Category Archives: Greg Maddux Collection

Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Greg Maddux turns 46 years old today.

Greg Maddux was the epitome of a hard-working pitcher.  His talent was immense and he often came across as a calm and relaxed guy.  But once Maddux took the mound, he was all about business and he excelled at a record pace.

After 23 seasons in the big leagues, Greg Maddux retired with 355 wins and 277 loses.  He has pitched over 5,000 innings during the course of his career while starting 740 games.  In his 23 seasons, Maddux threw 35 shutouts and pitched 109 complete games.

For his career, Maddux won 15 or more games in 18 of his 23 seasons; 17 of them being consecutive.  Maddux won 20 or more in 2 seasons.  He also eclipsed the 3,000 strikeout plateau with 3,371 career K’s.  His ERA at the end of his career was 3.16.

As a pitcher in the National League for the course of his career, Maddux had a career batting average of .171.  While considered to be a pretty good hitting-pitcher, Maddux hit 5 home runs and drove in 84 runs.  He has 272 hits, 103 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases to his credit.

Greg Maddux won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards.  And in 9 straight seasons from 1992-1990, he placed in the Top 3 for the award 8 times.  Greg Maddux is an 8-time All-star and has won 18 Gold Gloves for his dominance as a defensive pitcher.

In his best season of 1995, Maddux went 19-2 while throwing 10 complete games and 3 shutouts.  In that season, his ERA was an amazing 1.63 and he struck out 181 batters while walking just 23.  In that year Maddux won his 4th and final Cy Young award, a Gold Glove, and was an All-star.

Greg Maddux was played in 3 World Series contests while winning 1 championship title.  In 1995 his Atlanta Braves were victorious.  Maddux started 2 games in that match-up as he won 1 game and lost 1 game.  In 16 innings of work, he struck out 8 batters and allowed 4 runs.

Happy Birthday ‘Professor’!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Greg Maddux 1987 Topps Traded Rookie Card

Baseball Card Show Purchase #1 – Greg Maddux 1987 Topps Traded Rookie Card

Sure, I already own this baseball card – it is part of my collection that pays tribute to the early days of Maddux’s career with the Chicago Cubs.

But, when I saw this bad-boy floating around in a $1 bin, I set it to the side with a few others and eventually brought home five cards for five bucks.

The card is mint – and the soon-to-be Hall of Famer is welcome in my collection any time (as long as his cap sports a ‘C’ on it).

Happy Anniversary Greg Maddux!!

Happy Anniversary Greg Maddux!!

On this day in 1994, Greg Maddux won his third straight Cy Young award.  He was the first pitcher in major league history to earn the award in three consecutive seasons.

Being one of the best pitchers in the sport over that length of time is a major accomplishment.  And when some of your greatest competition is coming from your teammates, I am sure that the pride of being the ‘Ace’ of the staff gave Maddux even more gratification.

Here is a look at Maddux’s numbers from those three seasons:

1992 – 20-11, 2.18 ERA, 9 complete games, All-Star, Gold Glove  

1993 – 20-10, 2.36 ERA, 10 complete games, Gold Glove

1994 – 16-6, 1.56 ERA, 10 complete games, All-Star, Gold Glove

Oh, and it should be noted that Maddux went on to win the Cy Young award in 1995 too – setting an all-time record with four consecutive wins!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Maddux!!!

Greg Maddux 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings

Greg Maddux 2005 Donruss Diamond Kings

I have a very healthy stack of Andre Dawson baseball cards from this set.  And a growing lot of cards of Fergie Jenkins from the same set.

So, I figured that it was time to add the Greg Maddux card to my collection!!!

The card looks pretty good, but there is one thing in the portrait that keeps drawing my eye.  Care to guess??

Have a look at the card:

Ok, now guess.

Did you get it?

Have a look at Maddux’s hat.

Ok, now focus on the brim.

Ok, right below the brim do you see that little patch of hair??  Weird, right?  Couldn’t the artist just omit that??

Sheesh…

Greg Maddux 2001 Upper Deck SP Game Used Edition Jersey Card

Greg Maddux 2001 Upper Deck SP Game Used Edition Jersey Card

If you’re a fan of the blog, and I hope and pray that you are by now, than you know that I prefer my Greg Maddux cards with a certain Chicago swagger to them.

But, at the same time, I am a realist and I know that ‘The Professor’ had the greatest successes of his career as a member of the Atlanta Braves.

So, when I saw this card come across Ebay with no bids and a low asking price of just $1.99, I took the bait and made the purchase.

And you know what, I am glad that I did.

Here’s the card:

YES.

Greg Maddux 2006 Topps Turkey Red – FAIL!!!

Greg Maddux 2006 Topps Turkey Red – FAIL!!!

I have my share of beautiful cards from the Topps Turkey brand of baseball cards.  From Frank Robinson to Joe Morgan to Brooks Robinson to Ernie Banks to Jim Palmer – this set includes to great looking cards.

Unfortunately, this card of Greg Maddux just doesn’t do anything for me.

In fact, if this card were not of Maddux, my second favorite Cubs’ pitcher of all-time, I probably wouldn’t even keep it in my collection…

Come see why:

Pretty bad, huh?

You can’t win them all.  YUCK!

 

Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Happy Birthday Greg Maddux!!!

Greg Maddux turns 45 years old today.

Greg Maddux was the epitome of a hard-working pitcher.  His talent was immense and he often came across as a calm and relaxed guy.  But once Maddux took the mound, he was all about business and he excelled at a record pace.

After 23 seasons in the big leagues, Greg Maddux retired with 355 wins and 277 loses.  He has pitched over 5,000 innings during the course of his career while starting 740 games.  In his 23 seasons, Maddux threw 35 shutouts and pitched 109 complete games.

For his career, Maddux won 15 or more games in 18 of his 23 seasons; 17 of them being consecutive.  Maddux won 20 or more in 2 seasons.  He also eclipsed the 3,000 strikeout plateau with 3,371 career K’s.  His ERA at the end of his career was 3.16.

As a pitcher in the National League for the course of his career, Maddux had a career batting average of .171.  While considered to be a pretty good hitting-pitcher, Maddux hit 5 home runs and drove in 84 runs.  He has 272 hits, 103 runs scored, and 11 stolen bases to his credit.

Greg Maddux won 4 consecutive Cy Young Awards.  And in 9 straight seasons from 1992-1990, he placed in the Top 3 for the award 8 times.  Greg Maddux is an 8-time All-star and has won 18 Gold Gloves for his dominance as a defensive pitcher.

In his best season of 1995, Maddux went 19-2 while throwing 10 complete games and 3 shutouts.  In that season, his ERA was an amazing 1.63 and he struck out 181 batters while walking just 23.  In that year Maddux won his 4th and final Cy Young award, a Gold Glove, and was an All-star.

Greg Maddux was played in 3 World Series contests while winning 1 championship title.  In 1995 his Atlanta Braves were victorious.  Maddux started 2 games in that match-up as he won 1 game and lost 1 game.  In 16 innings of work, he struck out 8 batters and allowed 4 runs. 

Happy Birthday ‘Professor’!!

Greg Maddux 2006 Topps Heritage

Greg Maddux 2006 Topps Heritage

While this cannot by any stretch of the imagination be considered a ‘vintage’ baseball card, it sure does emote that feeling!!

The card comes from the Topps Heritage brand, which happens to be one of my favorites.  I like how Topps has continued to go back to its roots.  And while many say that it shows a lack of creativity amongst today’s designers, I like to look at it as a sign of respect and a way to pay homage to what got them to this point.

This card of Greg Maddux is as near perfection as it gets in my eyes.

LOVE IT!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – Greg Maddux 2005 Donruss Greats

Baseball Card Show Purchase #9 – Greg Maddux 2005 Donruss Greats

By the looks of the image used for this card, the picture was taken during Maddux’s second stint with the Cubs.

Is this card screaming for a signature done in Blue Sharpie?  I think so!!!

My Greg Maddux ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

My Greg Maddux ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

Now that my Greg Maddux player collection is complete I wanted to take the time to show off my favorite 5 cards from this set.

Card #1 – 1991 Score

What can I say?  I am a sucker for Black-bordered baseball cards!

Score did a great job with this release.  They issued a very sharp and well-centered product that still looks great almost 20 years later.  And while the 1971 Topps set is my favorite Black-bordered issue, the centering problems that they had that year stand out on almost every card that you see from that set…

Back to this card, again we have Wrigley Field in the background, and this time we even get to see some of the brick wall that hides behind the famous Ivy.  And having the photographer give us such a sharp image of Maddux with an out-of-focus backdrop really makes him and his wind-up jump off of this card!!