I immediately headed over to Check Out My Cards and eBay to see what the had to offer. After about fifteen minutes I settled on this particular Rocky Colavito:
Why Rocky? Well... I knew I wanted a member of the Kansas City Athletics and discovered there were only three players to choose from: #9 Rocky Colavito, #15 Jim Gentile, and #45 Wayne Causey. Colavito was the only player I had heard of, so it wasn't too difficult of a decision.
Known primarily for his years with the Cleveland Indians, he played for Kansas City in 1964. That year, he hit 34 home runs, batted .274, scored 89 runs, drove in 102 RBI's and was a member of the AL All-Star team. By the time he wrapped up his 14 year career in 1968, he managed to hit 374 home runs.
Why this particular card? I had a bunch to choose from and some of them were cheaper than this one. But in the end, I chose this card because it was in really good condition, had decent centering, and was reasonably priced. The card was $4 (free shipping) and looks like it was pulled from a pack yesterday.
Thanks Chuck & Joe for your suggestion. Without it... I wouldn't have added this card to my collection.
Okay... so Colavito may have been a star, but his numbers weren't worthy of Cooperstown. And according to all of you who responded to this thread, neither is Nomar. So today, let's do this...
Share some of the players you enjoy collecting... even though they'll never be enshrined at Cooperstown.
Who knows... your response just might lead to another one of my cardboard purchases.
Happy Tuesday and sayonara!