Daily Archives: October 16, 2012

I Have Landed A Sweet Tom Glavine Signed Baseball For My Collection!!! Come See.

I Have Landed A Sweet Tom Glavine Signed Baseball For My Collection!!!  Come See.

So, let me tell you how all of this went down…

I have a buddy on one of the autograph sites that I frequent that lives in the Atlanta area.  He is a supreme autograph collector, and he almost always gets players on premium items.  We’re talking jerseys, bats, and helmets – really nice stuff!!

Anyways, after landing 6-7 Tom Glavine autographs in a long weekend of ‘graphing at Turner Field, I asked him if he was going to be seeing Glavine again before the end of the season and if he could get me a ball if I was willing to pay.

Within minutes, we had a deal.

And after a few home games for the Braves, a ball was signed for me.

And it looks great!!!

Have a look:

Awesome, huh???  I would love to get the trio of Glavine, Maddux, and Smoltz and this is the start to that project.

I love the ‘305 Wins’ inscription too.  And while HOF is always my preferred inscription when applicable, I didn’t want to wait a few more years to get this ball into my collection.

Thank you Mr. Glavine.  And thanks again, Justin!!!

Tom Seaver 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

Tom Seaver 2000 Fleer ‘Greats Of The Game’

When asking the question, ‘When you think of Tom Seaver, what team do you think of first’, you may get several responses.

Seaver played for 20 seasons in the major leagues – 12 with the Mets, 6 with the Reds, 3 with the White Sox, and 1 with the Red Sox.

Sure, it may depend on when the person you asked was a fan of the sport, or the team, or the player.  And if they are/were a collector, it may depend on if they think of a specific baseball card when a player’s name is mentioned.  And if they are a baseball historian, they may think of the player’s career and offer up his longest tenured team or possibly the team in which he accomplished the most…

For me, I think of Tom Seaver as a Met.  And that is coming from someone who loves the Reds from the late 1970’s.  Seaver joined the Reds after their 1975 and 1976 World Series championships.  But as a Met, he had the most success – ROY, 3x Cy Young Award winner, and his lone World Series Championship in 1968. 

How about you, ‘When you hear the name Tom Seaver, what team do you think of first’???

Reggie Jackson 1986 Fleer ‘Limited Edition’

Reggie Jackson 1986 Fleer ‘Limited Edition’

Back in the late 1980’s boxed sets were the rage.  And while there were certainly some that were more well thought out than others, they all made one claim – ‘Limited Edition’.

And that term set collectors and dealers into a frenzy.  Two words that had not been used in the baseball card collecting world prior really helped change the hobby (both for good and for bad).

Like many, I bought a lot of these sets.  But for me, I bought them because it felt like owning an All-Star set of cards.

And even though he was not an All-Star in 1986, Reggie was still an attraction in 1986.  His card is number 26 of 44.

Mike Schmidt 1985 Donruss

Mike Schmidt 1985 Donruss

I may have known in the 1980’s what this baseball card looked like, but I certainly did not remember it when I picked it up on www.sportlots.com for just $0.18.

I like the card, and it is a welcome addition for my Mike Schmidt player collection. 

I just wish that Schmidt was in the on-deck circle for this photo, and not at the top step of the dugout…

Have a look:

Oh, and we now know which card inspired Schmidt’s card from the 2012 Topps Archives set.  Mystery solved!!

1983 HEADLINE: Murray’s Impressive Game Seals The Deal On 1983 World Series

1983 HEADLINE: Murray’s Impressive Game Seals The Deal On 1983 World Series

On this day in 1983, Eddie Murray sealed the Baltimore Orioles World Series championship dream with a very impressive outing.

In Game 5 of the match-up, Murray and his Orioles entered the game with a 3-1 lead over the Philadelphia Phillies.

Murray proceeded to go 3-for-4 on the night while scoring 2 runs, driving in 3, and crushing 2 monster home runs.  It was his offense that was the difference, as the O’s blanked the Phillies 5-0 en route to their World Series title.

A classic performance by one of the game’s greatest hitters!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Murray!!!