Daily Archives: June 14, 2012

Gary Carter 2001 Upper Deck ‘Legends Of New York’

Gary Carter 2001 Upper Deck ‘Legends Of New York’

You may or may not recall that I scooped up this same card of Dave Winfield back in August of 2011.  If you don’t remember that, I cannot blame you.  If you do recall that post, I say ‘Thank You’.

Either way, here is the post about the Winfield card.

I was hardly complimentary of the card, and for good reason.  I like the theme, juts not too excited with the execution…

Anyways, the Carter card is MUCH better.  The card has color – lots and lots of color.  And all of that color really brings the card to life in my opinion – especially that bright and bold Orange that is used throughout.

Have a look:




Jim Palmer 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic

Jim Palmer 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic

Another sweet addition to the Jim Palmer collection.

This card is courtesy of the 2005 Upper Deck Sweet Spot Classic set, and I really like what they did with the USA-themed banners running across the bottom background.

Have a look:

If I could add one thing to this card to make it ‘Pop’ just a bit more, it would be adding just a small tint of Orange to the pinstriping of Palmer’s uniform.  Not too bright, just subtle enough to be recognized…


George Foster 1980 Topps

George Foster 1980 Topps

By the time that the 1980 baseball season rolled around, the nucleus of ‘The Big Red Machine’ was starting to drift apart.

Pete Rose was gone.

Joe Morgan was gone.

Tony Perez was gone.

Still, George Foster remained.  And he still performed very well for the team.

And while his power numbers were down from just a few season before, Foster led the club with 25 home runs, one more than catcher Johnny Bench.  He also led the team in RBI with 93.

It is pretty safe to assume that without the threats of Rose, Morgan, and Perez in the line-up that Foster was not seeing the same pitches he was getting in prior seasons.

Still, hitting .273 with 25 homers and 93 RBI is not too shabby!!

My First Time – Alan Trammell – September 9, 1977

My First Time – Alan Trammell – September 9, 1977

The Setting – Fenway Park.  Boston, MA.

From Trammell – ‘I was scared to death.  I mean, absolutely scared to death.  At least I was hitting ninth and that helped to take the edge off.  I didn’t bat until the third inning so that took a lot of pressure off’.

The Boxscore – Red Sox 8, Tigers 6.  Trammell goes 2-for-3 with 2 singles, a run scored, and a strikeout.


Giants’ P Matt Cain Tosses 22nd Perfect Game In MLB History

Giants’ P Matt Cain Tosses 22nd Perfect Game In MLB History

By JANIE McCAULEY | The Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO (AP)  For all those Giants masterpieces, from Christy Mathewson to Juan Marichal to Gaylord Perry, this one by Matt Cain topped them all.

Cain pitched the franchise’s first perfect game and the 22nd in major league history, striking out a career-high 14 and getting help from two spectacular catches to beat the Houston Astros 10-0 on Wednesday night.

Cain’s 125-pitch gem for San Francisco featured a pair of great plays by his corner outfielders. He got pinch-hitter Jason Castro on a grounder to third for his 27th and final out with the sellout crowd of 42,298 roaring.

”This is incredible right now,” Cain said. ”It was unbelievable. The guys did a great job making it, in a way, kind of relaxing, because they were able to get on the board early.”

It was the fifth no-hitter in the majors already this season and second perfect game.

Another Year of the Pitcher? You bet.

In the very ballpark where Barry Bonds made home run history five summers ago, Cain produced the signature moment for pitchers. It was the 14th no-hitter in club history – Mathewson pitched Nos. 2 and 3 in 1901 and ’05, and fellow Hall of Famers Carl Hubbell, Marichal and Perry had one apiece.

Left fielder Melky Cabrera chased down Chris Snyder’s one-out flyball in the sixth, scurrying back to make a leaping catch at the wall. Cain raised both arms and slapped his glove in delight when Cabrera made the play.

Then, right fielder Gregor Blanco ran into deep right-center to make a diving catch on the warning track and rob Jordan Schafer for the first out of the seventh. The 27-year-old pitcher hugged Blanco in the dugout after the inning.

”Those were unbelievable catches,” Cain said. ”I mean that right there, that changes the whole thing.”

Philip Humber of the Chicago White Sox tossed the majors’ last perfecto at Seattle on April 21. This is the second time in three years there have been two perfect games in the same season – before that, the only other time it happened was in 1880.

Cain (8-2) accomplished a feat last done in the Bay Area by A’s lefty Dallas Braden on Mother’s Day 2010.

Andre Dawson Card #999 – 2003 Topps Certified Autograph Issue

Andre Dawson Card #999 – 2003 Topps Certified Autograph Issue

I am loving this old-school beauty!!!

And with that small cameo in the lower-left corner of the card, it kind of has a 1983 Topps feel.

And then you have that sweet, sweet Blue Andre Dawson autograph that spans across the front of the card…

Have a look:

I have seen these surface from time to time on Ebay.  I paid a little more than I normally would for a card, but it is #999.

So, for me, it was well worth it!!!