Previously: Ken Griffey, Jr.
On this sweltering, lazy Sunday afternoon just a couple days removed from the All-Star game, I thought it would be fun to show off another one of my small favorite player collections. Today's entry will be an all-relic version as I have exactly 10 of the subject: Greg Maddux.
While I'm not a Cubs or Braves team collector like some of the other fine bloggers out there, I grew up as a fan of Maddux for many reasons. Like Griffey, he was simply one of the finest of his generation, and a soon-to-be first-ballot Hall-of-Famer. He wasn't the type to blow you away with a big heater, but he wasn't really a pure deception artist either. "The Professor" was easily one of the best ever when it came to an important part of pitching: control. He was both a student and master of his craft and his statistics bear that out.
Baseball-Reference.com reminds me of his many achievements and accolades: eight All-Star nominations, Cy Young Awards from 1992-95, 18 Gold Gloves, 355 wins and, of course, a ring with the 1995 Braves--the only one they've won in my lifetime despite several World Series appearances. Besides all that, his Similarity Score comparisons are staggering: Don Sutton, Warren Spahn, Tom Seaver and others. We'll likely never see a pitcher put up numbers like this in such a successful and lengthy career. I look forward to his enshrinement in the Hall and might just make the trek out there to enjoy his induction.
That said, here's the extent of my Greg Maddux relic collection, the beginning of my now-posted and soon-to-be-supplemented baseball relic collection:
As I previously promised, I'll add more posts about my favorite player collections, plus I promise I'll add to the baseball relic personal collection album as time permits. I hope you've enjoyed this look at my small (but hopefully growing) Greg Maddux relic collection, and at some point in the future I'll probably do a post similar to the one about Griffey where I show off my favorite RCs/inserts/etc. of him as well.