Daily Archives: February 27, 2014

Andre Dawson 1995 Pinnacle “Artist’s Proof”

Andre Dawson 1995 Pinnacle “Artist’s Proof”

Yessir, another ‘Artist’s Proof’ for my Andre Dawson player collection.  This makes number three that I have picked up in the last few months.

This one comes from the 1995 Pinnacle set and it features ‘The Hawk’ in his Marlins uniform.  I have had the base card from this same set in my collection for years; it is nice to now add the ‘Proof’ card to the lot.

Have a look:



Virtually the same as the base card design, the lone difference is the golden stamp that is located North-West of the ‘Dawson’ stamping on the card.

I don’t know how many more ‘Proof’ cards are out there – but if I come across others that I don’t already have, I will go after them.

Fingers crossed!

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Series 1 – Base

Dustin Pedroia 2014 Topps Series 1 – Base

Well, it took four retail blasters of 2014 Topps Series 1, but I finally pulled the base card of Dustin Pedroia for my player collection.

And while the card does not feature the sparkle that everyone is after, it does show off a pretty solid image.

Have a peek:



Based on the look n Pedroia’s face, and his position on the field, I am going to guess that he either just collected a game-winning hit or connected deep enough on a fly ball to allow for a game-winning run to score.

Either way, he definitely looks like a winner on this card!

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Update – Chasing History

Andrew McCutchen 2013 Topps Update – Chasing History

While I was not a huge fan of the theme, the ‘Chasing History’ subset from the 2013 flagship set was designed very well.

For the most-part, I like the images that were used for the cards, and the splits between horizontal and vertical photos was a nice change of page.

This card of Andrew McCutchen is from the Update set.  And like most of the cards from this subset, the colors are sharp, the image is sweet, and the action is live!

Have a look:



Pretty nice huh?

Topps did a great job using the team colors of the Pirates with this design.  And the old-school uniform that ‘Cutch’ is sporting is a nice throwback too.

A solid addition to my Andrew McCutchen collection!

1975 Topps Set Card 27/660 – #404 – Ted Sizemore, Cardinals

1975 Topps Set Card 27/660 – #404 – Ted Sizemore, Cardinals

Progress: 27/660

Player Name:  Ted Sizemore

Card Number: 404

Team:  St. Louis Cardinals

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style: Posed Portrait

Years In The Major Leagues:  12 years, 1969-80

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Sizemore his .240 in 153 games for the Cardinals i 1975.  He connected for 135 hits including 23 doubles and 3 home runs.  Sizemore drove in 49 runs in 1975 and also scored 56 times.  He also had 21 sacrifice hits.

Notes From Career:  Sizemore’s best season in the big leagues may have his first.  The 1969 Rookie Of The Year Award winner hit .271 for the Dodgers with 20 doubles, 46 RBI, and 69 runs scored as a 24-year old rookie.  As a member of the Phillies, Sizemore made it to the playoffs in 1977 and 1978, losing both times in the NLCS to the Dodgers.


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

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


Dawson diamond king

For the first time in almost a decade, the Donruss brand of baseball cards has a new release for the collecting community.  And while the company may have new ownership, it is going to be nice to see that old Donruss logo again in the hobby.

But, what is the first word that you think of when you hear the word Donruss?

For me it is, DIAMOND KINGS.  Donruss had some pretty sweet releases during the early stages of their brand during the 1980’s and mixed in with their base sets was a few hobby-changing elements: Rated Rookies, vintage-style graphics, etc.

Enough said.

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