Daily Archives: June 11, 2011

Lou Brock 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants

Lou Brock 2005 Upper Deck Past Time Pennants

Just an absolutely sweet card of one of my favorite Cardinals players – Mr. Lou Brock!!!

The scan looks good, but the card in-person is fantastic!!!

Between the Silver accents peppered throughout the card’s design coupled with the bold Red colors from Brock’s uniform, this card has a great blend of strong color while still holding a vintage look and feel.

Instant classic?  YESSIR!!!

‘On The Road With Psugator02’ – George Bush, Marlins/Braves, Johnny Bench – June 9, 2011

‘On The Road With Psugator02’ – George Bush, Marlins/Braves, Johnny Bench – June 9, 2011

George W. Bush event
Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
June 8
1-4 p.m.

I went primarily for the former President. I knew the Braves stayed at the same venue so I brought stuff for them as well. Not a good day.

Tim Hudson: 0/1…”I don’t have a problem signing,” Hudson said. “I just don’t do it at the hotel.”
Tommy Hanson: 0/1
Freddie Freeman: 0/1
Martin Prado/Jair Jurrjens: missed them by a few minutes
Eric Hinske: 1/1 (SS, ROMLB) in blue ink with “ROY” inscription
Derek Lowe: Missed him because I had walked back to my car for more baseballs, which, of course, I never needed LOL
Chipper Jones: 0/1…probably seven graphers in the hotel and Chipper signed five. I most likely would have gotten him had he exited out the South wing
Johnny Venters/Craig Kimbrel/Diory Hernandez/David Ross/Dan Uggla: saw them but didn’t need them
George W. Bush: never even sniffed him, though I saw plenty of Secret Service

Stryker hip replacement event
Deerfield Beach, Fla.
5:30-6:30 p.m.
Thursday, June 9

Spent an hour listening to two doctors and former Reds’ catcher Johnny Bench discuss the Stryker hip replacement procedure. Bench, a recipient of the state-of-the-art hip, followed the doctors and was quite comical. He then fielded questions from the approximately 50 people in attendance. I was with two other graphers and we watched him grab a Diet Coke near the door and then dip out, not signing a single autograph. Bench did sign 20 ROMLBs that afternoon and they were raffled off, but none of us won any. Oddly enough, Bench did a similar event earlier this afternoon 30 miles to the north and signed a bunch. The woman in charge of the event apologized for Bench leaving so bruskly, saying he “had a plane to catch.” The comment is odd since Bench is doing another of these events tomorrow in a place that is only 30 minutes away.

Johnny Bench: 0/1

Fergie Jenkins 1989 Pro Cards – Oklahoma City 89ers

Fergie Jenkins 1989 Pro Cards – Oklahoma City 89ers

Another card of Fergie during his post-big league career as a pitching coach for the Oklahoma City 89ers.

And what pitcher wouldn’t want the Cy Young winning and Hall of Fame pitcher as their coach?  The lessons he could teach…  WHEW!!!

Kirby Puckett 1992 Fleer

Kirby Puckett 1992 Fleer

I love me some 1992 Fleer baseball cards….  The more I see of them, the more I like them!!!

Sometimes an odd colored border is what it takes to draw your attention.  And with the ’92 Fleer baseball card design, it is certainly fitting that bill – and I love them!!!

A great addition to my Kirby Puckett collection!

Did You Know…

Denny McLain and Dizzy Dean are the last two pitcher to win 30 games in a single season.  McLain went 31-6 in 1968 and Dean went 30-7 in 1934.

Derek Jeter’s Climb To 3,000 Hits – 2,991 And Counting!!!

Derek Jeter’s Climb To 3,000 Hits – 2,991 And Counting!!!

In Friday’s action, Jeter took one step closer to the magical number of 3,000.

Going 1-for-5 with a walk, a stolen base, and 2 runs scored.

The Yankees beat the Indians 11 to 7.

Happy Anniversary Kevin Brown!!!

Happy Anniversary Kevin Brown!!!

On this day in 1997, Florida Marlins starting pitcher Kevin Brown threw a no-hitter!

On the road in San Francisco to take on the Giants, Brown and his teammates suited up to play in front of a small crowd of just over 10,000 spectators.  But for those in attendance that stayed throughout the duration of the ballgame, history was witnessed.

In a battle of a 1st place team(the Giants) and a 2nd place team(the Marlins), it was 1 player that dominated the action from start to finish.

Throughout the night, Brown was amazing.  He needed just 98 pitches to complete the game, allowing no hits in the process.  Brown struck out 7 batters on the night while pitching almost flawlessly.  He walked nobody, and faced just 28 batters.

The Marlins gave Brown all of the offensive support that he needed to remain confident on the hill.  Tallying 9 runs, Edgar Renteria, Charles Johnson, and Moises Alou provided the firepower enabling Brown to remain calm during the course of the game.

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Mr. Brown!!!

I have watched a handful of no-hitters on television.  This is the first one that I can recall watching the entire game.

FINALLY, After More Than 1 Year Of Shopping I Have Landed This Gem….

FINALLY, After More Than 1 Year Of Shopping I Have Landed This Gem….

I’m serious.  I am really serious about this.

I have been searching for this specific item for more than 1 year.  All searches have resulted in failures up until this point. 

I never thought it would have been this hard to get what should be considered a ‘basic’ item at best, but it was a challenge that left me empty for more than 365 days.

Until now!!!

Waiting for me at my front door this evening was this:

Yep, a Montreal Expos mini-helmet.  A Ridell helmet, not one of those silly ice cream ones…  I have wanted this bad-boy for more than a year and my patient, and sometimes impatient, wait has finally paid off.

This  helmet will become the centerpiece of a new Andre Dawson-related wing to my collection.  I wanted to start with the hardest one first, and it was hard, but now I am eager and very excited to get it rolling.

Stay tuned!!!