Daily Archives: April 21, 2013

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps “Spring Fever” Redemption Card

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps “Spring Fever” Redemption Card

Today brings gifts!!!  This one is courtesy of one of my favorite bloggers, and buddies, Unlcemoe!!!

The gift??

Andre Dawson’s redemption card from the 2013 Topps ‘Spring Fever’ set.

The ‘Spring Fever’ set was a promotion designed by Topps to drive collectors to retail stores to purchase their 2013 Series One cards.  Redemption cards were randomly inserted into hobby boxes of Series One packs and could only be redeemed at hobby shops between February 20-27. 

Each pack of ‘Spring Fever’ baseball cards contained five cards featuring both legends and modern players.

The cards are shiny, bright, and feature a nice Spring Training vibe.

Here is the card of Andre Dawson: 

Front:

DAWSON SPRING FEVER FRONT

Back:

DAWSON SPRING FEVER BACK

A very cool addition to my Andre Dawson collection.  I’m very happy to see that Topps included him in this set.

Thank you, Unclemoe!!!

Dave Winfield 2012 Panini Cooperstown ‘Credentials’

Dave Winfield 2012 Panini Cooperstown ‘Credentials’

I am nearing the end of my collecting of the 2012 Panini Cooperstown set.  Unless something new from the set is revealed to me that peaks my interest, this ‘Credentials’ card of Dave Winfield may be the last one I bring into my collection.

VINATGE WINFIELD CREDENTIALS

The ‘Credentials’ subset is a nice one.  I like the whole resume feel that the card offers up a nice way to honor a player’s career.

For me, there is just too much missing from the card.  Obviously, you have no player image on the card – and for me that is not good.  But you also do not have any mention of Winfield being a member of the ‘3,000 Hits Club’ or a World Series champion on the card as well…

Nice thought, just not a solid execution by Panini on this one.

Alan Trammell 1979 Topps

Alan Trammell 1979 Topps

Wow, this card really takes me back.  Look at how young, and how skinny, Alan Trammell was in the image used for his 1979 Topps baseball card.

TRAMMELL 1

I also have to say that I love his socks too!!!

As for Trammell’s second full season in the majors, he was starting to establish himself as one of the more dependable shortstops in the league.  Playing in 142 games, Trammell was starting to hit and defend at the rate in which the Tigers wanted.

He would go on to become one of the best shortstops in the 1980’s.

1994 HEADLINE: Eddie Murray Tops Mickey Mantle For Most Career Games With Switch-Hit Home Runs

1994 HEADLINE: Eddie Murray Tops Mickey Mantle For Most Career Games With Switch-Hit Home Runs

On this day in 1994, Eddie Murray broke Mickey Mantle’s record of hitting switch-hit home runs in the same game. Mantle’s record of 10 was dropped down to second place as Murray accomplished this incredible feat for the 11th time in his career.

It was 16 years ago that ‘Easy Eddie’ blasted a home run from both the left and right sides of the plate. And the rest is baseball history!!

Which Don Mattingly Rookie Baseball Card Is Your Favorite???

Which Don Mattingly Rookie Baseball Card Is Your Favorite???

He’s one of the most recognized players from the 1980’s.  And his rookie baseball cards helped take baseball card collecting to another level when the hobby went from faltering to exploding.

Don Mattingly has three recognized rookie cards, from all three top manufacturers from that time.

Here they are:

1984 Topps

mattingly 1984 topps

1984 Fleer

mattingly 1984 fleer

1984 Donruss

mattingly 1984 donruss

A very nice selection of cards, and all three would be welcomed into most collections – especially of collectors that respect the 1980’s era of card collecting.

But, which one do you like the best?  Which one is your favorite??

For me, it is the one that I never had as a kid – 1984 Topps!  I have recently added this one to my collection, and I have to say that it helped make my collection of cards from that era feel a little more complete.

mattingly 1984 topps

Which one would you select???