Daily Archives: November 25, 2011

Andre Dawson Certified Autograph RAINBOW!!! Oh, Yeah!!!!

Andre Dawson Certified Autograph RAINBOW!!!  Oh, Yeah!!!!

I never thought that this day would come, but I can now proudly boast that I have completed a baseball card parallel rainbow!!!

And while the set of cards I have conquered contains just three alternate versions, a rainbow is a rainbow and it is time for me to celebrate!!!

SO, without further ado, here is the trio:






I never really made this set a priority, hell it took me more than two years to gather these three cards up.  But, I always wanted to add the Gold version – and when I did a few weeks ago, it completed the gorgeous set you see above.

Thanks for reading – and stay tuned, maybe there are a few more rainbows headed your way….


Ozzie Smith 1997 Upper Deck – Season Highlights

Ozzie Smith 1997 Upper Deck – Season Highlights

It’s kind of fun to score a card that features three of your favorite players.

This one, courtesy of 1997’s Upper Deck set, features Andre Dawson, Ozzie Smith, and Kirby Puckett.  The card honors their careers, and more specifically the retirement of these three fantastic ball players and Hall of Famers.

For the record, I already owned this card for my Dawson collection (you probably guessed that already) and I now have it in my Ozzie Smith set.  I need just one more to round out the trio…

Bo Jackson 1990 Score ‘Young Superstars’

Bo Jackson 1990 Score ‘Young Superstars’

Bo Jackson definitely belonged in the group tagged as ‘Young Superstars’ during the early years of his career in the majors.

And while he may not have had the true baseball gifts of a Barry Bonds or Barry Larkin, he was without a doubt the best athlete of the bunch.

But being a super athlete does not always guarantee baseball success – but Bo certainly had the foundation of speed, power, hand/eye coordination, and desire to give it a shot!!!

And I have to say, he built a pretty solid legacy as a result!!!

Happy Birthday Joe DiMaggio!!!

Happy Birthday Joe DiMaggio!!!

The power of Joe DiMaggio’s name still carries an incredible amount of weight with it 59 years after his retirement from the game.  “Joe D” personified what baseball and specifically what baseball in New York was all about during the 1930’s and 1940’s.

Amazingly DiMaggio’s legendary status was built on just 13 seasons as a major leaguer.  Joe missed 3 seasons during the prime of his career due to his commitment to serve his country.  Many players from his era fought in the war and it always makes me wonder what we as fans missed during those years when these guys were away from the game.

In 13 seasons, ‘The Yankee Clipper’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP in 11 seasons.  The numbers are pretty impressive:  (3) 1st place finishes, (2) 2nd place finishes.  Along with these honors, Joe DiMaggio compiled 2,214 career hits with 361 home runs and 1,537 RBI.  Joe also made the All-Star team in each of his 13 years in the majors.  WoW!!!  The Gold Glove was not awarded during Joe’s playing days, but if it had been he would own quite a few as his range in the outfield was unparalleled back then.

One of the main factors of DiMaggio’s fame was due to his incredible World Series accomplishments.  Joe played in 10 World Series contests, and won 9 championships!!!

And then, there is a little thing known as baseball’s grandest milestone – “The Streak”.  In 1941, DiMaggio hit safely in 56 consecutive games.  Since then, only 1 player has hit safely in 40+ games and nobody has come close to 50 again.

Joe DiMaggio is a true legend in the game of baseball and today we salute him for his amazing career and desire to be the best player in the game.

Happy Birthday Mr. DiMaggio!!!