Thursday, September 18, 2014

1994 Signature Rookies, Todd Hollandsworth

#14 Todd Hollandsworth

That was easily the longest title to a post on here ever.

Here is a card of Todd Hollandsworth that I picked up from Check Out My Cards. Just about any time I buy cards off of there, I always try to add an autograph or two before I checkout. On one summer day last year, I came across this card. Since this card was mass produced (8650 of them were signed), it was very cheap. It was so cheap that I could not pass it up. This card set me back all of sixty cents! Can you believe that? It is hard to find common cards on COMC for less than sixty cents sometimes.

Todd had a twelve year Major League career with the Dodgers, Rockies, Rangers, Marlins, Cubs, Braves, Indians, and Reds. Out of all those teams, I only remember him as a Dodger. But, I apparently saw him play a couple of times as a Rocky and Cub. The highlight for his career was winning the 1996 National League Rookie of the Year Award. Todd was the last Dodger to win the award and was the fifth of five straight ROYs that the Dodgers pumped out in the mid-90s. That season, he hit .291 with 12 home runs and 59 RBI. The RBI and home run marks were career highs for him.

After that breakout rookie campaign, Todd hit a slide. His average dropped to .247 the following season and he hit just 4 home runs. He turned into a part-time player after that and only saw action in 100+ games in one other season. That was with the Cubs and Braves in 2005.

For his career, Todd hit .273 with 98 home runs and 401 RBI. He played in one World Series with the Marlins in 2003 and was 0-2 with a strikeout. But, he got a ring.

Monday, September 15, 2014

1994 Score, Scott Radinsky

#276 Scott Radinsky

Here is a card that I got signed at Spring Training this year. Scott was the pitching coach for the Dodgers AA affiliate in Chattanooga this year and I was able to get this card signed at the Dodgers minor league practice. I would have got more cards signed, but this was the only one that I could find. I had gotten three cards signed by him in 2010, so he was not a high priority on the trip.

Scott pitched in the Majors for eleven seasons with four clubs- the White Sox, Dodgers, Cardinals, and Indians. He worked exclusively out of the bullpen throughout his career and he finished up 42-25 with 52 saves and a 3.44 ERA.

Scott has a rather short and abbreviated signature. And he always seems to sign cards in the exact same spot- the lower middle. It doesn't matter if the card is vertical like this one or his 1991 Topps, or horizontal like his '94 Collector's Choice.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

1994 Score, Bill Pecota

#144 Bill Pecota

Here is my fifth and final Bill Pecota card from this year's Royals Fanfest. Prior to this year's event, I had one autograph from Bill and that was from a card show in the late '80s. I now have six cards signed, including a card from each team he played for- the Royals, Mets, and Braves.

Like I mentioned in the previous post of Bill as a Met, he was shipped to New York in the Bret Saberhagen trade. His tenure there, though, lasted just one season and he signed with the Braves as a free agent prior to the 1993 season.

He played with the Braves for his final two seasons. He played very sparingly in Atlanta, especially that first season. In that season, he played in 72 games. But, he had just 62 at-bats. He started just four games that season. He entered 33 games as a pinch hitter and 20 as a pinch runner. The final 15 games he must have entered as a defensive replacement. He did hit .323 in his limited work, though.

The next season, he saw a little more action as he started 21 games at third base. He only got into 64 games, but he had 112 at-bats. He ended up hitting .214 with 2 home runs and 16 RBI. As a Brave, he hit .253 with 2 dingers and 21 RBI.

Bill did play for the Braves in the 1993 NLCS. He got into four games and was 1-3 with a run and a walk. The Braves lost all four games he appeared in.

Bill said that this was one of his favorite cards.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

1994 Pacific, Damon Berryhill

#3 Damon Berryhill

Here is a card that I got signed at Spring Training this past spring. Damon is the manager of the Dodgers AAA team in Albuquerque and he was nice enough to sign three cards for me as the Dodger minor leaugers worked out. He was not too happy, though, to see this card. He told me that he hated this card. I commented that it wasn't the best swing ever and he replied that it was a "shit swing". At least he is honest. I only grabbed it because it was the first card I came across with him as a Brave.

Damon spent ten seasons in the Major League, seeing time with the Cubs, Braves, Red Sox, Reds, and Giants. He spent a majority of his time with Chicago, but he did play two full years in Atlanta. He played in 100+ games those two seasons, the only two times that ever occurred. He hit .236 as a Brave and, with the increased playing time, set career marks with 10 home runs in 1992 and 43 RBI both seasons.

Damon played in all six games of the 1992 Fall Classic. In game one, he hit a three-run home run off of Jack Morris to give Atlanta a 3-1 victory. He would get just one more hit, though, over the rest of the series.

Damon's Albuquerque Isotopes finished the season 62-80. This was Damon's first season at the AAA level.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

1994 Nabisco All Star Legends, Bob Gibson

Bob Gibson

Check out this beauty. You will never believe how I got this card. One day, I got a random email inquiring about a 1996 Fleer Andres Galarraga autograph that I had posted. The person was collecting a signed set of '96 Fleer and was still needing the Big Cat. Since the card was just given to me, I didn't have any real attachment to it, so it was available. The person sent me a short list of cards that were available for trade and this one was on there. By that point, it was a no-brainer and I was all in on the deal.

I have nothing at all against Andres Galarraga, but he is no Bob Gibson.

Besides the awesome fact that I have a Bob Gibson autograph now, I know nothing about this set. I thought that there were just four cards in the set- Duke Snider, Jim Palmer, and Frank Robinson. But, when I do an image search, I keep finding other players like Jim Wynn, Bill Mazeroski, Al Oliver, Tug McGraw, and Sparky Lyle. There is so little information out there about this set that the best I could find was from Dodgers Blue Heaven. In a post about the Snider card, Ernest says that there was about 5,000 cards signed and they could be obtained by mailing in a proof of purchase and five bucks. What a deal. How did I miss this promotion?

Bob was an eight time All Star with two Cy Young Awards and an MVP. He was elected into the Hall of Fame in 1981.

I have seen two statues of Bob at ballparks. The first one was in St. Louis at Busch Stadium. He is one of the many mini statues there. This pic was from a game I attended in 2007.

The second statue is located outside of Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers. Bob is an Omaha native and they honored him with a statue at the park. This picture was taken last year when we stopped by the park to get a Chasers team set before seeing them play in Des Moines the next day. I have no idea why it came out as bad as it did (the picture, not the statue).

Monday, September 1, 2014

1994 Fleer Procards, Harrisburg Senators

#2083 Bob Baxter
#2086 Steve Hoeme
#2095 Rob Fitzpatrick

Last year, I got a package in the mail from Ryan of The Great Orioles Autograph Project. The package consisted of a few Royals cards and many autographs. Most of the autographs had an Orioles connection, but there were a few random ones as well. I would catagorise these as some of the randoms. The funny thing was that there are a few more Harrisburg Senators cards coming up. Even though Ryan is an O's fan, these Sens cards are from their days as an Expos farm team. I am pretty sure Harrisburg was Ryan's nearest team when he was growing up, so it is very likely that these cards were ones Ryan got signed in person in 1994. That is pretty cool.

None of the guys here made it to the Major Leagues. Baxter and Hoeme pitched some games in AAA, but Fitzpatrick never made it past the AA level. Baxter pitched in 97 AAA games and went 8-8 with 3 saves and a 4.90 ERA. Hoeme pitched in just 15 AAA games and he was 0-2 with 1 save and a 4.62 ERA. Fitzpatrick was a .234 hitter in 209 AA games.

Out of these three cards, the Steve Hoeme card is my favorite. Hoeme is a fellow Kansan and he played college baseball at the same school that I did, Pratt Community College. I did not realize this until I now when I looked up his stats on Baseball Reference.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

1994 Fleer, Rex Hudler

#U17 Rex Hudler

Here is the fifth and final card of Rex Hudler that I have to post. And by final, I mean that it is currently the last one. But, that will hopefully change at some point as I have a couple more that I want signed by him. I have got an Orioles Crown card that I need signed and then I need to obtain a Yankee and Phillie card of him to get signed. If I can make that happen, I will then have all of those to go along with a signed Expos, Cardinals, Swallows, and this Angels card. But, first I need a Yankees and Phillies card of him.

Rex played for the Angels for three seasons. Like the rest of his career, he was a utilityman. But, he saw most of the time at second base. Over those three seasons, he hit .293, his best average with any franchise. He also had 30 home runs, including a career high of 16 in 1996, his final season in Anaheim.

For some reason, I seem to have a lot of signed Angels cards. This is the sixtieth one that I have posted. That is the third most of any team, behind the Royals and the Padres.

It was a good month of posting for me. Somehow, I was able to post twenty-three cards. That is the most I have posted in a single month since early 2011. Hopefully I can keep that up.

Wingnuts game today! Hopefully I can bring home a dozen more signed cards for the collection.