Daily Archives: November 6, 2010

So Many New Dawson Cards To Shop For…

So Many New Dawson Cards To Shop For…

Because my preference of collecting revolves around the heroes from my youth, I don’t really keep up with the latest releases in the hobby.

But, because today’s card companies keep issuing cards of the stars from previous generations, I try to stay somewhat coherent in what new products are released as many of the guys I collect continue to have cards released more than 15 years after their retirement.

But I am not complaining.  Oh, No!  In fact, I think that I have found a perfect way to stay on top of all of the new cards issued of my favorite player, Andre Dawson.

You see, in My Ebay account, I have several saved searches that emails me the new auctions listed that meet my criteria.  Of them is ‘Andre Dawson 2010’.  And while that search term may result in someone just putting Andre’s Hall of Fame year in the title of their auctions, it also allows for me to stay on top of ‘The Hawk’s’ latest releases.

And there have been plenty.

Take a look….

2010 Topps Update Legends

2010 Topps Update ‘Cards Your Mom Threw Out’ – with Original and 2010 backs

2010 Topps Update ‘More Tales From The Game’

2010 Topps Manufactured Bat Barrel – Natural(limited to 99), Black(limited to 25), and Pink(limited to 1)

And then there are the Triple Threads.  And they are absolutely incredible!!!

All I can is that while I have little to no interest in collecting the players of today, the sports cards companies do a great job in keeping collectors like me interested in today’s hobby.

And right now, I feel like shopping!!!

Who Is The Guy That Told You About Cody Ross? Oh Wait, That Was Me…

Who Is The Guy That Told You About Cody Ross?  Oh Wait, That Was Me…

I don’t often like to toot my own horn, but please allow me a moment to climb up onto my soap-box.

Cody Ross captured the hearts of many Marlins fans(oxy-moron?).  His style of play and extremely positive attitude quickly earned him the role of a fan-favorite in Miami.  When at bat, or after making a sensational play in the outfield, it was not rare to hear chants of “Cody, Cody, Cody” by the hundreds of fans in attendance.

Allow me to digress a little…

Again, it was ME that told you all about this wonderfully talented baseball player, and all-around nice guy:

I have said it before, and I will say it again – Cody Ross plays the sport the way that it is meant to be played.  His is a very hard worker, yet always keeps a large smile on his face.

The San Francisco Giants got a great deal when adding them to their roster a few months back, and to be honest my heart was a bit broken by his sudden departure from the Marlins.

Today, I cheer for Cody.  He is just another player that leaves my ‘home’ team.  And isn’t kind of odd that once a player leaves the Marlins, they go off to do some pretty incredible things(Juan Pierre, Josh Beckett, Miguel Cabrera, and now Cody).

I know one thing for sure, I will probably be tuned in to the Giants quite a bit more next season.

Congratulations on a fantastic season Cody.  Don’t forget about us in Florida!!!

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Emerald

2008 Upper Deck Heroes: Ernie Banks, Frank Robinson, & Mike Schmidt – Emerald

It’s been ‘easy’ for me to scoop up some of these Ernie Banks, Mike Schmidt, and Frank Robinson trio cards from the 2008 Upper Deck Heroes set.  And as I sit here and wait for one of the few Ernie Banks cards to find its way into the web marketplace, this sure is a great way to pass the time.

The version, known as Emerald, is serial numbered 499/499.  And I have to say that I find it particularly hard to look at this card.  That vibrant Green background color plays tricks on my eyes…

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Anthony Munoz – November 4, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Anthony Munoz – November 4, 2010

Thursday, Nov. 4
4:45-6:45 p.m.
Doral Golf and Country Club
Miami, Fla.
Ted Hendricks Hall of Fame Golf Tournament

I remember that last year all of the attendees gathered at about 5:45 p.m. to catch the 6 p.m. bus for dinner. So I figured I would arrive as close to 4 p.m. as possible, hoping to get the few guys who decided to practice their golf games before the scores started counting. Oddly enough, I spotted former Bengals’ lineman Anthony Munoz a few minutes after arriving. He was cool and happily signed, telling me about his recent shoulder surgery. From there, I waited and waited and waited….then spotted Kansas City Chiefs’ linebacker Bobby Bell, who is also in the Hall of Fame. I knew that it was him because he turned me down a few times last year. This time, he claimed that he wasn’t Bobby Bell. I tried to break him down but to no avail. Guy easily wins Tool of the Year. I guess he only signs for money. If I had known that the first time I encountered him then I would’ve taken out $20 on the spot. Guess I’ll have to send him my GLACs. Oh well.

Me: Hey, aren’t you Bobby Bell?
Bell: No. I’ve never heard of Bobby Bell. I’m not him.
Me: Yeah, you are. I was here last year and recognize you. Can’t you sign these two cards? I’ll hold your bags
Bell: You’re not holding my bags
Me: Come on, Bobby. I collect Goal Line Art Cards and I’d love to get your signature on both of these.
Bell: I’ll be down later

I continued to wait, as 6 p.m. came and passed. It was starting to look like the Hall of Famers were going to be eating dinner late this year. I figured 7 p.m., and I was right, as all of them began to gather inside the hotel at about 6:45 p.m.. They stood in a circle, as to prevent any graphers or even guests of the hotel from approaching them. I knew that the second I approached one of them, there was the distinct possibility that I would get kicked out. So I left Ed “Too Tall” Jones alone, even though he stood next to me for probably five minutes (even saw him sign a football for a hotel guest). I looked inside the hotel and could see LeRoy Kelly, Ted Hendricks and Bobby Bell. I didn’t see Steve Largent and was told that Barry Sanders was going to be checking in the next day.

It was then that a loss-prevention officer — or security guard, as most people would refer to him — walked up to me and asked what I was doing. At this point, I hadn’t approached anyone, albeit Munoz but that was two hours earlier and I did it out of sight of the hotel staff. He asked me if I was a guest of the hotel and I told him no. He then walked me to my car, peppering me with silly questions all along the way.

Him: So you do this for a living?
Me: Uh, no. I’m a school teacher

He scoffed when he heard me say that I was a teacher. It was then that I offered to show him my teachers’ badge, but he declined. I laughed out loud when he asked if I obtained autographs for a living. I wanted to tell him that you would go broke very easily if you tried doing this for a living, but I refrained.

Anthony Munoz: 2/2 (8×10, Goal Line Art Card)

Tony Perez 1981 Fleer

Tony Perez 1981 Fleer

I don’t know what it is about this card…

I just cannot put my finger on it….

But doesn’t Tony Perez look really small standing there at home plate?

And while Perez was not classified as a ‘Big’ player, he was hardly ‘Small’.  Standing 6 feet, 2 inches tall, and weighing 175 pounds during his playing days, Perez was probably considered ‘Average’ in terms of his physical stature.

But there is something about this card…