Daily Archives: November 24, 2012

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Classics All-Star Matchups W/Harmon Killebrew

Fergie Jenkins 2005 Upper Deck Classics All-Star Matchups W/Harmon Killebrew

It is never a bad day when you bring home a baseball card that features two Hall of Famer baseball players.

And if one of the said players happens to be a guy that you are obsessive about collecting, it is even better!

This card is from the 2005 Upper Deck Classics set, and it part of the subset that is tagged as, ‘All-Star Match-Ups’.  The card features Hall of Famers Harmon Killebrew and my favorite pitcher of all-time, Ferguson Jenkins.

Have a look:

Nice, huh?

The card celebrates the 1971 Major League All-Star Game. 

In that game, Killebrew hit a home run off of Fergie in the 6th inning.  That 2-run homer ended up being the game winner as the AL beat the NL, 6-4.

Sorry, Fergie.  You can’t win them all…

Joe Morgan 2004 Topps Tribute – 1990 Hall Of Fame Commemorative

Joe Morgan 2004 Topps Tribute – 1990 Commemorative

Cards that commemorate baseball history or achievement hold a special place in my collecting heart.

And when said card happens to feature one of my favorite all-time players, the love grows.

In their 2004 Topps Tribute set, Topps issued a commemorative card to honor Joe Morgan’s 1990 Hall of Fame induction.

The card is sweet, and I really like the coloring that Topps used for the card.  Between the sweet Red accents and Golden lettering, this one is a winner!!!


Mike Schmidt 1987 Donruss

Mike Schmidt 1987 Donruss

Most collectors would call Mike Schmidt a photogenic baseball player.  Between images of him slugging home runs and making defense look easy at third base, Schmidt surely offered a lot of time to capture him playing baseball at a Hall of Fame level for many years of his career.

That is why cards like this one, from the 1987 Donruss baseball card set, drive me crazy.

Yes, I know that posed portraits were standard and all players had to have them done on an annual basis. 

But that does not mean that the card companies had to make them their selections for their cards.

Have a look to see what I am talking about:

Thanks but, no thanks.  This card fills a need on my ‘Want List’ for the PC, but if it were not for that fact, this one would not be in my collection.

No offense, Mr. Schmidt.

1982 HEADLINE: Cal Ripken Jr. Captures The American League Rookie Of The Year Award

1982 HEADLINE: Cal Ripken Jr. Captures The American League Rookie Of The Year Award

On this day in 1982, Cal Ripken was awarded with the American League’s Rookie of the Year Award.

He collected 24/28 first place votes outdistanced Kent Hrbek of the Twins by a great margin.

His numbers from that impressive debut campaign include – 158 hits, .264 batting average, 32 doubles, 5 triples, 28 home runs, 90 runs scored, 93 RBI, and the start of an amazing hitting streak!!!

Happy Anniversary Cal!!!

Andre Dawson 2003 Upper Deck Certified Autographed Baseball Card – ‘UD Bonus’

Andre Dawson 2003 Upper Deck Certified Autographed Baseball Card – ‘UD Bonus’

It took me more than a year to find the base version of this signed card of Andre Dawson for a price that I was willing to pay.  Yes, there are a lot of them out there to be had.  But I was not yet willing to fork over the cash that the sellers were asking for.

My persistence paid off and I eventually landed the card that I had seeked out for more than twelve months.  The card is a little on the light side when it comes to color scheme, but that really allows for the Blue autograph to ‘pop’ off the cardboard.

So, fast forward to today…

There is another version of this card out there.  And it is equally as sweet, and limited to just 140 copies.

The card features a gold-stamped ‘UD Bonus’ logo, and its serial number is hand written.

I have only seen a few of these come across Ebay, and they have all been recent.

And finally, I have mine: