Category Archives: Tim Raines Collection

Tim Raines 2008 Upper Deck SP ‘Legendary Memorabilia’ Game-Used Jersey Card

Tim Raines 2008 Upper Deck SP ‘Legendary Memorabilia’ Game-Used Jersey Card

I love this set.

I love this series.

I love picking up relic cards of my favorite players for bargain pricing!

I scooped up this card for just $1.49 on Ebay a week ago.  It had been a while since I added a new Tim Raines card to my collection, but the wait was certainly worth it as this one is a beauty.

Check it out:

I told you!!!

Numbered as 30/30, this one is one of the more rare versions from this 2008 issue.  And while that is coll and all, I am just happy to own a great-looking relic card featuring Tim Raines in his Powder Blues!!!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

1990 Headline: Tim Raines Traded To Chicago White Sox!

During the offseason of 1990, Tim Raines was shipped off to the Chicago White Sox after 12 seasons with the Montreal Expos.  In typical Expos form, it was out with the old and in with the new.  The Expos had a talented crop of young rookies in the early 1990’s and wanted to give them playing time so they dumped their veterans – including their 7-time All-star Raines.

During his 12 years with Montreal, Raines shined as one of the game’s best lead-off hitters.  With a solid, and decade-long .300 batting average, Raines was the ideal guy to start each game with the goal of igniting his team’s offense.  And boy did he deliver…  With the Expos, Raines collected 634 stolen bases while scoring 934 runs.  He also developed a knack for driving in runs as he collected 552 RBI while batting lead-off.  He even hit 96 home runs!!!

Montreal’s loss eventually became the White Sox, Yankees, A’s, Marlins, and Orioles gain as Tim Raines was a classy ballplayer both on and off the field!!!

Happy Birthday Tim Raines!!!

Tm Raines turns 51 years old today!!

One of the scrappiest and most entertaining players to debut during the 1980’s, Tim Raines was magical on a baseball field. 

I don’t know if it was because he was undersized(5 feet, 8 inches tall), but Tim Raines dominated baseball games to most people’s surprise.

Raines had a knack for contact hitting and he retired with a .294 lifetime average alongside 2,605 hits.  And on the base paths he was a monster.  One of the sport’s greatest runners, Raines has 808 career stolen bases and he has also scored 1,571 runs. 

A constant threat to win the league’s MVP award and a 7-time All-star, Tim Raines was a steady contributor to each of the 7 teams he played with during his 23-year career.

Yet, Tim Raines is still a player that is hardly collected in today’s hobby.  And he is rarely celebrated in baseball.  Much of this has to do with his best years as a professional be ing played in Montreal for the Expos.  And while I don’t want to take away anything from his days playing North of the border, I thought for his birthday I could add an element to that experience that he and the other Expos players deserved….  For Raines’ birthday, I would like to transplant the most loyal and die-hard fans in all of baseball to Montreal to cheer for the Expos.  I’m taking the people of St. Louis and sending them North.  If any fans in this sport can get behind a team and a player like Raines, I think he would be a much more celebrated player today!!!

 Happy Birthday ‘Rock’!!!

My Tim Raines ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

My Tim Raines ‘Fab 5′ – Card #1

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

Card #1 – 1988 Topps

This may not be the popular choice, but let me tell you the reasons that this 1988 Topps baseball card is the favorite of my Raines Collection.

If you take a look at the front row of seats over Raines’ left shoulder you will see a cloudy image of a fan wearing a grey jacket.  That fan is me!!  I was at the game that this photo was taken.  So in a way, this is my 1988 Topps baseball card too!!!

Just kidding…

But there are several reasons why this issue from 1988 is my favorite:

  • Solid, action photo
  • Great, vintage Expos uniform
  • Excellent use of 2 shades of Green as the border trim color and Team name banner
  • Sweet looking name banner in the lower-right hand corner

My Tim Raines ‘Fab 5′ – Card #2

My Tim Raines ‘Fab 5′ – Card #2

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

Card #2 – 1991 Upper Deck

I love that this baseball card’s picture captured what Tim Raines was best known for – running the bases!  In full stride and heading for home, Raines was one of the best at what he did – generate offense!

In fact, Raines is one of the greatest base runners of all-time.  And if it were not for a man named Rickey Henderson, it is very possible that Tim Raines could be adding the inscription ‘Hall of Fame’ to his autograph.

In total, Raines scored 1,571 runs(50th all-time), he walked 1,330 times(34th all-time), and he stole 808 bases(5th all-time).

My Tim Raines ‘Fab 5′ – Card #3

My Tim Raines ‘Fab 5′ – Card #3

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

Card #3 – 1988 Donruss MVPs

It’s nice to see a player like Raines get acknowledged for his MVP talents and put in the same class as the other greats in the sport.  It’s tough when a player plays for a team that doesn’t get the exposure that other, more big-market teams get, but when a player like Raines, who had enormous talent, emerges most baseball fans will take notice.

Tim Raines was able to mix the blend of contact hitting, base running, and intelligent play very well.  So well in fact that he was awarded with 7 All-star team selections and 3 Top 10 finishes for the MVP award!!

My Tim Raines ‘Fab 5′ – Card #4

My Tim Raines ‘Fab 5′ – Card #4

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

Card #4 – 1982 Topps Highlights

What’s not to love??

The card looks incredible as the use of team colors that Topps employed works perfectly!  The Reds, Blues, and Whites are perfectly fit with the Montreal Expos and their team colors.

And then you have the fact that the card celebrates the fact that Raines swiped 71 bases during his 1981 rookie season.  The previous record of 56 is what Raines topped and it confirms just how incredible he was on the base paths!

My Tim Raines ‘Fab 5′ – Card #5

My Tim Raines ‘Fab 5′ – Card #5

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

Card #5 – 1984 Topps

 I love this action photo of Raines that Topps used for their 1984 issue.

And while it may just look like a regular action photo to the untrained eye, for a Raines fan this is a very normal visual when watching Raines at the plate.  Not even done with his swing, he is already blasting off towards first base.  Raines was an incredible contact hitter during the course of his career – and with tremendous poise and patience at the plate, he was an ideal lead-off hitter.

The color scheme of this card works very well.  Obviously the colors of the Expos’ uniform and the ones that Topps chose to use for their team name and player nameplates go hand-in-hand.  But it is also a very sharp and crisp photo of Tim Raines that brings it all together!!

My Tim Raines Player Collection Is Complete!!!

My Tim Raines Player Collection Is Complete!!!

I have finally completed my tribute to Tim Raines – and 1 thing resonated with me throughout this process of putting together a set of all of Raines’ Expos cards.  And that thing is that Tim Raines deserves more recognition and consideration for Hall of Fame enshrinement.

Raines is one of the greatest lead-off hitters of all-time, and his numbers are very comparable, and even better than most of his peers.

Raines was able to combine the skills of a great runner, classic hitter, and brilliant defender into his all-around  game.  His desire to be the best and help elevate his team’s amount of wins was clear in every base he stole, run he scored, and play he made.

Finally, my Tim Raines collection is complete:  

And as I do with all of my newly completed player collections, I will select and rank my ‘Fab 5’ all week next week.  Stay tuned, card #5 will debut next Monday…

Thanks.

Tim Raines 1981 Donruss – Rookie Card

Tim Raines 1981 Donruss – Rookie Card

Man I have some great memories of this card!!!

A fun story – Back when I was probably between 8-10 years old, the first ever Sports Authority opened up within 15 minutes of where we lived in Ft. Lauderdale.  For those of you not familiar with that store, think Home Depot for sporting goods…  A part of their week-long ‘Grand Opening’ celebration the store had autograph line-ups each night to bring people by and get people excited.  My dad showed me the roster of events, and who did I pick?  Yep, Tim Raines!!  You see, even back as a youngster I valued him and what he did for the Montreal Expos team.  So that night, we stood patiently in line and ended up getting 2 cards signed by ‘Rock’ himself.  I still have that 1987 signed Fleer card in my collection today and I have to think that this may have been what hooked me on autograph collecting!!!

The other card that I got signed was a 1981 Donruss rookie card.  I don’t have it any longer, but I have now added that card(not signed) to my Tim Raines collection that honors one of my favorite players from my youth!!!