Daily Archives: November 10, 2011

Just A Gratuitous Post To Show Off My Balls!!!

Just A Gratuitous Post To Show Off My Balls!!!

Nothing vulgar here my friends, I promise.  Just a shameless plug to show off my growing autographed baseball collection.

I hope you enjoy looking at it as much as I have been enjoying building it!!!

In total the collection now sits at 65 balls.

Here is a short description of what you are seeing.

Extreme Left – 8 ball Dawson collection

Center – 9 ball cubs collection featuring Banks, Jenkins (3), Williams, Santo, Sandberg, Grace, and Lee Smith.

Right – Row 1 – Reggie, Frank Robinson, Cal Ripken Jr., Jim Palmer, Bob Gibson, Stan Musial.  Row 2 – Winfield, Ozzie, McCovey, Carew, Brooks Robinson, Dale Murphy, Tim Raines.  Row 3 – Big Red Machine:  Rose, Morgan, Bench, Perez, Foster, Griffey, Concepcion.  Row 4 – Fisk, Carlton, Gary Carter, Strawberry, Goodeb, Canseco, McGwire.  Row 5 – Feller, Fingers, Gossage, Gaylord Perry, Nikro, Cepeda, Marichal.  Row 6 – Duke Snider, Doerr, Whitey Ford, Don Larsen, Monte Irvin, Vida Blue, Bert Campeneris.  Row 7 – Uggla, Josh Johnson, Jeff Conine, Cameron Maybin, Jim Abbott, Kirk Gibson, Orel Hershiser.

And there you have it folks – my complete signed baseball collection!!!

Thanks for reading!!!  🙂

Steve Carlton 2010 Panini Century Collection Game-Used Jersey Card

Steve Carlton 2010 Panini Century Collection Game-Used Jersey Card

I recently scooped up a few relic cards from this set, 6 to be exact.  I got what I believe is a tremendous deal – paying roughly $3 per card with free shipping.

This is the first card that I am ready to show off – featuring Hall of Famer, Steve Carlton.

The card looks great, featuring a Grey swatch of Carlton’s jersey.

This card from the ‘Ballpark’ subset is my second or third from that part of the set and each and every time I see one of these cards, I think money.  Between all of the shades of Green that are involved and the great shading work done with the background images, when I see this card, I think currency.

And in this specific case, I think $3.00!!!


Bo Jackson 1989 Donruss Baseball’s Best

Bo Jackson 1989 Donruss Baseball’s Best

While in his prime, Bo Jackson had one of the most powerful swings in the sport of baseball.

From a high and might front-leg kick to his lightning quick wrists – Bo could turn on a pitch as fast as any slugger in the game.  During that same time period, we saw some pretty string swings from guys like Jose Canseco, Eric Davis, George Bell, and Andre Dawson.  Bo could stand toe-to-toe with these guys when he was grooving.

Unfortunately, that kind of power tends to be geared towards fastball hitting only.  And as soon as pitchers figured out that Bo was not able to handle the off-speed stuff as well as the fastballs, they took control.

Bo Jackson struck out 872 times during his 8 years in the major leagues.  His highest tall came in 1989 when he K’ed a league leading 172 times…

Baseball’s Best?  Maybe, maybe not…

Happy Anniversary Orel Hershiser!!!

Happy Anniversary Orel Hershiser!!!

On this date in 1988, Orel Hershiser captured the National League’s Cy Young award in a unanimous vote.

Taking all 24 first-place votes, this award capped an unbelievable season for the right-hander.

A close look at the numbers:

23-8 during the regular season with 15 complete games and 8 shutouts.  In 267 innings of work, Hershiser compiled a low ERA of just 2.25.  His dominant year led to another selection to the National League All-star team and his first Cy Young Award.  During the playoffs, Hershiser led the Dodgers to the World Series championship while winning both the NLCS and World Series MVP awards in the process!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Hershiser!!!

What Am I Going To Do About This???

What Am I Going To Do About This???

You may recall that last week I excitedly showed you my completed Andre Dawson signed mini-helmet collection.

If you happened to have missed that, here is another picture:

There they are – 4 beauties resting side by side.  From left to right, you are looking at signed mini-helmets from the Expos, Cubs, Red Sox, and Marlins – the 4 major league clubs that Dawson played for during his Hall of Fame career.

Now, on to my problem.

Check out the Cubs helmet, second from the left.

See how it is signed on the side of the helmet, while the others are all signed on the brim?  Yep, that is my problem.

While the autograph on the Cubs mini is much larger than the rest of them, it looks out of place.  And when I rest these helmets in their cases on my desk, it stands out like a sore thumb.  And it is not the kind of standing out one asks for.  Sad to say it, buy it just looks bad when the compared to the helmets on the left and right.  Call it the ‘Ugly Duckling Syndrome’…

When I first decided to go after this mini-helmet collection, I had no clue as to what I wanted my finished product to look like.  So, when I sent off the Cubs helmet (which was the first one I got done) I was happy with the results.

Today, I am still happy to own a signed mini from Andre’s days with the Cubs.  But it can be better too…

What do you think?  Am I over-reacting??  What Am I Going To Do About This???