If I Collected Players From Today’s Era, I Would Collect…
Yes, even I get the urge to veer from my comfort-zone every once in a while. Lucky for me though, vintage baseball cards continue to be my passion within the hobby.
I often get asked who/what I collect. And sometimes, more often than I would expect, I get blank stares in return. Knowing that some collectors of this current generation have never heard of Fergie Jenkins or Jim Palmer or Billy Williams is very frightening to me. But, what can I do about it? I guess I can just continue to honor my favorites players from generations past by collecting their cards and showcasing them on this blog… Heck, that is the primary reason that I got back into collecting baseball cards as well as creating ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.
But if I collected players of today, these are the guys that would be the ones I would focus on:
Evan Longoria – I get to watch a lot of Rays games courtesy of my local cable company. If he were in a bigger market, he would be a national stud!
Roy Halladay – I have made my affinity for ‘Doc’ very clear on this site. And even though he plays for the division rivals, I will let it pass….
Dan Uggla – I never had a “home” team when I was a kid. Uggla seems like the perfect guy to cheer for – and I do that very often!
Ryan Braun – He will be an MVP. Probably more than once. And his ties to Miami do not hurt either….
Josh Johnson – A very hard worker who dominates almost every time he takes to the mound. And those home runs he hits just add fuel to the fire!
Derek Jeter – It is very tough to not admire Jeter from afar. While not a Yankee fan or hater, I have certainly enjoyed watching him add to their legacy as the sport’s most successful franchise.
Tim Lincecum – Every single time I see this guy, all I think about is Jim Palmer. And that is not a bad thing…
Albert Pujols – No explanation needed. By the time his career is over, he will rank in the Top 5 greatest offensive players of all-time.
And there you have it.
And yes, there are moe players that I enjoy watching like Chase Utley and A-Rod and Ichiro and Manny Ramirez and …..
Maybe I’ll grab a few cards of these guys over time, maybe not. But most of the players on my list above remind me of old-school baseball. There is something about each and every one of these guys that takes me back to the generations prior, to my childhood. And that is probably what I enjoy most about this sport and this hobby!!!