Tuesday, January 31, 2012
"My first baseball card wasn't even taken on a baseball field like most cards are. It was taken in a studio.
I'm kind of partial to the up and coming card when I was with the Cardinals. It might of said rising star on it. Not sure.
I do not collect baseball cards, but I have tried to collect all of my cards."
Thanks! Though his 1993 Topps card actually says "Coming Attraction," it does have a lot of stars rising in the background.
Monday, January 30, 2012
I have nine cards of Rick Ankiel. This one is from 2010 Topps Opening Day.
Playing career: Rick Ankiel has had one of the most unusual careers in baseball history. He came up with the Cardinals as a pitcher and had a great regular season, going 11-7 and finishing second in the NL rookie of the year voting. Then he suddenly and completely lost the strike zone in the playoffs against the Mets and Braves, walking 11 batters and allowing 5 hits in just 4 innings over 3 games. He was unable to regain his form the next year, went down to the minors and hurt his arm. He decided to come back as an outfielder and not only worked his way back to the major leagues but became, if not a star, at least a credible regular, hitting 25 home runs in 2008 for the Cardinals.
Where he is now: He is a free agent after hitting .239 with 9 HR and 37 RBI in 122 games for Washington last year.
My memories: I remember thinking that we would never see him again once his wildness problems hit him full on. It’s amazing how he turned himself into a legitimate major league hitter.
Interesting stories: Many believe Ankiel’s mental problems as a pitcher came from his relationship with his father, who pushed him very hard, often against his wishes, into becoming a great baseball player. Earlier in 2000, his father was arrested for running a cocaine-smuggling ring. You can read more about the Ankiel family here. He used to have a rather strange website called Rick Ankiel Online. The site is gone but you can find some of the highlights here.
Google Autocomplete results: He is second when you type Rick A, between Rick Astley, singer best known for RickRolling, and Rick Adelman, former Houston Rockets head coach. There do not appear to be any other prominent Rick Ankiels.Coming up next: The next profile will be Willie Ansley.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
He also sent me the last few on my wantlist for 1991 Upper Deck, about seven or eight cards.
He included a nice little note - "Glad to be able to finish off some sets for you." Indeed, he should have - except I made mistakes on both wantlists! Turns out I'm still one card short on both sets! Anyone have 1991 Leaf #38 Roberto Kelly or 1991 Upper Deck #100 Checklist to trade?
Saturday, January 28, 2012
- Do you have any stories about cards of yourself or of other players?
The first card that I had was a dual Topps card with myself and Billy Koch. We shot it at the Clemson University campus Botanical Gardens. Since it's my first card, that's my favorite.
- Do you have a favorite card of yourself or of another player?
I have some nice cards. Rookie cards of Cal Ripken, Tony Gwynn, and Rickey Henderson are very cool.
- Do you collect baseball cards?
I only collected cards for a handful of years. I use to collect sets in the late-80's, but then they started getting too expensive for my pockets at the time. I started collecting a few special cards here and there. Over the last 10 years though, I haven't done any collecting. Maybe I should look into it again...
Friday, January 27, 2012
"Every year I get new cards... So I like all that I have ..."
Thursday, January 26, 2012
"No I don't collect!! There's one of mine tagging Jacob Cruz at the plate in Spring Training!! He's a good friend of mine."
Thanks! I don't have that card, from 2006 Upper Deck, but here is one I do have, from 2000 Bowman.
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Also, the new This Week in Baseball Cards is up at the Hall of Very Good. Enjoy!
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
I have one card of Doug Angeli, from 1994 ProCards.
Playing career: Shortstop Doug Angeli played five seasons in the Phillies organization. His best season was 1996 at Reading, when he hit eight home runs in only 187 at bats.
Where he is now: Head coach/Owner of the Spartanburg Phillies travel team in South Carolina.
My memories: Last year I wrote to him asking about his baseball card experiences. He replied that he never collected cards and that all of his cards “are basically boring.”
Google Autocomplete Results: He is fourth when you type Doug Ang, between Doug Anglin, founder of the UCLA Drug Abuse Research Center, and Doug Angove, a chiropractor in Minnesota. There do not appear to be any other prominent Doug Angelis.
Coming up next: The next profile will be Rick Ankiel.