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1991 Upper Deck Baseball – Pack Break #6

I bring you the sixth of eight packs of 1991 Upper Deck baseball cards that I ripped through this morning…

Notable – Ramon Martinez, Greg Gagne, Edgar Martinez

Pick Of The Pack – Triple exposure shot of Rickey Henderson

Cubs Cards from The Cubs Blog – ‘Wait ‘Til Next Year’

Although this new blog is in it’s infant stages, you would never be able to tell as Steve is an exceptional writer and adds personal touches to most of his posts. 

I am always happy to find a new blog to read, and when it is littered with the Chicago Cubs and stories about them it is even a bigger reward.  ‘Wait ‘Til Next Year’ is Steve’s take on the old-school Cubs.  Of course you’re going to read about Ernie Banks, Billy Williams, Ron Santo, Fergie Jenkins, and the other guys.  But what Steve does is offer a perspective that most of us were unable to enjoy.  Without trying to call Steve ‘old’, he has memories from the golden age of the Cubs – the 1960”s.  While most of us have to settle for stories that have been handed down or finding them on-line, Steve lived it daily!!!  Sometimes I wish I were born in a different era so I could enjoy the game when my heroes played.  Thankfully Steve has been able to bridge that gap for us with some of his experiences…

Onto the cards…  In order to obtain one of Mark Grace’s autographs, I had to pull this card out of my collection.  Steve has generously added this card back into my collection and it is easily one of my favorite Mark Grace cards.

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 The next 4 cards mean more to me than they would to the average collector.  And if you were to place these 4 in front of different people, their likes and dislikes would differ greatly.  But, for me, these cards are all ‘Likes’!!!

1989 Topps Ramon Martinez rookie card – Martinez is one of my ‘That Guys’.  1987 Donruss Barry Larkin rookie card.  Larkin was my first TTM autograph since I picked this part of the hobby back up a few months ago.  I am hopeful that he gets some serious consideration for the HOF next year when he is eligible.  1982 Topps Jody Davis.  CUBS – ’nuff said!!  And finally, the 1989 Topps Robin Ventura rookie.  One of my favorite players from the time I lived in Chicago. 

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Thanks Steve.  Don’t worry – I’ll certainly ‘Wait ‘Til Next Year’.

“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.