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Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 2013 Bowman Colin Moran ROOKIE CARD!!!

Baseball Card Show Purchase #2 – 2013 Bowman Colin Moran ROOKIE CARD!!!

Sure, he is not a household name, not even in Miami.  But, the expectations for Colin Moran are pretty high.

He was the 6th pick in the draft, chosen by the Marlins to be their future third baseman.

Moran had a solid career at the University of North Carolina, and he was the ACC Player Of The Year in 2013.  He played in the Arizona Fall League for the Marlins this year and he did fairly well, even homering in his first at-bat as a professional baseball player.

I was very excited to see that Colin was included in the 2013 Bowman set this year, and I picked up his rookie card from one of my favorite dealers at the show.

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3B has long been a hole in the Marlins’ defense.  Since losing Miguel Cabrera and Mike Lowell, the ‘Fish’ have yet to truly find a replacement at ‘The Hot Corner’.

Hopefully Colin Moran is that answer!

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #40

‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #40

Jim Abbott – 1988 Topps

Jim Abbott makes the list for being one of the most inspirational players in baseball history – and clearly has the most inspiring story of any player that debuted during the 1980’s. 

Born with no right hand, Abbott did not let his limitations stop him from achieving his dream to play professional baseball.  As a star pitcher in college, he was drafted in the first round of the 1988 draft and debuted with the California Angels in 1989.  With a 87-108 record during his 10-year career, Abbott’s numbers certainly don’t indicate how immensely talented he was on the mound.  With (5)10-win seasons under his belt, and a 3rd place finish for the Cy Young award in 1991, Abbott became a baseball star for teams that were generally towards the bottom of the rankings year after year.

The highlight of Abbott’s professional career came as a member of the New York Yankees during the 1993 season when he threw a no-hitter.  To be able to achieve pitching greatness, even for just 1 night, Abbott stood heads and shoulders above his competition. 

Sadly, Abbott never made a post-season appearance in his 10 years as a major league pitcher.

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That Guy!!

Every collector has a ‘That Guy’.  The guy that was going to make you a genius amongst your fellow collectors.  The guy that was going to come in and dominate the game.  The guy that nobody else heard of but you knew he had ‘the stuff’.

My guy was Keith ‘Kiki’ Jones.  Kiki was a pitcher drafted very highly in 1989 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Kiki was a ‘fire-baller’ who was throwing in the high 90’s with extreme accuracy.  I had first read about him in ’90 after he struck out 100 batters in just 61 innings as a high school senior.  Kiki was being touted as the next Dwight Gooden and I ran with that.

Every card shop, card show dealer, and friend that had Kiki’s cards soon became my prey.  I attacked and when I was done I owned roughly 400 of these beauties.  Luckily for me at the time I was able to grab most of these for a quarter or less, but again I was thinking of the end reward and all of the ‘You The Man’s’ I was going to get once he debuted in the majors and kicked baseball’s ass.

1989 Score Rookie Card

1989 Score Rookie Card

That smile just reeks of confidence and I was just waiting for the baseball world to be in awe of Keith ‘Kiki’ Jones. 

Too bad it didn’t work out that way.  Kiki never did reach the majors, and sadly enough ‘My Guy’ was tagged by the baseball media as a bust.  Kiki bounced around the minors for a few years while dealing with injuries to his pitching arm and never regained what had made him the 15th pick in the draft.  After 12 years in the minor leagues, Kiki officially left the game of baseball in 2001.  No Rookie of the Year awards, No Cy Young awards, No World Series rings…

So, who is your ‘That Guy’???