Daily Archives: June 25, 2011

Fergie Jenkins 2002 Topps Finest “Certified Autograph Issue”

Fergie Jenkins 2002 Topps Finest “Certified Autograph Issue”

When I tell you that I have oohed and aahed over this baseball card for more than two years, it is not an exaggeration.

Heck, I even remember the first time I saw it.

It was on Wax Heaven.  Amazingly, someone sent the card to Mario as a gift.  And while Mario was, and is not, a Cubs’ or Fergie Jenkins fan, he was happy to have it.

Or so I thought…

More than a year after getting, Mario ‘Paid It Forward’ and sent it to Charlie, of ‘Hawk To The Hall’ fame.

And I have to imagine that Charlie still has the card, as he is a Cubs and Jenkins fan.

So, I immediately wanted one of my own.  And after seeing dozens come and go I got mine.

And I have to say the wait was certainly worth it – Hell, it made the journey that much more fun…

And here it is – FINALLY!!!

Frank Thomas 1990 Topps – ROOKIE CARD!!!!

Frank Thomas 1990 Topps – ROOKIE CARD!!!

Anytime you can grab a card of a future Hall of Famer and member of the ‘500 HR Club’ you have to consider it.

And when that card happens to be a rookie card, you should consider it even more.

And if said card happens to have a price tag of ninety-nine cents with FREE shipping, it is time to STRIKE!!!

So, I did!!!

And now I am the proud owner of this bad-boy:

Amazingly enough, this is the first rookie card of Frank Thomas that I have picked up since getting back into the hobby almost three years ago.

As a kid growing up in Chicago, I liked Thomas even though he played for the ‘other team’ in the city.

Nowadays, I value Thomas even more.  I cannot wait to he his induction speech!!!

Willie McCovey 2005 Upper Deck Legendary All-Stars

Willie McCovey 2005 Upper Deck Legendary All-Stars

When I think legends, I certainly think Willie McCovey.  He was a hell of a player, and put up some amazing statistics during his 22-year career.

It really surprised me to find out that ‘Stretch’ only appeared in six All-Star games during his career.  Sure the competition for roster space was tough in the National League at first base and in the outfield as well, but this is Willie McCovey…

I’ve got to go do some homework.  I need to know who beat out Mc in those seasons…

Until then, check out this card:

Dennis Eckersley 1981 Donruss

Dennis Eckersley 1981 Donruss

Hey, let’s shoot another portrait of ‘Eck’ staring off into space!!

If I had to count, I think that is number 4…

Did You Know…

The first team to field four players to hit thirty home runs in the same season was the 1977 Los Angeles Dodgers.

In ’77 Steve Garvey hit 33 home runs, with Reggie Smith hitting 32 and both Ron Cey and Dusty Baker crushing 30.

Did You See What David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz Said About ’30-Year Old Cardboard’???

Did You See What David ‘Big Papi’ Ortiz Said About ’30-Year Old Cardboard’???