Saturday, December 8, 2012

Random Rookies

First, I thought I would share a photo of my newest rookie, here is Katherine Elizabeth yesterday on her 5 day birthday.
Since this new rookie entered into our life, I thought it might be appropriate to share a few random rookie cards I have picked up over the last couple months, most of these are courtesy of Sportlots auctions.

First up is a pair of Kirby Puckett rookie cards from the same seller. These came very cheap and I am very happy to have them as part of my collection. I remember seeing Kirby in person at an Oakland A's game his rookie season and we were impressed with his hustle. He of course turned out to a great player and Hall of Famer.

Next up is another HOFer, closer Bruce Sutter.  I was able to pick up this card and the next one from the same seller for a total of $3.50 shipped which I think was a major bargain.  Sutter isn't sporting his huge, crazy beard he would later in his career but there are signs of it coming in.  The back of his card shows a pretty solid rookie year with a 6-3 record and an ERA of 2.71.  I had to go to to see that he also picked up 10 saves.  The following year would be the start of a streak of 9 consecutive 20 save seasons.  I was actually a little shocked to see that Sutter only played 12 season when looking up his stats, it just seemed like he played a lot longer to me.

The second half of that $3.50 purchase was one of the more iconic cards of the 1970s, a Mark Fidrych rookie!  I have the 1977 set but this is the first time I have had my hands on this card outside the set I purchased.  In my opinion this is a must have card in my collection and I was super excited to pick it up.  Fidrych had an amazing rookie season winning 19 games with an ERA of 2.34.  I like everything about this card, the rookie cup, the All-Star stripe along the bottom, the goofy look on his face, his kinda crazy signature, even the security guard hanging out in the background.  A truly iconic card and welcome addition to the collection.

Next up is a 1971 Bert Blyleven rookie card.  He is kinda hard for me to even recognize him off this picture, I am so used to the big beard and the older pictures on his later cards.  In reviewing Blyleven's stats and recalling his best in the game curve ball, I am still amazed it took so long for him to get into the HOF.   Would you believe I was able to pick up this awesome card for $4.25 delivered?  To me this is one of my better recent pickups. 

Speaking of good pickups, my most recent HOF rookie cards scored off a Sportslots auction is this 1966 Topps Fergie Jenkins.  This card isn't in mint condition with some corner issues but it is still a really nice looking card and for only $10 delivered it was impossible to pass up.

I am not really starting up a HOF rookie collection per se but when I see them for great prices I am going to jump on them. Hope you have enjoyed looking at the newest rookies in my collection!


  1. Congrats on the newest addition to your family, Adam!

    Those other "rookies" you added to your collection are pretty cool, too. :)

    The Fidrych is easily one of my all-time favorite cards. Top 10 at least.

  2. That's wonderful! And congrats again! Newborn's are the best kind of rookies : )

  3. Congratulations on your little one, Adam. She is beautiful. I agree with Nick. Love the Fidrych rookie, as well.