Daily Archives: August 30, 2012

Andre Dawson 2002 Upper Deck Vintage Special Collection – Game Used Pants

Andre Dawson 2002 Upper Deck Vintage Special Collection – Game Used Pants

Ladies and Gentlemen, I bring you one of the latest and most Cubs-themed Andre Dawson relic cards in my collection.

It comes from the 2002 Upper Deck Vintage brand, and it is part of their ‘Special Collection’ release.

Have a look:

Now  I have seen some team themed baseball cards in the past, but the Red, White, and Blue colors of this card scream Chicago Cubs!!!!

It is fa from overdone, in fact it is ‘just right’ in this collector’s eyes!

Enjoy.

Jim Palmer 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces – Black Framed Variation

Jim Palmer 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces – Black Framed Variation

A very, very cool compliment to the base card of ‘Cakes’ that I already owned.

Have a peek:

Man, I love this set of cards.  I really wish that Andre Dawson and Fergie Jenkins had been included in at least one set…

 

Eric Davis 1987 Donruss Opening Day

Eric Davis 1987 Donruss Opening Day

I love these old ‘Opening Day’ sets.  I collected the Donruss one pretty hard-core back in ’87 as any newly released, easy to find issue was a welcome addition to my collection.

This is the card that features Reds outfielder Eric Davis.

How did ‘Eric The Red’ fare on Opening Day in 1987??

He was a monster:  3-for-3 with two singles and a home run.  He stole two bases, scored three runs, and drove in two.  And the Reds WON!!!

Did You Know…

Babe Ruth led all sluggers in home runs during the 1920’s.  In that decade, Ruth connected for 467 round-trippers, 265 more than any other player.

Unreal!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Happy Birthday Ted Williams!!

Today is Ted Williams’ birthday.

Arguably the greatest hitter of all-time, any player that collects multiple batting titles or maintains an average close to .350 for a lengthy time is compared to Williams.

Williams is the standard for hitting greatness – yet nobody has come close to eclipsing what he has done in the sport of baseball.  A lifetime, .344 hitter, Williams captured six batting titles during his playing days, and amazing had seven seasons in which he finished with a .350 batting average or better.

Williams was a 17-time All-Star, and a 2-time MVP winner for the Boston Red Sox.

And while he did not make a splash during World Series play, Ted Williams was the rare kind of player that was able to take center-stage while not playing on it.

Happy Birthday to ‘The Splendid Splinter’!!

Hank Aaron Voices His Position on PEDs In Major League Baseball

Hank Aaron Voices His Position on PEDs In Major League Baseball

By Ryan Kartje, FoxSports.com

MILWAUKEE — Henry Aaron can see the progress commissioner Bud Selig has made with his comprehensive testing programs to rid the game of performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs). But Aaron, at a benefit for his Chasing the Dream Foundation on Wednesday, said that he believes the punishment for such violations in today’s game should be much more severe than it is currently.
 
“I think in some ways, I think the commissioner has cleaned up the act in some ways,” Aaron said. “I’m a little bit disturbed about some of the things that are happening now in baseball. I see a few players, even in the minor leagues, getting involved and some steroids. How are we going to fix this? What’s going to happen?”
 
Just recently, NL batting leader and Giants outfielder Melky Cabrera and Oakland pitcher Bartolo Colon were suspended 50 games for failed tests in relation to PED use.
 
But in answering a question from a fan about the steroid era, Aaron lobbied for a more intense suspension for steroid offenders.
 
“I think it’s got to be a little bit more severe as far as penalties are concerned,” Aaron said. “I think 50 games is not enough. I’d like to see 100 games really. I think the second time, they need to just ban the player from baseball.”
 
Aaron’s answer sent the crowd into a standing ovation.
 
With 755 career home runs, Aaron returned to Milwaukee — the birthplace of his illustrious baseball career — for his 9th annual “Evening With Hank Aaron,” a benefit to raise money for his Chasing the Dream Foundation.
 
Aaron even offered his opinion on his former town’s team, as he’s gotten a few chances to watch this year’s Brewers. He said that the team has just had a tough season all-around in Milwaukee.
 
“It’s just baseball,” Aaron said. “They’ve got a lot of young kids, and I think they’re going to do just fine. You just have to give them a chance.”

Bret Saberhagen, The Ladies Man!!!

Bret Saberhagen, The Ladies Man!!!

To be read with in voice of David Wooderson (Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused).

‘Hello to all of the ball-girls out there.  My name is Bret, but you can call me ‘Cy-Squared.

When I am not hurling split-finger fastballs or digging clay out of my spikes, I am thinking about the ladies.  That’s right, they don’t call me ‘Cy-Squared’ for nothing.  You see this t-shirt I am wearing under my jersey?  Yep, it’s embedded with the finest Equate lotion that money can buy.  Wanna feel how soft it is, don’t you?  Well don’t get too close darlin’ ’cause I don’t want to burn you – I’m so hot!  Tssssss…

You like my new Aviator shades?  Yeah, I wear ’em t keep things a little more fair when I am around the ball-girls.  They protect me from the sunlight, but they protect you from fallin’ in love with ‘Cy-Squared’.

I’m probably not supposed to be sitting on this tarp and eating this here lolipop while the game is goin’ on.  But, I do what I want to do.  I live by my rules.  Let me tell you this, the older you do get the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’ man, L-I-V-I-N.

Do you know what I love about ball-girls?  I get older, and they stay the same age.  Alright, alright, alright.’

 

This is my submission into the contest at Nachos Grande.  If I have entertained you, please consider voting for me to advance to the final round of the competition.  I would expect that voting will start sometime on Saturday.

Thank you.

Jeff Conine 1996 Leaf Signature Series – Certified Autograph – Bronze

Jeff Conine 1996 Leaf Signature Series – Certified Autograph – Bronze

I don’t have too many certified autographs of any Florida or Miami Marlins players.

Actually, I believe that with the acquisition of this card below, this now makes four.

Yes, FOUR!!!

And they’re both from the same set – 1996 Leaf Signature Series.

My latest addition is the Bronze card of Mr. Marlin himself, Jeff Conine.

Here it the card:

As for the other three, they’re all of Andre Dawson – the bronze, silver, and gold versions of this same card.

Do I want to get some more Marlins certified auto’s?  Sure.  But with the high turnover that the team has I have a hard time sinking any cash into today’s guys.  Maybe a Sheffield or Mike Lowell card can be next…

Stay tuned.