Daily Archives: March 25, 2012

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber Certified Autograph!!!

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Leather & Lumber Certified Autograph!!!

Another certified autograph for this collection, and this one is a doozie…

Coming from the 2005 Donruss ‘Leather & Lumber’ set, the autograph appears to be applied to some kind of feaux-leather.  It could  be paper made to look like real leather, but I don’t believe that is correct – I think it is actually synthetic leather.

Still, very cool in my opinion.

The card is serial numbered as 98/128, and I am really liking the minimal design.  For me, the autograph and picture of Dawson wearing his old Expos uniform is enough to make me smile!!

Have a look:

Johnny Bench 2001 Upper Deck Decades – Award Winners – 1972 NL MVP

Johnny Bench 2001 Upper Deck Decades – Award Winners – 1972 NL MVP

Out of sheer respect for Mr. Bench, I will not call this card a ‘FAIL’.

It is not his fault that his likeness was captured to awkwardly.  I don’t really know what it is – the odd angle, the strange stance, but something just feels odd about this card…

The trophy looks great though, huh??

A Trio Of George Foster Baseball Cards From 1984 – Topps, Fleer, & Donruss

A Trio Of George Foster Baseball Cards From 1984 – Topps, Fleer, & Donruss

The 1984 baseball season was a solid one for George Foster.  And even though he was no longer posting 50-home run seasons, he was still contributing to a New York Mets squad that was infused with both young and veteran talent.

Foster mashed 22 doubles and 24 home runs in 1984 while appearing in 146 games.  He would score 67 runs for the team while also driving in 86.

Here is the trio of major-branded cards issued in 1984 that featured Mr. Foster:

Topps

Fleer

Donruss

I like them all – and that is why I wanted to show them all of to you at the same time!!  George Foster was such a throwback to the 1970s that I bet if you showed either of these three baseball cards to a person that was not familiar with them, they would guess that these were issued during the 70s, not the 80s.

LOVE THEM ALL!!!

Don Larsen 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

Don Larsen 2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

This baseball card pays tribute to Don Larsen and his 1960 baseball season.  It also pays homage to the great 1960 Topps baseball card design – certainly one of my favorites from the decade of the 1960’s.

As for Larsen, 1960 was a rough one.  He is pictured in his Yankees uniform for this card, but he was actually a member of the Kansas City A’s in 1960.  During that first season with his new team, Larsen posted a 1-10 record, yes, 1-10.  He made 22 appearances during that campaign, and only worked in 83 innings.

The 1960 season started the downturn of Larsen’s major league career.  In the six seasons that followed, Larsen would pitch for six different clubs.

Happy Birthday Tom Glavine!!

Happy Birthday Tom Glavine!!

Tom Glavine turns 46 years old today.

For me, there is only one question left for Tom Glavine.  And that question is – What Hall of Fame class will he be part of?

Looking back at the players that have retired in the last few years, Glavine is one of the most highly decorated and respected of the group.  He seems very likely to be a 1st ballot entrant into the Hall of Fame when he becomes eligible. 

Already the owner of 305 victories, 2 Cy Young Awards, 10 All-star team selections, 4 Silver Slugger Awards, and a World Series championship, Glavine had done everything needed to solidify himself as one of his era’s greatest pitching talents. 

Happy Birthday Mr. Glavine!!