Mike LaValliere played twelve seasons in the major leagues, mostly for the Pittsburgh Pirates, for whom he won a Gold Glove and was the regular catcher on three straight NL East champions. Now the owner of the Big League Experience instructional facility in Sarasota, FL, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.
"Stories - just messing with the camera guys but I took a couple of pictures hitting right handed in certain years. Favorite Card - I'm probably a little partial to my Topps rookie card. Collect? No, never was into collecting. I do have some special memorabilia however that I have at my house. ie. Michael Jordan and me by the batting cage during his try at baseball. It's personalized with a quite funny quote from him."
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