Daily Archives: April 30, 2012

TTM Success: Former Florida Marlins Manager Jack McKeon!!!

TTM Success:  Former Florida Marlins Manager Jack McKeon!!!

You may recall that a few weeks ago I sent two baseballs out in hopes of obtaining some Florida Marlins inspired autographs.

Well, ball number one has been returned home.  And she is a beauty!!!

Have a look:

Signed perfectly by the former manager of the team, Jack McKeon gave me a sweet signature and a perfect complimentary inscription too!!!

McKeon took over the reigns of the team in 2003 when the Marlins were 16-22.  He led them to a 75-49 record once taking over the Marlins, and a Wild Card birth into the playoffs.

And as they say, the rest was history – a few lucky breaks, and some clutch performers.

And the Florida Marlins were the 2003 World Series champions!!!

This is a great autograph for my collection.  Now I just need to find Jim Leyland!!!

Thank you Mr. McKeon.

Andre Dawson 1991 Major League All-Stars Playing Cards – Jack of Clubs

Andre Dawson 1991 Major League All-Stars Playing Cards – Jack of Clubs

I already have a few of these playing cards that feature major leaguers, but this one is a new one for the Dawson collection.

Issued in 1991, Dawson was the ‘Jack Of Clubs’.

And I am one step closer to 1,000!!!!  Stay tuned.

1975 Topps MVP Commemorative – 1964 MVP’s – Brooks Robinson & Ken Boyer

1975 Topps MVP Commemorative – 1964 MVP’s – Brooks Robinson & Ken Boyer

In 1975, as part of their 25th Anniversary, Topps issued these fantastic MVP commemorative baseball cards – paying honor to the MVP players from each league from their first 25 years in the hobby.

This card pays tribute to the 1964 baseball season, and since I am a Brooks Robinson collector, this one will land in my collection that honors his fantastic careers.

Brooks’ numbers in 1964 were superb.  Check them out – .317 batting average, 194 hits, 35 doubles, 28 home runs, 82 runs scored, and 118 RBI.  Brooks was once again an All-Star in 1964, and he captured another Gold Glove Award as well.

A great card for my PC – one that pays tribute to Brooks’ most productive season in the big leagues!!!

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Series 1 ‘Gold Standard’

Frank Robinson 2012 Topps Series 1 ‘Gold Standard’

I have seen that most of the reviews of Topps’ 2012 inserts are mixed – some love them, some hate them.

And while I have yet to state my stance, mainly because I am not actively collecting them, I have to say that I really like what I have seen from the ‘Gold Standard’ set.

I picked up this card of Hall of Famer Frank Robinson from the ‘Gold Standard’ set – and it looks GREAT!!!

Frank has always been one of my favorite retro players to collect, and I am happy to see him featured in his Orioles uniform on this card.

This card pays honor to Mr. Robinson joining the ‘500 Home Runs Club’ – an event that occurred on 9/13/1971.

Great work Topps – Keep it up!!!

1968 Topps Game – Jim Wynn

1968 Topps Game – Jim Wynn

I’m really not too sure how Jim Wynn landed in this 33-card set issued back in 1968.  Some of the other players were a little questionable as well, but it seems like each of them had a very solid 1967 campaign.

But, Wynn’s 1967 baseball season was far from spectacular.  Sure, he made the All-Star team, but his numbers do not indicate excellence…

The numbers – 148 hits, 29 doubles, 37 home runs, 107 RBI, 109 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases.

On second thought, that is a pretty solid season – maybe I let the .249 batting average and 137 strikeouts (league leader) cloud my judgement…

Here is Wynn’s card:


Progress – 19/33