Daily Archives: November 12, 2010

Andre Dawson 2001 Fleer ‘Greats’ – Autograph!!!

Andre Dawson 2001 Fleer ‘Greats’ – Autograph!!!

Roughly four weeks ago I hooked myself up while cruising around Ebay.  I found a seller that was unloading a big stack of 2001 Fleer ‘Greats’ autographed cards – and at very low prices…

In total, there were probably 8-9 cards that I was very interested in.  Ultimately I settled in on 4 of them – and I paid just $22.00.

Card #4 from that buy is this card of Andre Dawson.

Of course it was going to be Andre – come on now!  In fact, it was the Dawson card that hooked me in in the first place.  You see, I found it and then checked the seller’s other auctions and found the other 3 beauties that I grabbed.

So, here it is – Card #4 of my haul:

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Gino Torretta – November 11, 2010

‘On The Road With psugator02′ – Gino Torretta – November 11, 2010

Remote broadcast of WQAM’s “The Gino Torretta Show”
Thursday, Nov. 11
12:32-12:57 p.m.
Publix at Dadeland Mall
Miami, Fla.

I didn’t want to make the 50-minute drive to Miami, but I knew that if I did I’d probably be the only grapher there and could knock out Gino Torretta on everything I had. And I was right. I stood outside the grocery store for a few minutes, then saw someone who worked for WQAM so I shadowed him for about five minutes. Sure enough, Torretta, the former University of Miami quarterback who won the 1992 Heisman Trophy, walked right up to him. “Excuse me, Mr. Torretta, would you mind signing an autograph?” He looked at me, like an idiot wearing a University of Florida shirt, and said, “I don’t sign for people who wear those colors.” I followed him inside and approached him again and he told me that he had been kidding outside. I handed him three magazines that have been in my collection for almost 20 years and a University of Miami mini helmet. He gladly signed everything, even switching pens. One of his handlers remarked, “I hope all of this doesn’t go on Ebay.” And I said, “Magazines?” And he said, “I wouldn’t be surprised.”

Gino Torretta: 4/4 (Three magazines and a mini helmet, all with Heisman inscriptions)

Brooks Robinson 2010 Topps Turkey

Brooks Robinson 2010 Topps Turkey

I love these cards.  Owning one or many is like owning little pieces of art – with frames included!

And this one of Brooks Robinson looks great.  Featuring bold and beautiful colors in the background, the sky and grass surrounding the greatest defensive third baseman of all-time looks fantastic.

And if you squint just a bit and use an ounce of imagination, you can almost see the Hall of Famer in the same pose with a golf club in his hands instead of his baseball bat.

I told ya!!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set – Card #579 – Clay Kirby

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Team Set – Card #579 – Clay Kirby

Clay Kirby’s major league career spanned 8 seasons, from 1969-76.  He played for the Cincinnati Reds during the 1974 & 1975 seasons.

Kirby appeared in 62 games for Cincy and started 54 of them.  With the team, he went 22-15 while throwing 8 complete games including 1 shutout.  In 341 innings of work with the team, Kirby compiled a 3.74 ERA while giving up 160 runs, striking out 208 batters, and walking another 145.

Clay Kirby did not make the World Series roster in 1975.  He was traded in the offseason prior to the start of the 1976 baseball season. 

Tony Perez 1983 Donruss

Tony Perez 1983 Donruss

Not a bad card here of Perez in his Boston Red Sox uniform.

I still cannot fathom the fact that a card like this exact one is labeled as a ‘common’.  There was nothing ‘common’ about Tony Perez and his immense baseball skill!

When I take a peek at the stats that Perez put up in 1983, the one that stands out the most to me is that he was a solid run producer.  In 91 games with the Phillies,(I know, he is pictured in a Sox uniform on this card) Perez earned 253 at-bats.  But with those at-bats, he drove in 43 runs.  That an RBI for every 5.9 at-bats. 

I don’t know about you, but I would certainly welcome that kind of production from my 41-year old utility player!!!

Congratulations To Dan Uggla – 2010 Silver Slugger Award Winner!!!

Congratulations To Dan Uggla – 2010 Silver Slugger Award Winner!!!

Way to go Dan!!!  We are all so proud of the effort that you put into this season.  We hope to see you in a Marlins’ uniform for several more years to come…