I decided to keep on going with the great cleanup of the cards on my computer desk, part of which is a nearly one foot high stack of Blue Jay cards that need to be cataloged. I was able to get through about 100 of them last night, and I figured what a better way to get in a post than to count down the ones I went through, 5-4-3-2-1 style.
Let's start with 5 Roberto Alomar cards...
|No, they're not crooked because I've been drinking|
A set that I couldn't afford back when it came out, the '92 Topps Stadium Club, is one of the best sets in my opinion of the 90's. Here's 4 of the Blue Jays from that set...
Pat Tabler might be the only member of the '92 World Series team that I haven't featured on the blog at all. Tabler was a first round draft pick of the Yankees, and was once traded for a pair of decent pitchers (Bill Caudill and Jay Howell). Tabler was known as a clutch hitter, and was a career .489 hitter with the bases loaded.
Remember the cards in a can, Pinnacle Inside? Not the greatest idea ever to come to the hobby, but at least somebody was trying. Here's three Blue Jays from that set for you...
Boy, I remember the Jose Cruz Jr. hype. He was going to be the next big thing in Toronto. Jose was a 30-30 man in 2001, and left the club that year via free agency. Jose never approached 30 in either category again. Shawn Green also had a 30-30 season in Toronto in 1998. The next year, he was a 40-40 man. the following year, he was a Dodger. The Jays had to decide which of Green or Delgado they could sign, because both of the sluggers were going to demand big contracts. Delgado wound up remaining a Jay until 2004, and still holds the club record for most homers in Toronto with 336.
What would a post be without a couple of parallels? How about a couple of 1994 Score Gold Rush cards
Jack Morris just a little under 68% of the vote in last year's HOF balloting. 254 wins, 3 times a 20 game winner, and an incredible 11 seasons with 10 or more complete games are a lot of numbers that in my opinion should have helped get him in the HOF. The 3 World Series titles shouldn't hurt either.
Last but not least, one of Bowman's Best.
Hey, only a few more hundred Jays to go through! Ahh, the joys of collecting.
Thanks for reading, Robert