Tuesday, December 30, 2014

JD Closser on baseball cards

Catcher JD Closser played for the Rockies from 2004 to 2006. In 160 games he hit .239 with 10 HR and 48 RBI. Now a minor league coach for the Yankees, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.
"I remember when I first found out that I was going to have a card, my parents and friends of the family doing everything they could to collect at least one of every card that came out.  Hunting for them was always a big adventure.

I think that I would have to say that my favorite card is my first card just because it is something that you dream of while you are a kid.  When you would go to the store and buy a pack of Topps cards and open them it was always fun to think that one day you may find a card of yourself in there. 

I think my next favorite would be the ones from when I had actually made it to the big leagues.  Once in particular was a card that had the title "old judge" on it.
I do not currently collect baseball cards but my family and I did when I was a kid.  I remember that used to be my father's present for Christmas from my Grandmother, that year's full set of Topps cards all boxed up and unopened.  I also would get the bubble gum packs of cards at the store or almost anywhere that would carry them, open the packs, chew the very stale gum and rifle through the cards to see who I got. I would then take them home and put them in binders and organize them over and over.  I also had other boxes full of cards that did not make it into the binders."