Monthly Archives: November 2010

A Very Special Ticket Stub!!!

A Very Special Ticket Stub!!!

The title of this post says it all.  And I have no intentions of drawing this out more than that…

I have secured a ticket stub from the baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets held on April 23, 1989.  The game was played at Shea Stadium, and it was a historic game for this fan and collector.

No, I was not there…

But if I was, I would have witnessed Andre Dawson’s 300th career home run.  

Yes, that’s right, this ticket stub is from the game where ‘The Hawk’ belted the 300th home run of his Hall of Fame career!!

Here it is:

The blast came in the top of the 7th inning off of Mets’ pitcher Ron Darling.  And while the Cubs lost the game 4-2, they were on their way to a division title that season.

You know, as I get more and more involved with my collecting of Andre Dawson baseball cards and memorabilia, it is finding a gem like this that makes losing out on tons of auctions so much easier to handle.

I am thrilled to add this piece of Andre Dawson history to my collection!!!

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck SP ‘Lasting Legends’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck SP ‘Lasting Legends’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Quite possibly my favorite set of relic cards, I cannot say enough about how much I enjoy this brand and issue.

The cards themselves capture each one of these legendary players in a perfect way.  And the bold colors that Upper Deck utilizes works perfectly with the muted tones in the background.

And that Bronze lettering and frame surrounding the jersey just tops it all off!!

Come see:

I told ya, I told ya!!  Pure Fergie Jenkins Perfection!!!

Joe Morgan 1983 Donruss

Joe Morgan 1983 Donruss

Hey, welcome back to ’30-YOC’!!!

Today, we’re going to play everyone’s favorite game – ‘How Close Was The Photographer?’

That’s right, simply lock in your answer as we guess how far away from Mr. Morgan the photographer was when he took this picture.

Your choices:

  1. 18 inches
  2. 3 feet
  3. 10 feet
  4. 20 feet

Good Luck to you all!!!

Jeez, now this is a CLOSE-UP!!!!


A Trio of 1969 All-Stars Starring Bob Gibson, Willie McCovey, and Brooks Robinson

A Trio of 1969 All-Stars Starring Bob Gibson, Willie McCovey, and Brooks Robinson

I could not resist adding these three cards to my collection.

All purchased from the same seller on Ebay, I think I really got a great deal on these three beauties from the 1969 Topps set. 

And it doesn’t hurt that these are three of the guys from that era that I truly value and admire for what they did for the game of baseball!

Three tremendous additions to my collection of vintage baseball cards:


Dale Murphy 1990 Fleer – ‘Players Of The Decade’

Dale Murphy 1990 Fleer – ‘Players Of The Decade’

You better believe that Dale Murphy was one of the best players of the 1980’s.  In fact, Fleer thought the same thing and that is why they named him to their ‘Players Of The Decade’ team…

During the 1980’s, Murphy was selected to 7 All-Star teams.  He also won 5 Gold Gloves, 2 Silver Slugger awards, and 2 MVP Trophies!!

Murphy connected for 24 or more homers in 9 of the 10 seasons played in the 1980’s.  In addition to that, he scored 77 or more runs 8 times, drove in 77 or more runs 9 times, and even stole 10 or more bases 6 times.

And he did all of this while playing for one of the worst teams in baseball…

Atta Boy Murph!!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #362 – Will McEnaney

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #362 – Will McEnaney

McEnaney played in the major leagues for 6 seasons, 3 with the Reds.  And boy, did he have good timing!!

McEnaney called Cincinnati home during the 1974, 1975, and 1976 baseball seasons.  Perfect timing to be part of one of the most celebrated dynasties in all of baseball’s history.  

A middle reliever pitcher, McEnaney saw plenty of action with the Reds.   He appeared in 149 games for the team while compiling a 9-9 record during that time.  His ERA as a member of the squad was 3.64 in 349 innings pitched.  He struck out 89 batters while walking 55.

McEnaney earned two World Series rings with the team.  In those 2 match-ups, he made 7 appearances in relief while throwing in 11 innings.  In those games, he helped the team with his very low 1.59 ERA.

Happy Birthday Ivan ‘Pudge’ Rodriguez!!!

Pudge Rodriguez turns 39 years old today.

Still a favorite of all Florida Marlins fans, Pudge Rodriguez should go down as one of the greatest players from his era!!

With a resume that includes 1 Most Valuable Player Award, 7 Silver Slugger awards, 13 Gold Gloves, and 14 All-star games, one has to wonder where Pudge ranks in the conversation about the game’s greatest catchers.

Through the 2010 baseball season, Rodriguez has tallied 2,817 hits, 1,340 runs scored, 309 home runs, 1,313 RBI, and he even has 127 stolen bases to his credit.

As he continues to climb towards a few more baseball milestones, it seems like his election into baseball’s Hall of Fame is inevitable.  One thing is for certain:  He has my vote!!!

Happy Birthday Pudge!!!

Signing Results: Hall Of Famer, Mr. Brooks Robinson

Signing Results:  Hall Of Famer, Mr. Brooks Robinson


This signed baseball makes a great addition to my collection.

And the process of how I obtained this ball was virtually painless.  Mr. Robinson does two signings a year through ‘The Dugout Zone’ in Baltimore.  I just missed their cut-off for orders last Spring so this time around I signed up for their e-newsletter to ensure that I did not miss out.

My transaction was handled perfectly, with constant communication throughout the entire process.

And now, I am very proud to show this one off to you all:

Sweet, huh?  That’s the signature of one of the greatest defensive infielders to ever play the game.

I am thrilled to add this signed baseball to my collection.

This is now ball number 42!!

My Banks, Robinson, Schmidt Upper Deck Heroes Set Is Coming Along Nicely…

My Banks, Robinson, Schmidt Upper Deck Heroes Set Is Coming Along Nicely…

Since I had to take a break from the Ernie Banks Upper Deck Heroes set a few weeks back because of card availability, I have started to get a nice grasp of the other cards from that set that feature Mr. Cub.

And since they also feature two other baseball legends in Mike Schimdt and Frank Robinson, the journey continues to be fun.

To date, I have 4 of these three-player cards in my stash, and as I gather up more, I will do my best to show them off to you.

Here is how that set looks today:

Already in my possession are the base, Charcoal, Red, and Green cards.  Hopefully I can find a few more versions to add to my collection as the weeks pass.

And hopefully some of the more rare Ernie Banks parallel versions hit the market too!


Gary Carter 1985 Donruss

Gary Carter 1985 Donruss

Man, if the photographer that shot this photo would have zoomed out just a little bit more, this could be my favorite picture of Carter on a baseball card.

But since, he didn’t you kind of get a very crowded looking shot….

Take a look:

See what I mean??