Daily Archives: August 6, 2013

2005 Playoff Abolsute Memorabilia ‘Team Six’ Featuring Dawson, Ramirez, Lee, Lofton, Alou, and Choi

2005 Playoff Abolsute Memorabilia ‘Team Six’ Featuring Dawson, Ramirez, Lee, Lofton, Alou, and Choi

Yes, it is a card that features six players in total, but Andre Dawson is one of them – the headliner too, as a matter of fact!!!

The card comes from the 2005 Playoff Absolute Memorabilia subset tagged as ‘Team Six’.  The card is Chicago Cubs themed and features the following players: Andre Dawson, Aramis Ramirez, Derrek Lee, Kenny Lofton, Moises Alou, and Hee-Sop Choi.

The card is serial numbered as 92/100 and while I normally do not show off both the front and back of a baseball card, this one calls for just that.

So, here goes:

Front:

DAWSON TEAM SIX FRONT

Back:

DAWSON TEAM SIX BACK

And now that this card has been shown off, I think that it is only fair that I offer up the six Cubs that a collector and fan like me would want to see on a card like this.

My list would look like this: Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Andre Dawson, Ryne Sandberg, and Greg Maddux.

No offense meant to Mr. Ramirez, Mr. Lee, Mr. Lofton, Mr. Alou, or Mr, Choi…

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #1 – 1954 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #1 – 1954 Topps Design

I continue to work to add more cards from this set to my collection set since officially declaring that I wanted to build the full set as one of my 2013 collecting goals.

This is the 1st card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1954 Topps baseball card:

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Ah, the rookie card – Hank Aaron’s first baseball card!!!  What a beauty!!

Aaron had a pretty solid debut season in 1954 with the Atlanta Braves.  He finished in 4th place for the league’s Rookie Of The Year Award behind Wally Moon, Ernie Banks, and Gene Conley.

Still, the numbers were impressive for a 20-year old:  131 hits in 122 games played, .280 batting average, 27 doubles, 13 home runs, 58 runs scored, 69 RBI, and just 39 strikeouts in 509 plate appearances.

Carlton Fisk 1983 Topps All-Star

Carlton Fisk 1983 Topps All-Star

While most of the 1983 Topps All-Star baseball cards disappoint when it comes to their image selection, this one of Carlton Fisk is pretty nice.

Featuring a side-profile, the images captures Fisk in somewhat of an ‘action’ shot with all of his catching gear at hand.

Have a look:

FISK 5

 

When I see a card like this, I recall how much bulky and cumbersome the gear of a catcher used to be and how far it has come in the last 30+ years.

From multi-piece to streamlined.  From steel to aluminum.  From bulky and dense to lightweight and comfy.

It’s amazing how well some of the catchers from prior generations moved.  Imagine what guys like Fisk and Johnny Bench and Gary Carter could have done with the gear of today!!

1988 HEADLINE: Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage Captures Career Save #300

1988 HEADLINE: Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage Captures Career Save #300

On this day in 1988 Rich ‘Goose’ Gossage collected the 300th save of his big league career.

At home and in front of a crowd of 32,000 Cubs fans, Gossage came into the game in the top of the ninth inning to secure the Cubs victory, the win for Greg Maddux, and save #300 of his career.  The save was his 11th of the year and helped the Cubs secure the 7-4 win over Philadelphia.

In total, Gossage recorded 310 saves.  He currently sits in 18th place on the all-time list.

Happy Anniversary Goose!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Joe Morgan 2003 Upper Deck UD Patch Collection ‘Hall Of Famers’

Baseball Card Show Purchase #8 – Joe Morgan 2003 Upper Deck UD Patch Collection ‘Hall Of Famers’

One of the dealers that I have never bought from before showed interest in finding me a card this time around.  I’m not sure why he was so willing to go out of his way this time around, but I took what I was given, and the end result was the purchase of a pretty nice looking card.

The card comes from the 2003 Upper Deck UD Patch Collection set, and it features the player that I recently announced that I will be working to build an ‘Ultimate’ collection of: Mr. Joe Morgan.

Have a look:

SHOW 8

The card is very nice, and super thick.  As you can see, it offers a pretty large patch, with a nice picture of Morgan as its centerpiece.    The card’s design is put together very well, and I like the overall color scheme.

A great addition to my new ‘Joe Morgan Super Collection’!!!