Daily Archives: August 25, 2012

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary 60-Years Of Topps Game-Used Jersey Card

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary 60-Years Of Topps Game-Used Jersey Card

Not too many of these ‘rare’ beauties make their way onto Ebay.  At least from what I have seen…

So, when they do come up, I watch them.  And most get out of my price range so I just let them go off to another buyer.

But, sometimes that philosophy works well and sometimes it does not.

If you are able to hold out and display a grand sense of patience, it usually works out well.

And that is what happened when I finally won this:

Coming from the 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary set, this Game-Used jersey card of Andre Dawson is part of their ’60 Years Of Topps’ celebration set and it is  a great looking card.

Serial numbered as 2/60, the card features Andre’s card from the 1980 Topps release.  The card has great colors and is very vivid.  I especially like the ‘Diamond Anniversary’ logo and the Blue horizontal bar that runs across the bottom of the card is a nice complimentary piece that allows for the text contained within to really work well.

A great card for my Andre Dawson collection!!!


Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

Reggie Jackson 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter

Just adding another card to my Reggie Jackson collection – this time I found one from the new Allen & Ginter release.

Have a look:

Personally, I don’t care too much for these cards.

My  goal is to get in and get out – I’ll collect the guys that  I have PC’s of and the Marlins cards and then I am D-O-N-E!!!

Ken Griffey Sr. 1982 Fleer

Ken Griffey Sr. 1982 Fleer

Before there was Allen & Ginter and its pale-Blue painted backgrounds, we had cards like these:


Way back when I was in high school, I took a photography class.  I have always enjoyed taking pictures, and not only did I learn a lot about the art of taking pictures, but I also believe that this is where my appreciation for the perfect image on a baseball card was enhanced.

On this card of Ken Griffey, from the 1982 Fleer set, the photographer was shooting up to capture the Blue sky behind his subject.  This gives the person in the picture, in this case one of the members of ‘The Bid Red Machine’ the feeling of being larger than life, he looks a lot bigger in this shot than in reality.

But that is very fitting for a key member of one of the greatest baseball dynasties in the history of the sport!!!

Very well done.


1986 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Hits 1st Career Home Run

1986 HEADLINE: Mark McGwire Hits 1st Career Home Run

Mark McGwire hit the first home run of his major league baseball career on this day back in 1986.

Before ‘The Bash Brothers’.  Before #71.  Before the steroid allegations.  Before all of this, Mark McGwire was an athletic;y gifted player with a skill of hitting the long ball.

And on this day 23 years ago, home run #1 of 583 was smacked into the outfield seats of Tiger Stadium.    I doubt that the 20,000 fans in attendance thought much of this young kid from the opposing team.  To them he was the enemy.  And nobody knew that just 1 year later he would set the rookie record for home runs in a season with 49.  And nobody there thought for a second that this guy was going  to be the one to rescue the sport in 1998 when the game and it’s fan base were both spiraling downward…

But he did it.  Mark McGwire became ‘Big Mac’ right in front of our eyes.  And most of us enjoyed the thrilling ride that he took us on.

And it all started on this day back in 1986.

Happy Anniversary Mark McGwire!!!!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Happy Birthday Rollie Fingers!!!

Rollie Fingers turns 66 years old today.

While Rollie Fingers may best be known for his famous facial hair, his solid baseball career earned him quite a bit of fame too.

A 17-year veteran, boasting 341 career saves and seven All-star appearances, Fingers was a dominant relief pitcher for more than a decade.

His best work was during the 1981 season while playing for the Milwaukee Brewers.  In that season, Fingers posted a 6-3 record while also collecting 28 saves.  He had a 1.04 ERA with 78 innings pitched.  And in those appearances he struck out 61 batters while walking just 13.  Fingers’ dominance was enough to earn him the league’s Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards – a truly remarkable feat!!

Rollie Fingers is a 3-time World Series champion.  His efforts on the 1972-74 Oakland A’s teams help the team from ‘The Bay’ become one of baseball’s greatest dynasties!!!

With such an impressive resume, it is kind of shocking that Fingers has a losing record.  For his career, he is 114-118.  So for his birthday, I would like to give Mr. Fingers a ‘do-over’ of the 1978 season in which he went 6-13.  I am hoping for 5 more wins than losses so this Hall of Famer could hold his head even a little higher with his above .500 winning percentage!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Fingers!!!