Memorial Day Weekend Dollar Store Pack #1

First off I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day Weekend!  As many are celebrating with family and friends, I will take a little time to remember all the men and women who have died while serving in the US Armed Forces including some that were very near and dear to me!

I felt the need to post something this morning about baseball cards but wasn’t sure what?  I was browsing a few other blogs and came across a repack article.  That’s it . . . let’s go to the dollar store.  I picked up 2 packs at $1.00 each, let’s see if I got anything worthwhile or interesting in the first pack.

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Danny Ainge – 1982 Topps #125

Danny Ainge was selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 1977 amateur draft and played with them from 1979-1981.  By the time this card was produced he was beginning his second sports career in the National Basketball Association.  Ainge was drafted by the Boston Celtics in the 1981 National Basketball Association Draft.  After a court battle the Celtics bought out Ainge’s contract with the Blue Jay. During his three-year baseball career Ainge played in 211 games, with a career batting average of .220, 2 homeruns and 37 runs batted in.

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Tommy John – 1988 Leaf/Donruss Diamond King #17

I was always a fan of the Donruss Damond Kings.  Dick Perez created these paintings for the Donruss Diamond Kings series starting in 1982 in partnership with Frank and Peggy Steele (Perez-Steele Galleries).  I thought this was a normal Diamond Kings card until I turned it over and noticed along with the English paragraph about Tommy John there was also a French translation.  This Diamond Kings was produced for the Leaf/Donruss set.  The Leaf brand was used from 1985-1988 on specially made cards distributed in Canada.

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It might be a little hard to see but the back is in English and French.  I am guessing Lanceur is French for Pitcher?

John’s career spanned 26 years (1963-’74, 1976-’89) and won 288 games, only 12 games shy of the magical 300 mark.  He was a 4x All-Star (1968, 1978-’80) and NL Comeback Player of the Year (1976).  He did not play in 1975 while he was recovering from surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm.  The injury should have ended his career but a revolutionary surgery that replaced the ligament in the elbow of his pitching arem with a tendon from his right forearm saved his career.  The surgery is now known as “Tommy John surgery”.

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Andres Galarraga – 1987 Leaf/Donruss #221

Speaking of Leaf/Donruss here is one of Montreal Expos first baseman Andres Galarraga.  Galarraga was one of the players I collected as a youngster.  He finished his 19-year career (1985-’98, 2000-’04) with a .288 batting average, 2,333 hits, 399 home runs, and 1,425 runs batted in.  Galarraga was a 5x All-Star (1988, 1993, 1997-’98, 2000), 2x Gold Glove Award winner (1989-’90), 2x Silver Slugger Award winner (1988, 1996), 2x NL Comeback Player of the Year (1993, 2000), NL Batting champion (1993), and NL Home Run champion (1996).  He was voted into the Venezuelan Baseball Hall of Fame in 2010.

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Robin Yount – 1986 Sportflics #42b

These were some of my favorite cards as a kid.  I can remember buying packs of them at the Thrifty’s around the corner from my house in Rialto, California.  This is the corrected version of the card.  There is an error version that shows a New York Yankees logo and script on the back.  Yount is a Hall of Famer, inducted in 1999.  He is also a member of the 3,000 hit club with 3,142.  He played 20 seasons (1974-’93) all for the Milwaukee Brewers where he had a career .285 batting average, 3.142 hits, 251 homeruns and 1,406 runs batted in.  Yount was a 3x All-Star (1980, 1982-’83), Gold Glove Award winner (1982), 3x Silver Slugger Award winner (1980, 1982, 1989), 2x AL Most Valuable Player (1982, 1989).  His #19 is retired by the Brewers and he is their all-time leader in hits and homeruns.

Stay tuned for Pack #2 and a few San Francisco Giants I pulled from the packs.

If you want/need any of these cards comment here or send me an email at jlculley@gmail.com.

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