Daily Archives: February 11, 2012

Andre Dawson 1996 Fleer – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Andre Dawson 1996 Fleer – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Any time that I can add a new Andre Dawson autograph to my collection, I go for it!

And the latest result of that quest has brought another signed baseball card of ‘The Hawk’ into my collection.

This card, from the 1996 Fleer baseball card set features Andre during his playing days with the Marlins.  And as usual, the signature provided by ‘The Hawk’ is outstanding!!

Enjoy.

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Kirby Puckett 1987 Fleer Superstar Special With Jose Canseco & Jim Rice

Kirby Puckett 1987 Fleer Superstar Special With Jose Canseco & Jim Rice

Before I get too far ahead of myself , have a look at this card.

What I really enjoy about this one is that each of these guys could hit the ball out of the ballpark with relative ease.  Yet, each of them had such a different physical look.

Canseco was the muscle-bound slugger with the quick wrists.  Rice was the long hitter with the effortless swing.  Puckett was the short and stocky player that could drive the ball for miles with his hefty swing.

AL Pitchers Nightmare?  I THINK SO!!!

Alan Trammell 1982 Donruss

Alan Trammell 1982 Donruss

For some reason, I find Alan Trammell to be a very photogenic baseball player – especially while on defense.

An example of that is this baseball card of Trammell from the 1982 Donruss set.

Have a look:

Think about how many times Trammell fielded a grounder just like this one.  Heck, in 1982 Trammell played in 157 games and handled the ball 734 times from shortstop.  He had a fielding percentage of .978 during that season while recording 259 putouts and 459 assists.

Atta Boy Alan!!!

Harold Reynolds 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Harold Reynolds 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

The 1987 Topps design is a Fan Favorite at ’30-YOC’ so it is natural that I would like any re-prints that feature that great wood-grain design from ’87.

My latest addtion to my collection that honors that great set is this card from the 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites set featuring Harold Reynolds.

Have a look:

Reynolds had a superb campaign in 1987 – his first season as a major league All-Star.  Hitting .275 for the Mariners, Reynolds was the best base stealer in the league.  His 60 successful stolen bases and 20 failures were each league leading stats.

1982 Headline: Ozzie Smith Dealt To The Cardinals!!!

1982 Headline:  Ozzie Smith Dealt To The Cardinals!!!

On this day in 1982, Ozzie Smith was traded from the San Diego Padres to the St. Louis Cardinals.  Part of a 6-player deal, the 2-time All-star and 1-time Gold Glove winner was the focal point of the trade.

And as they say, the rest was history… 

For the next 15 years, Ozzie Smith was the centerpiece of the Cardinal team as well as the face of the franchise.  Amazingly enough, he captured the hearts of the Cardinals’ fans with his amazing defensive play, and not his career .262 batting average.  ‘The Wizard of Oz’ was truly a wonderful sight to see as he covered more ground, made more plays, and solidified the entire right side of the Cardinal infield for one and a half decades.

While Ozzie will never be noted as one of the better hitters in the Hall of Fame, he did excel in certain areas of offense.  A speedster, Smith tallied 580 career stolen bases which puts him in 21st place on the all-time list.  He also scored 1,257 runs in his career.

Ozzie went on to capture 13 Gold Gloves, 15 All-star selections, and 1 World Series Championship!!!