Daily Archives: March 1, 2012

Remember That 1,200 Card Lot Of Andre Dawson That I Picked Up?? Check Out Some Interesting Things That I Found Inside…

Remember That 1,200 Card Lot Of Andre Dawson That I Picked Up??  Check Out Some Interesting Things That I Found Inside…

The organizing is done. 

The checklist is updated.

And the putting away is almost complete.

And as I started to go through my already large collection of Andre Dawson baseball cards to accommodate for the 1,200 new ones I have picked up, I found a few odd things that I wanted to share with you…

My process has a few OCD-esque elements – from the order of the cards, to the organization, to how I acknowledge unique cards versus doubles.  My process has worked well for me so far, and I have no desire to change how I get it done…

And with a keen eye, I ended up finding five more cards in this recently acquired lot of cards that I did not have logged into the official checklist that I maintain as new cards are obtained.

And all five of them are variations of cards I already owned…

Come see:

1994 Upper Deck Collector’s Choice – base card and Silver autographed version

1994 Stadium Club ‘Tale Of Two Players’ – Red logo in upper-right corner, Gold logo in upper-right corner, Red logo in lower-center

1991 Donruss – base card and border design variation

1991 Donruss All-Star – base card and border design variation

Kind of odd that I did not notice these cards were out there prior to obtaining this lot and having to go through everything I owned of ‘The Hawk’.

Of the five newly added cards to my checklist, I am most puzzled by the 1991 Donruss border variation cards – Does anybody know more about these and why there are two different versions of the border designs???

Thanks for reading!

George Foster 1983 Topps

George Foster 1983 Topps

While George Foster’s stats saw a sharp decline in the batting average category, going from .300s to .240s, he was still a solid run producer as he moved on from the Reds to the Mets.

During the 1983 season, Foster hit just .241 in 157 games, but he did connect for 28 home runs while driving in 90 runs and scoring 74 times.

Here is his card from the 1983 Topps set:

One of my favorite sets of all-time, this card is great!

From the Shea Stadium background to the pork-chop sideburns – GREAT!!!

My First Time – Manny Ramirez – September 2, 1993

My First Time – Manny Ramirez – September 2, 1993

The Setting – The Metrodome.  Minneapolis, Minnesota.

From Ramirez – ‘I could feel the butterflies in my stomach every minute – on the way to the stadium, in the clubhouse, and when I saw my name on the line-up card.’

The Boxscore – Indians 4, Twins 3.  Ramirez goes 0-for-4.

1969 Headline – ‘Mickey Mantle Retires’

1969 Headline – ‘Mickey Mantle Retires’

On this day in 1969 Mickey Mantle retired from the game of baseball.  A legendary player that spent his entire career in New York as a member of the Yankees, ‘The Mick’ was as iconic of a figure in sports as there was.

The funny thing was that Mantle replaced the great Joe DiMaggio when DiMaggio retired from the game.  The fans did not accept him right away as they missed ‘Joey D’ and thought that he could never be replaced.

I will not argue as to which player was the better of the 2, but what I will say is that when Mantle retired after his 18 seasons as a Yankee his numbers were incredible.  With his .298 career average sitting alongside 536 home runs and 1,509 RBI, Mantle solidified his annual All-Star status.  Although his numbers dropped off significantly towards the end of his career, he still managed to be a fan favorite in the Bronx. 

I’m sure that the 7 World Series Championship titles he helped the Yankees achieve didn’t hurt his image either…

Call Me Giancarlo!!!

Call Me Giancarlo!!!

By STEVEN WINE, AP Sports Writer

JUPITER, Fla. (AP)—His mom calls him Cruz. Teammates call him Bigfoot. Most baseball fans know him as Mike Stanton, precocious slugger for the Miami Marlins, but his first name is actually Giancarlo.

“The man of a million names,” Stanton said.

He likes them all, but with spring training cranking up and Stanton touted as a future home-run champion, he said Wednesday he prefers Giancarlo.

For the first time, that’s the way he’s identified on the Marlins’ roster. That’s also the name on his paycheck and above his locker. That’s what team owner Jeffrey Loria calls him.

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“I respond to many names,” he said. “It’s all good.”

The Marlins expect to see his surname in a lot of headlines this year. He has 56 career home runs, and in the past 40 years only Ken Griffey Jr (60) andAlex Rodriguez (56) have hit at least that many before their 22nd birthday. Stanton turned 22 in November.

“This kid has potential that’s unbelievable,” new manager Ozzie Guillen said.

The Marlins’ cleanup hitter and right fielder is thickly built at 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds—thus the nickname Bigfoot, which dates to his year at Single-A Greensboro. In two major-league seasons he has developed a reputation for mammoth homers, and his batting-practice sessions tend to draw a large audience of teammates and opposing players.

Guillen said he’s not interested in tape-measure homers.

“I told Stanton, `I hear you hit balls 700 feet. Don’t give me 700 feet. Just give me 40 that barely make the wall,”’ Guillen said.

Stanton said he doesn’t care how far his homers travel. Last season he hit 34 while batting .262 with 87 RBIs.

This year he’ll play in a new ballpark for a team with a much higher profile— and a new name. So the timing of a name change for Stanton makes sense.

His full name is a sonorous mouthful: Giancarlo Cruz Michael Stanton. He’s not Italian, and Giancarlo isn’t a family name—his parents just liked it.

In school, the California native went by Giancarlo (pronounced JEE’-ahn-cahr-loh) until the fifth grade.

“No one could pronounce it right,” he said. “Everyone thought it was two words. Gene-carlo, Juan-carlo, Gionne-carlo. You have seven periods in school, so seven times a day: `No, that’s not the name.”’

So he switched to Mike.

“It was just easier,” he said. “If you can’t pronounce that, then there’s something wrong with you.”

Many friends still call him Giancarlo, however. He uses that name for his legal signature, while on baseball paraphernalia he signs “Mike Stanton.”

But he notes that his scrawl is such that his “M” looks a lot like a“G.” And teammates are starting to call him Giancarlo more often.

“I told him he needs to have longer hair,” catcher John Buck said. “When I think of Giancarlo, I think of someone with long, flowing hair, like Fabio. But if he keeps hitting homers, I’ll call him whatever he wants me to call him.”