Monthly Archives: December 2011

My Signed Andre Dawson Chicago Cubs Mini Helmet Is Home!!!! YES!!!

My Signed Andre Dawson Chicago Cubs Mini Helmet Is Home!!!!  YES!!!

You may recall that a few weeks ago, I sent a package to Andre Dawson in hopes of one more autograph to end 2011.

Let me backtrack for a second – not only did I send a Cubs helmet to Mr. Dawson for an autograph, but I actually took that helmet, removed the old autograph, and then sent it to him in hopes of a new one…  Don’t believe me?  Click here to view that story.

Ok, back to today – an excellent mail day!!!

Here is the latest addition to my Andre Dawson signed mini helmet collection:

And this time, the autograph is exactly where I needed it to be – YES!!!

Thank you Mr. Dawson – you have pleased this fan once again.  You are the BEST!!!

Bob Gibson 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Bob Gibson 2004 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Hey, another modern-era card of one of my favorite guys from the past – Hall of Famer, Bob Gibson!!

Using the same design as the 1970 base card design, this card is a fantastic re-print of that great, Gray design.

Take a look:

I have just one issue here – and if you know me and this blog, than you know that the issue is the photo.

Seriously, Gibson was one of the greatest pitchers from the 1970s, and has to have been one of the most photographed as well.  So, why did Topps go with this one??

We will never know…

Wade Boggs 1989 Topps All-Star Glossy

Wade Boggs 1989 Topps All-Star Glossy

Such a great looking design, I wish that Topps gave us a nice photo to accompany it…


At this stage of his career, Wade Boggs was a perennial All-Star and the images that were available of him to use for a ‘special’ baseball card should have been plentiful.

I just wish that Topps made the same efforts that they did in their photo selection because the graphics of the card’s design are AWESOME!!!


My First Time – Joe Nathan – April 21, 1999

My First Time – Joe Nathan – April 21, 1999

The Setting – 3Com Park.  San Francisco, CA.

From Nathan – ‘My first start was against the Marlins.  I had got there the night before and was able to scout a bit – watch the hitters up close and all that.  I did real well, seven shutout innings – they gave me the game ball and lineup card’.

The Boxscore – Giants 4, Marlins 0.  Nathan gets the win, throwing 7 innings, allowing 4 hits and striking out 4 batters.

More Images Of Topps 2012 Archives Have Leaked, And I Am Drooling!!!

More Images Of Topps 2012 Archives Have Leaked, And I Am Drooling!!!

Special ‘Thanks’ to bdj610’s Topps Baseball Card Blog for the great images.

Dennis Eckersley 1979 Topps

Dennis Eckersley 1979 Topps

Is this a baseball card or an ad for ‘Head & Shoulder’ shampoo??

Reggie Jackson 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces

Reggie Jackson 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces

Now this is a trip right down memory lane – even if I was not yet born when this photo was shot.

The card, from Upper Deck’s 2007 Masterpieces set, features a very young, and clean-shaven, Reggie Jackson.  Beautifully done, this card is an instant classic for my collection that honors Reggie.

Here is the card:

Now, it is time for me to shop for the parallel versions!!!

Rod Carew 2001 Topps Archives

Rod Carew 2001 Topps Archives

The coloring of this card is so vivid – the scan hardly does it any justice.  Trust me on that…

Between the Red lettering that headlines the card combined with the Red letters of Carew’s uniform, the Red of this card pop!!!  And the added highlights of Carew’s batting glove and helmet are perfect complements.

Very nice, very nice indeed!!!

Did You Know…

Joe DiMaggio is the only player to play on four World Series championship teams in his first four years in the major leagues.

Signing Results: MLB All-Star Harold Baines!!!

Signing Results:  MLB All-Star Harold Baines!!!

Finally, my baseball has been returned back to me – and signed perfectly!!

One of the active collectors that contributes to one of the autograph websites that I frequent was holding a private signing with the former All-Star player, and I eagerly signed up to take part.

Executed to perfection, and handled personally and professionally, this signing was as smooth as it gets.

And now, on to the results…

Another fantastically signed baseball for my collection:

And just in case you cannot make out the inscription, here is a better look:

For the inscription, I wanted something different, so I opted for ‘1977 #1 Draft Pick’.  Baines put it on the side-panel, and while I would prefer it under his auto on the sweet-spot, I cannot be too upset, because the auto fills up the sweet-spot pretty well.

Harold Baines has a unique auto – certainly not the first name I would attach to this signature, but very unique and artsy.

A great addition to my collection.

Thank you Mr. Baines!!!