Daily Archives: January 22, 2013

Derek Jeter 2009 O-Pee-Chee Midsummer Memories – ‘3-For-3 Effort Nets Jeter MVP Trophy In 2000’

Derek Jeter 2009 O-Pee-Chee Midsummer Memories – ‘3-For-3 Effort Nets Jeter MVP Trophy In 2000’

I picked up this card of Derek Jeter ‘on the blind’.

What that means is that while shopping on sportlots.com with a certain seller, I keyed in the name of Derek Jeter and then filtered the results down to the seller I was buying from.

He did not have a lot, and less that was inexpensive.  I chose one card, from the 2009 O-Pee-Chee set.

This is the card:

VINTAGE JETER

The card celebrates Jeter winning the All-Star Game MVP Award in 2000.  I recall the game vividly, and was very impressed at how easily Jeter stood out among the game’s best players.  He was the deserving MVP on that night, and I am happy to now have a card in my collection that honors the occasion!

Not bad for $0.18!!!

Mike Schmidt 1985 Topps All-Star – Thanks For The Memories!!!

Mike Schmidt 1985 Topps All-Star

The 1985 Topps baseball card brings back more memories of collecting cards during my youth than any other release.

This was the first set that I put together.  This was the one that tought me how to organize my cards, have collecting goals, and stay on track.

My dad helped me by giving me the rules, but it was me that built the set.  From scratch, and from start to finish.

It may sound silly, but there was a real sense of accomplishment for a 10-year old that came along with this task.  And I was very proud.

Mike Schmidt, Thanks for the memories!!

1997 HEADLINE: “Don Mattingly Retires From Baseball”

1997 HEADLINE: “Don Mattingly Retires From Baseball”

On this day in 1997 the above headline, or something very close to it, appeared on every sports page across America.  Don Mattingly, ‘Donnie Baseball’, was retiring from the country’s national past-time.

Don Mattingly gave us 14 years.  14 wonderful years.  14 years of memories that will last and be passed down  from generation to generation.  Never the most talented player on his team, Mattingly was without question the leader of his New York Yankees team.  His incredible vision and skill as a contact hitter were remarkable.  And for a few years in the mid-1980’s he thrilled us at the plate as his batting average hovered close to .350 season after season. 

But Mattingly was not a 1-dimensional player.  When needed, he was able to hit for power and do it well.  Mattingly blasted 222 home runs in his career and hit 30 or more homers 3 times.  And then there was the 8-game streak in 1987 in which Mattingly launched a homer in each game.  A truly amazing feat by this great competitor!!

And to round out his play, Mattingly was a dominant defender at 1st base.  A 9-time Gold Glove winner, ‘Donnie Baseball’ could do no wrong when taking the field.  In 1,634 career games at 1st base, Mattingly committed just 64 errors.  That’s just 1 error per 25 games played and just 6 per year.  INCREDIBLE!!!

The Hall of Fame debate about Mattingly always makes for interesting conversation.  He won the MVP award one time, and finished in the Top 10 for the award 3 more times.  He has been to 6 All-star games, won 3 Silver Slugger awards, and has 9 Gold Gloves to his credit.  Whether he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame is an argument that could go on forever, but he will certainly go down as one of the best, if not the best, 1st baseman to play baseball in the 1980’s.

1982 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Joins The Angels

1982 HEADLINE: Reggie Jackson Joins The Angels

On this day in 1982, Reginald Martinez Jackson signed as a free agent with the California Angels.

The deal, a five-year pact, moved Reggie back to California.  It was during this time that Reggie was moved from an outfielder position to Designated Hitter.

Fergie Jenkins 2012 Chicago Cubs Season Ticket Holder Commemorative Ticket

Fergie Jenkins 2012 Chicago Cubs Season Ticket Holder Commemorative Ticket

For the 2012 baseball season, the Chicago Cubs released some very neat and collectible season tickets.  Each ticket featured a wood-grain background with a Topps baseball card of a popular Cubs player as the centerpiece.

I have yet to see what a full book of these tickets looks like, but I have seen a handful of the singles and they look great!

So far, I have only seen one of these special tickets that features a Fergie Jenkins card.  And I have finally picked one up for my collection.

Have a look:

JENKINS COMMEM TICKET 69T

The card featured is Fergie’s 1969 Topps card and this is a very cool collectible to add to my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.

This ticket is from the game that was played on August 31.