As I have been going through my collection, I have noticed some interesting tendencies as to who and what I collect. Previously, I mentioned that I have removed the label of “team collector” from myself and this blog, and it is specifically due to the fact that there are too many players that I don’t collect, but not all are from teams that I follow. Some are hall of famers that just don’t do anything for me; others are current superstars that never found a home in my collection. But, am I the only one like this?
Here is just one example of a significant player for my favorite team that I don’t collect:
From 2001 through 2008, Ramirez was an 8x all-star, 6x Silver Slugger, winner of the Hank Aaron Award, A.L. Batting Champion, A.L. Home Run Leader, and winner of 2 World Series. And for all of that, I can’t stand him. I absolutely hated watching him play. I am not so naive as to think that without him, the Red Sox would have been as successful, but I still don’t care. From the way he loafed around the outfield, to his gigantic uniform, I loathed watching him play in Boston.
While there are a number of Hall of Fame players that didn’t end up in my collection, below is an example of a player whose cards infuriate me:
Before I am chided for this admission, know that I grew up watching “The Wizard” play shortstop. And guess what, I was never a fan. While my older brother loved him, I didn’t really care about Ozzie’s back-flips and “athletic” defensive prowess. I did care when year after year, Smith won the popularity contest known as the Gold Glove Award over Barry Larkin. And I still can’t understand why he is put on such a pedestool, when he was such an horrific offensive player. Proponents will quickly point to his tremendous defensive skills, which can best be quantified by his .978 fielding percentage. Whereas Larkin was only able to eek out a measly .975 fielding percentage, and amassing much more offensive accolades.
An example of a current superstar that I don’t collect:
I don’t have any disdain for Mike Trout. In fact, I rather enjoy watching him. One of my fondest ballpark memories is getting to watch him his rookie year. Sitting in Globe Life Park (Rangers Stadium) I remember turning to my wife and telling her that Trout would be the next great center fielder. (She didn’t care as she was a Rangers fan). “I strenuously object” to his not getting the MVP Award in ’12 and ’13. All in all, I am a fan of Trout.
However, I don’t collect his cards. Mostly this is due to the incredible cost associated with them. From time to time, I have pulled a few base or inserts, like the card above, but I would rather send them to an Angels fan than keep 4 or 5 cards sitting on my shelf.
Listed below are 3 different criteria of players. Some may not make a lot of sense to pure team collectors, and for those, we can augment the response. Respond in the comment section, with players that you don’t collect. (If others have done a similar post, know that I was unaware while writing this post).
- A player on your favorite team that never mattered to you (try to pick someone that we will recognize, not a bench player that only played one year). For team collectors, maybe this could be a player that didn’t play an entire career on your favorite team, e.g. Griffey Jr.
- A Hall of Fame Player who you don’t collect.
- A current superstar who you don’t collect.
In responding to each question, try to pick players that aren’t obvious, e.g. Yankee collectors probably don’t collect Pedro Martinez, so this goes without saying.