Daily Archives: August 19, 2013

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Greats – GOLD

Andre Dawson 2005 Donruss Greats – GOLD

I had this card already in the base and certified autograph form, but the Gold version had eluded me for quite some time.

It was not the price that kept this card from becoming a part of my collection, it was tracking it down that was the hard part.

I tried Ebay.  I tried Sportlots.  I tried COMC.  All to no avail.

And while it took quite a bit of shopping and waiting, I was finally able to bring one home after I found one listed on Ebay!!!

The card is serial numbered as 78/100.  The lone difference between this card and the base card from the set is the Gold Donruss logo that you find centered directly below the image of Dawson.

 

I’ll take it!!

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2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Yadier Molina

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Collisions At The Plate’ Subset – Yadier Molina

The theme of ‘Collision At The Plate’ is one that I think all baseball fans could get excited about. The play in which two players collide with completely opposite goals: 1 putting their body on the line in an effort to score a run for their team. 1 putting every ounce of energy, strength, and will into defending their plate.

Oh yes, the ‘Collision At The Plate’ is the perfect place for baseball drama to be born. And as soon as I saw that the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen set was going to include a subset of cards with the title of ‘Collisions At The Plate’, I knew I would be going after it.

This is the Yadier Molina card from the set:

MOLINA

 

Yadier Molina is commonly tagged as the most well-rounded catcher in the game.  Both his offense and defense are elite, and he is a perennial MVP candidate for the St. Louis Cardinals.

Entering the 2013 baseball season, Molina has won five straight Gold Glove awards for his defensive excellence at catcher.  He has a career fielding percentage of .994 over ten seasons, and he has made just 50 errors in 9,634 innings of work.

Molina has thrown out 44% of the runners that try to run against him!!

Carlton Fisk 1985 Fleer

Carlton Fisk 1985 Fleer

The 1985 Fleer baseball card set has long been a ’30-YOC’ classic.  I also find it to be a very under-appreciated set too.

The cards are sharp – bright borders, great team logos, and a nice large area for the picture to be on display.

And when compared to the dull and drab Fleer releases of 1984 and 1986, this set shines!!!

The Carlton Fisk card from this set is pretty sweet, have a look:

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I told you!  A great picture is the centerpiece, and I really like that the picture of Fisk, while with the White Sox, was taken at Fenway Park; his old home while playing for the Red Sox.

The photo is framed very well, and the Red and Dark Grey work extremely well together!!!

A great card for my Carlton Fisk collection!!

Reggie Jackson 2013 Topps Stickers

Reggie Jackson 2013 Topps Stickers

I’ll be honest, my preference for baseball stickers is for the ones that filled Fleer wax packs in the 1980’s.  Heck, they were almost as much fun to get as the cards…

Topps has been issuing sticker sets for the last two years, and while I have grabbed the Marlins team sets from both releases, that is about it.  Maybe I would pay more attention to them if my kids showed interest in them, but that has yet to occur.

So, while I have no plans of buying a lot of the new stickers, I will say that some of them are pretty nice to look at.

Here is an example:

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This is the Reggie Jackson sticker from the 2013 set.  The set features one legend from every major league team, and for the Oakland A’s, Topps chose Reggie Jackson!  And while they could have gone with Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, or Dave Stewart, I think that chosing Jackson was the right choice!

NICE!!!

Happy Birthday Bobby Richardson!!!

Happy Birthday Bobby Richardson!!!

Bobby Richardson turns 78 years old today.

The MVP of the 1960 World Series, Richardson’s role in that championship match-up of his Yankees and the Pittsburgh Pirates was vital.  In that 7-game series, Richardson hit .367 as he collected 11 hits in 30 at-bats.  He also scored 8 runs, hit a homer, and drove in 12.  Stuff that legends are made of, right there!!!

Happy Birthday Mr. Richardson.

How Sweet Would It Be To Have A Roberto Clemente Signed Ball In The Collection????

How Sweet Would It Be To Have A Roberto Clemente Signed Ball In The Collection????

As I continue to learn more and more about the life and major league baseball career of Mr. Roberto Clemente, I am starting to understand the impact he had not only on the game, but more importantly, on the sport after he passed away.

Tragically killed in a plane crash more than 40 years ago, the Roberto Clemente signed baseball has to be a gem in any collector’s set regardless of how big or small that collection may be.

Because of his death, and the way that autographs were treated while Clemente was able to sign, there are very few clean, crisp, and mint signed Clemente baseballs out on the open market.  And because of that, it makes any piece signed by him instantly cherished.

I would love a ball for my collection, but the price tag that comes along with it is not something that I can stomach.

Instead, I will simply drool over the idea of having one…

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