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Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Museum Collection – Base

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Museum Collection – Base

Last week, I showed you the sweet ‘Blue’ version of Andre Dawson’s card from the 2014 Topps Museum Collection set.

Well, fast forward to today and I have another sweet one to show off – it’s his base card.

Have a look:



Now, there is not a lot of difference between the base and the Blue, just small accents scattered here and there.

But, the cards are both very sharp and alive with bold colors.

I am hoping that in the coming weeks I can affordably add both the Green and Copper versions of this card to my collection.  Even if I have to crack open my wallet a little wider than I would like, I think I want to do it…

Time will tell.

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Museum Collection – Blue Parallel

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Museum Collection – Blue Parallel

The Museum Collection brand has always been able to put together a solid base product.  Between allowing the image featured on the card to stand out, and adding subtle yet dramatic graphic elements that enhance the look of the card, these cards are sweet!

I typically do not go after too many cards from this set as the price tag is typically more than what I would want to pay.

But, when I saw the Andre Dawson card, I had to grab one.

The card I found was the Blue parallel version to the base card.  The Blue version is serial numbered to 99 copies.  Mine is stamped as 84/99.

Have a look:



Wow, the Blue really looks great on this card!!  It perfectly complements the uniform that ‘Hawk’ is sporting.

And hopefully in time I can score another card from the set.  Wish me luck!!

‘The Junior Junkie’ Fires Over Some Sweet Additions To The ’30-YOC’ Collection!!!

‘The Junior Junkie’ Fires Over Some Sweet Additions To The ’30-YOC’ Collection!!!

Last week I got a pretty sweet package in the mail from loyal ’30-YOC’ reader, TJ.  You may know him by the name of the blog he writes called ‘The Junior Junkie‘.

TJ sent over some pretty neat stuff.  I’ve got it all organized into three lots.

First, is the ‘Andre Dawson Oddball’ lot.  It is chock full of Dawson goodies from both new and old sets – mostly non-mainstream stuff too.

Have a peek:


While none of these cards were new additions to my collection of Dawson cards, they are certainly all welcomed additions!

Up next is a sweet 4-card lot of cards for my 1975 Topps set building project:


Awesome, vintage goodies right there!!  And all four cards fill holes on my want-list, which is especially nice.  Don’t worry, I will do them the justice that each of them deserves and give each card a random, future post on 30-YOC.

Up last is a very cool 2014 Topps Heritage ‘1965 Advertising Panel’ that features my favorite Marlin, Giancarlo Stanton.


These panels are very nice.  I’ve seen them come across Ebay from time to time, but did not really know how nice they were.  I’m really excited to have one now in my collection, and if the opportunity comes with more of the guys I collect on them in the future, I will no longer hesitate on scooping one or many up.

TJ, Thanks again brother – that was a great ‘Hook Up’!!!

I owe you one!!

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tribute – Base

Andre Dawson 2014 Topps Tribute – Base

I don’t have a good reason, but I have been really slacking in my pursuit of Andre Dawson’s cards from this years Topps Tribute set.

First, I was able to grab the Blue colored parallel.  And then it took me some time to grab my next one.

But, I have now done just that – and the next one is the Base card.

Have a look:



Typically when a new issue like this is released, I like to knock out the base cards first and then pick off the alternate versions as I can.

For some reason, the base cards from this year’s Tribute set rarely got a low ‘Buy It Now’ treatment or any ‘Free Shipping’ options.  So, after waiting for longer than I wanted, I finally took the plunge.

I paid a little more, but not much, than I may have liked, but I am very happy to have this card in my collection.

And now, all of my focus can be on those pesky colored parallels!!!  Let’s Go!!

Reader Patrick Sends Over A Sweet 1988 Topps Rack Pack With Andre Dawson On Top!!

Reader Patrick Sends Over A Sweet 1988 Topps Rack Pack With Andre Dawson On Top!!

My Andre Dawson sealed pack collection grows by on thanks to the generous gift of loyal ’30-YOC’ reader, Patrick.

Patrick hooked me up with a nice 1988 Topps pack that features Dawson’s Glossy All-Star card in the primary position.

Have a look:


The rack is sweet, and it is a fantastic addition to my growing collection of sealed packs that feature my favorite baseball player in the window,

Thanks again, Patrick!  This was a great one!!

1977 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For First Major League Home Run

1977 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Connects For First Major League Home Run

On this day in 1977, Andre Dawson of the Montreal Expos connected for the first home run of his major league career.

On the road and facing the Atlanta Braves in front of a crowd of less than 10,000 fans, Dawson and the Expos played in a high scoring affair ultimately won by the Braves by a score of 10-8.

In the top of the 8th inning, and trailing 9-5, Andre Dawson hit the first home run of his career off of Braves’ pitcher Buzz Capra to get the Expos a bit closer.

This home run would be the first of 19 that Dawson would hit in 1977 and the first of 438 that he would hit in his career.

Happy Anniversary ‘Hawk’!!!!

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1988 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Drives In RBI #1,000 Of His Career

1988 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Drives In RBI #1,000 Of His Career

On this day in 1988, Andre Dawson drove in the 1,000th RBI of his major league career.

On the road in Houston, Dawson and the Chicago Cubs were being hosted in the Astrodome by the Astros.  The game was played in front of more than 33,000 fans, and the Astros won the game by the score of 3-1.

The lone Cubs run came as the result of a first-inning sacrifice fly by Andre Dawson in which Shawon Dunston scored.  That run would be the only run that the Cubs would score during the game.

For the game, Dawson went 1-for-3 with a single, and an RBI.

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Introducing: “Ultimate Dawson: Project Program”

Introducing:  “Ultimate Dawson: Project Program”

I guess you can kind of call this a ‘covert operation’ as I have given out very few details about what I have been up to for the last few months .

It has been fun, and it has been challenging.  And, amazingly enough, it has been educational as well.

Let me explain – I have been slowly accumulating baseball programs.  But, they are not just any random baseball programs.  They are extremely specific, and they are centered around my favorite baseball subject – The Hawk, Andre Dawson.

My goal was simple – collect each and every All-Star Game program from the 8 All-Star Games that Andre was selected to play in.  The task of obtaining these programs was not as simple.  Many of these programs are 25+ years old and could very easily show signs of age, wear and tear, and general lack of care.

So, I took my time.  I was patient.  I stuck to a budget.  And I went to work.

And now, ‘Project Program’ is complete.

Here are all 8 All-Star Game programs from the games in which Andre Dawson was selected to be a participant in.

















And there you have it.  8 beauties for my ‘Ultimate Dawson’ collection.

Originally, when I planned on taking on this challenge, I was going to get each one signed by Dawson with a unique inscription about that specific game.  I am on the fence about this now that I have all eight programs in my possession – some would look great signed like the 1981, 1983, and 1983.  And some would be very hard to work with, like the 1987 and 1991 issues.

For now, I will sit back and enjoy this very unique part of my collection that pays homage to the career of the player that shaped my love for the sport.

And who knows, maybe in time I will try to get each one of them signed!

Thanks for reading.


Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini No Number Version

Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter – Mini No Number Version

While it has been more than five months since I last added a card to my Andre Dawson 2013 Topps Allen & Ginter collection, I have not stopped seeking out the cards that I was missing.

Prior to this purchase, I had 4 cards of Dawson from this set:  Base, Mini Base, Mini A&G back, and Mini Black border.  I also have the base card signed too, but I will not count that towards this project.

But, we can officially call this card #5!!!

This is the ‘No-Number Mini’ which like the name portrays, has no numbering on the back of the card.

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Everything that I read says that these cards with no numbers on the back are serial numbered to just 50 copies.  This is the second card like this that I have scored, Joe Morgan was the first, and I have been unable to locate any kind of numbering.

And if there is no serial number on the card, how can we be certain that there are just 50 copies of the ‘No Number’ versions out there???   Hmmmm…..

1983 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1,000th Hit Of MLB Career

1983 HEADLINE: Andre Dawson Collects 1,000th Hit Of MLB Career

On this day in 1983, Andre Dawson and his Montreal Expos teammates played host to the Cincinnati Reds at Stade Olympique in Montreal.

At home, and in front of 20,316 fans, Andre Dawson connected for the 1,000th hit of his big league career.

The hit, a single, came in the bottom of the first inning off of Reds’ hurler Rich Gale.

Dawson would end up going 2-for-5 with a single, a double, and 2 runs scored.

The Reds won the game 4-3.

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Congratulations Mr. Dawson!!!