Daily Archives: October 21, 2011

Andre Dawson & Fergie Jenkins 2011 Topps Leather Nameplates – Black Leather!!!

Andre Dawson & Fergie Jenkins 2011 Topps Leather Nameplates – Black Leather!!!

I picked the ‘Brown Leather’ versions of these cards up a few months back.  And after biding my time and waiting for good deals on each, I have scored the ‘Black Leather’ versions now too.

Each card is serial numbered to 99 – For Andre’s I card, I got #52 and for Fergie, I got #02.

Here they are:

I like the Black versions of these cards so much more than the Brown version.  The black stands out much better against the card’s design.  And the Silver stitching looks great – as do the other Silver elements of the card’s design.

I’m glad that I was able to take care of these – the ‘Update’ versions are out now, and the set again features Andre and Fergie.

Time to start shopping!!!!


Kirby Puckett 1989 Upper Deck – Or Is It A Mark McGwire Card???

Kirby Puckett 1989 Upper Deck – Or Is It A Mark McGwire Card???

I have always liked cards that feature multiple players.  Usually those kinds of cards are team cards, league leader cards, team leader cards, or Fleer’s Superstar Special cards.

And then, every once in a while, you get a card like this:

Featuring two of the sport’s brightest stars, at first and second glance you may think that this is a card of Mark McGwire.  And who could blame you??  I wouldn’t…

But since, the name on the front and team logo on the front all point to this being a Kirby Puckett baseball card, I will gladly mark it off of my ‘needs’ list and file it with my Puckett collection.


Reggie Jackson 1986 Topps Collector’s Series – “Super Star”

Reggie Jackson 1986 Topps Collector’s Series – “Super Star”

Kind of a fun little oddball card for my 21st straight day of posting baseball cards that feature ‘Mr. October’.

This one, issued by Topps in 1986 is new to me.  And when I say ‘new’ that means new to my collection now, but also a card that I don’t remembers seeing or having as a kind – and trust me, in 1986 I had a lot of cards…

Take a look:

Nice shades, huh??

I wonder if Reggie played today if he would have kept to the tinted glasses.  Or would he have opted for Lasik surgery a la Greg Maddux???


Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

Happy Birthday George Bell!!!

George Bell turns 52 years old today.

One of the sport’s biggest sluggers during the late 1980’s, George Bell was a hitting machine during his time with the Toronto Blue Jays.

Seen primarily as a slugger, Bell did have a knack for delivering the longball and driving in runs, but he was also a very talented contact hitter.  During his playing days, Bell amassed 1,702 career hits along with a batting average of .278.  He won three Silver Slugger awards and had two seasons (1986 & 1987) in which he batted above .300.

As for his power numbers, Bell crushed 265 homers in 12 seasons while also driving in 1,002 runs.  His numbers were so impressive in 1987 that he won the AL MVP award.  The numbers from that year were unreal – .308/47/134.

George Bell was a 3-time All-Star.  He competed in the postseason twice, but never advanced to the World Series.

Happy Birthday Mr. Bell!!!

Happy Birthday Ed ‘Whitey’ Ford!!!

Happy Birthday Ed ‘Whitey’ Ford!!!

Hall of Famer Whitey Ford celebrates his 83rd birthday today.

One of the most celebrated and valued member of the New York Yankees franchise had a career like no other.  A pitcher on a team full of sluggers, Ford made his presence known with his command on the mound.

Ford spent his entire 16-year career in pinstripes, and he started in 438 contests.  During that time, he compiled a record of 236-106, good for a 69% winning percentage.

Ford won the Cy Young award in 1961 largely in due to his amazing 25-4 record.  He was an 8-time All-star, while also finishing in the Top 20 for the MVP award 6 times.

In his 16 seasons, Ford made it to the World Series 11 times.  He ended winning 6 championships along the way, and he has a 10-8 record in the Fall Classic.

Happy Birthday to a true legend, Mr. Whitey Ford!!!

Throwing Three Baseballs Into The Mail This Morning!!!

Throwing Three Baseballs Into The Mail This Morning!!!

The title says it all folks…

On the way into work this morning, I will make a quick detour and drop off some stuff at the Post Office.

Only this time, it is just one box – with three baseballs inside.  The balls are headed to a private signing, and all three are taking place at the same time.

I am really excited about this opportunity, and I cannot wait to get the balls back home.  As soon as they arrive, I will surely show them off to you.

Here are a few hints to keep your interest levels up:

  1. Ball one – pitcher hurled a no-hitter
  2. Ball two – World Series MVP
  3. Ball three – MVP

There you go – hopefully that keeps your interest at a fever-pitch!!!

Look for a post showing off the balls sometime around the second week of November.

Have a good day!!!