Friday, May 20, 2016

What's in the Box, Part 9

Random cards for players with a last name of H-M from the box today. A nice mixture of players old and older.

Atlee Hammaker, 1985 Topps, Card #674, signed
Orel Hershiser, 1985 Topps, Card #493


Bo Jackson, 1987 Donruss Rated Rookie, Card #35

Gregg Jefferies:
1988 Donruss, Card #657 (3)
1988 Fleer, Card #137
1988 Score, Card #645
1990 Fleer, Card #207



Gregg Jefferies represents something I find very interesting. The Rated Rookie and Hot Prospect. Growing up, this kid was THE KID. Projected for infinite potential. And then...what. Faded into anonymity. I wonder how many of the players that get labelled "Rated Rookies" or "Future Stars" actually turn out to be something: and by something I mean Hall of Fame. Has a study ever been done of those players who get hyped and then fizzle? I'm willing to guess that 75% have average to below average careers. Perhaps I am being too critical? I don't mean to be. It seems he had a decent career. Maybe even respectable. I just remember the hype surrounding his first years and the relative difficulty it was getting his early cards. I guess I hold grudges. I do have to say I love the 1988 Fleer design.

Howard Johnson, 1985 Topps, Card #192 (2)

Ralph Kiner
1977 Topps Turn Back the Clock, Card #437
1987 Hygrade All-Time Greats, No card number

Don Mattingly, 1986 Leaf, Card #103 (2).  I'm not sure if this was an error card or not, but his mustache is missing. If you happen to find it, please let me know.



1978 Topps, Card #34


Fred McGriff
1987 Topps Traded, Card #74T

Mark McGwire
1985 Topps United States Baseball Team, Card #401

Kevin McReynolds
1984 Donruss Rated Rookie, Card #34
1984 Fleer, Card #307


Kevin Mitchell
1987 Fleer, Card #17
1987 Fleer Update, Card #U-82
1987 Topps Traded, Card #81T (2)



Thanks for stopping by.

2 comments:

  1. "Don Mattingly, 1986 Fleer, Card #103 (2). I'm not sure if this was an error card or not, but his mustache is missing. If you happen to find it, please let me know."

    This made me laugh out loud - he sure does look funny without that moustache, doesn't he?

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  2. Hello Mr Burbs! I'm glad that you liked the comment on Mattingly's Missing Mustache.

    ~pks

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