Daily Archives: November 4, 2008

1984 Donruss Dave Winfield

1984 Donruss Dave Winfield

Another great card of Winfield during his playing days with the Yankees.  My only criticism of this otherwise great card would be that his bat is cut off at the top.  For some reason, I like to see full pictures of the really big guys that show off just how enormous these players were… 

Guys like Dave Winfield and Randy Johnson deserve to be shown in this way to display their amazing size!!

“That Guy” #2

I cannot answer the question of ‘Why’…  But I definitely had a thing for Los Angeles Dodger pitching prospects in the late 1980’s and into the early 1990’s.

Ramon Martinez was another guy that I sunk an unthinkable amount of money and attention into when his rookie card became available.  Martinez had some pretty steady success during his 14-year career playing professional baseball, but he never lived up to the hype I created for him as I gathered up as many rookie cards of his that I could find.

Unlike my “That Guy #1”, Keith Kiki Jones, Martinez did make it to the major leagues and blossomed into an all-star pitcher.  In his first complete season with the Dodgers in 1990, Ramon went 20-6 while pitching 12 complete games and striking out 223 batters.  Martinez finished second in the Cy Young Award voting that year to Doug Drabek and earned his only trip to the All-Star game. 

I firmly believed that Ramon was quickly on his way to being one of the best pitchers of the decade and I was thrilled to be able to watch his success unfold right out of the gates.  Ramon didn’t do poorly afterwards, but he was never able to recapture the success he had during that 1990 season.  Although he did have 7 more years of double-digit wins under his belt, none were nearly as impressive as his first full season with the Dodgers.

From a collection standpoint, I gobbled up as many Ramon Martinez rookies as I was able to.  Having 2 new companies, Upper Deck and Score, only added to the excitement and my collection of Ramon Martinez rookie cards eclipsed the 200 card count by the All-star break of 1990.  Unfortunately, or fortunately for me some 18 years later, by then he was having an incredible year and the cards were getting harder and harder to find.

So now I have introduced you to 2 of my ‘That Guys’.  #1 was a rookie phenom destined for greatness that never made it to the ‘Big Show’.  And now #2 is a player that achieved the success in his rookie year that I anticipated and was never able to live up to the hype again.

Now I want stories from you guys and gals.  Who is your #2 “That Guy”???  Chris Sabo, Jerome Walton, come on I want to know who you fell in love with during their rookie year that never lived up to the attention you gave them.