribute to Braun, it’s nice to be able to tackle more than 1 card at a time.

Coming from the 2008 Bowman Chrome set, I have to say that even though the Refractor version of this card is the ‘more rare’ version, I would select the Base version as the better looking one of the dou…

TTM Success: Hall of Famer, Mr. Ed ‘Whitey’ Ford!!!

TTM Success:  Hall of Famer, Mr. Ed ‘Whitey’ Ford!!!

This is ball number three that I sent out a few short weeks ago.  Amazingly, it took all three pitchers very little time to return these signed baseballs back to me.

First was Gaylord Perry(class of 1991), and then was Phil Niekro(class of 1997), and now ball number three signed by Whitey Ford(class of 1974) has been returned to me.

For Yankees fans, and baseball historians with an affinity for the game during the 1950s and 1960s, Whitey Ford was the cream of the crop.  A mighty pitcher, with the ability to win in big games, Ford was a fan-favorite on a team loaded with superstars!

Ford played 16 seasons in the big leagues – all of them with the Yankees.  During that time, he started 438 games while compiling a record of 236-106.  He was the American League’s CY Young Award winner in 1961 and he made 8 All-Star teams.  Whitey played in 11 World Series match-ups during his playing days, ultimately winning 6 World Series championships.

I am very excited to add this autographed baseball to my collection!!!

Thank you Mr. Ford!!!