Daily Archives: November 19, 2013

Andre Dawson 2003 Donruss Signature Series – Team Trademarks

Andre Dawson 2003 Donruss Signature Series – Team Trademarks

Amazingly, I never had this card in my collection prior to landing it last week during an Ebay purchase.

The card comes from the 2003 Donruss Signature Series ‘Team Trademarks’ set.

Have a look:



It is not very often that I land  the ‘harder to obtain’ and ‘more costly’ cards from a set to my Andre Dawson collection before nabbing the base card.

But, that is exactly what happened this time around.

I have had an autographed version of this card in my collection for a few years.  But, I never went after the base card.  Call it a ‘brain-fart’ on my side.

Thankfully, I was able to affordably land this beauty and bring it into ‘Ultimate Dawson’.


Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #15 – 1968 Topps Design

Hank Aaron 2000 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #15 – 1968 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 15th card in the set, a re-print of Aaron’s 1968 Topps baseball card:


Hank Aaron had another solid season in 1968.  He played in 160 games during the ’68 campaign, the second highest count of any single season in which he played.

Some of Aaron’s notable numbers from that season include: 174 hits, 33, doubles, 29 home runs, 84 runs scored, 86 RBI, 302 total bases, and a batting average of .287.  In 676 plate appearances, Aaron was walked 64 times and struck out just 62 times.

Carlton Fisk 1988 Score

Carlton Fisk 1988 Score

Without a doubt, the 1988 Score baseball card set is one of my favorite issues from the 1980’s.  The set boasts great color and great action.  And for a debut set, Score’s first release was a huge improvement over the 1981 Fleer and Donruss releases from earlier in the decade.

The set’s main graphic elements was the brightly colored borders and the Yellow stars that appear to the left of the player’s name.  That’s it – pretty plain and pretty simple.

But, sometimes, that is all you need.  And in the case of the 1988 Score baseball card set, it works!!

Here is the Carlton Fisk card from the set:



I like it.  The Gold border color coupled with the Yellow and White text and graphics look nice together.

Maybe I wish that Score chose a better image of Fisk for the card, but I am OK with this one.  But, I would like to be able to identify the park he was playing in.  The Grey road uniform tells me that he is on the road, but that’s as far as I am getting with this one…

1980 Headline: “Nolan Ryan Becomes Baseball’s First Million Dollar Player”

1980 Headline: “Nolan Ryan Becomes Baseball’s First Million Dollar Player”

On this day in 1980, Nolan Ryan signed a 4-year, 4.5 million dollar contract with the Houston Astros.

Amazingly, this level of a contract did not go to a player that was going to suit up for 150+ games in a season.  It went to a pitcher that was going to appear in no more than 35 games a year.

Happy Anniversary Mr. Ryan!!!

Who would have thought that the contracts would multiply in value as quickly as they did following this signing…

Happy Birthday Roy Campanella!!!

Happy Birthday Roy Campanella!!!

I enjoy the tradition of the Dodgers, but I wouldn’t really classify myself as a fan of the franchise.  I do however, enjoy learning about their history, especially the time that they called Brooklyn home.

The fact that the three greatest franchises from the 1950’s all called New York home amazes me.  At the same time, I understand why expansion across the country was a good thing.

Neat the center of the greatness that was the Brooklyn Dodgers was Campanella.  A 10-year Brooklyn Dodger, Campanella held down the catcher role for the team while scooping up three MVP awards and eight All-Star roster selections.

His career numbers are very good, and as a catcher they are solid – 1,161 hits, .276 lifetime batting average, 242 home runs, 846 RBI, 627 runs scored, and just 501 strikeouts in 4,205 at-bats!!!

Happy Birthday Campy!!!

Adding Three More Subsets To The ’30-YOC’ Roster. Come See!!

Adding Three More Subsets To The ’30-YOC’ Roster. Come See!!

Well friends, it is time.  Time to expand the collection a bit as I am very close to knocking off some subsets that I have been building over the last few months.

So, I am going to begin working on three more subsets to keep things going.

And let me tell, you that it took me some time to narrow it down to just three as I have been eyeing more than a dozen subsets.  In time, I will more than likely go after all of them.  But for now, I will keep it at the manageable number of three.

Are you ready??

Great.  Time to unveil.

Here we go…

2011 Topps ‘Prime 9 – Player Of The Week’

prime nine

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’

Glove stories

2013 Topps Update ‘Postseason Heroes’

postseason heroes jeter

Trust me when I tell you that I did not go after these sets because they all feature Derek Jeter (not a complaint that they do, though).  It did, however, work out well for grabbing the images I needed to show off my choices to you…

I cannot wait to get started on these subsets.  I am a huge fan of the ‘Topps Prime 9’ series and the ‘Player of the Week’ set will be a nice set to put alongside my recently completed ‘Prime 9 Home Run Legends’ set.  And as you know, Gypsy Queen is my favorite current Topps brand so there was no doubt in my mind that I would be tackling another subset from a recent GQ release.  And lastly, the Topps ‘Postseason Heroes’ set has the promise to be a great one.  I have examined the checklist, and while I wish it was a bit bigger in scale, I am excited about the set and I cannot wait to see all of the cards in person.

So, as the weeks and months push forward, so will I.  And I will take you with me each and every step of the way.

Enjoy the subsets, everyone.  I know that I will too!!