Daily Archives: November 4, 2011

Baseball Card Show On Saturday!!!

Baseball Card Show On Saturday!!

I’m so ready to go shopping.  In what will surely be my final baseball card show of 2011, I am ready to see what treasures I can uncover this time around.

Like last month, I am again headed to the Dania Beach baseball card show.  And now that this is a repeat performance for me, I am hoping that I remember which dealers to avoid so I can spend a little more time at the tables that meet my interests the most.

And while I won’t bring an official shopping list this time around, I do have a handful of things I will be searching for.

They are:

  • Hall of Fame relic cards
  • Andre Dawson cards (go figure)
  • Fergie Jenkins 2011 Topps Lineage cards
  • Contest prizes
  • Subset inspiration
  • Vintage, Vintage, Vintage
  • Inspiration for new PC’s

So, stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ as I will bring you a full card show report on Monday.  And I will also show off all of my purchases as well.

Have a great weekend everyone!!!

Fergie Jenkins 1972 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

Fergie Jenkins 1972 Kellogg’s 3-D Super Stars

This is now the 5th Fergie Jenkins Kellogg’s baseball card that I have brought into my collection honoring my favorite pitcher of all-time.

I love scooping up oddball baseball cards like these – and I love them even more when then smell like Rice Krispies!!  LMAO

Chipper Jones 2011 Topps Lineage

Chipper Jones 2011 Topps Lineage

While I cannot anoint myself a ‘Chipper Jones Fan’ due to my fondness for the Florida Marlins, I can say that I have enjoyed watching him play for the last two decades and I would like to have dedicated players like him on my team.

Chipper has had an impressive career, one that will certainly garner him some Hall of Fame consideration.

And while his career numbers will ultimately fall short of the major milestones, specifically 3,000 hits and 500 home runs, he does play the toughest infield position very well which will help his cause.

I found this card buried inside of a pack of Topps Lineage that I opened a few weeks ago.  And while I gave away more than 95% of the cards that I pulled from that pack, I did hang on to this card of Chipper.

And I am glad that I did!!!

Kirby Puckett 1986 Donruss

Kirby Puckett 1986 Donruss

Whoa, Kirby is off to the races after making solid contact on this swing, huh??
In just his third major league season in 1986, Puckett was a hitting machine in the big leagues.

During that campaign, Kirby collected 223 hits.  The breakdown of those hits is as such – 149 singles, 37 doubles, 6 triples, and 31 home runs.

Not too bad for a 26-year old!!!

Did You Know…

Ty Cobb was the youngest player to win Major League Baseball’s Triple Crown Award.  In 1909, at the age of just 22, Cobb batted .377 while also accumulating nine home runs, and 107 RBI.

The next youngest Triple Crown winner was Mickey Mantle who at 24 years of age in 1956 accomplished the feat.

Wanna Feel Really Old?? Read This!!!

Wanna Feel Really Old??  Read This!!!

Scroll down here if you want to feel really old….  I am warning you!!!

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Seriously, you are not going to be happy when you read this….

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Last warning, then it is the ‘BOOM’….

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Today is Ralph Macchio’s 50th Birthday!!!  Yes, I said 50!!!!

Happy Birthday to the ‘Original’ Karate Kid!!!

Albert Pujols Statue Unveiled Outside Of His Restaurant In St. Louis

Albert Pujols Statue Unveiled Outside Of His Restaurant In St. Louis

By R.B. FALLSTROM

ST. LOUIS – With hundreds of fans cheering and many urging him to stay, St. Louis Cardinals star Albert Pujols watched the unveiling of a 10-foot statue of himself Wednesday and then said he wasn’t sure where he would wind up next season.

Pujols did not mention free agency during his speech as he stood near the 10-foot, 1,100-pound bronze likeness of himself outside his restaurant. He dodged the issue later with reporters.

“Just like my wife says, ‘We’re going to be praying about it and whenever the time comes we’ll make that decision,'” Pujols said.

One reporter noted that “you can’t pack the statue with you,” and wondered if the Pujols Family Foundation would remain in St. Louis if Pujols signed elsewhere.

“Hopefully I don’t have to make that decision,” Pujols said. “We’re just going to see where God takes us. I don’t want to get ahead of God’s plan and say, ‘Oh, we’re going to be here,’ and then something happens and I look bad. Whether it’s here or wherever, I believe our foundation is going to help the city of St. Louis.”

The 31-year-old Pujols is a free agent for the first time after spending his first 11 major league seasons with the Cardinals. The two sides did not discuss a contract extension during the season, which ended with a World Series championship last week.

Funds for the statue were provided by an anonymous donor two years ago. The sculpture has religious overtones depicting a familiar pose with Pujols raising his arms skyward while crossing home plate. It was made by Harry Weber and is similar to Weber’s work on Cardinals Hall of Famers outside Busch Stadium. One of the Hall of Famers, Lou Brock, attended the ceremony with his wife.

“There’s going to be a lot of people asking, ‘Well, why is he not swinging the bat?'” Pujols told the crowd during his speech. “That’s to remind me it’s not about me, but it’s about Jesus Christ who gave his life so we can have eternal life.  It’s really easy to lose focus when you have millions of people telling you how great you are.”

There are no statues of Pujols outside Busch Stadium, at least not yet. Only the team’s Hall of Famers are honored, and there are two Stan Musial statues.

“That statue is unbelievable,” said Pujols’ wife, Deirdre. “For somebody to even want to do something like this, it’s pretty humbling.”

“Unbelievable job,” Albert Pujols said. “Look at that!”

The Cardinals won their second World Series of the Pujols era on Friday. Pujols said the days since have been “probably the best week of my life.”

Pujols said he spoke earlier Wednesday with manager Tony La Russa, who retired this week after 16 seasons with the Cardinals and 33 years overall. He said La Russa was “kind of down.”

“He wanted to make sure I was OK, and I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m all right,'” he said. “I was asking, ‘Are you OK?’ What a way to go out.”

Pujols said La Russa has been a father figure for him.

“He’s been a mentor the last 11 years,” Pujols said. “Just because he’s not going to be here to manage, that doesn’t mean I’m going to stop that relationship.”

10 Named To Baseball Hall Of Fame Golden Ballot

10 Named To Baseball Hall Of Fame Golden Ballot

Cooperstown, NY

Former Dodgers first baseman Gil Hodges and general manager Buzzie Bavasi and former Athletics owner Charlie Finley are among 10 candidates for the baseball Hall of Fame who will be on the Veterans Committee ballot next month.

Ken Boyer, Jim Kaat, Minnie Minoso, Tony Oliva, Allie Reynolds, Ron Santo and Luis Tiant also will be on the Golden Era ballot, which will be voted on by the 16-member committee on Dec. 5 at the winter meetings in Dallas.

This year’s committee will consider candidates from the so-called “Golden Era,” from 1947-72.

Candidates must receive votes on 75 percent of the ballot to be elected. Those elected will be inducted on July 22 along with any players voted in by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Jan. 9.

An eight-time All-Star, Hodges helped the Dodgers win seven pennants and two World Series, then managed the New York Mets to their first World Series title in 1969. His 63.4 percent vote on his final BBWAA ballot in 1983 is the highest percentage for a player who didn’t enter the Hall in a later year.

The Dodgers won four World Series and eight pennants while Bavasi was GM from 1951-67, and he went on to head baseball operations for the San Diego Padres (1968-77) and California Angels (1978-84).

Finley owned the Kansas City and Oakland A’s from 1960-80, winning three World Series titles while feuding with his players and baseball Commissioner Bowie Kuhn.

The committee that will vote includes Hall of Famers Hank Aaron, Al Kaline, Ralph Kiner, Tommy Lasorda, Juan Marichal, Brooks Robinson, Don Sutton and Billy Williams; current team executives Paul Beeston, Bill DeWitt Roland Hemond and Gene Michael, retired executive Al Rosen and media members Dick Kaegel, Jack O’Connell and Dave Van Dyck.

The pre-integration era (1871-46) will be considered at the 2012 winter meetings and the expansion era (1973-present) in 2013, when retired managers Bobby Cox, Tony La Russa and Joe Torre are likely to be on the ballot.

Jose Canseco & Lenny Dykstra To Fight In ‘Celebrity’ Boxing Bout!!!

Jose Canseco & Lenny Dykstra To Fight In ‘Celebrity’ Boxing Bout!!!

By      David Brown

If you’re the kind of person who rubbernecks after a horrific automobile accent, a celebrity boxing card featuring Jose Canseco fighting Lenny Dykstra might be the kind of pay-per-view programming that perfectly fills your entertainment void.

Coming this Saturday night at the Avalon in Hollywood, the former Major League Baseball All-Stars who became celebrity burnouts will go toe-to-toe in the ring as Western Civilization continues to collapse on itself. And all it will cost you to watch on your TV is $19.95.

If you’re looking for some details as to how Canseco and Dykstra have messed up their own lives lately, Larry Brown Sports provides a few good links as background.

Canseco’s been on the card for a while, but Dykstra is a last-moment fill-in for Tareq Salahi, who is best-known as the male half of the conniving couple who crashed a White House state dinner that one time. (In a way, it’s too bad; I would almost think about paying 20 bucks to watch someone beat up Salahi.)

Then again, it’s Canseco, who didn’t even show up the last time he was supposed to celebrity box. Instead, he sent his twin brother, Ozzie, and got sued because even celebrity boxing promoters have standards. Is there any way the authorities can ensure Jose’s participation this time around?

At 48, Dykstra is one year older and about five inches shorter than the 6-foot-3 Canseco. In addition to the size and presumed reach advantage, Canseco would seem to be in much better shape than Dykstra, who has appeared to let himself go a little bit as he conquered, and then got conquered by, Wall Street. But Lenny always had spunk, and he vows to “destroy Canseco” in the ring:

“Canseco ruined my career by spreading lies. I called Tareq and begged him to let me take his place in the upcoming fight against Canseco.”

Does Lenny mean that Canseco somehow ruined his baseball career, or his career with stocks and bonds? Canseco never specifically named Dykstra as a steroid user, but I guess Dykstra was speaking in general terms because Canseco prompted MLB’s investigation into performance-enhancing drugs, which brought the Mitchell Report, in which Dykstra was named. Dykstra also has been quoted in a book admitting to using steroids, so … who knows what he’s talking about. Does it matter?