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Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Black Mini

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Black Mini

Speaking of grabbing all of the cards of my favorite legends from the GQ set, this is the Black mini card of Fergie Jenkins that I picked up with the Jose Fernandez card that I showed off last night.




Mine is #187/199 and I am getting so very close to completing this rainbow.  Just two more cards and I am done!!!


Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – White Frame Parallel

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – White Frame Parallel

With the base and mini base cards of Fergie Jenkins from the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen set already in my collection, it was time to start going after the ‘toughies’.

So, I shopped.  I got a feel for which of the colored parallels and mini-colored parallels are out there in abundance and which ones may be tougher to come by.

And then I found one seller offering the White framed version of several cards from the set.  And two of those players are guys that I am actively collecting.  He was ‘accepting offers’ on all of the cards, so I went after both of them.

And he accepted.

Here is the White frame card of Fergie Jenkins from the set:



I’ll show off the other one I grabbed in a future post.


Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Mini

I told you that I was going to go after these Fergie Jenkins cards from the 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen set with an accelerated pace.

Here is the Mini Base card of him from the set:





And now with the two easier cards out of the way, it is time to dig in and start tracking down the harder stuff – colored borders and serial-numbered minis!

I’m so ready!

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Fergie Jenkins 2014 Topps Gypsy Queen – Base

Remember that post from a few hours ago in which I praised Topps for offering new images of both modern and legendary players within their Gypsy Queen product?

Do you recall my saying that this was not foolproof?

Well, Fergie Jenkins’ card in the set proves that.

Here is the card:



We have seen this specific image of Mr. Jenkins way too many times from Topps.  Am I excited that Fergie made the checklist?  You better believe it.  But, he has not been in a base product since 2013 and I am sure that Topps has a vault of images that they can use for these cards so I am rather disappointed that they did not take some extra care in their image selection for this one.

Will I still attempt to tackle ‘The Rainbow’?  Yes.  But, I will still wish that all of the cards contained within said rainbow featured either a new/less used image of my favorite pitcher of all-time.

1984 Topps Chicago Cubs Batting & Pitching Team Leaders Card Signed By Fergie Jenkins!!

1984 Topps Chicago Cubs Batting & Pitching Team Leaders Card Signed By Fergie Jenkins!!

Since finding vintage, new additions for my Fergie Jenkins player collection has proven to be a tough task, I have opted to see how I can do at nabbing more relic and autographed cards as I wait for new releases to include Mr. Jenkins on their checklists.

So far, that process has landed me two new autographed cards in 2014.  I showed you the first one two weeks ago.

And now, here is the other one I was able to score.  The card is from the 1984 Topps set and it is the Chicago Cubs Batting & Pitching Team Leaders card.

Have a look:



Fergie has a great autograph!  And the Blue signature is a nice complement to the Cubs’ colors he is wearing as well as the headline of the card that claims Fergie as a ‘Pitching Leader’.

Who would have thought at a pitcher with a 4.30 ERA would be celebrated on a baseball card…

Still, a great addition to my ‘Ultimate Jenkins’ collection.

Fergie Jenkins 1983 Topps Team Leaders Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

Fergie Jenkins 1983 Topps Team Leaders Baseball Card – AUTOGRAPHED!!!

It has been way too long since I added a Fergie Jenkins autograph to my collection, so when I saw this one on Ebay for a super price, I decided to ‘Watch’ and see what I could do…



Well, fast forward 6+ days and the card was mine for the very low price of $0.99 plus $2.49 shipping.  Not a bad $3.48 investment if you ask me.

As a matter of fact, the seller had a few other Jenkins autographed cards available so I scooped up another one at the same time, even getting a shipping discount for the multiple wins.

The card above comes from the 1983 Topps set and it is part of their ‘Batting & Pitching Leaders’ series.  It’s nice to see Fergie showcased on a card like this, and while he may not have been as strong as he was during his first stint with the Cubs, his 3.15 ERA in 1982 is still very, very good.

As for the other card I picked up, you’re going to have to wait for that one..  Stay tuned.

And ‘Thanks’ for reading!

Signed Baseball #100 Of My Collection Is My GREATEST ONE YET!!! You’ve Got To See This!!!

Signed Baseball #100 Of My Collection Is My GREATEST ONE YET!!!  You’ve Got To See This!!!

My signed baseball collection is one of my great joys.  I have put a lot of time and effort into crafting a collection of balls that mirrors my collection of baseball cards.  For the most part, that means going after signed baseballs of players that either helped shape my love of the sport as a kid or are responsible for the great history of the game.

The 100th signed ball in my collection has been signed by the great, Hank Aaron.

 I have been on a quest to add an Aaron ball to my collection for more than half of a year.  As a matter of fact, I had Ebay gift cards from both Father’s Day and Christmas that helped pay for the ball.

And here it is:


Signed perfectly in Blue, and right on the sweet spot, I was very picky as to the one that I wanted to purchase.

If you know anything about Hank Aaron’s autograph, there are quite a few variations out there.  In the early part of his career through the 1980’s, Aaron offered a smaller and more artsy signature.  Since then, his autograph has gotten larger, loopier, and more spread out.

The ball that I picked up is kind of in between the two – not as neat and clean as the early stuff and not nearly as large and spaced out as the very recent ones.

My ball came with a COA from Steiner Sports – and for me, that was a must.  There was no way that I was going to make this kind of investment and not have a certificate of authenticity from the company that Aaron is associated with.

For me, this is the best baseball in my collection.  It will go on the top row of my display, and will be featured in spot #1.



Word for word, that is exactly what the subject line read.

I have been trading emails over the last few days with a loyal ’30-YOC’ reader Matt.  He is the one that shared the images of the Yu Darvish, Josh Hamilton, and Matt Cain cards from the upcoming 2013 Topps Heritage set with me.

We’ve been going back and forth about our likes with the Heritage brand.  And like me, and maybe like you too, Matt has an appreciation for the history of baseball card collecting and the stars of the past.

Ultimately, I like the Topps Heritage brand, but I don’t really collect it.  Yes, I go after the Marlins cards but not much beyond that because the base set is made up of today’s players.

Around 2:00 this afternoon, the email came in.


There was no text in the body of the email.

Just an image.

And Matt is 100% right – I AM GOING TO WANT THIS CARD!!!!

Oh, My!!!!

Signing Results: Hall Of Famer & 2-Time NL MVP, Mr. Joe Morgan!!

Signing Results:  Hall Of Famer & 2-Time NL MVP, Mr. Joe Morgan!!

I’m still not certain that I have words for this…  and I like to write.

Simply stated, Joe Morgan is one of my favorite baseball players of all-time.  And even while he won multiple MVP awards and multiple World Series titles, I find him to be under-appreciated by the baseball word.  Joe Morgan could do it all on the baseball field – and while Pete Rose was the best hitter and Johnny Bench was the best slugger and Tony Perez was the best producer of runs, it was Joe Morgan that combined all of those skills making him the ‘Big Red Machine’s’ most talented all-around player.

Morgan did a signing a few weeks ago.  And when a buddy of mine on one of the autographs websites that I belong to provided a link to the show and its pricing, I was hooked.

So, I ordered myself a signed Joe Morgan baseball with a Hall of Fame inscription.

And here it is:

And since my friend was present at the signing, I was also able to snag a picture of Morgan signing the ball!!

Thank you for the great addition to my collection Mr. Morgan.

And more importantly, Thank you Chris!!!

Joe Morgan 2001 Fleer ‘Greats’ – Autograph!!!

Joe Morgan 2001 Fleer ‘Greats’ – Autograph!!!

Roughly two weeks ago I hooked myself up while cruising around Ebay.  I found a seller that was unloading a big stack of 2001 Fleer ‘Greats’ autographed cards – and at very low prices…

In total, there were probably 8-9 cards that I was very interested in.  Ultimately I settled in on 4 of them – and I paid just $22.00.

Card #2 from that buy is this card of Joe Morgan.

This is the first Morgan autograph of my collection and I am so thrilled to finally bring his autograph home.  I have been wanting to pick up one of his certified autos for some time now, and this card looks incredible in person.