Daily Archives: March 3, 2011

TTM Success: Dusty Baker

TTM Success:  Dusty Baker

Forever stamps are a collector’s best friend!!  Huh, what kind of cryptic message is that, you ask?  Well, I sent two baseball cards to Dusty Baker in hopes of obtaining his autograph in one of my through the mail adventures – during Spring Training of 2010!!

Yep, almost a year to the day, 358 days to be exact, is what it took.  But I am not complaining.  Oh no, how can you complain when the prize is this:

Nice, huh?  Baker is a great personality for the sport of baseball.  One of the things that I like most about how he handles the job is that he does not let the star players alter his approach to the game.  He has managed some of the greatest players and egos within the last 10+ years, but Dusty is Dusty – and that is admirable!!

Thank you for the great autographs Mr. Baker!!!

Lou Brock 2005 Upper Deck ‘Legendary All-Stars’

Lou Brock 2005 Upper Deck ‘Legendary All-Stars’

While staring at this photo of Lou Brock, I can almost hear his inner thoughts.  He is saying something along the lines of: “Yeah, I’m taking an enormously big lead right now.  Whatcha gonna do about it?”.  Or something very close to that…

I love when companies putting out cards today feature the game’s great stars from prior eras.  To be completely honest, it is the sole reason that I even pay attention to today’s releases.

And to take it a step further, when the card features a picture of the player doing what he was best known for, this collector is in heaven.

2005 Upper Deck ‘Legendary All-Stars’ card of Lou Brock = HEAVEN!!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #259 – Darrel Chaney

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #259 – Darrel Chaney

Chaney played in the big leagues for 11 seasons – 7 of which were with the Reds.

A utility infielder that could play second base ,third base, and shortstop, Chaney was a nice player to have come off of the bench when the starters needed a break.  Used in a lot of late-game situations, Chaney appeared in 536 games as a Red.  During that time he hit .207 and collected 217 hits.  Other offensive stats from his days in Cincy include 131 runs scored, 34 doubles, 7 home runs, 95 RBI, and 10 stolen bases.

Chaney was a member of the 1975 Reds’ World Series championship team.  He was traded in the offseason between the 1975 and 1976 seasons  to the Atlanta Braves.

Johnny Bench 2006 Topps ‘Rookie Of The Week’

Johnny Bench 2006 Topps ‘Rookie Of The Week’

A very sweet looking baseball card that borrows the design from the 1968 Topps base set, this card honors Johnny Bench and his efforts before making it to the big leagues and earning his spot as the Cincinnati Reds’ starting catcher.

In 908 at-bats during his stay in the minor leagues, Bench collected 246 hits en route to a batting average of .270.  And he put on quite a display of power by slugging 46 double and 47 home runs while driving in 171 runs.

And amazingly, he did most of this before his 20th birthday – truly remarkable!!!