Daily Archives: November 18, 2011

Andre Dawson 2000 Upper Deck Legends “Legendary Signatures” Certified Autograph!!!

Andre Dawson 2000 Upper Deck Legends “Legendary Signatures” Certified Autograph!!!

Yeah Baby!!!

This sweet piece of cardboard has been on my radar for quite some time.  And after watching dozens of them zoom by me at prices that I was not ready to commit to, I finally found one that met my budget.

And I am thrilled that I did!!!!

Take a look:

Nice, huh???

I am going to try to put a little more effort into getting some of the certified autos of Dawson’s from earlier in the decade.  With so many new releases being dropped on us almost at a monthly rate, maybe I can grab a few more while nobody is watching…

Stay tuned!!

Bob Gibson 2001 Topps Archives

Bob Gibson 2001 Topps Archives

I tried to find out exactly how many times that I have showed off this specific card on the blog.  I was unsuccessful in my research, but I think that the number is between 3-5.

I like the card, and I like the simplicity of the design.

But most of all, I love that Old-School Cardinals logo!!!

Here is the card:

And here is a zoomed-in shot of that fantastic logo:


Bo Jackson 1991 Score – TRIFECTA!!!

Bo Jackson 1991 Score – TRIFECTA!!!

Call it a ‘Hat Trick’ or  a ‘Field Goal’ or a ‘Three-Bagger’ – whatever you want to call it, here are three fantastic baseball cards from the 1991 Score baseball card set that feature All-Star, Bo Jackson.

From left to right, you have Bo’s base card, his ‘Bo Breaker’ card featuring a photo of him breaking a bat over his knee after an assumed strikeout, and his ‘Master Blaster’ card that featured the greatest sluggers of the era.

Of them, my favorite happens to be the base card.  For me, Bo got too much attention when busting bats over his knee and helmet.  Even as a young guy, I wondered why he got so much attention for simply being frustrated from another strikeout…

Happy Anniversary Andre Dawson!!!

Happy Anniversary Andre Dawson!!!

On this day in 1987, Andre Dawson was awarded with the National League’s MVP award.

The headlines across baseball on that day had everything to do with Andre’s incredible year for a terrible team.  Dawson was the first and only player to capture this award while playing for a last place team.  Oh, what a year it was!!!

The 1987 season was magical for Andre.  In his debut season playing for the Cubs, Dawson took center stage on a star filled roster, and he quickly became the centerpiece of their offense as well a fan favorite.  His incredible numbers from that season include 178 hits, 90 runs scored, 49 home runs, 137 RBI, and a .568 slugging percentage.

In addition to winning the MVP award in ’87, Dawson also walked away with a Gold Glove award, a Silver Slugger trophy, and his first of five All-star appearances as a Cub.

Congratulations Mr. Dawson!!  I am so thankful that I got to enjoy watching this year-long sensational performance!!

Happy Birthday Gary Sheffield!!!

Happy Birthday Gary Sheffield!!!

Gary Sheffield turns 43 years old today.

Wow, this really makes me feel old.  And he’s 7 years older than me…

I remember Sheffield when he broke into the big leagues.  His 1989 Topps card was a hot commodity and his very famous uncle helped build quite a bit of buzz about this young, talented shortstop.  Like many fans and collectors, I took the bait and bought into Sheffield.  Yet, with all of the attention and praise he got early on in his career, I don’t think many of us saw being a future member of the 500 home run club in his future.

I think that this is what is great about the game of baseball.  I cannot think of another major sport where you can see someone get better and better at parts of the game like they can in baseball.  Yes, basketball players can refine their shot to convert more opportunities.  But in baseball, the amount of skills that can be improved are never-ending.  From hitting for power, to pitch control, to fielding, it is very obvious when a player takes that next step and gets better at their job.

Anyways, back to Sheff.  Gary Sheffield will be a Hall of Famer when his career is over.  Being a World Series champion and a member of the 500 HR Club are just 2 of the big reasons that this will happen.

Happy Birthday Sheff!!!