|Craig Biggio from Upper Deck 1992 deck.|
This coming weekend, the National Baseball Hall of Fame (a wonderful place in Cooperstown, New York, I've visited with my kids twice in the past) will be holding their induction ceremony for four players for whom I happen to have found their cards in the 1992 set: Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez and John Smoltz. The Baseball Hall of Fame Class of 2015 is the largest in 60 years. I've scanned both the front and back of each card and posted them here. My son, a Red Sox fan, had not realized Pedro Martinez had once been a Dodger; I recall him as an Expo though his greatest success came as a pitcher and personality for the curse-busting Boston Red Sox.
|Pedro Martinez Rookie Card.|
|Pedro and older brother Ramon Martinez from the Blood Lines subset.|
|Pitcher John Smotlz batting on the front of the card--the Atlanta Braves |
are in the National League.
For myself, just like any collectible, the value in possessing these cards is small beyond the memories they evoke, and this weekend, as I watch the Hall of Fame ceremony on television, it will be neat to point to the athletes whose cards I acquired while working with minor league athletes myself, some of who may one day make the hall, too. This ability to desperate oneself (if you've ever been in a Single A through Triple A game you have probably had the same experience if you think about it) by six degrees from baseball history is one of the things that makes it such a great professional league.