Daily Archives: April 17, 2012

My Dwight Gooden Player Collection Is Complete!!! Well, Almost….

My Dwight Gooden Player Collection Is Complete!!!  Well, Almost….

Friends, I am here to tell you that my Dwight Gooden player collection is now complete.  Well, it is 99% complete.

I am missing just one card from my checklist.  And to be honest, I am tired of waiting around for it.  The culprit is Gooden’s 1984 Fleer Update rookie card – the Holy Grail of Dwight Gooden baseball cards!!  It is just too rare and too expensive for me to keep seeking at this point.  Who knows if I will ever get one, but for now I am no longer wanting to search.

So, I am calling the collection DONE!!!

And it looks G-R-E-A-T!!!  Featuring all of Gooden’s major brand releases from his playing days with the New York Mets, this set is brimming with Orange and Blue.

Have a look:

Looks pretty nice, huh?  Yep, I am loving it too!

And I will continue my ’30-YOC’ tradition and show off my ‘Fab Five’ cards from the collection starting next Monday.

Stay tuned and thanks for reading.

Jim Palmer 1980 Burger King Collector’s Series Baseball Card

Jim Palmer 1980 Burger King Collector’s Series Baseball Card

I am not a Burger King fan.  In fact, I do not believe that I have eaten in a Burger King restaurant in at least ten years.

I have two sons, ages 3 1/2 and 5 1/2.  They have never been to a Burger King, and I have no future plans of taking them.

BUT, if Burger King was issuing baseball cards like this one below, I would have to reconsider.  Reconsider going, but not reconside eating the food…

Have a look:

Just a fantastic joint venture between Topps and Burger King in 1980.  And as you can see, some of the great 1980 Topps elements that we have grown to love were used on this issue.

Would you like fries with that??  LOL

Tony Gwynn 1992 Topps – GOLD

Tony Gwynn 1992 Topps – GOLD

Topps was big on the ‘GOLD’ theme for a while in the early years of the 1990’s.  And while not every player in their sets was worthy of having that semi-precious metal as an element of their baseball card, Tony Gwynn certainly was!

Have a look:

The nameplates of these ‘Gold’ cards are considerably harder to read than the base cards of the same design. 

But that Gold does add a nice touch of Bling!

🙂

George Foster 2001 Upper Deck UD Decade – ‘Decade Dateline’

George Foster 2001 Upper Deck UD Decade – ‘Decade Dateline’

While the picture used for this baseball card is far from great, the card does celebrate greatness!!

And this greatness surrounds itself around George Foster and his 1977 MVP season.

The numbers from Foster’s 1977 season look like this – .320 batting average, 197 hits, 31 doubles, 52 home runs (league leader), 124 runs scored (league leader), 149 RBI (league leader), and 388 total bases (league leader).

It was an all-around stellar offensive campaign for Foster, and I am very happy to now own a baseball card in my collection that pays tribute to that effort!!

Did You Know…

Ryan Howard has struck out more in a single World Series than any other player in major league history.  During the 2009 World Series, Howard hit just .174 and struck out 13, yes thirteen, times setting the record.

Prior to 2009, the record holder was Willie Wilson, who during the 1980 World Series struck out 12 times.

Atlanta Braves To Retire John Smoltz’s #29

Atlanta Braves To Retire John Smoltz’s #29

By Associated Press

ATLANTA — John Smoltz’s career got off to a rocky start.

By the time he was done, it was good enough to ensure no one ever wears his number again for the Atlanta Braves.

The team announced Monday that No. 29 will be retired and Smoltz will be inducted into the Braves Hall of Fame at Turner Field. The honors will take place during ceremonies on June 8, before the Braves begin a weekend series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

“I always wanted to be clutch,” said Smoltz, who won numerous big games over his 20-plus years with the Braves.

He is the only pitcher with at least 200 wins and 150 saves. Smoltz spent nearly his entire career with the Braves before a bitter breakup led to him dividing his final season between Boston and St. Louis in 2009. But he’s made amends with the Atlanta organization, says the city will be his lifelong home and is seen frequently around the ballpark in his new role as a broadcaster for TBS and the MLB Network.

The right-hander will be the ninth Braves player to have his number retired by the team, joining two other pitchers who helped Atlanta win a record 14 straight division titles in the 1990s and 2000s — Greg Maddux (31) and Tom Glavine (47).

“We had such an incredible run and relationship,” Smoltz said. “Those guys I played with are sure-fire Hall of Famers. They knew how to win baseball games. I learned a whole heck of a lot from them and just had a great time playing with them. I can’t think of what life would’ve been like without those two.”

At the beginning, Smoltz had to overcome some significant setbacks.

The Michigan native was drafted by his favorite team, the Detroit Tigers, only to be traded to the Braves in 1987 while he was still a minor leaguer. The deal, which sent veteran Doyle Alexander to Detroit, helped the Tigers seal an AL East title.

But it eventually paid much bigger dividends for the Braves.

“So many things happened for me that turned out for the best, but I didn’t know it at the time,” Smoltz said. “That trade was devastating in my life. At the time, there was nothing worse that could’ve happened to me. Obviously, it was just a blip in my life. But when you’re 20 and you’re getting traded for the first time, you can’t imagine what goes through your mind when you feel like you’re not wanted by someone.”

Then, in 1991, he had a bitter contract dispute with the Braves, actually walking out of spring training for a couple of days, and got off to a 2-11 start that threatened his spot in the rotation. But Smoltz bounced back, going 12-2 the rest of the way, including a complete game that clinched the NL West championship and capped an improbable worst-to-first season for the Braves.

Smoltz said walking out on the team and pitching the first half of the season with a chip on his shoulder were perhaps the only things he would change if he do it all over again. He credited Cox for sticking with him through the tough times.

“Those actions were not reflective of the person I was. That was the hardest thing I ever had to do. I hated it. And, ultimately, it didn’t get me anywhere,” Smoltz said. “I obviously suffered the wrath for my mistakes in the first half of that season. I had an ‘I’ll show you’ mentality. I learned that’s not the way to go about it.”

The ‘91 season marked the beginning of Atlanta’s unprecedented run of division titles, which was highlighted by a lone World Series title in 1995. While the Braves became known for their playoff flops, Smoltz went 15-4 with a 2.67 ERA and four saves in 41 postseason games.

His best season was 1996, when he went 24-8 with a 2.94 ERA and won the NL Cy Young Award. But he is remembered more for his conversion from starter to closer in 2001, a move that was designed to relieve the stress on his elbow coming off major surgery. He wound up becoming one of the top relievers in the game, with a franchise-record 55 saves in his first full season handling the role.

Then, he moved back to the starting rotation, going 44-24 over three seasons before persistent injuries finally ended his career.

“I was not the strongest and I was not the fastest,” Smoltz said. “But I was the most determined and the most dedicated. I always thought of myself as the most competitive guy on the field.”

Smoltz finished a career record of 213-155, 154 saves and a 3.33 ERA, numbers that might be good enough to land him an even bigger honor — induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown.

“John has contributed so much to Atlanta Braves history,” said team President John Schuerholz, who was general manager during most of Smoltz’s career. “Inducting him into our Hall of Fame and making sure no one else will ever wear his number 29, are the most meaningful and significant ways we can honor John.”

PRIVATE SIGNING EVENT – Starring Fergie Jenkins, Jim Rice, Tim Raines, and Luis Tiant!!!

PRIVATE SIGNING EVENT – Starring Fergie Jenkins, Jim Rice, Tim Raines, and Luis Tiant!!!

The Fergie Jenkins Foundation will have Special Guests Hall of Famers Jim Rice and Fergie Jenkins along with Tim Raines and Luis Tiant at this years Toronto Sport Card Expo from 11am-1pm on Saturday May 5th at the International Centre.

I am accepting Mail-Order for these 4.

Prices are as followed:

Jim Rice (HOF 09′, 1978 AL MVP)
$40 – Cards/Balls/Flats
$50 – Oversized Items(16×20 & Over)/Bats/Jerseys
$10 – Inscriptions

Fergie Jenkins (HOF 91′, 1971 NL Cy Young)
$20 – Cards/Balls/Flats
$40 – Oversized Items(16×20 & Over)
$50 – Bats/Jerseys
*1 Free Inscription if requested, $10 each additional*

Tim Raines (7-Time All-Star, 86′ NL Batting Champ, 87′ All-Star Game MVP)
$20 – Cards/Balls/Flats
$40 – Oversized Items(16×20 & Over)/Bats/Jerseys
*1 Free Inscription if requested, $10 each additional*

Luis Tiant (3-Time All-Star, 72′ AL Comeback Player of the Year)
$20 – Cards/Balls/Flats
$40 – Oversized Items(16×20 & Over)/Bats/Jerseys
*1 Free Inscription if requested, $10 each additional*

Make checks/money orders payable to the Fergie Jenkins Foundation, or we also accept Credit Card, no paypal.

Need items by May 3rd!!!!

Mail items, payment, and SASE to:

Fergie Jenkins Foundation, Inc.
ATTN: Craig Nyman
PO Box 664
Lewiston, NY, 14092