Daily Archives: July 23, 2013

Johnny Bench 2003 Topps Gallery

Johnny Bench 2003 Topps Gallery

I have a small stack of baseball cards from the Topps Gallery brand. 

Most of them are OK.

This one?

Not so much…

Sorry, Mr. Bench.

VINTAGE BENCH GALLERY

Jim Rice 1983 Donruss

Jim Rice 1983 Donruss

After getting it wrong in 1981 and 1982, Donruss finally gave us a nice looking baseball card of Jim Rice in 1983.

Check it out:

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Finally showing the slugger doing what he did best, the 1983 Donruss card of Rice shows him at the plate in his very famous, and very powerful right-handed baseball stance as he prepares to tee-off on a pitch.

Sure, I wish that the picture was zoomed out just a bit more so we could see the ballpark he was playing at, but I will take what I can get.

As for Rice’s 1983 baseball season, he mashed more home runs and drove in more RBI than anyone else in the American League – 39 & 126!!!

Happy Birthday Nomar Garciaparra!!!

Happy Birthday Nomar Garciaparra!!!

Nomar Garciaparra turns 40 years old today!!

I have been racking my brain for the last few days trying to remember a rookie that has impressed me as much as Nomar Garciaparra did during his rookie campaign in 1997. And to be honest, if it wasn’t for Jerome Walton’s amazing year in 1989 and Mike Trout’s debut in 2012, I would say that Nomar’s rookie year is the most impressive one I have ever been witness to.

In the ’97 season, Nomar took the baseball world by storm. He collected 209 hits while ending the year with a .306 average. He belted 30 home runs, collected 98 RBI, and scored 122 times. He was also able to amass 44 doubles, steal 22 bases, and amazingly show enough patience as a hot-hitting rookie to strike out just 92 times. That season was certainly Nomar’s most highly decorated one too. He was an American League All-star and he won the Silver Slugger award, finished in 8th place for the MVP, and was the league’s Rookie Of The Year award winner.

The sky was the limit for Nomar and over the next 6 seaons, he finished in the Top 7 for the MVP award five times.

Happy Birthday Nomar!!!

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Marlins Call Up Top Prospects Christian Yelich And Jake Marisnick

Marlins Call Up Top Prospects Christian Yelich And Jake Marisnick

From CBSSports.com

The Marlins are going even younger. The team is calling up top outfield prospects Christian Yelich and Jake Marisnick according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna and infielder Derek Dietrich will be sent to the minors to clear roster spots.

Yelich, 21, was ranked as Miami’s second best prospect behind Jose Fernandez coming into the season by Baseball America. He ranked eighth in their midseason update of the top 50 prospects in the game earlier this month. Baseball America said Yelich has “the pure swing of a future batting champion and an advanced approach” in their 2013 Prospect Handbook.

In 60 minor league games prior to the promotion, Yelich hit .274/.358/.504 with nine home runs. Forty-eight of those 60 games were at the Double-A level, the other 12 were low-level rehab games following heel problems. He is a .312/.387/.499 career hitter in 301 minor league games. Miami selected Yelich with the 23rd overall pick in the 2010 draft.

Marisnick, 22, was ranked as the team’s fourth best prospect before the season by Baseball America. He did not crack the publication’s midseason top 50 prospects list. In the 2013 Prospect Handbook, Baseball America said Marisnick “has the potential to be a five-tool player, though questions linger about his bat.”

Prior to the promotion, Marisnick hit .290/.350/.490 with 12 homers and 11 stolen bases in 69 minor league games. Almost all of those were at the Double-A level alongside Yelich, but he did play three rehab games at a lower level after breaking his hand in spring training. The Marlins acquired Marisnick from the Blue Jays as part of the Jose Reyes/Mark Buehrle/Josh Johnson blockbuster this offseason.

Ozuna, 22, hit .265/.303/.389 with three home runs in 70 games with the Marlins this year. It was his big league debut. Baseball America considered him the club’s fifth best prospect coming into the season.

The 24-year-old Dietrich hit .214/.275/.405 with nine homers in 57 games for the Fish. It was his MLB debut as well. Miami acquired him from the Rays for Yunel Escobar over the winter.

I doubt the Marlins are calling up Yelich and Marisnick to sit on the bench, so expect them to join Giancarlo Stanton is baseball’s youngest and most exciting outfield.

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Happy Birthday Don Drysdale!!!

Happy Birthday Don Drysdale!!!

Don Drysdale had a very stellar 14-year baseball career that ultimately landed him among the greatest pitchers from his era.

Starting 465 games during that span, Drysdale earned a record of 209-166, while throwing 167 complete games including 49 shutouts.

His dominance continued into the post-season as he helped lead the Dodgers into 5 World Series championship match-ups, and 3 titles.

Drysdale was a 8-time All-Star and winner of the 1962 National League Cy Young Award. He is a member of the 1984 Hall of Fame class.

Happy Birthday Mr. Drysdale, they don’t make them like you anymore!!!

The Most Unique And Rare Signed Fergie Jenkins Baseball For My Collection!!!

The Most Unique And Rare Signed Fergie Jenkins Baseball For My Collection!!!

When I tell you that I have been seeking this specific item for my Fergie Jenkins collection for more than three years, I am not exaggerating.  And when I tell you that I have never been close to obtaining it, I am stating the truth.

And I have put in my fair share of work in my efforts.

First, let me show you the ball:

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The ball is a Rawlings commemorative ball that celebrates the Cy Young Award.  Instead of the normal Major League Baseball stamping, this ball has a message of ‘Presented Annually For Pitching Excellence Honoring Cy Young’. 

These balls are no longer produced by Rawlings.  I have made dozens of calls over the years to try to get myself a brand new one for my collection.  I’ve called Rawlings.  I’ve called all of the noted sports memorabilia companies.  I’ve called the Hall of Fame.  I’ve even called the Fergie Jenkins Foundation as well.

And all of my efforts led me back to square with – with no leads…

In my time of focusing my energy on collecting all things ‘Fergie Jenkins’, I have seen two of these baseballs sold on Ebay.  Both were listed for extremely high dollar amounts, and both sold rather quickly for the exact amounts that the sellers were seeking.

And then a third ball appeared.

And I had to have it!!!

So, I nailed it!!!

fergie cy young logo ball 2

I have finally landed this exclusive ball, and it comes with the exact inscription that I would want with such a unique piece -= ‘NL CY 71’.

Between the rarity of the ball, the exclusive Cy Young stamping, the great autograph, and the perfect inscription – this is by far, the most unique and special autograph in my Fergie Jenkins collection.

A supreme addition to ‘Ultimate Jenkins’!!!!