Daily Archives: August 20, 2011

Andre Dawson 1990 Topps ‘Double Headers All-Stars’

Andre Dawson 1990 Topps ‘Double Headers All-Stars’

For me, as a player collector, I find more joy in finding an old oddball that is worth twenty cents than anything, almost anything, that can be found in a pack of cards issued in 2011.

And while I still enjoy the feeling of ripping open a pack of cards because of the nostalgia, I find that uncovering a new card (that is 20+ years old) that I have never seen before to be an even greater feeling.

With that, I present to you Andre Dawson’s 1990 Topps ‘Double Headers’ baseball card – A card that I have never seen prior to the debut it made on Ebay a few weeks ago.   It is now mine, and I am willing to share it with you.

Check it out:

Pretty cool, huh?  The card is miniature in size, and comes in a nice little plastic frame that doubles as a stand.

And as you can see, the card features Dawson’s 1990 Topps base card on one side and his famous rookie card from the ’77 set on the reverse.

While I have no plans of keeping this card out on display, I am very excited to have found such a cool and ‘new’ collectible for my Dawson collection!!!

This one easily ranks as a ‘Top 5’ addition from 2011 for my PC.

Thanks for reading!!

Ozzie Smith 1995 Bowman

Ozzie Smith 1995 Bowman

If there was ever a baseball card that should have been converted to a Bazooka bubble gum advertisement this is it!

Come see:

Ladies and Gentlemen, what you have before you is baseball legend Ozzie Smith and the ‘perfect bubble’!!!

Eddie Murray 2001 Upper Deck 1970’s Award Winners

Eddie Murray 2001 Upper Deck 1970’s Award Winners

Already have this series of cards featuring Andre Dawson and Fergie Jenkins and i like them a lot.

So, when I saw this card of ‘Big and Bad Eddie Murray’, I had to grab it!

And now, for your viewing pleasure…

Great stuff.  Gotta loat that trophy!!!

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!

On this day in 1998, Mark McGwire became the first player in major league history to reach or surpass the 50-Home Run mark in three consecutive baseball seasons.

With strong numbers, ‘Big Mac’ solidified himself as one of the greatest sluggers in the game’s incredible history of power hitters.

The numbers:

1996 – 52; 1997 – 58; 1998 – 70.  And just for good measure, McGwire connected for 65 homers in 1999 extending the baseball record to 4 straight years.

Happy Anniversary ‘Big Mac’!!!

Larry Doby To Be Honored With United States Postage Stamp

Larry Doby To Be Honored With United States Postage Stamp

From Newscore

Larry Doby, the first black man to play in the American League, will be honored with a US stamp, the US Postal Service announced Thursday. 

Doby, who became just the second black man to play in the majors behind Jackie Robinson, was selected as the second of four players to be portrayed in the US Postal Service’s Major League Baseball All-Stars series.

He joins New York Yankees legend Joe DiMaggio in the collection set for release in 2012. The final two players have not yet been announced.

After playing three seasons for the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League — and a two-year layoff from baseball to serve in the US Navy during World War II — Doby was signed by the Cleveland Indians in 1947. The deal with the AL club came just 11 weeks after Robinson broke the color barrier by signing with the Brooklyn Dodgers of the National League.

Doby went on to play 13 seasons in the majors, making seven consecutive All-Star appearances between 1949 and 1955. He batted .301 with 66 RBI in 1948 en route to Cleveland’s World Series title — the last in franchise history. The center fielder also played 164 consecutive games without committing an error, which stood as a record among outfielders for 17 years.

Doby twice led the AL in home runs, hitting 32 long balls in 1952 and again in 1954 when he finished second in AL MVP voting to Yankees catcher Yogi Berra.

He was traded to the Chicago White Sox following the 1955 season, and following a brief return trip to Cleveland in 1958, Doby ended his playing career in 1959 after playing for both the Detroit Tigers and White Sox.

The South Carolina native, who grew up in New Jersey, went on to coach in the big leagues and eventually became the second black manager in league history when the White Sox hired him midway through the 1978 season. It was his only season as a big-league skipper.

The Indians honored Doby in 1994 by retiring his No. 14 jersey, and he finally received a long overdue induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1998 after being voted in by the Veterans Committee. He died five years later in Montclair, N.J., at age 79.