I own about 100,000 baseball cards, and until yesterday, I hadn’t added to my collection for more than a decade. My good friend Ben Greenwood (who runs a popular Scrabble web site) mailed me a four-pound box of cards that he didn’t want anymore. Simple as that. The cards he sent are mostly from 1986-1992, so there wasn’t anything THAT valuable, but there were still some good ones. Anyway, who cares? Cards are cards, and it was great to comb through them and scare myself by rediscovering all the useless trivia I’d somehow remembered. Seriously, why, after all these years, did I still know that Mickey Tettleton had 211 at-bats in three consecutive seasons? Or that Mike Gallego was born on Halloween? Or that Gary Thurman had 70 stolen bases one season in the Minor Leagues?
Here are nine of the best cards I found:
And just for kicks, here are nine players that no one’s ever heard of:
I miss 45-cent wax packs with brittle sticks of bubble gum. But I don’t miss being made fun of for being a virgin. Fair trade, I suppose.