Daily Archives: April 15, 2012

Fergie Jenkins 2002 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics Game-Used Bat Card

Fergie Jenkins 2002 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics Game-Used Bat Card

Time to add another relic card to the Fergie Jenkins collection – YES!!!

This one comes from the 2002 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classics set, and it features wood – as in a chunk of wood from a Game-Used bat of Fergie’s.

And while that may sound a little odd since Fergie was a pitcher, he was also one heck of a hitting pitcher during his career!!

His numbers as a pitcher are pretty good – 147 hits, 27 doubles, 6 triples, 13 home runs, and 85 RBI.

Atta Boy Fergie!!!

Reggie Jackson 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Reggie Jackson 2006 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Fleer’s ‘Greats Of The Game’ set is one of my favorite card series’ of the last decade.  I like their clean and simple designs, and I really like the fact that they honor the great stars from the past.

For their 2006 issue, Fleer went with a Forrest Green border, and it works.  Prior to that, most of the GOTG cards contained very light-colored borders or no border at all.  This Green border is a very nice change.

And since this card features one of my favorite players of all-time, with one of my favorite set themes, it is a HIT!!!

And you know that I like batting cage cards too!!!

Johnny Bench 2001 Upper Deck – ‘The National Pastime’

Johnny Bench 2001 Upper Deck – ‘The National Pastime’

I really, really like the theme of this baseball card set, I just wish that the execution of the design was more to my liking…

Johnny Bench is often mentioned as being the greatest catcher in major league history, and he may very well be.  So, when honoring ‘The National Pastime’ with a card that features one of its greatest players of all-time, I guess I just want more.

Here is the card:

If you had to rank the greatest catchers of all-time, how would that list look???

I know for a fact that my top two wound be Johnny Bench and Yogi Berra.  Selecting the #1 player out of those two would be tough, but I think Berra gets the nod for his lengthier consistency, and postseason success.

The #3 spot goes to Mike LaValliere – LMAO!!! 


Gaylord Perry 2001 Upper Deck ‘UD Decades’

Gaylord Perry 2001 Upper Deck ‘UD Decades’

Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don’t.  For me, this is one of those cases in which they don’t…

And ‘they’ refers to the bright and bold borders employed by Upper Deck in their 2001 ‘Decades’ set of baseball cards.

‘They’ may have worked for other players on other teams.

But, ‘they’ definitely don’t work for this card of Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry.

Have a look:

1993 Headline: Andre Dawson Joins The ‘400 Home Run Club’

1993 Headline: Andre Dawson Joins The ‘400 Home Run Club’

On a new team, and playing in front of his home crowd for the first time, Andre Dawson crushed home run #400 of his career in front of 22,000+ fans at Fenway Park.

The former Expos and Cubs All-star player was signed by Boston as a free agent following the 1992 baseball season.  And it did not take long for ‘The Hawk’ to earn the respect and admiration of the ‘Fewnway Faithful’ when he launched a solo home run over the ‘Green Monster’ in the second inning of the contest off of Indians’ pitcher Jose Mesa.

#400 was the first of what would be 13 home runs that Dawson would hit during his 1993 campaign in Boston.

Happy Anniversary Andre!!!