-Autograph and memorabilia collection
-Baseball certified autographs
Up today in a tour of my PC is my collection of rookie cards. Many of you will enjoy this because for the most part these don't come from the serial-numbered, quad-game used/autographed printing plate RC era. A large chunk of these are current or future Hall-of-Famers and some are Detroit Tigers which are near and dear to me. Please enjoy a look at some great RCs of years past and sets that are now part of baseball card history:
Wikipedia: he never gave up a grand slam (which everyone knows), he never gave up back-to-back HRs (I didn't realize that), and he won three rings and Cy Youngs each, good enough to put him on the All-Century Team.
Baseball-Reference finds that the player his career most closely resembles so far is Alan Trammell. That makes me wonder if he'll ever make it to the HOF, but somehow I give him a better shot than Trammell, who's definitely been short-changed.
Baseball-Reference finds him most comparable to Dale Murphy.
|But not Steve Sax and his run-in with the law|
|Not pictured: Homer and the Straw|
|Still falling in Springfield's Mystery Spot? If he ever gets out he'll have some great pictures!|
How does 3000 hits, a .342 OBP and two MVPs sound? I'm sorry that he never won a ring, but a great career takes some of the sting off that. I love the somewhat Michigan-looking hats from this era, by the way.
He had to wait a year to gain entry to Cooperstown, but ultimately his similarity to Goose Gossage put him where he belonged.
A bevy of awards, including the '84 MVP, tons of All-Star appearances and Gold Gloves surely put him over the top. It's a shame the Cubs couldn't get it done against the Padres in '84, but given their history with the Tigers in the Series maybe it was for the best. Think the Phils would have at least liked him on their bench in '83?
(601) and that's pretty cool, as is the fact that not one but TWO teams missed out on his greatness--Cincy, then Florida, who took him in the expansion draft and then used him in part to get Gary Sheffield. I guess that deal ultimately worked out for both teams, which is a plus. Baseball-Reference likens him to Mo Rivera, so Hoffman should be riding into Cooperstown before long.
Barney: And I say, England's greatest Prime Minister was Lord Palmerston!
Wade Boggs: Pitt the Elder!!
Barney: Lord Palmerston!!!
Wade Boggs: Pitt the Elder!!!! [pokes Barney]
Barney: Okay, you asked for it, bud! [punches him out]
Moe: Yeah, that's showing him, Barney! [scoffing] Pitt the Elder...
Barney: Lord Palmerston!!!! [punches Moe]
--From Homer at the Bat
There you have it, the inaugural class of my favorite baseball RCs. As with everything else I put up, it took quite a while to scan/crop/optimize/upload the pics and do a brief blurb on each, but it was also lots of fun and I hope at least some of you enjoyed seeing these. Stay tuned for more personal collection stuff in the future!
As a bonus for all of you that made it this far, We're Talkin' Softball!: