Daily Archives: January 3, 2011

Andre Dawson 2010 Topps Sterling, Expos – Base

Andre Dawson 2010 Topps Sterling, Expos – Base

Wow, it took me way too long to secure my first Topps Sterling card from the 2010 issue of Andre Dawson.

And while I could have easily grabbed one over the course of the last few weeks, it seems like the Ebay sellers are getting a bit greedy when it comes to shipping rates as of late.  I am seeing way too many $3.00 shipping charges for single cards.  And while I have no problem paying $3.00 for unlimited shipping on multiple purchases, I can no longer see forking over that kind of cash for a single, especially a base card.

Speaking of the base card, this is one of two base cards from the set that features ‘The Hawk’.  This one, shows him in his Expos uniform, and the other one(that I still need to grab) shows him in his Cubs uniform.

The card is gorgeous.  And while the scan shows that, it is even more appealing in person.  Perfectly done with a nice glossy shine, the card is thicker than a regular card and really feels like a valuable piece.

I am thrilled to add my first of what is hopefully many 2010 Topps Sterling cards of Andre Dawson to my collection.

Here it is:

Wade Boggs 1991 Topps

Wade Boggs 1991 Topps

Wow, Topps got very artsy with this one…

I like the card.   I like the creativity.   I applaud Topps for their efforts.

But I do question why Boggs was chosen as the subject for a card looking for this kind of effect.  I would think that a player that had a more physically imposing stature would have been more appealing – like Darryl Strawberry or Jose Canseco.  And while Wade Boggs’ talent at the plate may have been in the category of heads and shoulders above the rest, his 6 foot, 2 inch and 190 frame was not…

Nonetheless, this card is an incredible addition to my Wade Boggs collection!!!

Happy Birthday AJ Burnett!!!

AJ Burnett turns 34 years old today.

I’ve had the pleasure of watching most of AJ Burnett’s career.

It has been nice to see Burnett reach some pretty impressive baseball milestones.  Obviously, his Yankees team won the 2009 World Series and AJ played a crucial part in their playoff run.  As a Marlin he did not participate in their 2003 World Series title run, but AJ threw a no-hitter for the Marlins and I still get chills watching the final out play out in anticipation of the team celebrating his efforts.

At times he has looked more like a hurler than pitcher, but at other times he has looked like a Top 5 talent.  I really hope AJ can remain healthy for the remainder of his career and develop a reputation as being one of the most dangerous pitchers in the American League.

Happy Birthday AJ!!!

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #623 – George Bell & Pedro Guerrero

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #623 – George Bell & Pedro Guerrero

“Dominican Dynamite”

The Blue Jays’ George Bell and the Dodgers’ Pedro Guerrero obviously have many things in common on the baseball field.  They are two of baseball’s most feared batters.  But the most powerful bond is over their heritage – they were both born in San Pedro De Macaris in the Dominican Republic.

Bell had another outstanding season in 1987.  He batted .308, set career highs with 47 home runs, 111 runs scored, and a league leading 134 RBIs.  He also ranked second in the American League in slugging percentage, sixth in hits, second in runs scored, and fourth in game-winning RBIs.

Guerrero put his injury plagued 1986 season behind him last year, batting .338, 2nd best in the National League.  Pedro was by far the Dodgers most productive hitter.  He led the team with 27 home runs, 89 RBIs, 89 runs scored, 11 game-winning RBIs, and 156 games played.

While Bell and Guerrero have achieved glory in the United States, they remain loyal to their roots.  Both reside in the Dominican Republic during the off-season.

23 years later – I have fond memories of watching both of these sluggers crush baseballs out multiple stadiums.  Bell was as powerful of a hitter as there was in the mid-to-late 1980’s and he was the lone reason that people paid attention to the Blue Jays.  Pedro Guerrero was a monster at the plate.  And with the power numbers that he achieved, it was astonishing to see  that he was also one of the most capable hitters for average in the NL.