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The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 8

The Evolution Of My Collection – Part 8

Evolution – Noun – any process of formation or growth; development: the evolution of a language; the evolution of the airplane.

I try to knock out an ‘Evoultion’ post every 3-4 months to show you how my entire baseball card collection is progressing.  So as we prepare to close the books on 2010, I thought the time was right for this.

Here is a look at my current collection, in full:

OK, now let’s get right into the details:

Top, Left – Billy Williams, Fergie Jenkins, Ernie Banks, Ron Santo, Mark Grace, Greg Maddux, Miscellaneous players.

Top, Center – Darryl Strawberry, Dale Murphy, Gary Carter, Rickey Henderson, Dave Winfield, Orel Hershiser, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Johnny Bench.

Top, Right – Paul Molitor, Wade Boggs, Ozzie Smith, Jim Palmer, Frank Robinson, Brooks Robinson, Eddie Murray, Reggie Jackson, Mike Schmidt, Bob Gibson, Lou Brock, Willie McCovey, Tim Raines.

Bottom, Left – Autographs, Subsets, Supplies.

Bottom, Center – Andre Dawson 1977-1992, sorted and labeled by year.

Bottom, Right – Andre Dawson 1993-2010, sorted and labeled by year.  Dawson Autographs, Game-Used, and Certified Autographs.  Supplies.

And there you have it.  From a box smaller to a shoe box to one 2,400 count box to two 2,400 count boxes and so on all the way up to six nearly full 2,400 count boxes.

And I have just begun!!!

Enjoy, and Thanks!!!

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Did You Know…

Cincinnati’s George Foster led the National League in RBIs for three consecutive years – but never drove in 100 runs in any other season.  Foster knocked in 121 runs in 1976 to shatter his career high of 78 and followed up with 149 in 1977 and 120 more in 1978.  Limited by injuries to just 121 games in 1979, Foster slipped to 98 RBIs and then to 93 in 1980.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

During the offseason of 1990, Tim Raines was shipped off to the Chicago White Sox after 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos.  In typical Expos form, it was out with the old and in with the new.  The Expos had a talented crop of young rookies in the early 1990’s and wanted to give them playing time so they dumped their veterans – including their 7-time All-star Raines.

During his 12 years with Montreal, Raines shined as one of the game’s best lead-off hitters.  With a solid, and decade-long .300 batting average, Raines was the ideal guy to start each game with the goal of igniting his team’s offense.  And boy did he deliver…  With the Expos, Raines collected 634 stolen bases while scoring 934 runs.  He also developed a knack for driving in runs as he collected 552 RBI while batting lead-off.  He even hit 96 home runs!!!

Montreal’s loss eventually became the White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Marlins, and Orioles gain as Tim Raines was a classy ballplayer both on and off the field!!!

Dale Murphy ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1984 Topps

Dale Murphy ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1984 Topps

Now that my Dale Murphy collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #1 is from the 1984 Topps set.

Oh, Yeah!!  My favorite baseball card in my Dale Murphy collection is this beauty!!

While simple and basic in design elements, this card is a classic.  Sporting 2 photos, we get the chance to own an action shot of ‘Murph’ along with nice little cameo.

Murphy was coming off of two incredible MVP performances from the 1982 and 1983 baseball seasons.  So, as you can imagine, he was quite the star as he and the Braves headed into the 1984 baseball season.

I have a ton of vivid memories watching Murphy during those years.  Thankfully, being a Florida resident, I had WTBS to fill my days and nights with NWA wrestling, Atlanta Braves baseball, and 2-time MVP Dale Murphy!!!