I sought him out as a collector in my youth and I continue to do so today (often enjoying very discounted prices) with a lot of enjoyment. He'll always be a Yankee to me but I have no problem rooting for his club to take the NL West. I might waver if they face my Braves for the NL Championship and it will most certainly be interesting, for so many reasons, to see a Dodgers - Yankees World Series match up.
But like Scarlett says, "I'll think about that tomorrow."
For now I'll focus on the task at hand, showing off my Don Mattingly collection. This will be the first entry in the series! Which Mattingly to choose? Would be very reasonable to start off with any of his classic '84 rookie cards. There have definitely been some fantastic legacy releases since his playing days came to an end. Hmmmm....
So where to start?!
How about with this one:
Combining one of my favorite all-time card designs with my favorite all-time player? That's a recipe for cardboard success. I'll let it go that the swatch is purely gray and that Donnie Baseball looks like somebody just told him the Boss wants him to cut his hair........I'll let it go. I've got Mattingly in pinstripes with a piece of his jersey, his signature and a well-balanced retro '56 card. The back is nothing special:
|#s I knew before my own SSN - 6'0", 175, 4/20/61|
But you still get a quick reminder of the greatness. A career that was cut short, yet the facts remain:
- statistically, more than half of his hits drove in a run
- nearly a quarter of his hits were doubles
- the career average, plagued with a bad back , will always stand at .307
One day, the Veterans Committee will confirm what many of his fans already know!
But for now, I hope you can appreciate this card with me - my most recent Mattingly addition.
Thanks for reading!