Daily Archives: January 12, 2011

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Game-Used Jersey & Bat Card – RED

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings Game-Used Jersey & Bat Card – RED

I am enjoying the quest of grabbing all of the different parallel versions that I can of the Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Diamond King baseball card.

I am rapidly approaching 20 different cards to this point, and now I am ready to reveal my latest catch.

Serial numbered as 50/50, this one is the ‘Red Framed’ relic card that features both a piece of game-used jersey and bat from ‘The Hawk’s’ playing days.

I already had the base version of this dual-relic card – now I just need to grab the Blue and Green versions…  Stay tuned!

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Origins Baseball – ‘ Old Judge’

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Origins Baseball – ‘ Old Judge’

Hell, Yeah!!!

Taking it back to the old school, ’cause I’m an old fool who’s so cool!!  LOL!!  🙂

Anyways, how can you not love a baseball card that looks like this one?  Here you have a 2005 Upper Deck issue that has perfectly captured the essence of vintage for this collector.  From their Origins brand, UD issued a set titled ‘Old Judge’ in 2005, and I absolutely love this card of Fergie Jenkins from the set.

Perfectly framed, Perfectly Black & White, and Perfectly chosen photo.

If I did not see such sharp corners and a copyright date of 2005 stamped on the back, I would easily guess that this card is 50 or more years old…

Gotta love it!!!

Johnny Bench 2010 Topps ‘History Of The Game’

Johnny Bench 2010 Topps ‘History Of The Game’

A great idea for a set of baseball cards, I am definitely going to have to get my hands on more of these…

This one features the greatest catcher to ever play the game, Hall of Famer Johnny Bench.

From the back – 1965 – First MLB Draft – “In June 1965 – a year after owners approved the proposal – the first major league draft was held.  The American League and National League alternated picks, with the teams selecting in reverse order of the previous season’s standings.  With the initial choice, the Athletcis took outfielder Rick Monday from Arizona State, who would become a two-time MLB All-Star Game participant.

Kind of odd that Johnny Bench is the focal point on the front of the card but is not even mentioned on the back, huh? 

Lucky for me that I knew he was a second-round pick from that ’65 draft – and easily the most highly decorated member of that class!

Ozzie Smith 1983 Donruss

Ozzie Smith 1983 Donruss

This card of Ozzie is a fun one!

Offering us a glimpse of the player before he steps to the plate, this card has a ‘backstage’ kind of feel.

This card is the equivalent of catching Mick Jagger right before he takes to the stage or David Letterman right before he walks out to greet his audience.

In the ‘normal’ world, this the equivalent of an officer holstering up his weapon as he prepares for work or a chef tying up his apron as he heads to the kitchen.

Donruss offered us a great glimpse with this 1983 release – I really like this card!!

All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman retires at 43

All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman retires at 43

SAN DIEGO (AP)—All-time saves leader Trevor Hoffman(notes) is retiring at age 43 and will take a job in the San Diego Padres’ front office.

The Beverly Hills Sports Council, which represents Hoffman, confirmed that he is done after recording 601 saves in 18 seasons.

Hoffman played the bulk of his career with San Diego after being acquired as a rookie from the Florida Marlins in 1993. He left San Diego as a free agent after the 2008 season and pitched with the Milwaukee Brewers for two seasons.

MLB.com first reported Hoffman’s retirement.