Daily Archives: February 12, 2011

Fergie Jenkins 1989 Pacific Senior Baseball – Winter Haven Super Sox

Fergie Jenkins 1989 Pacific Senior Baseball – Winter Haven Super Sox

Like many professional baseball players, Fergie Jenkins had the desire to compete in the sport he loved well past the time he could do it at the major league level.

He retired between the 1983 and 1984 baseball seasons, but he was still actively pitching through the decade.

And in 1989, 6 seasons after his last stint in the big leagues, Fergie found himself pitching for the Winter Haven Super Sox of the Senior Baseball League.  Still in great shape, and with a live arm, Fergie did very well and was able to still hold onto his love for the sport and desire to compete.

I am so happy that collecting baseball cards was a wildly popular hobby in the mid-to-late 80’s.  If that were not the case, cards like the one below would not exist.

You would never find a company wasting their resources on a product like this in today’s market…

Bob Gibson 2005 Upper Deck Classics

Bob Gibson 2005 Upper Deck Classics

Easily one of my favorite modern-era issues, the 2005 Upper Deck classics set is superb.

The design is rather basic, but the different elements that Upper Deck used work very well together.

The team logo and banner that contains the player name and position are well done, and carrying the team’s colors into the banner helps tie it all together.

And I like the 3-D effect that UD used by placing Gibson’s image on top of the picture’s frame.  That small move gives the card life as I feel like ‘Hoot’ is going to fire a 97-mile fastball in my direction.

Great job by Upper Deck on this one!!!

Willie McCovey 2001 Topps American Pie

Willie McCovey 2001 Topps American Pie

Topps merged two of the United States’ greatest traditions all in one – Baseball and Pie.

Who doesn’t like baseball or pie?  Some people like baseball more than pie, while other enjoy pie over baseball.  For me, baseball reigns supreme, but I happen to be a sucker for an oversized piece of apple pie too…

And while the title of ‘American Pie’ sounds fantastic, the cards are pretty underwhelming…

Very dark in design elements, the American Pie logo is pretty sweet, but that is about it.

See for yourself…

Did You Know…

On May 23, 2002, at Milwaukee’s Miller Park, Shawn Green had the game of his life – hitting four home runs, a double, and a single and driving in seven runs as the Dodgers cruised to an easy 16-3 victory.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Johnny Bench – February 10, 2011

‘On The Road With psuGator02′ – Johnny Bench – February 10, 2011

Broken Sound Country Club
Boca Raton, Fla.
3:30-4:15 p.m.
Thursday, February 10

I had to meet the gf in Stuart at 5:30 so I had about an hour or so to kill. Would’ve most likely gone back to the course Friday or Saturday to get the few guys I still needed but I received a text from a friend as soon as I got out of school saying that Johnny Bench was playing in the Pro-Am. I have multiple IP experiences with him so I knew he was going to be difficult. But I thought I might be able to get at least one for free. Arrived at about 3:30 p.m. and all the golfers I needed were on the course so I simply waited for Bench to finish No. 9 (he had teed off on the back). Place was a ghost town (no fans or security anywhere). Two locals were the first to approach him, asking him if he would do a private signing (100 items) with them later. “We’ll pay you for your time,” was what they had said. Of course, Bench was all for that. I couldn’t get his attention and he drove away. I caught him at the next hole and thought he might do one for free I was nice. I said something about being a teacher and that I wouldn’t be able to hang around for the private thing that he was going to do. He turned me down almost immediately. I really wanted to get the Perez-Steele done so I told him that I could pay him. I opened the wallet and asked him how much it would take. $20 without HOF and $30 with…..Of course, I had no change so it was either going to be $22 or $40 and Bench would not take $22 nor would he be giving me change. I gave him the $40, then got caught in a downpour.

Johnny Bench: 1/1 (Perez-Steele) …. I asked him why he signed for free a few minutes earlier. “Yeah, but you’re a collector.” I don’t think he understands what it means to be a collector. I would’ve gotten a picwith had I not been in such a sour mood.