Daily Archives: July 11, 2012

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Donruss Champions Game-Used Jersey Card

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Donruss Champions Game-Used Jersey Card

As you all know, I really like the design of the 2005 Donruss Classics baseball card set.

I have shown off a handful of the cards from this set that I have picked up over the years, and almost all of them are favorites of mine (sans the Joe Morgan Giants card).

I recently found this card of Fergie Jenkins and a piece of Game-Used Cubs jersey up for auction on Ebay, and there was no way that I was going to let anyone else get their paws on it.

Oh, and it is serial numbered too.  This one is 12/75.

Here is the card:

SWEET!!!

2012 Topps ‘Timeless Talents’ Starring Johnny Bench & Brian McCann

2012 Topps ‘Timeless Talents’ Starring Johnny Bench & Brian McCann

Some of the duos that Topps pairs together for these kinds of cards makes little to no sense.

And some of them are almost perfect fits.

This duo of Johnny Bench and Brian McCann are closer to the ‘perfect fit’ side than the opposite.

Here is the card:

Johnny Bench is often called the greatest catcher to have ever played the game.  And while I feel that he has a few challengers to that top spot, he certainly does deserve to be ranked at number one.

As for McCann, he is truly the leader of the Atlanta Braves team.  He is a solid defender, perennial All-Star, and one of the better offensive catchers in the game today.

While McCann is no Johnny Bench, he is among the elite catchers in the sport today.

Great job, Topps!!

George Foster 1976 Topps

George Foster 1976 Topps

George Foster played 11 years for the Reds.  And from 1976-78, he may have been their most potent offensive threat.  Foster crushed 121 home runs in that 3-year span while driving in 290 runs.  Winner of the 1977 MVP award, Foster was the runner-up in 1976 and finished in 6th place in 1978.

During Foster’s 11-year stay in Cincy, he was a 5-time All-star.  He hit .286 during that span, along with 244 home runs, 1,276 hits, scoring 680 runs, and driving in an additional 861.  Foster was a key part of the Reds’ success and was a big reason that the ‘Big Red Machine’ was so dominant.

Foster was a member of both the 1975 and 1976 World Series championship teams.

Happy Anniversary Bo Jackson & Wade Boggs!!!

Happy Anniversary Bo Jackson & Wade Boggs!!!

On this day in 1989, Bo Jackson and Wade Boggs led off the 1989 Major League All-Star game with back-to-back home runs.

I vividly recall watching this game as a youngster living in the Chicago suburbs.  And after the National League was retired in the first inning I was excited to see what Bo Jackson was going to do in his debut at the All-Star Game.

Well, Bo did not disappoint.

And after he touched home while listening to the roar of the crowd, Wade Boggs took center stage.  And he too delivered baseball magic.

It was a sweet start to a great game.  And a memory that I will hold with me for a very, very long time.

Happy Anniversary to Bo Jackson and Wade Boggs!!!

1985 Headline: Nolan Ryan First to 4,000 Strikeouts!!

1985 Headline: Nolan Ryan First to 4,000 Strikeouts!!

On this day in 1985, Nolan Ryan collected his 4,000th career strikeout – a first in baseball history.

At home and in front of a crowd that was just a shade over 20,000, Ryan made baseball history again.  In the top of the 6th inning, he struck out Danny Heep of the Mets giving him the 4,000th strikeout of his big league career.

His line for the day – 7 innings pitched, 7 hits, 3 runs, 3 walks, and 11 strikeouts!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Ryan!!!

And The Winner Of The ‘Predict The All-Star Game MVP’ Contest Is…

And The Winner Of The ‘Predict The All-Star Game MVP’ Contest Is…

ME!!!

Since nobody selected Melky Cabrera as their top choice for the MVP Award from last night’s All-Star game, the cards will stay in my collection for now.

I will certainly work on developing a few more contests over the second half of the season with these cards as the prize so come back often for a second chance.

Thanks to all that played.  And congratulations to the National League as they put an old fashioned butt-whipping on the American League.

Here is one more look at the prize that was up for grabs:

I will make them available again in the near future.

Have a nice day.  🙂

PREMIERING TONIGHT – The Franchise, Starring The Miami Marlins

PREMIERING TONIGHT – The Franchise, Starring The Miami Marlins

I have not looked forward to the debut of a television show like this for a very long time.

You better believe that I will be glued to the TV tonight at 10:00PM.

Here is a preview:

I cannot wait!!!

GO FISH!!!