Daily Archives: February 19, 2014

Fergie Jenkins 1983 Topps Team Leaders Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Fergie Jenkins 1983 Topps Team Leaders Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

It has been way too long since I added a Fergie Jenkins autograph to my collection, so when I saw this one on Ebay for a super price, I decided to ‘Watch’ and see what I could do…

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Well, fast forward 6+ days and the card was mine for the very low price of $0.99 plus $2.49 shipping.  Not a bad $3.48 investment if you ask me.

As a matter of fact, the seller had a few other Jenkins autographed cards available so I scooped up another one at the same time, even getting a shipping discount for the multiple wins.

The card above comes from the 1983 Topps set and it is part of their ‘Batting & Pitching Leaders’ series.  It’s nice to see Fergie showcased on a card like this, and while he may not have been as strong as he was during his first stint with the Cubs, his 3.15 ERA in 1982 is still very, very good.

As for the other card I picked up, you’re going to have to wait for that one..  Stay tuned.

And ‘Thanks’ for reading!

Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter ROOKIE CARD!!!!

Bryce Harper 2012 Topps Allen & Ginter ROOKIE CARD!!!!.

Oh yeah, another sweet Bryce Harper rookie card for my collection.  YES!!!

HARPER RC GINTER

 

I told you that I wanted to scoop up a few more rookie cards of Harper prior to the start of the 2014 baseball season.

I expect big, big, big things out of Mr. Harper in 2014, and I cannot wait to see how a Matt Williams-managed offense uses a player of Harper’s skill level.

The 2014 baseball season is going to be G-R-E-A-T!!!

1975 Topps Set Card 21/660 – #61 – Dave Winfield, Padres

1975 Topps Set Card 21/660 – #61 – Dave Winfield, Padres

Progress: 21/660

Player Name:  Dave Winfield

Card Number: 61

Team:  San Diego Padres

Position:  Outfield

Image Style: Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  22 years, 1973-88 and 1990-1995

Notes From His 1975 Season:  1975 was Dave Winfield’s second full season in the majors.  He elevated his game play in 1975 as he scored 74 runs in 143 games as compared to 57 runs in 145 games in 1974.  He also stole 23 bases in 1975 which put him on a seven year run of double-digit steals in a season.

Notes From Career:  Dave Winfield was a 12-time All-Star who dominated from both sides of the game.  He won 7 Gold Glove awards for outstanding defense in the outfield while also collecting 6 Silver Slugger awards for being one of the best hitting outfielders in the game.  Winfield connected for 465 home runs during his career while collecting 3,110 hits and 5,221 total bases.

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Happy Birthday Dave Stewart!!!

Happy Birthday Dave Stewart!!!

Dave Stewart turns 57 years old today!!

As solid of a starting pitcher as there was during the late 1980’s, Dave Stewart was the picture of consistency and dominance.

From 1987-1990, Stewart amassed 84 wins and 35 losses – good for a 71 win percentage!  He put the Oakland A’s team on his shoulders and carried them to the playoffs in each of those seasons, culminating in 3 trips to the World Series.  And in those 3 attempts at winning the grand prize, Stewart and his teammates were victorious in 1989 when they swept the Giants.

Dave Stewart is and will always be one of the pitchers that I enjoyed watching in my youth.  His dedication to the sport, and his professional approach were admirable.  A soft-spoken man off of the field, on the field he was strictly business and his silent leadership resulted in 5 trips for his teams to the World Series.

Happy Birthday Mr. Stewart.  A true class act!!!

Million Dollar Question – What Is The Ultimate Frank Thomas Rookie Card?

Million Dollar Question – What Is The Ultimate Frank Thomas Rookie Card?

As one would expect, after the announcement of Frank Thomas, Tom Glavine, and Greg Maddux’s Hall Of Fame election, there was a solid spike in the number of new listings featuring these players on Ebay.  Surely, this was a move by the non-collector to take advantage and strike while Maddux’s, Thomas’, and Glavine’s names were once again highly relevant in the hobby.

As you would expect, cards, autographs, and memorabilia of these three guys began to sell again at a pretty good pace. And the prices went from fair to overpriced to outrageous.

Just like with last week’s Greg Maddux question, this got me to thinking ‘What Is The Ultimate Frank Thomas Rookie Card’?

So, that is tonight’s Million Dollar Question.

While there are not a ton of choices, there is a small handful to choose from.

Here they are:

1990 Topps:

Frank Thomas 1990 Topps

1990 Fleer:

Frank Thomas 1990 Fleer

1990 Bowman:

Frank Thomas 1990 Bowman

1990 Leaf:

Frank Thomas 1990 Leaf

1990 Score:

Frank Thomas 1990 Score

That’s a pretty solid crop of rookie baseball cards.

But, which one is the ‘Ultimate One’?

Hmmm….  Decisions, decisions….

I like the Topps card because it takes me back to 1990 when I was living in Chicago and I first saw Frank Thomas play.  This card was hot back then – and highly sought after by kids in the Chicago-area.  I also really like the action that the Leaf card brings.  And the Score card is very nice as well – how is such a big guy framed perfectly in this image?

My pick is the Topps card – it transports me right back to 1990.  And that is what this hobby is all about for me.  Frank Thomas was a potential star back then, and I am happy to be able to say that I watched a lot of his games when he first broke into the majors.  This Topps card features him in his old Auburn college uniform, and I have strong memories of pulling cards from the 1989 and 1990 Topps set that showed the game’s high draft picks in their college gear.

It is 1990 Topps for me!!!

Frank Thomas 1990 Topps

And now it is your turn – What Is The Ultimate Frank Thomas Rookie Card?