Daily Archives: July 28, 2012

Andre Dawson 2004 Playoff Absolute Memorabila Certified Autograph w/Game Used Jersey Relic

Andre Dawson 2004 Playoff Absolute Memorabila Certified Autograph w/Game Used Jersey Relic

This card is an absolute beauty!!!

Before I even try to describe it myself, take a look:

The colors of this card are a perfect compliment to the Chicago Cubs team colors, and the cap resting on top of Dawson’s head.

The Reds are great.  The Blue is phenomenal.

And then you have the swatch of Cubs jersey.

Oh, and that sweet, sweet autograph is literally the icing on the cake!!!

A fantastic addition to my certified autograph collection of Andre Dawson.  And it is serial numbered as 66/100.

N-I-C-E!!!!

Dave Winfield 2012 Topps Archives – 1978 Topps Reprint

Dave Winfield 2012 Topps Archives – 1978 Topps Reprint

You may recall that I have had a string of bad luck as it relates to adding new cards of Dave Winfield to my collection. 

For me, I was getting to many Indians and Blue Jays cards in my set of cards that honors Winfield’s Hall of Fame career.  And while I respect what he accomplished as a member of both franchises, I prefer to have my cards of ‘Big Dave’ in his Padres and Yankees uniform instead.

So, I was thrilled to find this card in a pack of 2012 Topps Archives.

It is a great addition to my collection, for sure!!! 

Thank you Topps!

Carlton Fisk 2012 Topps Series 1 – ‘Classic Walk-Offs’

Carlton Fisk 2012 Topps Series 1 – ‘Classic Walk-Offs’

I love the theme of this subset of baseball cards – Topps really struck Gold with this one!!!  And while I am still debating if I want to collect the full set, I was not going to less this card pass me buy while scooping up cards on www.sportlots.com recently.

This one set me back just eighteen cents – A steal!!

Have a look: 

I collect as much as I can from the 1975 baseball season.  I am a huge fan of ‘The Big Red Machine’ and I value their World Series run in the 1975 and 1976 baseball seasons.

And I really enjoy seeing clips of this monumental home run – easily one of the greatest highlights in baseball history!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Happy Birthday Vida Blue!!!

Pitching legend Vida Blue turns 63 years old today.

Not only did Vida Blue win the Cy Young in his first full-time season as a starter, he also was the league’s MVP.  Beat that!!!

Blue had a monster year in 1971 for the Oakland A’s.  He went 24-8 with 24 complete games and 8 shutouts.  Add that impressive record to his 1.82 ERA with 301 strikeout and you have one of the most impressive seasons by a pitcher during the decade of the 1970’s.

Vida Blue finished his career with a 209-161 record and 1,185 strikeouts.  He finished in the Top 7 for the Cy Young award 5 times and was a 6-time All-star.  Blue was part of the legendary Oakland A’s teams that won 3 consecutive World Series titles in 1972, 1973, and 1974.  Blue pitched in 8 games in the Fall Classic and went 3-0, a perfect record on baseball’s biggest stage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Blue!!!

Billy Williams 2001 Upper Deck SP Legendary Game-Used Jersey Card – Powder Blue w/White Pinstripe!!!

Billy Williams 2001 Upper Deck SP Legendary Game-Used Jersey Card – Powder Blue w/White Pinstripe!!!

I haven’t been too lucky recently when it comes to adding new cards to my Billy Williams collection.  And when I say ‘new’, I mean both vintage and modern.

So, while my official check list does not get one more check added due to knocking off another card for the set, I am still pretty pleased with this pick-up.

The card is from the 2001 Upper Deck SP Legendary Cuts set.  And best of all, it features a more rare Cubs’ jersey swatch.

Have a look:

Yessir – that is Powder-Blue with a nice bright, White pinstripe!!!

YES!!!

Los Angeles Angels Trade For Zach Greinke. Does This Punch Their Ticket To The World Series???

Los Angeles Angels Trade For Zach Greinke.  Does This Punch Their Ticket To The World Series???

Aggressive over the winter, when they spent big for Albert Pujols, the Los Angeles Angels struck again at the trading deadline on Friday, reportedly acquiring right-hander Zack Greinke from the Milwaukee Brewers.

First reported by Fox Sports, the Angels were to send infielder Jean Segura and two minor-league pitchers to the Brewers for Greinke, the best pitcher available at the deadline. Due to become a free agent after the season, Greinke was 9-3 with a 3.44 ERA in 21 starts for the Brewers. He was the American League Cy Young Award winner in 2009 and twice has won as many as 16 games.

Greinke resisted a contract extension, believed to be for $100 million over five seasons, and therefore became expendable for the fading Brewers, who have lost seven consecutive games.

Segura, one of the Angels’ top prospects, was called up when shortstop Erick Aybar was injured. He played in one game.

In a season they expected to challenge the Texas Rangers in the AL West, the Angels have found themselves short on starting pitching. Ervin Santana has a 6.00 ERA, Dan Haren has endured back pain and spent time on the disabled list, and the fifth place in the rotation has bounced between rookie Garrett Richards and journeyman Jerome Williams.

When Cole Hamels signed this week with the Philadelphia Phillies for $144 million over five years, the contract impacted Greinke in two ways. First, it became clear the Brewers could not afford him if Greinke sought full market value. Second, Greinke became the most notable starting pitcher on the market. Also, it could have allowed Brewers general manager Doug Melvin to play the Angels off the Rangers, who also were in the market for a starting pitcher.

Greinke was due to pitch again Sunday, leading to speculation he would be traded before then. He has pitched once since July 13, when he was shut down for a full start to recover from fatigue.

In his final start for the Brewers, Greinke allowed three hits and one run over seven innings to the Phillies.