Thursday, November 20, 2008

the ageless one

Even with his reputation for being a selfish player, I've always like Rickey Henderson. If you love stats, he is definitely your man. Check out these career numbers: 3081 games played, 2295 runs scored, 3055 hits, 2190 walks, and 1406 stolen bases. Those number are good for 4th, 1st, 21st, 2nd, and 1st respectively. He has played for 9 different franchises with 4 separate stops in Oakland. Rickey is a lock for the Hall, and you can pick up a nice jersey/bat card from his 92 games played for Seattle. Also, note the free shipping!

I think trying to get jersey cards from all of his different teams would be an awesome collection.

Update: This card sold for $7.56.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

a knuckle sandwich

Now here is a really cool card. If knucklers are your thing, then this card is for you. It features jerseys of the best knucklers of the current era, Tim Wakefield, and the most famous knuckle-baller of all time, Phil Niekro.

I've been a Wakefield fan since he came up through the Pirates organization. He's been a steady pitcher for the better part of 16 years, but the only way he's getting into the Hall of Fame is with a ticket. Pick up a unique piece of history here.

Update: This card sold for a whopping $1.47.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

... with liberty and autographs for all

One thing I love about today's hobby is the vast array of certified autographs available. 15 years ago, finding an autograph a pack was next to impossible. Now, you can find multiple autographs per pack depending on how much cash you're willing to shell out.

Personally, I like finding autos of stars from the '70s and '80s for dirt cheap. While I wouldn't call $12 dirt cheap, this is the only one of its kind currently on ebay. 2nd all time in saves and an eventual Hall of Famer, Lee Smith was the dominant closer of the '80s and early '90s. I've spent $12 on much worse things in my life.

Update: This card did not receive any bids at its $12 opening price.

2 busts 1 card

In 1999, there was no one more electric with a football in his hands than Peter Warrick. It seemed as though Saturday night Sports Center with filled with mind blowing play after mind blowing play. He was a threat to score each and every time he touched the ball. He was Reggie Bush before there was Reggie Bush.

During that same year, there was a pair a defensive teammates striking fear in the heart of Big Ten QBs. Courtney Brown and Lavar Arrington of Penn State were a defensive tandem that the likes of which have not been seen since. Brown racked up 33 sacks and 70 tackles for loss in his career. The Cleveland Browns made Brown the first pick of the 2000 NFL draft.

Here is a card featuring jerseys of the best offensive and defensive players in all of college football in 1999. Both turned out to be busts in the NFL, but that doesn't change what they accomplished in college.

I can't imagine someone else bidding on it, and the buyer will probably have a 0.99 steal.

Update: this card went for $0.99.