Daily Archives: February 3, 2011

Andre Dawson 2010 Topps Sterling, Cubs – Base

Andre Dawson 2010 Topps Sterling, Cubs – Base

First I scored the base card of Andre Dawson from the 2010 Topps Sterling set that featured him in his Montreal Expos uniform.  So, it only seemed fitting to take that next step.

And that step is to grab the base card of Andre in his Cubs’ uniform.

And now, here it is…

A sweet looking card, if I had to select my favorite of the duo I would have to go with the Expos version.  The Expos card shows off that great Powder Blue uniform, and the photo used of Andre is a better one as well.

Which one do you prefer??

Joe Morgan 2005 Donruss Champions

Joe Morgan 2005 Donruss Champions

I have said it several times on this blog – this design from the 2005 Donruss Champions set is my favorite modern-era card.

I love the design, I love the graphics, I love the look!!!

Sweet, sweet, sweet!!

It’s just too bad that they didn’t feature my buddy, Hall of Famer Joe Morgan, in his Cincinnati Reds uniform and colors….

Andy Pettitte Ready To Retire From Baseball

Andy Pettitte reportedly has informed the Yankees of his intention to retire and will announce that decision on Friday.

Pettitte’s decision was initially reported by Michael Kay, Yankees television broadcaster and host on ESPN Radio in New York, who cited an unidentified source, and later was reported by SI.com and The Associated Press.

Pettitte, 38, pitched 16 seasons in the Major Leagues, 13 of them with the Yankees. He went 11-3 with a 3.28 ERA but missed two months due to a groin injury. He has 240 career wins, 203 of them with the Yankees. He ranks third in franchise history in victories, behind Hall of Famers Whitey Ford (236) and Red Ruffing (231).

The Yankees have not confirmed or commented on the reports.

Pettitte, who returned to the Yankees in 2007 after three seasons with the Houston Astros, took time after both the 2008 and 2009 seasons before deciding to return rather than retire. He has cited a desire to be with his family at home in Texas as opposed to continuing his career in New York as the factor in his decisions.

Bobbie Dittmeier is an editor/producer for MLB.com This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #561 – Tom Carroll

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #561 – Tom Carroll

Tom Carroll played in the big leagues over the course of two seasons.  Between 1974 and 1975, Carroll appeared in 28 games for the Reds, earning 20 starts during that time.

Carroll’s career record is 8-4.  During his brief career, he compiled an ERA of 4.16.  In 125 innings of work, he allowed 120 hits and 72 runs.

Carroll did not make it to the post-season with the Reds in 1975.  He was traded by Cincy to the Pittsburgh Pirates in the off-season between the 1975 and 1976 seasons – he never appeared in the majors after.

Wade Boggs 1987 Topps All-Star Glossy

Wade Boggs 1987 Topps All-Star Glossy

Wade Boggs was a staple at the All-Star game during the better part of his career.  In 18 big league seasons, he was named to the squad an impressive 12 times.  Make that 12 consecutive times!!

And during the 1987 baseball season, Boggs sure did have an All-Star caliber year.  Capturing 200 hits while amassing a .363 batting average, Boggs was the American League batting champion.  He connected for 40 doubles, 6 triples, and a career high 24 home runs during that season.  And amazingly with 667 plate appearances, he struck out just 48 times.  Yep, 48… 

Another great addition to my Wade Boggs collection!!!

‘On The Road With psuGator02’ – Ozzie Smith & Vince Coleman – January 30, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Ozzie Smith & Vince Coleman – January 30, 2011

Cardinals’ fantasy camp
Roger Dean Stadium
Saturday, January 29
3-3:30 p.m.

I wasted time because I had tried for someone else a few hours earlier and couldn’t really drive home so I hung around, trying to find things to do until camp ended. Surfed the Internet at the nearby library, had dinner at the pizzeria across the street from Roger Dean. Finally drove over about 3 p.m. Glad I didn’t wait any longer because the three guys I needed came out five minutes after arriving.

Brian Jordan: 1/1  in blue Sharpie….A beautiful graph. A far-away dealer kept calling him, “Big Dog,” which got old VERY quickly
Ozzie Smith: 1/1 (8×10) in blue Sharpie….surprised he signed so many considering far-away dealers were shoving bats in his face…would’ve signed even more but Vince, sitting behind Ozzie, urged him to shut it down
Vince Coleman: 1/1 (ROMLB with “ROY” inscription)…I could’ve gotten 1-2 more from Ozzie but I got out of Ozzie’s line to get Vince, who hadn’t signed all camp….Thought I might be able to double-dip Ozzie but Vince took FOREVER to sign. Was drinking a very cheap beer, maybe Bud Select or something like that..gave me one of the sweetest graphs i’ve ever seen..every time i looked back to make sure he was still signing the ball he was adding yet another inscription LOL
Other: Almost ran over Marlins’ catcher John Baker, who was walking to his car. I had one card for him, but by the time I grabbed it he was gone.