Category Archives: Chicago Cubs

‘Ultimate Dawson’ Soars To New Levels!!

Ultimate Dawson‘ Soars To New Levels!!

If you missed it last night, I showed off my latest and greatest Andre Dawson autograph conquests  – another ball for my collection and a signed 1977 Topps Rookie card.

Here they are one more time:

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I’m still thrilled at how both pieces came out and even more excited about how nicely they add quality and depth to my ‘Ultimate Dawson‘ collection.

If you haven’t been to the page recently, you should really stop by and check it out.  It is truly the greatest part of my collection – and it has been a joy putting it together, piece by piece, over the last 6 years.

I cannot wait to see what comes next!!

Thanks for reading.

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Yes, I find this year’s release of Allen & Ginter to be a complete snooze-fest.

But, I am thankful for the fact that my favorite Hall of Famer, Mr. Andre Dawson, has a spot on the A&G checklist.

If I play my cards right, I should be able to add 6-7 new cards of ‘Hawk’ to my collection from this release, and hopefully for not too much money as well.

This is his base card from the set.  It put me back a whole eighteen cents.

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And now, I am ready to dig a bit deeper and try to rescue the mini and related parallels.  And if I am really luck, the relic card too.

Wish me luck!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini Base

Last week I showed you the base card of Fergie Jenkins that I picked up from the new 2014 Allen & Ginter release.

And today, I have the mini version of that same card.

Have a look:

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The minis are neat, but I am still not that happy with the card as a whole.  The image is tired and has been used in way too many recent issues to get me going.

Still, as a Fergie Jenkins collector, I will try to grab a few more A&G singles as I can.  If the feature image was different, and unique, I would certainly be more excited about the hunt ahead of me, but I have to be thankful that Mr. Jenkins’ name was included in the checklist to begin with…

On to the next!

1989 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects Hit #2,000 Of MLB Career

1989 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects Hit #2,000 Of MLB Career

On this day in 1989, Chicago Cubs All-Star outfielder Andre Dawson collected the 2,000th hit of his major league career.

On the road in Houston to face the Astros, Dawson entered the game needing just 1 hit to reach the milestone.

And that hit came pretty quickly.  In the second inning, Dawson connected for a line-drive single to the outfield off of Astros pitcher Jim Clancy.

On the day, Dawson was 3-for-4 with 2 singles, a double, a stolen base, and a run scored.  Sadly, the Cubs lost the game 6-5.

Happy Anniversary, Andre!!!

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And Now For Your Viewing Pleasure, My Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives Rainbow…

And Now For Your Viewing Pleasure, My Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives Rainbow…

While certainly not the biggest ‘Baseball Card Rainbow’ I have ever put together, I prefer to celebrate all of the ‘little’ ones I complete as I keep my eyes glued on taking the player collection to the next level.

Ferguson Jenkins was featured on four different cards in this year’s Topps Archives product, and it was not terribly hard or expensive to grab each one with the goal of nabbing all four.

So, I did just that.  And now, the rainbow is complete.

Here is a peek.  From left to right, and top to bottom – Base, Gold Foil Parallel, Silver Foil Parallel, 1987 Topps Glossy All-Star.

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Nice.  And now I am already on to the next!!

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps Triple Threads – Base

This card of Ernie Banks was one of many modern cards featuring legends of the game that came to me through a huge donation from a ’30-YOC’ loyal reader, Jared.

The card, from the 2013 Topps Triple Threads baseball card set, features Mr. Cub in his sweet White, wool Cubs uniform that boasts one of my favorite Cubs patches!

Have a look:

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I love the patch that adorns Banks’ left shoulder.  And while Topps may not have purposely used this image to show-off that sweet Cubby Bear, they certainly got my attention.

 

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base – Too Much Of The Same Old, Same Old…

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter – Base

Well, just like the Reggie Jackson card that I just posted earlier this afternoon, this card of Fergie Jenkins from the 2014 Topps Allen & Ginter set is far from exciting.

And to be honest, this one is actually quite boring.

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It’s boring because I feel like I have seen this EXACT card before – just with a different border style from another brand that Topps issues annually.

Fergie pitched in the major leagues for 19 seasons – but you would never know if by looking at his most recent cards issued by Topps.

Here is his card from another 2014 release, Archives:

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And here is the same image used in the 2012 Topps Five Star brand:

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And I am fairly certain that I can find more if I really wanted to…

But, I don’t.  So, I may just buy a few of the ‘easy’ ones from the A&G release, but I just don’t feel like hunting what feels like has already been caught numerous times…

Sorry, Fergie.  It is not your fault.

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert

Ernie Banks 2013 Topps – 1972 Topps Mini Insert

The 1971 baseball season was the last one in Ernie Banks’ major league career.  He was featured in the 1971 Topps baseball card set, but he did not appear in the 1972 issue.

So, maybe this is what his card would have looked like if he did have a card in that set:

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Topps oftentimes will retired players in sets the year after they retire, and I am not sure of the reason.  Maybe the cards are already designed? Maybe the checklists are already complete?  Maybe they do it as a tribute to the player?

Either way, we can ‘Thank’ Topps for giving us a card of Mr. Banks using their 1972 baseball card design.  The card pictured above comes from the 2013 Flagship set, it is a mini and obviously it employs the sweet, and legendary 1972 design.

Thank you, Topps!

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Limited “Spotlight”

Andre Dawson 2004 Leaf Limited “Spotlight”

What is cool about chasing down baseball cards of Andre Dawson is that after doing so for almost six years I still uncover ‘new’ cards that I did not know existed.

Like this one here:

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The card comes from the 2004 Leaf Limited set, and it is tagged with the title of ‘Spotlight’.  You can see that headline running upwards vertically in the upper-left corner of the card.

Now, I have the base card of Andre from this set and it has been in my collection for years.  But, I never knew of this ‘Spotlight’ version until it popped up on Ebay recently and managed to end up in my shopping cart.

The ‘Spotlight’ cards from this issue are serial numbered to just 50 copies.  The one I scored is number 35/50.

I LOVE IT!!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Glossy All-Star

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Archives – 1987 Glossy All-Star

Wow, I have a lot of memories of grabbing cards like this one out of the many rack packs that I ripped through as a baseball card collecting kid during the 1980’s.

Of course, I had all of the sets complete, and enough singles to fill my player collections as well.

The cards were cool, and as a player collector who collected a lot of All-Stars back then, it was always fun to have one or two more cards to chase down – and the All-Star Glossy card allowed for that to happen.

With the 2014 Topps Archives set, Topps gave us that same, sharp design again.  This time, they provided a 30-card checklist that features both legend and modern player.

I was thrilled to find the name ‘Fergie Jenkins’ as one of the thirty players selected.

Here is the card:

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Have we seen this image before?  Yes, and often.

But, I will not pout.  I will simply enjoy that Topps still gives Mr. Jenkins some cardboard-love!