30 Day Baseball Card Challenge

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

90's Oversized Refractor + Chipper Jones = Awesomeness

I often find myself classifying eras by the athletes that played in them. Chipper Jones will be remembered as one of the guys who dominated baseball during my 20's & 30's. And although he's not my favorite player, he's a class act (on the field) and one of this generations top hitters. I also admire how he's been loyal to the Atlanta Braves organization and their fans for over two decades.

Which is why I can already tell you... I'll truly be bummed when he retires at the end of the season. Recently, I've started picking up a few of his memorabilia cards and inserts to go with my 1991 Upper Deck & Topps rookie cards.

Last night, after watching him make his 2012 debut and launch his 455th career home run, I ran out and picked up this 1990 Classic card of him:


I know it's part of the "Junk Wax Era" and was overproduced, but it's one of his earliest cards and captures him right after the Braves selected him with the 1st pick in the 1990 amateur draft.

Another card I recently added to my collection is this beautiful 1997 Bowman's Best Jumbo Refractor for under $3 shipped:


These 4" x 6" cards are actually pretty rare in comparison to other inserts/parallels from the 90's. According to Beckett, Topps only produced 169 copies of each card. They could only be obtained if you ordered the complete 1997 Bowman's Best Jumbo set through their Stadium Club Members Only program.

Is this card cool or what? It's a refractor... it's oversized... it's fairly rare... and it features a sure fire hall of famer. Seriously... what's not to like? But, I guess the real question is...

Do you think Chipper is a first ballot HOFer?

Out of the 202 players enshrined at Cooperstown, only 39 were inducted on their first ballot. These days, there are people who feel that the Baseball Hall of Fame is starting to get watered down. But there's not denying that only the crème de la crème are selected on their first ballot.

And... yes, I think he'll be elected the first time around. The guy is one of the greatest switch hitters of all time, the 1999 NL MVP, a 7x NL All-Star, a career .304 hitter, has 455 home runs (so far), and owns a World Series Championship ring. Last, but not least... in the last 15+ years, he consistently been one of the league's top hitters... and that's right in the thick of all the PED drama (which he so far... has avoided).

Happy Hump Day! Enjoy the rest of your week & sayonara!

16 comments:

  1. I would not put him in as a first ballot HOF and I would think he should have been a borderline hall of famer but based on how the writers reacted Mark McGwire(Steroids), Jones (not part of Steroids discussion)will get in and I put it his chances at first ballot at over 60 percent.

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    1. My post is totally biased... because I like the guy. I'm sure many baseball analysts would agree with you. I hope you're right with the 60%+ prediction.

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    2. If a career .300/.400/.500 hitter with 450+ homers and 1500 RBIs as a switch hitter playing a defensively challenging position with an MVP and a title is a BORDERLINE Hall of Famer then the Hall really needs to be pared down to a couple dozen players tops.

      He's not going in the first ballot though, but that's because the voting process is horribly broken right now.

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    3. LOL... when I first read "borderline", I thought he meant borderline first time ballot. There's not a doubt in my mind he's a surefire HOFer... and hopefully... fingers crossed... he's a first ballot HOFer.

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  2. First Ballot! Greatest switch hitter of all time. Anybody who thinks otherwise has to be a dumb mets fan.

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  3. Absolutely a Hall of Famer; first ballot, that's the question. What's amazing about his career- he's two weeks away from turning 40 and is still producing at the position. Take a look at the careers of those considered the top third baseman of all-time, and tell me long they were able to play the position.

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    1. No doubt... that barehanded stab last night was awesome!

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    1. Thanks! Now I'm on the hunt for the standard sized version of that card.

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  5. Not even a question. Hall of Famer.

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    1. Agree 100%... second question: Is he a 1st ballot HOF?

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  6. No doubt! Besides, you can't spell HOF without Chipper Jo....oh wait...

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  7. Hell yes he is!
    I hope it's first ballot as well.

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