Well... back in the 90's I spent a better part of the decade watching baseball games on the boob tube. And it seemed like whenever I turned on TBS... there was a Atlanta Braves' game on. But the Braves of the 90's weren't your ordinary team. They were loaded with talent and super fun to watch.
And it didn't take long for me to start cheering for their pitching ace... Mr. Gregory Alan Maddux. In fact, he quickly became my favorite pitcher. It was amazing how he could get some of the greatest hitters in the game to ground out... utilizing a complete arsenal of pitches instead of an overpowering fastball.
Over the years, I've slowly built a collection of Greg Maddux rookies, inserts, autographs, parallels, and memorabilia cards. But there's one card that has sat atop my wantlist for nearly four years. And earlier this month, I finally crossed it off.
1997 Pinnacle X-Press Metal Works #10
Anyone else familiar with these? They're solid metal cards that Pinnacle inserted into hobby boxes of X-Press baseball (there's a football set too). This particular card is the standard bronze version, which isn't serial number and theoretically should have been the easiest for me to acquire. Over the years, I had no trouble finding it... but I refused to overpay and waited until I found one at a reasonable price.
Meanwhile... these two cards sat in my Maddux collection waiting for their bronze brother to join them:
1997 Pinnacle X-Press Metal Works Silver #10 (#'d 62/400)
1997 Pinnacle X-Press Metal Works Gold #10 (#'d 32/200)
Unfortunately... the bulk of my Maddux PC is sitting in my parent's house in Las Vegas. But I'm planning on visiting them in the next few months, so eventually the Maddux family reunion will take place.
Did anyone else spend a portion of the 90's watching Atlanta Braves games on TBS?