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Signing Results: Former All-Star and 1992 World Series Champion, Pat Tabler

Signing Results:  Former All-Star and 1992 World Series Champion, Pat Tabler

I offered up this signing as a buddy of mine is friends with Pat Tabler and he was conducting a signing with the former MLB All-star.

And, of course, I had to get in on the action as well.

Here is the card that I got signed:

Pretty nice, huh?  I agree.  Tabler has a solid signature, and it looks fantastic against the background of the 1988 Fleer design too!!

Thank you Pat.  And, Thank You Craig!!!

20 Questions With All-Star & 1992 World Series Champion Pat Tabler!!!

20 Questions With All-Star & 1992 World Series Champion Pat Tabler!!!

You may recall that a few weeks ago I offered the ’30-YOC’ faithful the opportunity to join in a private signing being held with former AL All-Star, Pat Tabler.

Well, the signing was held last week and all items that were sent in are now in the mail and should be returned to you shortly.

In addition to that, I was also given the chance to submit a ’20 Questions’ interview for Mr. Tabler.

So, without further ado, here we go….

20 Questions With Pat Tabler

1. Your first big league hit came during your debut in the big leagues on August 21, 1981.  Do you have the ball?

– Yes, Absolutely

2. (from Ron, 30-YOC reader)  What is your favorite piece of memorabilia that you have from your playing days?

– World Series Ring from 1992

3. Growing up in Ohio, were you a fan of the ‘Big Red Machine’?

– Yes, Huge fan, Bench, Morgan, Rose were all big idols of mine.

4. Who was your favorite player growing up?

– Anyone from the Big Red Machine, they were all favorites.

5. You made the All-Star team in 1987; sharing the locker room with Ripken, Mattingly, Brett, and other incredible American League talents.  What is your greatest memory from that event?

– Just feeling like I belonged with those guys for a day was a thrill for me, just feeling like I belonged, even if just for a day.

6. During that All-Star contest, who were you most excited to meet in person that you had never met prior?

– I was on my way back to my hotel room, and I had a bag of balls with me, I was catching the elevator and the elevator doors opened and there was Joe DiMaggio, so I asked Joe to sign a ball for me and he did. That was exciting.

7.  (from Steve, author of WhiteSoxCards)  Is there a team or a manager, during your career, that you wanted to play for, but never got the chance?

– Sparky Anderson

8. Who would you consider to be the most talented teammate you ever had?

– Not the best baseball player, but definitely the most talented was Bo Jackson, pure talent

9. (from Gerad, 30-YOC reader)  Who is the most talented teammate that you played with that never became what you thought he would become?

– Hard to answer

10. During your playing days, (from Chris, 30-YOC reader)  what pitcher gave you the most trouble?  Which one were you the most successful against?

– I had the most trouble with Jack Morris and Dave Steib

– I had the most success against Jimmy Key and Mike Flanagan

11. The Braves pitching staff you faced in the 1992 World Series was spectacular.  Of them, who was the toughest to compete against?

– John Smoltz

12. The 1992 World Series was fantastic.  Who was the first player you hugged after the final out was made?

– Can’t Remember…. everyone was going nuts…. I tried to be the first player to reach Mike Timlin…. but it’s hard to remember in such a moment.

13. You have called some legendary ballparks ‘Home’ during your playing days.  Which one was the best?   Which team had the best fans?

– Wrigley Field is the answer to both.

14. Toronto’s SkyDome was pretty ground-breaking when it debuted.  Of the new ballparks, which would you have loved to play in?

– Camden Yards and the “New” Yankee Stadium for sure

15. During your career, you were numbers 19, 10, 30, 35, and 15.  Is there any significance to these numbers?

– No significance at all…. those were just the #’s I was given.

16. With a remarkable batting average of .489 (43 for 88) with the bases loaded, do you believe that a player can be ‘clutch’?

– Yes… Definitely …. it is all about the concentration you have at the plate, concentration levels rise to help you succeed.

17. As a member of the Toronto Blue Jays broadcast team, what visiting hitter do you get most excited about seeing?  What pitcher?

– Hitters – Robinson Cano and Evan Longoria

– Pitchers – Jon Lester and David Price

18. Name 1 player that is not in the Hall of Fame today that in your opinion should be.

– Jack Morris

19. (from Craig, 30-YOC reader)  Should players that are “known” to have used PED’s be allowed entry into the Baseball Hall of Fame?

– Don’t think so

20.  (from NIck, author of ForCardsSake)  Do you have any regrets in your career?

– No regrets at all…. it was such a thrill for me to be in the big leagues, I can never replace that time I had, the people I met, and the experiences I had along the way.


Man, this was a lot of fun!!!  Pat Tabler gave some very honest and candid answers to my  questions – I am thrilled with how this interview turned out!!!

A big ‘Thank You’ to the readers of ’30-YOC’ that helped with the questions.

A bigger ‘Thank You’ to Pat Tabler – without you this could not have been possible.

And the biggest ‘THANK YOU’ goes to my friend Craig who helped set all of this up for me.  Thanks Buddy!!!

Have You Ever Wanted To Ask An All-Star A Question?? Now Is Your Chance!!!

Have You Ever Wanted To Ask An All-Star A Question??  Now Is Your Chance!!!

In conjunction with the private signing of Pat Tabler that I announced more than a week ago, I have also been given permission to submit a ’20 Questions With Pat Tabler’ interview.

I am busy writing up my questions now, but I thought it would be fun to open this opportunity up to you as well.

All you have to do is submit your question into the comments section of this post and I will choose from them and incorporate them into my final 20.   I am saving a small handful of questions just for you so submit as many as you would like.

Here is a quick recap of Pat Tabler’s major league career:

All-Star 1987
WS Champion (1992)
“Mr. Clutch”

Teams played for:

Cubs: 1981-82
Indians: 1983-88
Royals: 1988-90
Mets: 1990
Blue Jays: 1991-92

Time and space are limited so get your questions in quickly!!!




A buddy of mine is a personal friend of Pat Tabler’s and he wanted to extend this very special offer of a private signing with the former All-Star to all of the ’30-Year Old Cardboard’ readers.

This is your chance to take advantage of some great pricing and nab an autograph from a former All-Star and member of the 1992 World Series champion Toronto Blue Jays.

The details:

May 19th private signing

Pat Tabler
All-Star 1987
WS Champion (1992)
“Mr. Clutch”

Teams played for:

Cubs: 1981-82
Indians: 1983-88
Royals: 1988-90
Mets: 1990
Blue Jays: 1991-92

Your Items – cards, balls, bats, photos
Any Item – $10
Inscriptions – Free upon request

Signing will take place on May 19th in Toronto.
All items need to be received by May 17th.

E-Mail Craig Nyman for more information: craig_nyman@hotmail.com

Act now and contact Craig if you want to get in on the action.  And don’t forget to tell him that ’30-YOC’ sent you!!


1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #623 – George Bell & Pedro Guerrero

1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #623 – George Bell & Pedro Guerrero

“Dominican Dynamite”

The Blue Jays’ George Bell and the Dodgers’ Pedro Guerrero obviously have many things in common on the baseball field.  They are two of baseball’s most feared batters.  But the most powerful bond is over their heritage – they were both born in San Pedro De Macaris in the Dominican Republic.

Bell had another outstanding season in 1987.  He batted .308, set career highs with 47 home runs, 111 runs scored, and a league leading 134 RBIs.  He also ranked second in the American League in slugging percentage, sixth in hits, second in runs scored, and fourth in game-winning RBIs.

Guerrero put his injury plagued 1986 season behind him last year, batting .338, 2nd best in the National League.  Pedro was by far the Dodgers most productive hitter.  He led the team with 27 home runs, 89 RBIs, 89 runs scored, 11 game-winning RBIs, and 156 games played.

While Bell and Guerrero have achieved glory in the United States, they remain loyal to their roots.  Both reside in the Dominican Republic during the off-season.

23 years later – I have fond memories of watching both of these sluggers crush baseballs out multiple stadiums.  Bell was as powerful of a hitter as there was in the mid-to-late 1980’s and he was the lone reason that people paid attention to the Blue Jays.  Pedro Guerrero was a monster at the plate.  And with the power numbers that he achieved, it was astonishing to see  that he was also one of the most capable hitters for average in the NL.