Archive for Dennis Eckersley

Rookie Card Upgrade: 1976 Topps/OPC Dennis Eckersley

Posted in Rookie Card Upgrade with tags , , , , , , , on December 19, 2015 by Cardboard Icons

I’ve owned quite a few Dennis Eckersley rookie cards over the years, all of which are not as good as this raw copy. Kind of sad.

Well, thanks to the Internet and a certain card site, I was able to upgrade to a clean PSA 8 O-Pee-Chee rookie. This will also get converted into a BGS/BVG slab at some point.


Rookie / Prospect Card Six Pack #6

Posted in Rookie Card Six Pack with tags , , , , , on March 7, 2014 by Cardboard Icons

IMG_69831933 Goudey Frank Frisch, 1981 Topps Keith Moreland, 1989 Topps Steve Avery, 1983 Fleer Howard Johnson, 1976 Topps Dennis Eckersley, 1987 Donruss The Rookies BJ Surhoff

Thrift Treasures XXXVII: What the heck, Eck?!

Posted in Thrift Treasures with tags , , , on January 30, 2012 by Cardboard Icons

So in the recent Beckett Sports Card Monthly, my tale about the thrift store find of a lifetime was chronicled on Page 34.  The story recounts my find of a game-used Earl Weaver 1977 home Baltimore Orioles jersey in a California thrift store.

As luck would have it, I found another baseball item a few weeks later also related to a Baseball Hall of Famer.

Sitting in a dusty, scratched showcase at a Fremont, Calif., thrift store was an Oakland Athletics baseball with some pen marks that would seem unreadable to the uninitiated.

But to the trained eye, we all know that the ink was placed there by hall of fame closer and Oakland A’s legend Dennis Eckersley.

This is not a Rawlings Official Major League Baseball; it’s one of those slick coated fan balls that has the team logo emblazoned on the sides. The kind you buy your kid. Usually these balls are notorious for faded signatures. But the ink from Eckersley’s signature managed to adhere and age nicely on this one.  Pretty cool considering that I think this ball was signed at least 10-15 years ago.

Gotta love that score for $4.

That deserves an official Dennis Eckersley fist pump.

You can see additional Thrift Treasures posts HERE.

Worst Set Ever Created: 1998 Pacific Online?

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , on June 27, 2009 by Cardboard Icons

1998PacificOnlineDennisEckersleyWhile working on my Red Sox Collection on Saturday night, I came across this 1998 Pacific Online Dennis Eckersley card. Is it me, or is this perhaps one of the worst sets ever created? This set featured 800 cards — 780 different players — each card featuring the Web site dedicated to that player. For Eckersley we’re talking about Don’t bother trying to visit that URL, I’ve already tried it … it no longer exists.

I guess in 1998, we as a nation were still learning about the World Wide Web. Hell, most of us were still using America On-Line, paying like $39.99 a month for slow-speed Internet and trading cards through the message boards there.

It should be noted that as I write this, I lugged out my Beckett Almanac to see if there are any parallels and there actually were … and this Eck card is one of them. There were versions with red foil, and then the “Web Cards,” which is what this card is. On the back of the card there is a serial number printed in the top right corner that could have been entered into some sort of search engine on Pacific’s Web site for a chance to win an “upgraded” version, according to Beckett. (Note: “web” cards have gold foil, where as regular cards have silver.) I wonder what those “Upgrade” cards looked like? There is no picture or listing for them in the Almanac.