Daily Archives: December 15, 2011

Andre Dawson 1989 Fleer – Autographed Baseball Card!!!!

Andre Dawson 1989 Fleer – Autographed Baseball Card!!!!

If I were to be meeting Andre Dawson in person, his 1989 Fleer baseball card is not the one I would bring with me in hopes of obtaining an autograph…

If I were to be paying for Dawson to sign a single baseball card for me, his 1989 Fleer baseball card would not be the one I would choose.

If I had the chance to give someone a baseball card with the guarantee of an Andre Dawson autograph, his 1989 Fleer baseball card would not be the one I would choose….

But you know what, this card looked pretty darned good when autographed by ‘The Hawk’!!!

Have a look:

Kirk Gibson 2001 Topps Archives

Kirk Gibson 2001 Topps Archives

Unofficially, this card celebrates Kirk Gibson’s first season in the big leagues – 1981.

The theme used for this 2001 Archives set is the 1981 Topps design – and the picture used of Gibson seems to be appropriate for the era based on his age, hairstyle, and mustache!


Reggie Jackson 1987 Donruss

Reggie Jackson 1987 Donruss

Reggie’s final season in the big leagues was 1987.  But he didn’t play it with the California Angels, he was in Oakland.

So, it is kind of odd, but understandable as well, that Donruss featured Reggie in their 1987 issue wearing his Angels uniform.

Surely, they could have employed the ‘air brush’ to make this uniform match that of the Oakland A’s…

Dwight Gooden 1990 Donruss

Dwight Gooden 1990 Donruss


Hey, check out the backdrop behind Dwight Gooden and his Mets teammates – why it is good old Wrigley Field!  The greatest ballpark in the world!!

Man, I miss going there in the summer time…

I have to think that ‘Doc’ loved pitching at Wrigley as well – the numbers are awesome.  In 22 career starts, Gooden went 13-3, with five complete games and one shutout.


‘My First Time’ – Jamie Moyer – June 16, 1986

‘My First Time’ – Jamie Moyer – June 16, 1986

The Setting – Wrigley Field.  Chicago, IL.

From Moyer – ‘I get there and start looking at the rotation and figure out that I will be throwing the next dy, against my hero Steve Carlton.  A dream come true’!!!

The Boxscore – Cubs 7, Phillies 5.  Moyer throws 6+ innings and gets the win.  He allows 8 hits and 5 runs while striking out 3 and walking 2.

1980 Headline: Dave Winfield Becomes The Richest Man In Baseball

1980 Headline: Dave Winfield Becomes The Richest Man In Baseball

On this day in 1980, Dave Winfield signed the largest contract in professional baseball’s history.  As a free agent, Winfield signed with the New York Yankees for 10 years and $23 million dollars.  In today’s age the Yankees got a bargain to land a player of Winfield’s ability for just $2.3 million per season.  But, back in the 80’s this was big news!!!

In 1980 the average baseball salary was $143,756.  Now you can see why this was such a big story almost 30 years ago.  In 2002, baseball’s average salary was what Winfield was getting on this contract – $2.3 million.  And for the 2008 season, the average was $2.925 million per year.

It can easily be argued that Winfield was worth the money the Yankees invested in him.  For the next 5 seasons ‘Big Dave’ finished in the Top 12 for the MVP.  He was selected to 8 consecutive All-star teams as a Yankee and won 5 Silver Slugger titles as well.

By comparison, there are 2 players that in 2008 made MORE money than Dave Winfield did over the course of this 10-year contract.  In 2008, Alex Rodriguez earned $28 million dollars and his teammate, Jason Giambi, earned $23.4 million.  Winfield’s deal looks like a steal now doesn’t it???