Daily Archives: July 21, 2012

Fergie Jenkins 2012 Topps Tribute Certified Autograph Issue #81/99

Fergie Jenkins 2012 Topps Tribute Certified Autograph Issue #81/99

Friends, I have been loving these signed cards since the day that they first landed on the internet.

And to finally call one mine makes this collector feel warm and fuzzy….

The cards are gorgeous.  The bold, Blue signatures are perfect.  And the photo choices have been top-notch!!

The Fergie Jenkins version that I picked up was ‘got’ at a pretty low price, and I a proud of that.  I could have scored one earlier, but this patience thing is working for me so I am going to keep at it a bit longer.

The card is numbered as 81/99, and it is S-W-E-E-T!!!!

Have a look:

I told ya!!!

Eddie Murray 2003 Donruss Team Heroes

Eddie Murray 2003 Donruss Team Heroes

The coloring of this baseball card is simply fantastic.  The Orange and White border design is a perfect complement to the uniform that Murray is wearing in the photo.  And the Golden lettering on both the top and bottom of the card just enough flare to not take away from the card’s great colors.

Have a look:

A very nice addition to my Eddie Murray Collection!!  YES!!!

Jim Palmer 2012 Topps Archives Reprint – 1968 Topps

Jim Palmer 2012 Topps Archives Reprint – 1968 Topps

Between the Topps Archives and Topps Series Two releases that have recently hit the shelves, Jim Palmer has a lot of new cards for me to go after.

And that makes this player collector very, very happy!!

Here is the card of Palmer from the Archives release.  It is a re-print of his card in the 1968 Topps set.

Check it out:

Palmer has two cards in this set.  The other one is in transit to me and I hope I will be able to show it off to you soon.

Stay tuned.

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

Happy Birthday CC Sabathia!!!

CC Sabathia turns 32 years old today.

Always the bridesmaid, never the bride, CC Sabathia always ranks as on the sport’s great pitchers, but he never quit gets the credit from the media for the tremendous efforts he has put into his 12+ season career.

Winning games at a 65% clip, Sabathia is a 6-time All-star and has won at least 13 games in 9 of his 11 seasons, and he should easily hit that mark again this year.

A dominant pitcher with very good control, CC hovers around the 2.8 K:walk ratio on a regular basis.  And with a World Series championship under his belt, it should not be long before talk of him being one of the best of his generation starts.

He’s got my vote!!!  Happy Birthday CC!!!!

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Happy Birthday Dave ‘Hendu’ Henderson!!!

Dave Henderson turns 54 years old today.

Quite possibly the most underrated player on the Oakland Athletics dynasty of the late 1980’s, Dave Henderson put up some monster numbers as a member of the ‘Bash Brothers’.  Hendu had an all-around game and although he was not an all-star, his talent level and skills on the baseball diamond were not that far from his superstar teammates.

It must be rough playing on an a team and being compared to players like Rickey Henderson(no relation), Jose Canseco, and Mark McGwire.  But Henderson did very well while in Oakland and helped lead the team to three consecutive World Series appearances.

Henderson’s greatest success came from his days with that powerful A’s offense, and he was a big contirbutor.  In six seasons with the team, Hendu smacked 104 home runs, drove in 377 RBI, and scored 366 times.  A truly well balanced player indeed!!!

For Hendu’s birthday, I thought I would try to help his cause out a little by posting an address where you can reach Mr. Henderson to obtain an autograph while also helping out a foundation he started that is trying to help find a cure for Angelman Syndrome.  For any of you that would like to make a donation and at the same time add a great autograph to your collection, you can write to Dave Henderson at:

Pacific Northwest Angelman Syndrome Foundation, 12932 SE Kent-Kangley Rd #375 Kent, Washington, 98031

Happy Birthday Hendu!!!

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Jim Thome Passes Sammy Sosa For 7th Place All-Time With 610th Home Run

Jim Thome Passes Sammy Sosa For 7th Place All-Time With 610th Home Run

By Associated Press

CLEVELAND — Jim Thome hit his 610th home run to pass Sammy Sosa and move into seventh place on the all-time list.

Thome led off the fourth inning for Baltimore on Friday night and connected off Cleveland’s Derek Lowe. It was the 41-year-old’s first homer since being acquired by the Orioles from the Philadelphia Phillies on July 1, and sixth of the season overall.

It was Thome’s 189th homer at Progressive Field. He played for the Indians from 1991 through the 2002 season and returned for the final two months of 2011.

Thome holds the Indians’ record with 337 homers. He has also played for the Chicago White Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers and Minnesota.

 

United States Post Office Set Of Stamps Featuring Four Baseball Legends

United States Post Office Set Of Stamps Featuring Four Baseball Legends

By Barry M. Bloom / MLB.com

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. — The U.S. Postal Service honored four members of the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Friday morning with commemorative stamps at a ceremony in the Museum’s Grandstand Theater.

Ted Williams, Larry Doby, Willie Stargell and Joe DiMaggio all had their sweet swings memorialized on a green background. The “Forever” stamps will also be commemorated on Saturday in the cities where each of the great ones played: Williams in Boston, Doby in Cleveland, Stargell in Pittsburgh and DiMaggio in New York.

Tony Gwynn, a Hall of Famer in his own right and an eight-time National League batting champ with the Padres, was Major League Baseball’s representative at the Friday ceremony.

“This was really nice,” Gwynn said after the ceremony. “These are four guys I’ve read a lot about. I got to play against Stargell. I had long talks about hitting with Williams. It was nerve-racking, though. When you talk about these four guys, they each brought something different to the table.”

Doby was the first African-American player in the American League, joining the Indians just after Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier with the Dodgers in 1947. Williams was the last player to hit .400, batting .406 in 1941, the same year DiMaggio set the record by hitting safely in 56 consecutive games. “Pops” Stargell helped the “We Are Family” Pirates win the World Series in 1971 and 1979.

“It seems like every time I got to first base when he was playing there, he was always giving me some nugget to help me be a better player,” said Gwynn about Stargell, whose career ended in 1982, the year the San Diego right fielder broke into the big leagues. “Those are the little tidbits that enter your mind. I got a chance to talk to Ted Williams and Joe DiMaggio. So, for me it’s nice being here today.”

Stargell’s widow, Margaret, Doby’s son, Larry Jr., and DiMaggio’s granddaughter, Katie Stein, were also in attendance at the event.

Patrick Donahoe, the Postmaster General, dedicated the stamps, which were unveiled to a packed house on Friday.

“Baseball has a powerful grip on the heartstrings of America,” Donahoe told the crowd. “The sport reflects so much of our unique American culture.”

The U.S. Post Office has been issuing stamps to commemorate Major League players and ballparks since the first Baseball Hall of Fame induction in 1939. A new 20-stamp sheet is now available for $9 each at the Post Office across Main Street from the Hall of Fame Museum and at Post Offices across the U.S.

Sheets are available for each of the four players. One also can opt for an MLB All-Stars sheet that boasts five stamps of each of the players on it.