Daily Archives: July 18, 2012

Fergie Jenkins 1973 Topps Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Fergie Jenkins 1973 Topps Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

I feel like I got a great steal with this one – a 1973 Topps baseball card signed by Fergie Jenkins!!!

I found it on Ebay, and was shocked to see that with just a few hours left there was no bidding activity.

So, like a good hunter would do, I stalked my prey.  And when the time was right, I pounced!

And now, I am the owner a vintage baseball card signed by my favorite pitcher of all-time.

Here is the card, and the great autograph too:

A FAN-tastic addition to my ‘Fergie Jenkins Super Collection’!!!!

YES.

George Foster 1982 Topps Traded

George Foster 1982 Topps Traded

Ladies and Gentlemen, I present to you the first baseball card of George Foster in his New York Mets uniform!!

 

Far from a stunner, this card does mark a moment in baseball history that needs to be recognized – another member of Cincinnati’s Big Red Machine was leaving the Reds.

First was Tony Perez.  Then it was Joe Morgan.  And then George Foster.

It’s sad to see how this team was so drastically changed just a few short years after dominating the baseball world for two full seasons.

I really wish that they had one more title to call their own…  I’m sure that those guys do as well.

🙂

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

Mike ‘Gator’ Greenwell turns 49 years old today.

A Red Sox favorite during the late 1980’s and into the 90’s, Mike Greenwell is one of the rare players that spent his entire career with one team during baseball’s biggest spike of free agent activity.  Loyalty is a commendable trait and the faithful Red Sox fans still hold Mike Greenwell as one of their favorites.

During his best season as a professional baseball player, Greenwell took the sport by storm.  In 1988 ‘Gator’ hit .325 while collecting 192 hits.  In that year he also smashed 22 home runs, collected 119 RBI, scored 86 runs, and stole 16 bases.  And amazingly with 693 plate appearances during that break-out season, Greenwell struck out just 38 times!!!  ‘Gator’ finished in 2nd place for the MVP award that year, and had it not been for a certain player setting a new baseball standard of 40 home runs and 40 stolen bases in a season, Mike Greenwell would have been a unanimous selection as the league’s best player.

Happy Birthday Mike Greenwell!!!

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Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Happy Birthday Joe Torre!!!

Joe Torre turns 72 years old today.

More known by today’s baseball fan as the manager that led the New York Yankees to multiple World Series wins over the last 15 years, Joe Torre was also a fantastic baseball player.

A guy that was able to play numerous infield positions, Torre was valuable to the rosters he was a part of during his 18 seasons as a player in the big leagues.

A 9-time All-Star, Torre was a steady contact hitter that collected 2,342 career hits alongside his lifetime batting average of .297 displays his amazing consistency at the plate.

Torre’s best season in the majors came in 1971 when he won the league’s MVP award.  With his 230 hits, 34 doubles, 22 home runs, 137 RBI and .363 batting average, Torre was one of the league’s best.  And the hardware proved it – a batting title and MVP trophy!

Torre never made the postseason as a player, but he made up for that during his coaching career.  After unsuccessful stints in New York (Mets),  Atlanta, and St. Louis, Torre took over as the Yankees skipper in 1996.  He promptly won 4 World Series titles over the next five seasons.

Happy Birthday Mr. Torre!!!

Happy Anniversary Willie Mays!!

Happy Anniversary Willie Mays!!

On this day in 1970, Willie Mays collected the 3,000th hit of his baseball career.

At Candlestick Park battling against the Montreal Expos, Mays entered the game with 2,999 career hits and was looking to make history in front of his home crowd.  In his first at-bat in the first inning Mays drew a walk.  But then in the bottom of the second Mays connected for a single and made history as he joined the 3,000 hits club.  The hit came off of Expos’ pitcher Mike Wegener, whose career lasted just 2 seasons.  For the game, Mays went 2-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI.

This is just one of the many milestones that Willie Mays conquered during the course of his amazing Hall of Fame career.  One of the sport’s most decorated players, Mays’ all around skills led him into many elite groups in baseball history – and the 3,000 hits club is certainly near the top of that list!!!

Congratulations Willie Mays!!

ATTENTION TEAM COLLECTORS: I May Have Some Archives For YOU!!!!

ATTENTION TEAM COLLECTORS: I May Have Some Archives For YOU!!!!

I am going to try to build on the network of trade partners that I have established recently.  And while I don’t always have stuff to readily offer, I think that in time these relationships will be beneficial to both sides.   Between the packs that I do open, and the card shows that I attend, I think that I can definitely hold up my end of a possible alliance.

And I am going to start with offering all of these cards from the 2012 Topps Archives set.

Have a look:

Now that is a healthy stack of baseball cards.  And if you want in, just let me know.

Ultimately, I am going to break the stack into team lots with the hopes of working out a few trades and forming a few more solid partnerships.  As for what I want in return?  Let’s see – modern Marlins cards, modern cards of the HOFers that I collect, anything that will help my player collections.

I have already established trade partners for the Diamondbacks, Cardinals, Orioles, Nationals, Cubs, and I will be keeping the Marlins for myself.

As for the rest of the teams, they are up for grabs.

If you want one, let me know and I will add your name to my list.  Hopefully we can work something out.

Here are the teams available:

Red Sox –

Yankees – Drew

Rays –

Blue Jays –

White Sox –

Indians –

Tigers – Doug

Royals –

Twins – Ron

Angels –

A’s –

Mariners –

Rangers – Play At The Plate

Braves – Ryan

Mets –

Phillies –

Reds –

Astros –

Brewers –

Pirates – Victor

Rockies – Rich

Dodgers – Stealing Home

Padres –

Giants –

And there you have it.

Want to become trade partners?  Want to add some sweet 2012 Topps Archives to your collection?

Let me know.

Thanks for reading.