Daily Archives: January 13, 2013

Fergie Jenkins 2003 Topps Retired Signature

Fergie Jenkins 2003 Topps Retired Signature

This card is another modern Fergie Jenkins card that has alluded my collection for quite some time.  From what I know, there is also a Black-bordered version that I do not have either.

I had seen a few of these come across as new auctions of the years, but never pounced due to the price tag.  And while not horribly expensive, I just always wanted to wait for a better priced opportunity.

So, I waited….

And waited…

And waited some more…

But, to no avail…  I was never able to secure one of these for the price that I wanted.  So, I had to change my philosophy and go for the gold rather than let the opportunity to own it pass me by.

So, I bought one.  And now, it is mine!!

And I am very excited to have it in my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.

Have a look:

Now, I just need to find that Black-bordered version…

Stay tuned.

Barry Larkin 2012 Topps Golden Moments – ‘Special Shortstop’

Barry Larkin 2012 Topps Golden Moments – ‘Special Shortstop’

I pulled this card from a pack of 2012 Topps some time ago.  It has been sitting on my desk for some time, and I am finally getting te chance to show it off.

The card looks great, and I really like the photo selection of Larkin.  The uniform he is wearing is one of my favorite tank-style baseball jerseys.

Have a look:

VINTAGE LARKIN

As for the card, it is celebrating Barry Larkin as the first member of the 30-30 club that was a shortstop.  On September 22, 1996, Larkin belted his 30th home run of the season making his entry into the ’30/30 Club’ complete with his 36 stolen bases.

Larkin was the second member of the Reds to join the club.  Eric Davis had joined in 1987.

Carlton Fisk 2001 Fleer Greats = SUPERB!!!

Carlton Fisk 2001 Fleer Greats = SUPERB!!!

Folks, I found another one!

This card came from a purchase that I made ‘on the blind’.  I was shopping on Sportlots.com trying to fill some holes in my player collections, and I also scooped up a few cards from the Fleer Greats and Fleer Greats Of The Game sets.

With Sportlots.com, you don’t get to see the images of the cards, so buying a card you have never seen before can be tricky, and a bit of a gamble.

Sometimes, it pays off.  And sometimes, you are left with muck.

Well, this time it pays off very handsomely for me.

This card is sharp!!  Have a look:

VINTAGE FISK

I think what sets this one off is all of the Red accents that Fleer employed with their design.  The color of Fisk’s uniform blends in pretty well with the muted background of the photo.  That really allows for the Red to take center stage!  From the stirrups, to the belt, to the helmet, and of course the great Fleer logo – they all look amazing!!

🙂

Eric Davis 1985 Donruss ROOKIE CARD!!!

Eric Davis 1985 Donruss ROOKIE CARD!!!

What a great way to start off my Sunday morning!

This card arrived in the mail yesterday and is the result of a recent shopping spree that I did on Ebay with the goal of getting closer to completing some player collections.

This is Davis’ Donruss rookie card from the 1985 set.  And of the three rookie cards that were issued of Davis in 1985, I always found this one to be the ‘toughest’ to find.

Have a look:

As a kid, 1985 was the first year that I got into baseball card collecting.  Topps was king back then, and I had a nice stack of Davis’ rookie cards from that set.

As for the Donruss card, it was harder to come by.  As a matter of fact, of the three major brands back in 1985, I would say that Donruss was the hardest to find in pack form too…

Thankfully, my search for this card is now over!  And I am thrilled about that.

1988 Donruss Baseball Cello Pack With Andre Dawson On Top!!!

1988 Donruss Baseball Cello Pack With Andre Dawson On Top!!!

This is going to be a lot of fun!!

After scoring a few goodies from my wife and kids for Christmas, I am inspired to go after more cello packs that feature Andre Dawson on the top of the pack.

With 4 sealed packs already in my collection, I started my hunt on Ebay and found this:

DAWSON CELLO 88D BASE

 

A 1988 Donruss cello pack of baseball cards with Andre’s base card from the set sitting right on top!!

It didn’t cost me too much to bring this one home, and it complements my 1988 Donruss cello pack with Andre’s Diamond Kings card on top.

Y-E-S!!!

I remember vividly as a kid that finding cello and rack packs with high-quality cards on top was a lot of fun.  Hell, I recall that some of the ones with premium cards were selling for a ton at card shows back in the day.

I am hoping that this becomes a fun side project for me.  I’ll stick to my collecting guns of trying to remain as budgeted as possible with this sub-collection for my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection, but it may cost me a bit more to bring these home as some sellers may still be living in the 1980s and 1990s…

What do you think about these unopened cello packs?  Is it worth going after more?

Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman: Cashman: Derek Jeter Out Of Boot; Working Out In Tampa

Yankees’ GM Brian Cashman: Cashman: Derek Jeter Out Of Boot; Working Out In Tampa

From MLB.com

NEW YORK — Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter has removed his walking boot and is beginning to work out at the team’s Minor League complex in Tampa, Fla., according to general manager Brian Cashman.

Jeter had surgery after fracturing his left ankle in the American League Championship Series against the Tigers, and was in a non-weight-bearing cast for approximately six weeks following the Oct. 20 procedure.

“He’s doing fine,” Cashman said. “All the boots are off. He’s allowed to walk around now in shoes and stuff, but he’s not doing any running. He’s at the complex and they have an underwater treadmill, so he’s doing some walking underwater.

“Sometime in mid-to-late January, he’ll be cleared for some baseball activities; hitting and fielding. He won’t be doing any running until the very back end of this. That’s the plan so far, and he’s doing well.”

The prognosis given by the Yankees at the time of the surgery said that the expected recovery time would be four to five months.

Jeter said recently that he expects to be in the Yankees’ Opening Day lineup, and Cashman said that the organization expects Jeter to be playing shortstop against the Red Sox at Yankee Stadium on April 1.

Cashman said that Jeter will be continuing to return from the injury as Spring Training begins, joining a group of rehabbing veterans that also includes ace CC Sabathia (left elbow surgery) and closer Mariano Rivera (right knee surgery).

“[Jeter] was always expected to be behind in Spring Training, and he’s always been expected to be 100 percent ready to go as our starting shortstop when the regular season starts,” Cashman said. “CC and him, and probably Mo, they’ll start slowly and finish strong.”

Jeter, who turns 39 in June, batted .316 with 15 home runs and 58 RBIs in 159 games for the Yankees in 2012, leading the Major Leagues with 216 hits.

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton To Play For USA In World Baseball Classic

Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton To Play For USA In World Baseball Classic

From John Jeyman, CBS Sports

Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton has found a new team he is thrilled to play for — Team USA in the World Baseball Classic.

The young slugger has committed to play for the United States on a star-studded team to be announced Thursday, sources said. Stanton’s addition brings major middle-of-the-order power to Team USA, which is looking for its first WBC win.

David Wright, Ryan Braun, Joe Mauer, Adam Jones and Brandon Phillips are among other big-league stars committed to play for Team USA. Manager Joe Torre, to no surprise, is proving to be a good salesman for players joining the team — though Stanton sounded excited about the possibility last fall.
Stanton hit 37 home runs last year with 86 RBI and a .290 batting average.

Stanton has expressed his displeasure with the Marlins since their stunning blockbuster trade with Toronto signaled a rebuilding strategy only a year after taking the payroll up to over $100 million. The Marlins have steadfastly declined to trade him since he first voiced his unhappiness with the deal with the Jays that sent Jose Reyez, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson to Canada, though there’s no evidence Stanton’s unhappiness has eased.

He is, though, thrilled to represent the United States. Stanton said in September he would “absolutely” accept if asked.
“Anything that represents your country is a big deal,” Stanton said. “It’s relatively new. To have that be more popular, or make that more important to people, is ideal.”