If you're a fan of 80's baseball... then you're no doubt a fan of Mr. Raines. He made the National League all-star team seven years in a row... from 1981 to 1987. In the 1987 all-star game, the score was tied 0-0 going into the top of the 13th. With Ozzie Virgil on 2nd and Hubie Brooks on 1st... Tim Raines hit the game-winning triple off of Jay Howell. When the game was over, he was honored with the all-star game MVP award.
When his career was over, he had played for six teams over a span of twenty-three seasons. His career batting average is .294 and he finished with 2605 hits, 808 steals, 1571 runs scored, and 170 home runs. During that time he led the National League in stolen bases four times, runs scored twice, and batting average once.
So what do you think?
Is Tim Raines a future member of baseball's HOF?
I think so... it might take a few more years, but I think he'll get in. If not... it's okay with me. He's a HOFer in my book. I collect baseball cards today, because it was such a huge part of my childhood. Well... Tim Raines was a huge part of my childhood too... and that's why I set out to collect this sports card trifecta:
Rookie Card: 1981 Donruss #538
You're probably wondering why I don't show off his 1981 Topps rookie, since it's more valuable. Well...
A. I don't own one.
B. This is one of the few cards that I actually still have from my childhood collection... so it might not hold much monetary value... but it's priceless to me.
Autographed Card: 2009 Sweet Spot Classic "Red Stitch Signatures" #TR
I featured a 2007 Sweet Spot Classic autograph of Tim Raines last week... but the signature has faded badly. I'm glad UD fixed the problem... but it's a shame, because I prefer the 2007 design with Olympic Stadium in the background to this particular design. Oh well... like my momma used to say... you can't always have it your way.
Memorabilia Card: 2007 Sweet Spot Classic "Classic Memorabilia" #TR
This is one of my favorite memorabilia sets, because they feature a simple design and an impressive checklist... and they're cheap.
Hope you enjoyed the 1oth installment into my Sports Card Trifecta collection.
Have a great weekend... and stay safe! Sayonara.