Daily Archives: February 6, 2014

Andre Dawson 1994 Pinnacle “Artist’s Proof”

Andre Dawson 1994 Pinnacle “Artist’s Proof”

It’s always fun to haul in cards for my Andre Dawson collection that were issued during his playing days.

And since you probably have a good understanding of how grandiose my collection is, you can imagine how hard it is to still find older cards that I don’t already own.

But, they are out there.  And they just take a little while to turn up…

Thankfully, I have a keen eye – and I like the thrill of the hunt.

And my latest conquest is Dawson’s 1994 Pinnacle “Artist’s Proof” card.

Here it is:



This is my second ‘Proof’ card of Dawson and I am excited to see how many more I can uncover.  The card is virtually the same as the base card from the 1994 Pinnacle set, but it has that Gold-foil stamp that reads ‘Artist’s Proof’ right by Andre’s name.

I’m not sure how many more of these types of cards are out there, but I will keep trying to seek them out!

In the meantime this is a very nice addition to my Andre Dawson PC.

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Jayson Werth

2013 Topps Gypsy Queen ‘Glove Stories’ Subset – Jayson Werth

Topps’ Gypsy Queen brand offers up some pretty sweet 10-card subsets that feature intense action.

One of my favorite parts about the GQ subsets is that they don’t simply throw in the top players – they truly find incredible images regardless of the player’s star power.  What this does is introduce us to other talents that perform at high levels while also allowing for players that are not always in the spotlight a chance to shine for a bit.

The ‘Glove Stories’ set primarily features outfielders with 8 cards, and has 2 infielder cards as well.

This is the Jayson Werth card from the set:



There is something about the postseason defensive gem that truly makes moments withstand the test of time.  There is the catch by Willie Mays, the dive by Derek Jeter, and this play by Jayson Werth that I don’t believe gets the credit it deserves.

In the 2012 NLDS, the Nationals faced the St. Louis Cardinals.  Jayson Werth made this play on a would-be home run ball crushed by Daniel Descalso.  The play saved the game and preserved the 2-1 win for the Nationals.

Reggie Jackson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Blue Paper Frame

Reggie Jackson 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen – Blue Paper Frame

Trust me when I tell that I keep chipping away at this.  I’m like a newbie lumberjack – just hacking away and hoping that over time my work result in the big tree falling…

This is the fifth card from the Reggie Jackson ‘2013 Topps Gypsy Queen Rainbow’ that I have picked up.

First, is was the base card.  And then the ultra-sexy White Paper card.  From there, I went mini as I snagged both the base and alternate image cards.

And now, I have the very sheik Blue Paper framed card as well.

The card is serial numbered as 271/499 and while the Blue is not a great fit for Reggie’s Oakland A’s team colors, it is still a pretty sharp-looking baseball card.

Check it out:



And now with all of the regular-sized cards out of the way, it is time to try to track down a few more mini’s.

Wish me luck!

Eddie Murray 2012 Topps Archives – 1980 Topps Design w/Gold Archives Stamp

Eddie Murray 2012 Topps Archives – 1980 Topps Design w/Gold Archives Stamp

I will always look for ways to share shipping fees while shopping for cards.  Within Ebay, this typically involves shopping with a seller that charged nothing extra when additional cards were added to the order as long as they were bought on the same invoice.

Well, that was all that I needed for inspiration.

And that is how a single Giancarlo Stanton baseball card purchase (which you will see in the coming days) turned into a nice 6-card pick-up.

Among the cards in the lot was this Gold foil-stamped 2012 Topps Archives baseball card of Hall of Famer, Eddie Murray!

I love vintage Eddie Murray cards and while this was one released just two years ago, the 1980 Topps design is what reeled me in!!!




And one of the best part?  That I had to only pay $.33 cents for shipping!!  WOOT.

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Michael Young”, I Think Of…

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Michael Young”, I Think Of…

From dictionary.com:

Word Association, Noun.  

Definition – the connection and production of other words in response to a given word, done spontaneously as a game, creative technique, or in a psychiatric evaluation.

Ex: Dog –> Bark

‘Wednesday’s Word Association’ – When I Hear The Name “Michael Young”, I Think…


Michael Young

With the recent retirement of Michael Young, it got me to thinking about his full career and how great of a teammate he was to anyone that played with him during his time with the Rangers, Phillies, or Dodgers.

Young was a fantastic hitter, and being such, he could have carried around a large ego and few  would have complained.  Instead, he put the team’s winning in front of his personal goals, and he often found himself being shifted from defensive position to defensive position to make room on the field for teammates that could also help.

In 1,817 total games, Young played 793 games at shortstop, 465 at 3B, 448 at 2B, and 111 at 1B.  He was a 7-time All-Star and a 0-time complainer!  A true PROFESSIONAL.

Enough said.

And now, When You Hear The Name “Michael Young”, You Think Of…

Hank Aaron’s Spectacular 1954 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Hank Aaron’s Spectacular 1954 Topps Rookie Baseball Card

Very few players have baseball cards that continue to maintain or increase in value after retirement, after Hall of Fame enshrinement, and after their lofty records fall.

Very few players can measure up to Hank Aaron and his baseball cards.

His rookie card, from the 1954 Topps baseball set, is superb.  It offers us a glimpse of a young and very talented Aaron as well as a very vintage, and politically incorrect Braves’ team logo.

Here is the card:

I wonder how may bikes found this card attached to their spokes… 🙂