Daily Archives: September 4, 2014

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps ‘Million Dollar Chase’ Certified Autograph Baseball Card

Fergie Jenkins 2013 Topps ‘Million Dollar Chase’ Certified Autograph Baseball Card

When I tell that I have tracked this card for more than a year, I don’t believe that I am stretching my estimation of the time.  I know that when I first saw versions of this card hitting Ebay that I was going to end up bringing one into my collection of Fergie Jenkins autographs.  I have a good collection of Topps certified signed cards of Fergie, and this one is a great complement to the lot.

Way back, probably 9-10 months ago, I saw one sell for just $4.99.  And ever since that time I’ve been waiting.  Waiting for the next bargain to hit.  Waiting for the next ‘deal’ to cross my plate.

Well, that wait took us until August of 2014.

And while I did not pay as low as $4.99, I did nab this beauty for just $5.95.  Yes – $5.95!

And I am thrilled.   The card is serial numbered to just 300 total copies and mine is stamped as #143/300.

Have a look:

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I am so excited to finally bring this card into my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.

And now, I can turn my attention to the next hunt!  Fingers crossed that I can find another sweet deal like this one…

Wish me luck!

1975 Topps Set Card 251/660 – #227 – Bob Watson, Astros

1975 Topps Set Card 251/660 – #227 – Bob Watson, Astros

Progress: 251/660

Card Number:  227

Player Name:  Bob Watson

Team:  Houston Astros

Position:  Outfield

Image Style:  Posed Hitting

Years In The Major Leagues:  19 seasons, 1966-84

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Bob Watson hit .324 in 132 games for the Houston Astros in 1975.  He was chosen as an All-Star that year, and put together a solid offensive season.  Watson connected for 157 hits including 27 doubles and 18 home runs.  He scored 67 runs for the club and also drove in 85.  Best of all, Watson struck out just 50 times in 533 plate appearances.

Notes From Career:  Bob Watson is a 2-time All-Star with a tremendous baseball resume.  He is a lifetime .295 hitter with 1,826 hits in 1,832 games played.  Watson connected for 307 doubles during his career and 184 home runs.  He scored 802 runs during his playing days and was responsible for driving in 989 runs.

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1995 HEADLINE: Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams In The Same Game!!!

1995 HEADLINE: Robin Ventura Hits 2 Grand Slams In The Same Game!!!

On this day in 1995, Robin Ventura hit two Grand Slams in the same game, becoming just the 8th player in major league history to accomplish the feat.

Here is a closer look at Ventura’s stat line from that very memorable ballgame:

3-for-5 with a walk, 3 runs scored, 8 RBI, and most importantly – A Chicago White Sox victory!!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Ventura!!

1993 HEADLINE – Jim Abbott Hurls No-Hitter For Yankees!!

1993 HEADLINE – Jim Abbott Hurls No-Hitter For Yankees!!

On this day in 1993, Jim Abbott pitched a no-hitter for the New York Yankees.

All major league starting pitchers have the talent to throw a no-hitter.  Yet of all of the guys that I have seen, watched, or read about tossing a ‘No-No’, Jim Abbott’s performance back in 1993 was astonishing to me and remains a bold memory for me 17 years later.

In that game, Abbott was awesome.  In front of 27,000 fans at Yankee Stadium, Abbott’s Yankees team took on the Cleveland Indians.  The Indians roster was stacked with talented hitters like Kenny Lofton, Albert Belle, Manny Ramirez, and Jim Thome.  Having to battle and overcoming these incredibly talented hitters makes Abbott’s no-hitter more remarkable…

While putting in 9 innings of work, Abbott threw 119 pitches.  And while walking 5 batters and striking out just 3 men through the game, it was Abbott’s competitive nature that helped him through the game which led his team to victory and him into baseball’s record books!!!

Congratulations Jim Abbott!!!

1985 HEADLINE: Gary Carter Connects For 5 Home Runs In 2 Games!!!

1985 HEADLINE: Gary Carter Connects For 5 Home Runs In 2 Games!!!

On this day in 1985, Gary Carter became just the 11th player in major league history to crush 5 home runs over the course of 2 consecutive games.

An amazing feat for any slugger, this incredible accomplishment is even more amazing as Carter was never really known as a long-ball threat.

I thought it would be fun to re-live those 5 round-trippers.  Here are the notes:

HR # Date Inning Pitcher Men On-Base Total RBI
1 9/3/1985 1 D. Dravecky 1 2
2 9/3/1985 4 D. Dravecky 0 3
3 9/3/1985 5 L. DeLeon 2 6
4 9/4/1985 2 R. Jackson 0 7
5 9/4/1985 7 E. Wojna 0 8

Very impressive, if I do say so myself!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Carter!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Happy Birthday Mike Piazza!!!

Mike Piazza turns 46 years old today.

Piazza was a solid offensive contributor for the teams he played for during his 16-year career.  One of the game’s greatest slugging catchers of all-time, Piazza was an offensive machine.  During his career he piled up some very impressive numbers: a lifetime .308 batting average along with 2,127 hits, 427 home runs, 1,335 RBI, 1.048 runs scored, and 344 doubles.  A true power hitter with a good ‘batter’s eye’, Piazza shined brightly when the spotlight was on him.

And during that 16-year career, Piazza picked up a nice handful of individual awards.  He was the 1993 Rookie of the Year, he was a 12-time All-star, and he won 10 Silver Slugger awards.

Happy Birthday Mike.  High Five!!!

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Reggie Jackson 2013 Pinnacle Clear Vision – ‘Single’

Reggie Jackson 2013 Pinnacle Clear Vision – ‘Single’

It’s unfortunate that you cannot see it, but this card is actually pretty neat.  The card is a hard plastic, and a small portion of it is clear.  I guess that is where the ‘Clear Vision’ theme comes into play…

Anyway, I guess that I could have put a piece of colored paper under it when I scanned it, but then I don’t know that Reggie would ‘pop’ in the same manner as he does here…

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This is a neat set by Pinnacle, and it is the first one in my collection for any of the players that I go after.

I may have to change that as I really like the look of the card, and I know that Palmer, Reggie, Stanton, Harper, and others have a lot of cards in this release.

Best of all, I did not even need or miss a ‘NY’ logo!!!