One of the goals that I have set for myself is to focus a bit more on my favorite player, Carlton Fisk. This can (and will) include more frequent posts about his cards, memorabilia (not that I have any), or random facts. For today, I have decided to show off a few of the more recent additions to my Fisk collection, including one of my 10 Most Wanted Card.
2014 Panini Hall of Fame Elite Series: #34
What can I say, I am a sucker for shiny things. While this particular card isn’t numbered, it does come from a high-end set, one that I can’t really afford, so I was happy to get my hands on it. I have said numerous times, and will continue to say, that Panini often puts out more attractive and inventive cards. The fact that they don’t have logos doesn’t bother, especially with cards like this.
2013 Panini National Convention Kings (Lava Flow): #2
Though it depicts him as a member of the White Sox, this card is close to perfect. Panini should release a set of cards of only catchers, which would eliminate any problem with the lack of logos. Panini’s inclusion of Fisk in these types of cards is a bit of a conundrum to me: he is included in the National Convention (which took place in Chicago), but so far he hasn’t made his way into Panini Donruss.
2015 Topps Tier One: TSR-CF
Numbered 026/199, this card is the newest relic of Fisk’s that I own. It seems like 2015 wasn’t a good year for Fisk. He wasn’t included in a number of releases, and when he was, it was usually as an insert. (I am looking at you Gypsy Queen). The pinstripe is a nice touch, and surprisingly, it was less money than a number of plain white relics.
2009 SP Legendary Cuts Generations Memorabilia: GM-FM
Very few cards could offer as much excitement at such a low price. At just over $3, this was a must have. Two of my favorite players, that just so happen to be two of the best catchers of all-time, are pictured here. Usually I am not a fan of this type of card, as I like my favorite player to receive all of the attention, but this is a wonderful pairing of two greats. Besides, this is from 2009, when card companies still said things like “Official Game Used,” and while it may be silly, I like to believe that it is from a jersey that Fisk wore.
1993 Topps Baseball Finest: #125
Here it is, #3 on my list of most wanted cards. Just so we are clear, I know that I will never own certain cards. Cards like Johnny Bench’s rookie card, Mike Piazza autos, or booklets, bat knobs, or one-of-ones of my favorite players will never be owned by me. Therefore, those cards aren’t on any of my lists. I am, after all, a high school/community college teacher; money is an object.
This card, however, has been on my list for a long time.
By ’93 I wasn’t collecting cards anymore, but even I knew the impact that this set had on the hobby. I had a friend who pulled a Ken Griffey Jr. refractor from the first pack the store sold. I was with him that day. In his elation over pulling such a card, and then selling it for almost $300, he bought the rest of the box (in hindsight he should have bought one of the sealed boxes.) He offered to give me any Fisk card he pulled, but alas, it was not to be. He didn’t pull a Fisk; I couldn’t afford to buy even a pack, and I soon moved far away from said friend. Some 20 years later, I finally have the card in hand, in a sleeve, in a toploader.
If my friend would have pulled a Fisk refractor, I wonder if he would have lived up to his promise?