One of your favorite cards from the 1970s
I had never heard of Pete Rose when I got this card in a pack. But it was instantly a favorite. I liked that his name was also a common object. I liked the look of the All-Star banner on the card. I liked the action shot because it made me wonder what was happening at the very instant the photo was taken. Had he slapped a hard grounder between shortstop and third base? And I liked the long career of stats on the back.
One of your favorite cards from the 1980s
The first Red Sox game I witnessed in person was in 1985 in the Metrodome in Minneapolis. Per my dad's advice, I had brought along some cards to see if I could get some autographs. I parked myself along the first row railing just outside the Red Sox dugout before the game and waited. Finally, Oil Can came out and autographed for everyone there. (not as many as the Twins side of the field had, but still quite a few) Oil Can was the only Red Sox to step out of the dugout and sign that day. He was very friendly to us kids. On a side note, by brother got his glove autographed by Kirby Puckett that day too. He continued to use the glove and it wore off within a year.
One of your favorite cards from the 1990s
I'm digging into my Aaron Sele player collection for this one. The 1990s were wild and crazy when it came to baseball cards. These are 1995 Topps cards of Sele. I think the one on the left was called the Spectralight and the one on the right was called Cyberstats. What's crazy about them are the backs.
The Spectralight on the top has a photo done in the very brand new photo technology called Diamond Vision. Wow, how cool is that! The photo appears to have been taken looking at Mr. Sele through a screen door. Now that's cutting edge! Since 1994 was strike shortened, the Cyberstats card shows the stats for a full 162 game season as played out by a computer simulation! Ooooo, computers! It doesn't get any better than that.