Daily Archives: March 10, 2011

My Gary Carter Player Collection Is Finally Complete!!!

My Gary Carter Player Collection Is Finally Complete!!!

It took almost eight months to complete, but the journey took me through memory lane a few times.  And I enjoyed it each and every step of the way!!

The two biggest reasons that I wanted to put together a collection that honored Gary Carter is that (1) he was a member of the old Expos teams that I enjoyed watching and (2) he was a key part of the 1986 World Series winning New York Mets – the first World Series champion that I have vivid memories of watching.

Gary Carter is considered to be one of the greatest catchers of all-time, a very solid contributor to the sport for two decades.  I hope that my collection of every major brand card from his time with the Expos and Mets does his Hall of Fame career justice.

As always, now that the collection is complete I will unveil my ‘Fab 5’ cards featuring Gary Carter.  That week-long series will start next Monday so get ready for it!!!

Here is a picture of the complete Gary Carter collection!!!


Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Signature Series

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Signature Series

Oh, what a sweet baseball card we have here.  This one is just begging for an autograph to be added, huh?

With just enough ‘white space’ next to the image of Andre Dawson, this card would look pretty sweet if autographed.  In fact, there are several cards issued in the modern-era that look like they could have been set up for autographing.

And when I look back at Dawson’s early year cards, although they all look great in my eyes, very few designs actually leave room for a signature the way that today’s cards do.

Check it out:

That graphic that runs parallel to Dawson’s image is pretty sick, huh?

I’m lovin’ it!!!

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #77 – Pedro Borbon

1976 Topps Cincinnati Reds Teams Set – Card #77 – Pedro Borbon

For 12 years, major league baseball was Pedro Borbon’s employer.  And during that time, he played for four different teams.

Of those teams, his longest tenure with one was club was ten seasons with the Cincinnati Reds.

A relief pitcher, Borbon made 255 appearances with the club earning a 62-33 record – very strong!!!  And while never the team’s primary closer, he also collected 80 saves in the majors, 76 with the Reds.

Borbon competed in three World Series match-ups, winning two titles in 1975 and 1976 as a part of ‘The Big Red Machine’. 

1963 Headline: Pete Rose’s Debut A Hit. 2, Actually!!

1963 Headline: Pete Rose’s Debut A Hit.  2, Actually!!

On this day back in 1963, Pete Rose made his major league debut during Spring Training for the Cincinnati Reds.

The game’s all-time hits king established himself early as he collected two hits in two at-bats against the Chicago White Sox.  And although nobody, except maybe for Pete, would have predicted what was going to follow over the next 24 big league seasons, it is very clear based on his debut performance that at the age of 22 Pete Rose had big league skills!!