Daily Archives: March 27, 2012

Sey Hey, I Have Finally Scored A Willie Mays Signed Baseball For My Collection!!!!

Sey Hey, I Have Finally Scored A Willie Mays Signed Baseball For My Collection!!!!

It’s True, It’s True, I have finally added one of the most wanted to my signed baseball collection.  Willie Mays is now mine!!!

Have a look:

And here is the famous ‘Say Hey’ hologram that accompanies Mr. Mays’ signature:

Mays has been very close to the top of my want list ever since I got back into collecting signed baseballs.

And after a long and sometimes exhausting wait, I have secured this beauty for my collection.

Anyone with some cash can do the same and score a Willie Mays signed baseball on Ebay right this second, but I wanted a few specific things if I was going to plunk down the kind of money that is needed for a purchase like this.

  1. ball had to have the ‘Say Hey’ hologram – this is just as good as any other COA, but with ‘Say Hey’, it also means that one of his representatives was present when the ball was signed
  2. signed in Blue Sharpie marker.  Mays has really bad eyesight, so I know that most of his more recent autos are done in Sharpie marker as he can not see regular ball-point pens very well
  3. Sweetspot – A must have for me!!!

And there you have it, my requirements were met, and after a few months of shopping and waiting for the right opportunity to present itself, I made the best of an Ebay gift card that I was holding onto since my birthday in December!!!

Certainly worth the wait in this collector’s eyes!!!!

Enjoy.

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Joe Morgan 2001 Topps ’50 Years Of Topps’ – Noteworthy…

Joe Morgan 2001 Topps ’50 Years Of Topps’ – Noteworthy…

This is a fun one for me.

And for as many ‘Morgan-Haters’ that are out there in the baseball world, he also has a very large, and potent fan base.  And I am certainly a member!!

This cards theme is ‘Noteworthy’.  Ande the design throws a lot of text into the background, kind of like a newspaper, but looking more like something from a typewriter…

Here is the card:

And here are some of the ‘Noteworthy’ facts from the back:

  • Won NL MVP in 1975 with .327 average and 67 stolen bases
  • Earned NL MVP honors in 1976 while slugging .576
  • Major league record holder of playing 2nd base for 22 seasons
  • Eclipsed Rogers Hornsby for all-time HR lead at second base with 268
  • Inducted into Hall of Fame in 1990

Dwight Gooden 1992 Topps – GOLD

Dwight Gooden 1992 Topps – GOLD

Way back before we had serial numbered cards… 

Way back before we had multi-colors parallel versions of cards…

We had GOLD.

And now, I too have Gold courtesy of the 1992 Topps set that is…

Enjoy.

Dennis Eckersley ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1990 Score

Dennis Eckersley ‘Fab Five’ – Card #4 – 1990 Score

Now that my Dennis Eckersley collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #4 – 1990 Score

As you all know, my preference as it relates to photography on a baseball card is of full-bodied action shots that tell the full story.

But, every once in a while, I find a card that features a zoomed in shot that works well too.  Actually, this is happening more and more often.

This card from the 1990 Score set of Dennis Eckersley fits that bill.  The shot allows us to see the real arm-action that ‘Eck’ put into his pitching motion.

And by the looks of it, the batter is in for a real treat on this pitch!!!!

Did You Know…

Out of all of the post-season and World Series successes that the New York Yankees have enjoyed, no Yankee players has won more than one post-season MVP award with the team.

Not Ruth, or Gehrig, or DiMaggio, or Berra, or Mantle, or Reggie, or Jeter, or Rivera…

Pretty interesting.

New York Mets To Honor Gary Carter On Opening Day

New York Mets To Honor Gary Carter On Opening Day

Port St. Lucie, FL (Sports Network) – The New York Mets on Monday announced plans to honor late Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter at Opening Day on April 5.

Carter’s family — wife Sandy, daughters Kimmy and Christy, son D.J. and their respective families — will be part of the pregame ceremony as the Mets take on the Atlanta Braves.

The amiable backstop, nicknamed “Kid” passed away after a long fight with brain cancer on February 16.

“Our family is so honored to be part of the Mets’ Opening Day at Citi Field,” said Sandy Carter. “It will be an incredible experience for us to celebrate Gary’s legacy by having our family throw out the first pitch. The Mets and the fans of New York always had a special place in Gary’s heart and that admiration will live on in our hearts for years to come. Thanks to the Wilpon family and the entire Mets organization for making this possible.”

Carter came to Flushing in a multi-player trade from the Montreal Expos prior to the 1985 season. He helped lead the 1986 Mets to a championship, batting .276 with two home runs and nine runs batted in against Boston in the World Series.

“We are thrilled that the Carters will be with us,” said Mets chief operating officer Jeff Wilpon. “On Opening Day, Mets fans will have the chance to pay their respects and remember all of his accomplishments.”

The Culver City, California native was also a noted philanthropist. He founded The Gary Carter Foundation in 2001, which to date has donated $622,000 to charitable causes, mostly focused on elementary school reading programs.