Daily Archives: September 22, 2012

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary – ‘Hope Diamond Version’ #37/60

Andre Dawson 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary – ‘Hope Diamond Version’ #37/60

I still have some needs for my Andre Dawson collection from 2011.  And 2010. And 2009, for that matter too.

Almost all of my remaining needs from the last few years focus around cards with low serial numbers, relics, and of course – autographs!

I tried to maintain a list of all cards that feature Dawson from the last few years but it got too hard to manage.  Instead, I use my Ebay ‘Saved Searches’ list to help me with the task.  The only downfall to that is that I see a lot of the same stuff in my email every morning, and if a seller does not list his auction/sale with any of the keywords I have saved, I may miss it.

Luckily, I still find cards that I need using this approach.

And this card here from the 2011 Topps Diamond Anniversary set was found with my ‘fool-proof’ method.

This card is the ‘Hope Diamond’ version of Dawson’s card.  It is serial numbered as 37/60.

Have a look:

I found this one due to my saved search of ‘2011 Dawson Hope’.


1990 HEADLINE: Dawson Joins Elite Hits, Home Runs, & Stolen Base Club

1990 HEADLINE: Dawson Joins Elite Hits, Home Runs, & Stolen Base Club

On this day in 1990, Andre Dawson became just the second player in major league baseball history to achieve 2,000 hits, 30o home runs, and 300 steals.

The first player to be in that group??   None other than Hall of Famer, Willie Mays!!

Not bad company.  Not bad company at all!!!

Congratulations ‘Hawk’!!!!

Dawson CC

1989 HEADLINE: Dave Stewart Captures 20th Win For Third Straight Season

1989 HEADLINE: Dave Stewart Captures 20th Win For Third Straight Season

On this day in 1989, Dave Stewart of the Oakland Athletics won his 20th win of the baseball season.

The win gave Stewart 20 or more wins in three consecutive seasons, confirming his status as the team’s ace as well as being one of the best pitchers in the major leagues.

Here are the numbers from those three fantastic seasons:

1987 – 20 wins
1988 – 21 wins
1989 – 21 wins

How did he fare in 1990?  Hmmmm…  How about 22 wins?!?!

Congratulations on a fantastic baseball career Mr. Stewart!  Happy Anniversary!!!

1969 HEADLINE: Willie Mays Connects For Career Home Run #600!!!

1969 HEADLINE:  Willie Mays Connects For Career Home Run #600!!!

On this day in 1969, Willie Mays connected for home run number 600 of his major league career.

On the road and taking on their divisional rivals, the San Diego Padres, Mays and his Giants teammates were getting close to wrapping up their 1969 baseball season.

With the Giants leading the division by 20 and with the Padres in the cellar in 6th, the crowd of 4,779 was understandable.

Unless you were a fan of Willie Mays!!

In the top of the 7th inning, Mays entered the game as a pinch-hitter and delivered the 600th home run of his career.  It was a blast that accounted for two runs, and it came at the expense of Mike Corkins.

The Giants won the game 4-2, largely in part to Mays’ heroics!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Mays!!!

Happy Birthday Vince Coleman!!!

Happy Birthday Vince Coleman!!!

Vince Coleman turns 51 years old today.

Vince Coleman had one of the most impressive rookie seasons I witnessed during my youth.

In 1985, as a rookie of the St. Louis Cardinals, Coleman debuted with a bang and the entire sport took notice.  Notching 170 hits, while scoring 107 runs, Coleman was the ideal lead-off hitter for the Cards’ star-studded line-up.  Oh yeah, he also stole 110 bases in his rookie year too – simply amazing.  Coleman’s season was impressive enough to earn him the Rookie of the Year award in a unanimous vote!!!

While Coleman continued to have amazing success during his days with the Cardinals, he was never able to replicate that excitement he brought to the base paths once he moved on to other teams.  Still a threat, he still collected between 20-50 swipes per season after he left ‘The Arch’.

Happy Birthday to Vince Coleman!!!


Come Watch The Trailer For The Upcoming Jackie Robinson Biopic ’42’

Come Watch The Trailer For The Upcoming Jackie Robinson Biopic ’42’

I will definitely be going to the theaters to see this one!!!

Dave Winfield 2001 Topps Archives

Dave Winfield 2001 Topps Archives

It’s never a bad day when you add a Dave Winfield rookie card into your baseball card collection.

And while this card is not an original from 1974, it is the next best thing – a reprint.

I have a pretty decent sized stack of cards that feature this card as the focus.  Many are reprints, but I also have the Original too – YES!!!!