Daily Archives: June 27, 2013

Fegrie Jenkins 2013 Topps Tribute – Orange

Fegrie Jenkins 2013 Topps Tribute – Orange

I keep chugging away at this set.  And now, I have officially scooped all of the cards of Fergie Jenkins from the 2013 Topps Tribute set that I expect to.

Below is the Orange version of Fergie’s card from the set.  It is serial numbered as 27/50.

For the remaining cards, the ones numbered to 25, 5, and 1, are just way to hard to come by.  And when I do, the price tag is just something that does not work for my budget.

So, I will celebrate owning the ‘Orange’ version of this card, and I will consider this rainbow complete.


George Brett 2013 Topps Archives – 1985 Topps Design

George Brett 2013 Topps Archives – 1985 Topps Design

Topps did it again – A super vintage image of a great Hall of Fame legend in their Archives set.

This card of Brett uses the very popular 1985 Topps design, and my lone issue with the image/graphic selection is that by the time the 1985 season was reached, Brett was a 10-year veteran and was quite a bit older than what this image depicts.  So, while I like the image that was used, I would have liked to have seen one that was much closer to actually looking like it was taken close to the 1985 baseball season.

Here is the card:


And here is a link to Brett’s original 1985 Topps baseball card.  I’ll let you choose which one you prefer more.  But for me, that original version is a classic!!

Vince Coleman 1987 Donruss ‘Opening Day’

Vince Coleman 1987 Donruss ‘Opening Day’

I have always been a big fan of the ‘Opening Day’ baseball card theme.  And if there was anything that I would change about the set, I would expand the size of the set to include each player in every team’s starting line-up.  Sure, it may delay the release of the set as it takes time to produce the cards, but I would gladly accept this set in May or June if it was more fitting to the specific theme.

This card below is from the 2007 Donruss ‘Opening Day’ set.  It uses the same graphic design that the 1987 Donruss base set employed, but it has a Maroon border versus Black. 

Personally, I like the Maroon choice, but I think that it only looks good for teams that have Red in their color scheme – Cardinals =Yes, Royals = Not so much…

Here is the card:


As for Coleman and his performance on Opening Day in 1987, he went 2-for-5 with a walk and a run scored in a 9-3 win over the Chicago Cubs.  Not a bad start to the season!!!

Happy Birthday Jeff Conine!!!

Happy Birthday Jeff Conine!!!

Jeff Conine turns 47 years old today.

Jeff Conine has been affectionately given the tag of ‘Mr. Marlin’ by the team’s fans. A testament to his playing days in South Florida, Conine’s performance and winning ways as a member of the Florida Marlins has solidified him as their most decorated player and one of it’s favorites.

A member of both World Series championship teams in 1997 and 2003, Conine was a key cog in the Marlins franchise for 8 seasons. Today, Conine holds a position in the front office with the team and also does some television work for the local channel that covers ‘The Fish’.

For his birthday, I think it would be fitting to give Mr. Marlin the honor of the first retired jersey in franchise history. I know that these types of honors are normally held for players of a Hall of Fame type caliber, but Conine is certainly the most accomplished Florida Marlins player(so far)!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Marlin!!!


Andre Dawson 2005 Leaf Century Collection ‘Timeline Threads’ Dual Game-Used Jersey Card

Andre Dawson 2005 Leaf Century Collection ‘Timeline Threads’ Dual Game-Used Jersey Card

This card has always appealed to me, but I was never able to bring one home that was in a price range I was willing to dive into.

Finally, after searching for what has felt like years, I scored!!

This card comes from the 2005 Leaf Century Collection subset tagged as ‘Timeline Threads’.  The card celebrates Dawson’s 1986 baseball season and is appropriately serial numbered to just 86 copies.  This one is 4/86.

Have a look:


I like the look – it kind of has a postal feel to it.

But, for the life of me, I just don’t know why Leaf chose 1986?  Because it was Dawson’s last season in Montreal?  Because it was Dawson’s 10th season in the big leagues??

I guess that I will never know for sure.  I wish that the back of the card offered up just a little hint about the reason that ’86 was the season chosen to acknowledge, but it fails in that department.

Still, a fantastic new relic card to add to my Andre Dawson collection.  And I have to say, one of the better looking ones as well.