Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Randy Jones on baseball cards

Randy Jones won 100 games in his ten-year major league career. A two-time All-Star and twenty-game winner, he was the NL Cy Young Award Winner in 1976, going 22-14 with a 2.74 ERA and 25 complete games for the Padres. Now the creator of Randy Jones BBQ Sauce and the owner of the Randy Jones All American Sports Grill in San Diego, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"Growing up I did collect some baseball cards but wasn't a collector of them. Hell, I was ALWAYS outside playing the game. I had my favorites, Sandy Koufax, Whitey Ford, Mickey Mantle, even Tommy Davis. They all usually ended up in the spokes of my bike while I rode to the ball field. I don't have a story where my collection was thrown out by my mom or something, I just never took care of the cards I had the way collectors do today. As of today, I do have approx. 7 cases of Upper Deck cards, from the early 90's, that I've never opened. It's at least 30,000 cards.
My favorite Randy Jones card would have to be the one the Ted Williams Card Company did or the Sports Illustrated card. They're newer cards than the old Topps cards that were produced from 73 to 80 but I still enjoy seeing those cards as well.

I'm afraid I don't have any funny stories regarding cards. Sy Berger, the Topps Rep, kept a pretty good eye on all of us. My only unique card is the 1974 Washington card that briefly came out."


1 comment:

  1. Padres legend. Glad to hear he loves the Ted Williams card. I don't have may Jones cards in the collection, but I know I have that one.