Daily Archives: September 23, 2013

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Jim Palmer 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

When I went to the September baseball card show, one of my main goals was to go after singles of the guys that I collect that are in the new 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter set.

I purposely did not buy any cards from this release prior to the show as I wanted to be able to enjoy buying them in person.  Thankfully, I walked away with six base cards from the set – all of guys I am focusing on collecting.

Since the show, I have been busy shopping for the base and parallel cards from the set so I can bolster my collections even further.

I have made a few purchases and the cards are starting to roll in.  The first one that made it to my house was Jim Palmer’s mini card, the base version.

Check it out:



Featuring the same image as the larger, base card, I have to say that I am really liking the Orange background behind Palmer.  Not only does it allow for him to stand out a bit more than a plain White background would allow, but it is also a few shades lighter than the Orange from his Orioles uniform which allows for the Orange parts from his jersey and cap to really pop!

A great addition to my Jim Palmer collection!!

Keith Hernandez 1986 Donruss

Keith Hernandez 1986 Donruss

Unfortunately, this is two pretty bad Keith Hernandez baseball cards in a row that I am showing off…

I don’t know why, but so far I have yet to really find some ‘stand out’ cards of Hernandez, but the ‘bad’ ones keep piling up.

First, let me say that I am not a fan at all of the 1986 Donruss card design.  I don’t care for the horizontal pinstripes at all.  And I also don’t care for the geometrical frame shape that the card’s image is framed with.  For me it is all just way too much.

And then you couple it with a picture that is way too zoomed-in, and you get a horrible result.

Take a look:

hernandez 8


Sorry Mex.  Maybe next time!!

1988 HEADLINE: Jose Canseco Becomes 1st Member Of The ’40/40 Club’

1988 HEADLINE: Jose Canseco Becomes 1st Member Of The ’40/40 Club’

On this day in 1988, Jose Canseco elevated his game to a place that no other player had been prior.

With 2 stolen bases against the Milwaukee Brewers, Canseco collected his 39th and 40th steals of the season and became the first player in major league history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases in the same season.

Canseco won the Most Valuable Player award during this season.  And it can be argued that this was the most impressive offensive season ever had by a player.  To date, only 4 players have gained entry into the ’40/40 Club’, with Canseco being the first.  And had it not been for Jose’s incredible year, it’s very possible that this baseball milestone never existed.

Congratulations to Jose Canseco – A Very Elite Player!!!

1985 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #200

1985 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For Career Home Run #200

On this day in 1985, Andre Dawson hit the 200th home run of his major league career.

With the Montreal Expos on the road in Chicago, Dawson and his teammates were facing his eventual employer – the Chicago Cubs.

Dawson entered the game with 199 career home runs, and in the top of the fifth inning, against Cubs pitcher Steve Trout, Dawson delivered a solo home run that gave the Expos a 2-1 lead.  Dawson would end up going 1-for-5 in the game with 1 hit, 1 home run, and 1 RBI.  The Expos won the game 10-7.

Congrats on #200 Hawk!!!

Dawson Expos

1983 HEADLINE: Steve Carlton Captures 300th Win!!!

1983 HEADLINE: Steve Carlton Captures 300th Win!!!

On this day in 1983 Steve Carlton recorded the 300th win of his amazing baseball career.

‘Lefty’ and his Phillies teammates were on the road in St. Louis as they prepared to battle the Cardinals.  Ironically, it was the Cardinals that Carlton broke into the major leagues with…  In the game, Carlton was dominant.  He pitched 8 solid innings while allowing 7 hits and 2 runs.  And since he is one of the game’s greatest strikeout artists, he also added 12 more K’s to his resume while also collecting a hit as well.

Congratulations on #300!!!!

Time To Unveil Unique Andre Dawson Card #1,100 For My Collection – 2013 Panini Induction

Time To Unveil Unique Andre Dawson Card #1,100 For My Collection – 2013 Panini Induction

Yessir, another milestone for the ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection!

One of my many collecting goals in 2013 was to reach 1,100 unique Andre Dawson baseball cards for my collection and that goal has finally been met.

To be honest, it took me a few more months than I had expected, but I am finally there.  I wanted #1,100 to be special but I have had a horrible run of bad luck when trying to pick up some new relic cards or autographed cards for my collection.  Between being outbid in the closing seconds on multiple occasions or  starting prices being well out of my price range, it has not been pretty.

Still, I wanted the card to be special.

And I think I nailed it!!!

This card comes from the 2013 Panini subset tagged as ‘Induction’.  The setting is Dawson’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the card looks great.

Check it out:

Dawson Panini Induction


Certainly a very fitting way to acknowledge my favorite player while also adding a nice, new card to my collection.

#1,100 is in the books and I am already looking to the next magic number that I can reach.

Thanks for reading.