Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Clemente, Stargell, Sanguillen, Oliver on the same card!!!!
This card embodies what I love about collecting baseball cards and the magic I felt opening a pack of cards when I was younger. This card represents to me what it was like opening a pack of cards in 1987 and pulling a Doc Gooden or Wade Boggs. It was like "Oh Man! Check this out!!! Wade Boggs!" Yeah as I have gotten older, pulling a superstar base has become less impactful. Though, I still get a little giddy if I pull a player I collect like Jason Bay or McCutchen, the effect doesn't last as long as it did when I was younger.
I'm so glad I was able to pickup this card and add it to my collection. This is one card that will never leave my collection.
On another note, I don't think that Al Oliver gets nearly enough credit and may very well be one of the most under rated players in MLB history.
He finished his 17 year career with the following offensive numbers
2,743 hits (45th all-time)
.303 lifetime batting average
finished in batting average, doubles, hits over 9 times
There's still hope that he may be inducted in the Hall of Fame by the Veterans committee since he was one of the league's elite in the 70s and early 80s. Honestly though, I think he was just shy in every single category to be considered a Hall of Famer.