Through four years of college, seven moves (including numerous out of state), and 16 years since I stopped collecting I have still managed to keep all of my baseball/football/basketball cards. Here I dig into my collection and see what gems (or a lack there of) I pull out. From there I’ll give you a nugget or two of information or thoughts about each card.
Brady Anderson, Studio 92′ – the back of his card says that he was traded to the Orioles from the Red Sox in July of 88′ with Curt Schilling for Mike Boddicker. Wow, someone sure thought very highly of Mike Boddicker. However, to the Red Sox credit, this was pre-steroids Brady Anderson and Curt Schilling was yet to pitch in the Majors. In case you were wondering, in 53 games that year with the O’s Anderson hit only .198 with 4 HR’s. Yep, totally not a juicer.
Kevin Gross, Pinnacle 93′ – he was 8-13 for the Dodgers in 92′. Sounds pretty crappy right? Apparently his record is the biggest misrepresentation of someones skills ever. That season he had a 3.17 ERA, 21 quality starts, pitched the only no hitter in baseball that year, four complete games and three shutouts. Why don’t the Pirates pitchers ever have that stuff happen with an 8-13 record?
Kevin Gross, Upper Deck 91′ – apparently I really liked Kevin Gross or I had a thing for players who change their number and have sweet mustache’s. Notice how in this card he was wearing #45 for the Dodgers and then in 93′ he was #46. Who took his #45 in 93′? Pedro Martinez.
Tim Naehring, Leaf 97′ – this card says “Factal Matrix” (I don’t even know what that means), is really shiny, and makes you think that Tim Naehring is awesome. At that point in his career he had played 7 seasons and hit only 40 HR’s. Those aren’t shiny card and special statement on the card numbers. Also, someone is actually selling this card on eBay for $0.99 + $2.99 shipping. Good luck with that.
Scott Brosius, Fleer Ultra 93′ – this was before he was relevant by being on the Yankees. There is nothing interesting about his time in Oakland as evident by his .218 batting average in 92′.
Charlie Hayes, Upper Deck 93′ – the only thing that you need to know about Charlie Hayes is that he caught the last out in the 96′ World Series for the Yankees. Put that in your trivia bank.