Daily Archives: June 20, 2013

Andre Dawson 2004 Donruss Leather & Lumber – SILVER!!!

Andre Dawson 2004 Donruss Leather & Lumber – SILVER!!!

I never realized that this set of cards had alternate versions but when I found this one, I immediately pulled out my Dawson boxes to confirm if I had it or not.

Sadly, I did not own it – but that gave me the reason to go after it!!

I already had the base card, which features a Golden ‘Donruss Leather & Lumber’ logo and no serial number.

And now, I have the Silver version which is serial numbered as 80/100.

Have a look:


Special ‘Thanks’ to the Ebay seller that listed this with the word “SILVER” in CAPS for me!!!



Jim Palmer 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings ‘HOF Heroes’ – Red

Jim Palmer 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings ‘HOF Heroes’ – Red

Within my Andre Dawson player collection, I have a ton of cards from the 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings ‘HOF Heroes’ set.

As for my Fergie Jenkins and Jim Palmer collection, I am lacking.

And if there is any way to quickly add bulk to a collection, it would be to go after the cards from this set.  The number of parallel versions of each card is at least 10, and then you have the relics and autographs as well…

It’s time for me to start shopping a bit harder for these cards.

In the meantime, here is the Red version of the Jim Palmer card:

Bob Gibson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

Bob Gibson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen

The Gypsy Queen brand of cards has always done a great job in showcasing Hall of Famer Bob Gibson.

Gibson is one of his era’s greatest pitchers, and the accomplishments he achieved over the course of his major league career have not been matched by many.

Here is his card from the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set:


I really like this one.  I like that you can see the shortstop preparing to field his position.  And I really like that you can see all of the way to the outfield wall too.

Great job by Topps on this one!!!

Alan Trammell ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1980 Topps

Alan Trammell ‘Fab Five’ – Card #2 – 1980 Topps

Now that my Alan Trammell player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.

Card #2 – 1980 Topps


You all know just how much I love baseball cards that show hitters perfecting their craft in the batting cage.

Well, there is a decent amount of cards of Alan Trammell in my recently completed set that show ‘Tram’ going to work in the cage; 4-5 cards to be a little more specific.

Of them, this one from the 1980 Topps set is by far my favorite.  I like that a player of his caliber knows that he still has to work on bunting – a mechanism designed to sacrifice oneself in favor of helping the team get into better scoring position.

Atta Boy Tram!!!

Vince Coleman 1989 Fleer

Vince Coleman 1989 Fleer

And somebody in the ballpark yells, ‘Hey Vince!!!!’


Chris Davis Wins ‘MVP For A Day’

Chris Davis Wins ‘MVP For A Day’

Another contest is in the books. And another winner has been crowned.

Chris Davis has won the ’30-YOC’ contest ‘MVP For A Day’.

And that means that irondequoit36 has captured the top prize in this edition of ‘MVP For A Day’.

Here is one more look at the prize:


And here is the full results of the contest:

Player Pick Points
irondequoit36 Chris Davis 81
commishbob Adam Jones 40
pat Yadier Molina 33
matt h Yasiel Puig 31
thorzul Nelson Cruz 30
matt d Manny Machado 26
tom s Wil Myers 25
sport card collectors Miguel Cabrera 23
ryan Carlos Gonzalez 18
unclemoe Jacoby Ellsbury 10
gerad Carlos Beltran 8
matt w Mike Trout 8
lost collector Robinson Cano 8
rog Buster Posey 8
rick Nick Markakis 7
victor Garret Jones 5
shane k Edwin Encarnacion 5
jared David Ortiz 5
ron c Giancarlo Stanton 3
charley Carlos Gomez 3
jeff b Freddie Freeman 1
dj Jean Segura 0
jacobmrley David Wright 0
jason Pedro Alvarez -2
mgrlvr Andrew McCutchen -5
brian c Dustin Pedroia -5
ag Yoenis Cespedes -5
jeff p Starlin Castro -5
travis r Paul Goldschmidt -5
john h Prince Fielder -7
q Justin Upton -10


Thanks again to all that played. And stay tuned as my next contest is right around the corner.


Attention Orioles Fans, Topps’ 2013 Archives Product May Not Be For You…

Attention Orioles Fans, Topps’ 2013 Archives Product May Not Be For You…

I’m still going through all of the cards that I pulled from the two boxes of 2013 Topps Archives that I busted two weeks ago.

I have a few trades in the works, I have cards that will go to my player collections, and I have cards that will go to the guys that I exchange cards with often.

Overall, I would say that I am pretty happy with the product, but some of the image choices have left me scratching my head – especially when it comes to some of the legends that were included in the set.

Of the poor image selection that I found, no team was more effected than the Baltimore Orioles.  They are all pretty bad if you ask me.

Attention Orioles Fans, Topps’ 2013 Archives Product May Not Be For You…

First, there is the way too zoomed-in image of Cal Ripken in this 1972 Topps card:


Not complimentary at all if you ask me.  And this one is the BEST one I pulled…

Have a look at the Eddie Murray card:


Sure, I love the 1985 Topps design and the Orioles logo is sweet as well.  But this image sucks – I cannot even figure out why the picture was snapped…

And it only gets worse from there…

Here are the four base cards I pulled of guys on the current roster:



What the hell is that in the background?  A tarp?  A construction site??  Where aer the palm trees?  Where are the hand-painted outfield signs??  And can somebody please look at the camera??

Jeez!!!  I’m kind of glad that my Marlins only got one card in the set this year…