Thursday, October 15, 2020

An Unexpected PWE: Everyone's Dream

I recently received a PWE from Brendan, better known as Elliptical Man over at A View from the Third Floor. When I saw the envelope, I didn't think I had won a recent giveaway or anything, so I was intrigued. So, what was inside? It didn't take me long to see they were all candidates for my Frankenset, but if there was any doubt, Brendan included a little checklist guide to what he sent.

Eighteen cards in total made their way from beautiful San Diego to the less picturesque Fargo in a 70 cent envelope. Some were cards I already had in my Frankenset, but some were new to me, so I will need to see if they might find a home in the set. 

Dave Stewart the cameraman. Chuck Finley hugging a runner. The Gary Pettis is a great find. He missed the bunt! Hadn't noticed this one before. Some great glasses/sunglasses shots, too. Do you know the guy in the middle? Scroll down for the answer. And Steve Carlton with the White Sox? Just doesn't look right.

Chris Bosio signing some autos. Why is 40-something Carlton Fisk bunting? Tim Raines bunting - makes more sense. Pitcher running the bases. Two legendary nicknames. Love a good bubble gum card. And then you have the Rollie Fingers mustache battling the Justin Turner beard (sorry it's sideways). 

I appreciate Brendan going through my list and finding some awesome cards to fit my Frankenset categories. He's a loyal reader of the blog, too, so I owe him a double thanks! 

The man in the middle on page one was the one and only Jay Buhner. If you got it wrong, you owe me one Ken Phelps card.

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Bo Knows Frankensets

As I've alluded to in recent posts, I am very close to completing my Frankenset. Being in the final stages, I've identified my final steps toward completion.

1) Wait for my recently acquired smelly cards to de-stinkify so I can go through the ones I set aside as Frankenset candidates. Hoping I don't have to wait more than another week. I might have to do a fresh batch of baking soda in each box. Stay tuned.

2) File some of my recent acquisitions in their respective slots. (More on this in a moment.)

3) Compile a listing of the cards in Excel (this is mostly complete).

4) Fill in the blank slots with checklist cards (this will probably take the longest of any of the steps). If anyone has created a custom checklist before, I would appreciate tips in the comments below.

After I complete the set, I'll have to decide how to unveil it. I have been posting just my top three cards from each page a page at a time for a few months now, but might go back to the beginning and show each page card by card. Or I might pick a random page to show each time. We'll see. 

I've made great strides in the last couple months on the Frankenset due in large part to Card Barrel, which has a fantastic supply of inexpensive cards from random sets and years for me to choose from. Those people are undoubtedly puzzled each time I place an order, wondering why in the world I would choose the cards I do. 

Sometimes, there are some great Frankenset candidates in the vintage era, and that's where I've sought out other help. Specifically, Bo from Baseball Cards Come to Life and I recently swung a trade for some mostly vintage cards that I would have had to pay way too much for on Card Barrel. Instead, I was able to take advantage of Bo's extensive trade list to nab some great cards for my final push. Behold the beauty:

1976 Topps #639, Fred Kendall; 1981 Topps #541, Steve Swisher

Leading off with a couple "lesser knowns." Both men had more famous sons become major leaguers, Jason and Nick respectively. Bonus points for the Swisher beard. 

1976 Topps #363 Dave Collins; 1972 Topps #284 Ike Brown; 1979 Topps #31 Tom House 

Some solid 70s glasses with some notable facial hair sprinkled in.

1974 Topps #382 Bob Moose

This card checks so many Frankenset boxes. Hair, mustache, facial expression, name. Phenomenal.

1994 Pinnacle #490, Chris Sabo

In a Frankenset where "glasses" is a category, it would be a crime to exclude Chris Sabo's goggles. Bonus points for appearing with the Orioles, for whom he played only 68 games.

1973 Topps #483, Dal Maxvill

A guy named "Dal." I had no idea what that was short for, and I didn't even have to go to for assistance. The back of the card has his full name: Charles Dallan Maxvill.

1973 Topps #530 Jim Kaat

An AL pitcher at the plate in a set from the year the DH debuted. Unbeatable. 

So there are nine more fantastic cards for the Frankenset. Bo is a pleasure to trade with and he makes it even easier with his trade list and want lists. Thanks Bo!

Friday, October 2, 2020

Massive Card Lot for $40? Yes, Please.

I haven't posted in a while and part of the reason why is this massive haul of cards:

I regularly search Craigslist and Facebook locally in the hopes of finding big groups of cards for cheap. I've done it before with good results. So even though I really had no idea what was in this lot, I figured $40 would be worth the hunt. And it was, but the lot wasn't without disappointment.

The Bad:

I'm not sure how many cards were in this lot. I planned to try to do a rough count, but kind of lost interest in that early on. Maybe 30,000 to 50,000. That's my rough estimate. In any event, about half the cards basically had to be trashed. I'm not one to throw away cards, but a good number were yellowed and smelled pretty bad due to some combination of dust/smoke/general mustiness. So that was disappointing. The upside of that group of cards is it was basically all Overproduction Era cards, so not a huge loss. 

A decent number of cards in the lot also had some of the stink, but none of the yellowing. Those cards are currently sealed away in boxes with baking soda. I heard this needs to be done for a week to be effective. I hope it works. I snuck a smell (LOL) tonight - after 5 days - and it seems to have helped somewhat. I might do a second week with a new box of baking soda, even though I really want to get at these cards to do more sorting and filing. If anyone has a better tip for exorcising the smell, leave a comment for me.

The Good:

The cards I'm about to show already add up to me recovering my $40, so that's some of the good news. Also, there was a nice box of about 500 Topps Archives cards from 2001, so I should be able to flip those on eBay (they looked like players with last names S-Z, so if you need someone in that range, let me know and I'll take a look for you before I list the cards on eBay). There was also a box of some premium inserts from the mid-90s that have some value. I used some of the Griffey inserts to sell a lot on Facebook, so have already recovered some of the investment:

I'm excited to keep a lot of the cards I found, including a good stack of cards to possibly plug in to my nearly-complete Frankenset (more on that in a upcoming post). There are several hundred of those to go through, so that will be fun. Some others I'm excited to keep are of course, waxy rookies!!!

If you're curious, there wasn't a ton of vintage in the lot (just a few 70s cards), but there were a few hundred early 80s cards. I'll probably ditch the Overproduction Era commons at some point, but will save cards for my player files. So if there's a player you're interested in, as always, let me know and we can work on a trade. Might be a while before I get everything filed though.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Tebow Time, Bubble Gum, and a Sucker: My Favorite Frankenset Card by Page; Page 9 (Cards 91-99)

It's time for another installment of my favorite Frankenset card (by page), where I show off my Frankenset by giving you my top three favorite cards from each page of the set. Let's jump right in.

3) 2019 Bowman Draft #92, Tim Tebow

I think 2020 would have been Tebow's last best shot at taking a few at-bats late in the season at the major league level, but the minor league season was canceled. Not sure he had much of a chance to begin with, but it's probably not going to happen now. Still, what he has done at the minor league level is really impressive after not playing since high school. 

2) 2016 Stadium Club #96, Adam Eaton

Not quite a Bevacqua-level bubble, but quite impressive for an in-action photo. 

1) 1993 Upper Deck #99, Mark Portugal

This is the quintessential Frankenset card. Signing autos. The glasses. The STRAP on the glasses! The sucker in the mouth. Golden.

With page nine now in the books, here are the Frankenset standings. For this post, we have an "Wrong Sport" with the Tebow, a "Gum" card with the Eaton, and a combination "Glasses" and "Signing Autos" card with the Portugal. The Portugal fits into more than one category, so it will be split into half points. After nine pages, here's what we've seen:

Lesser Known: 4.5
Odd Team: 4
Glasses: 4
Mustache: 3
Pitcher Hitting: 3
Field Action - Awkward: 2
Equipment Oddity: 1
Facial Expression - In Action: 1
Field Action Fail: 1
Pitcher Running Bases: 1
Position Player Pitching: 1
Gum: 1
Wrong Sport: 1
Why is he bunting?: 0.5
Chew: 0.5
Funny Name/Nickname: 0.5
Hair: 0.5
Signing Autographs: 0.5

What is your favorite card from page nine?

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, September 17, 2020

The Reliable Brett Buntler

I'm well acquainted with the cards of the Overproduction Era, simply because I've seen them so many times. So when I think in terms of patterns or themes in cards, my familiarity with the 1988-1993 or so crowd comes to the forefront. Some patterns I've noticed:

Kirt Manwaring seems to always be the catcher in a play at the plate.

Jose Rijo and Roger McDowell are oftentimes doing something goofy. 

Ken Griffey Jr. is often playfully smiling with his hat on backwards.

And Brett Butler always seems to be bunting, so much so that I have now dubbed him:

Brett BUNT-ler!

The pun is just too easy. 

So I took my Brett Butler cards out and decided to see if my recollection was right. How often is he shown bunting? Surely it couldn't be on every card, but it happened often enough for me to notice a pattern. Here are my findings:

I have 43 different Brett Butler cards ranging from 1983 through 1996. 11 of those cards show him somewhere in the process of bunting.

Here's the lineup:

The 1995 Collectors' Choice Special Edition is my favorite of the bunch. Great shot of the ball hitting the bat. 

Here's the final card, showcasing Butler giving advice on bunting! This was part of a six card subset from 1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack. 

1993 Upper Deck Fun Pack #210 - Brett Butler

That's just over 25% of my cards showing Butler bunting. Pretty healthy incidence of bunting I would say. I always enjoy a good bunting card. 

Are there any players that you picture doing the same thing on many different card issues? 

Thanks for reading!

Friday, September 11, 2020

Goals and Milestones - Frankenset and Vintage Cubs Set Additions

 I've been a less frequent poster recently due to general busyness, but also because I have been focusing on a couple of my collections. The first is my Frankenset, which has become kind of a painful slog. I'm now trying to find cards to fit specific slots in the set, which is a lot of work. By some extensive trial and error, I have finally found a good way to find cards to fit a particular number. I go on COMC and type in the card number in the search box. Then I sort oldest to newest, click the category of Baseball, and scan through the pictures. Previously, I had started looking for some of the higher number sets, since the 661 to 792 range is where I have the most gaps to fill. But going set by set to see if there were cards to fit my particular needs was too much work. 

1984 Topps #754 Kent Tekulve, part of the Frankenset

So far, this new method is working much better, but I'm just ready to be done with it at this point. I want to be done so I can sit back and enjoy what I put together, then can casually replace cards as I find upgrades. I'm wondering if I can ever truly be done with the set, though, because there always might be a better card out there to fit a particular slot. It would be kind of cool to just have it be a fluid process, but there are a couple problems with that in my mind. First, I wanted to create checklists in part to fill in some of the card numbers I was missing. So I'd have to finalize the set at some point in order to do that. Second, I try not to repeat certain card themes. For example, no more than one card showing Kent Tekulve's awesome sunglasses, even if there are 10 out there. If I find another awesome one and forget that I had one in the set already, I would end up breaking the rule.

1988 Donruss #535, Kent Tekulve
This card got the boot from the Frankenset
 due to qualifying under the same criteria 
as the 1984 Topps Tekulve seen above.

I'm leaning toward setting a final goal of 780ish cards and filling in the rest with custom checklists, even if some of the slots could still use upgrades. Then down the road, maybe as I collect the upgrades, I could do a mass update to the set all at once every year or something. We'll see. 

The other collection I have been working on is my Cubs binder. I'm now up to over 790 different Cubs players for my all-time Cubs team.

The first set of cards came from a trade with Bo at Baseball Cards Come to Life, 

The next set of cards came in two separate acquisitions. I didn't own any 1956 Topps cards before the two you see below. I also recently traded with Matt at Diamond Jesters as part of his time travel trade program. I sent him a couple 1955 Bowman duplicates I had and got these 1957 Cubs in return.

I really like the backs of the 1956 Topps. Really detailed and unique. 

At this point, all Cubs players from the 80s and 90s are almost completely covered. My focus lately has been on the 60s and early 70s, since it's easier to find the exact cards I need without trying to track guys down in a million different sets. Take a look here if you think you can help me out. I have vintage cards from these years to trade in return for Cubs players. I also need cards of guys from the 2000s and 2010s, but that list is much more haphazard because of all the random places you have to look to see if the player was ever pictured on a card in a Cubs uniform.

As far as goals, I would say I hope to complete the Frankenset by the end of the year and think I might stop at 1,000 different Cubs cards. But that might take a while. 

Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, August 31, 2020

1955 Bowman: An Accidental Collection

Two things are true concerning the 1955 Bowman set.

  • I really like the set. It's probably my favorite of all time.
  • I will never complete the set (reasons include: Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks, et al.)

I started thinking about this set a little more when looking for some cards for Matt at Diamond Jesters and his Time Travel Trade program. I actually found three dupes of 1955 Bowman cards that I sent to him in exchange for some vintage Cubs I needed.

I never intended to complete this set, but over the years I have accumulated over 1/5 of the cards (around 70 different cards in all; the set totals 320). Most of these were obtained probably close to 10 years ago, when eBay would have them at reasonable prices. I still will look on occasion for new ones from time to time, but only like to pay $1/card shipped, and that doesn't happen very often. I'm not sure of how the value of this set has changed in the last decade, but I'm thinking it's probably increased considerably.

I got my first 1955 Bowman card shortly after learning about the set, maybe about 15 years ago. It was an eBay purchase and I'm thinking I probably paid 99 cents with free shipping. So for me, this is the most recognizable card of the set. And probably my favorite, because there's something about that first card.

1955 Bowman #26, Virgil Trucks

Such a simple, cool, retro design. The TV border is of course the defining characteristic of the set. The card backs are great, too! They feature standard bio information, past year and career stats, and a text section that varies by card. Some of the various topics include, "My Biggest Thrill in Baseball," "My Favorite Baseball Memories," "My Advice to Youngsters," among others. The Virgil Trucks card has this card back:

A great story, but I read somewhere about someone doing research and finding that it couldn't have occurred exactly the way Trucks told it, based on the date and situation and such. Still a great story, though. 

Unlike a lot of my other retro cards, I don't only have commons from this set. Here are a few hall of famers from my collection:

1955 Bowman
#59 Whitey Ford
#10 Phil Rizzuto
#168 Yogi Berra
#103, Eddie Mathews

Yogi has some surface wear, others have some creasing, and one corner of the Rizzuto was the victim of my scissors opening the envelope (GAH!) but overall I think they're pretty nice. The Mathews is probably my favorite of this bunch. My dream card from the set would probably be the Ernie Banks.

Like I said earlier, I have no plans to complete the set, and that's ok. I appreciate the ones I have and it was fun to take a look at these again. Hope you enjoyed them, too!

Monday, August 24, 2020

Some Recent Pickups - of the Lesser Known Variety

One of my favorite Frankenset categories has to be what I call the "lesser knowns." It's a lot of fun to come across cards of guys who instantly remind you of someone else, whether it be someone in the same baseball family or some other famous athlete or maybe actor, etc. I'm always on the lookout for more cards to add to my collection, since the ones that don't make the Frankenset cut are housed in a separate binder. I've now posted a separate page so you can see the list of the lesser knowns that I have accumulated. I'm always seeking new ones, and today I wanted to show some of my most recent acquisitions.

The first three I'll show are guys who had someone in their family achieve more fame in the baseball arena.

2006 TriStar Prospects Plus #10 - Josh Papelbon

Josh Papelbon and his twin brother, Jeremy, are the younger brothers of former Red Sox/Phillies/Nationals closer Jonathan Papelbon. Both brothers topped out at Double-A, while Jonathan was a 6-time all-star. Jeremy is also a part of my lesser known collection and has a slot in the Frankenset.

1995 SP Prospects #104 - Dennis Martinez Jr.

Dennis Martinez Jr., son of 23-year veteran pitcher "El Presidente" Dennis Martinez, only made it as high as Single-A in 1997 as a member of the Columbus Red Stixx, where he was a teammate of another lesser known, Mike Glavine (Tom's brother). 

2000 Bowman Chrome Draft #95 - Aaron Herr

Aaron Herr, son of long-time Cardinals second baseman Tommy, played 11 minor league seasons, including three at the Triple-A level. He played both second and third base. 

Next up are a couple of guys who at one time were the better known player with their name, but not anymore. 

2011 Topps #411 - Josh Bell 

The first Josh Bell played parts of three MLB seasons as a third baseman. His career slash line was .195 BA, .223 OBP, .488 OPS. Pirates first baseman Josh Bell has a career slash line of .262/.349/.817 and made the 2019 NL All-Star team. 

2002 Topps #257 - Nelson Cruz

The original Nelson Cruz was primarily a reliever and actually appeared in 204 career games. But he is overshadowed by the Twins 6-time all-star slugger, who is 4th on the active homerun list with 410 for his career.

Finally, how about a few guys with names you would be more likely to recognize from the NFL?

1994 Bowman #344 Bubba Smith

Baseball's Bubba Smith was primarily a first baseman who actually played 16 minor league seasons. His best season was probably 1997 with the Rangers' Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City 89ers where he batted .255, clubbed 27 homers, and drove in 94. The better known Bubba Smith is noteworthy for both his NFL career and his acting career, perhaps most famously for his role in the Police Academy series of films. Both guys had the birth name Charles.

1997 Bowman #86 Robert Smith

Baseball's Robert Smith was one of many Robert Smiths to play professionally. He went by Bob or Bobby and played parts of five seasons for the dreadful Devil Rays teams of the late 90s and early 00s. Football's Robert Smith played eight seasons for the Minnesota Vikings. He rushed for 1,000 yards four consecutive times before retiring at age 28 in 2000.

1989 Star Minor League #76 Tommy Kramer

Baseball's Tommy Kramer typically went by Tom. He had a pretty good season of work in 1993, but couldn't stick on a roster at the major league level. Football's Tommy Kramer played 14 seasons as an NFL quarterback, all but one as a member of the Vikings. He made the Pro Bowl in 1986.

1992 Classic Best #158 Tim Brown

Baseball's Tim Brown was one of several players by that name to play professionally. Brown topped out at Triple-A as a pitcher in the Blue Jays organization. Football's Tim Brown played 17 seasons in the NFL as a wide receiver, made 9 Pro Bowls, and is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

Do you have a favorite "lesser known" or can you think of someone not on my list? 

Thanks for reading!

Saturday, August 15, 2020

Some Guys You Might Know: Donruss Names Series Finale

Welcome to the final part of the Donruss Names Series, where we look at some of the more interesting names on the back of Donruss baseball cards. This series takes advantage of the fact that from 1981 to 1992, Donruss printed the players full legal name on the back of their cards. If you're new to this series of posts or just want to reminisce, here's what we've covered so far:

Part 1: Famous players who went by their middle name

Part 2: Players who you thought had a nickname, but their nickname was their real name

Part 3: Players with a unique first name (Part 1)

Part 4: Players with a unique first name (Part 2)

Part 5: Players with a unique middle name

Part 6: Players who went by a nickname (Part 1 - 70s/80s)

All of the previous posts in the Donruss Names Series can be accessed by clicking here.

The final installment of the series today will feature players from the 80s/90s era who went by a nickname. I'm using a quiz format again to spice things up a bit, but if you want to skip ahead to the answers, feel free. The questions and answers are repeated below along with the cards that show the info. 

Let's dive in!

1) Which three-time all-star slugger had the given first/middle name Charles Theodore?
A) Cecil Fielder
B) Chili Davis
C) Danny Tartabull
D) Chet Lemon

2) Which pitcher who spent 13 years as a starter and reliever in the American League (and only played part of one season in the National League), had the given first/middle name George Earl?
A) Storm Davis
B) Goose Gossage
C) Turk Wendell
D) Tug McGraw

3) Which speedy one-time all-star had the given first/middle name Leon Joseph?
A) Otis Nixon
B) Willie Wilson
C) Bip Roberts
D) Mickey Rivers

4) Which long-time reliever had the given first/middle name Richard Michael?
A) Rollie Fingers
B) Goose Gossage
C) Willie Hernandez
D) Sparky Lyle

5) Which athletic outfielder had the given first/middle name Vincent Edward?
A) Kenny Lofton
B) Lonnie Smith
C) Bo Jackson
D) Barry Bonds

6) Which future manager had the given first/middle name Harry Ralston?
A) Bud Black
B) Torey Lovullo
C) Terry Francona
D) Dusty Baker

7) Which star shortstop had the given first/middle name Osborne Earl?
A) Ozzie Guillen
B) Ozzie Canseco
C) Ozzie Virgil
D) Ozzie Smith

Ok, let's see how you did!

1) Which three-time all-star slugger had the given first/middle name Charles Theodore?
A) Cecil Fielder
B) Chili Davis
C) Danny Tartabull
D) Chet Lemon

Chili got his nickname after a particularly bad haircut as a child. Other kids made fun of the haircut by saying it looked like someone had put a chili bowl over his head to cut around.

2) Which pitcher who spent 13 years as a starter and reliever in the American League (and only played part of one season in the National League), had the given first/middle name George Earl?
A) Storm Davis
B) Goose Gossage
C) Turk Wendell
D) Tug McGraw

Storm apparently got his nickname from a book his mother read while pregnant with him.

3) Which speedy one-time all-star had the given first/middle name Leon Joseph?
A) Otis Nixon
B) Willie Wilson
C) Bip Roberts
D) Mickey Rivers

Bip got his nickname from pronouncing certain words incorrectly during childhood, such as "bip" instead of "bit."

4) Which long-time reliever had the given first/middle name Richard Michael?
A) Rollie Fingers
B) Goose Gossage
C) Willie Hernandez
D) Sparky Lyle

A friend thought Rich looked like a goose when he looked in to read the signs from the catcher.

5) Which athletic outfielder had the given first/middle name Vincent Edward?
A) Kenny Lofton
B) Lonnie Smith
C) Bo Jackson
D) Barry Bonds

Bo was short for "boar hog," which Vincent was compared to as a child due to his penchant for getting into trouble.

6) Which future manager had the given first/middle name Harry Ralston?
A) Bud Black
B) Torey Lovullo
C) Terry Francona
D) Dusty Baker

Harry's sister started calling him Bud after the son in the 1950s sitcom Father Knows Best.

7) Which star shortstop had the given first/middle name Osborne Earl?
A) Ozzie Guillen
B) Ozzie Canseco
C) Ozzie Virgil
D) Ozzie Smith

Thanks for reading the final installment of the Donruss Names Series. As a thank you, I'm happy to announce you've stumbled into a "Pick 3" giveaway! 

Anyway, this giveaway is simple. There are three sets of players. Pick one player from each of the groups of names. Enter your names in the comments below. The first 6 people that comment will win and receive a PWE of cards of those three players. I'll try to include some interesting cards if I have them. Also, in the comments, if you want cards of that player from a particular team, you can say so, and I will try to accommodate. No doubling up on names. Once a player is taken by someone, you need to pick someone else in the group.

In subsequent giveaways, players chosen in the previous giveaways will not be available to choose again until some unknown date in the future. (Names with strikethrough below are not available.)

If you win, please provide your name and address via email by accessing my Blogger profile. If I've traded with you or have sent you cards before, you can skip this step. 

Remember, pick one player from each group!

HOF - Group 1

Roberto Alomar Whitey Herzog Cal Ripken Jr.
Sparky Anderson Trevor Hoffman Ivan Rodriguez
Jeff Bagwell Reggie Jackson Pete Rose
Harold Baines Randy Johnson Babe Ruth
Craig Biggio Chipper Jones Nolan Ryan
Bert Blyleven Barry Larkin Mike Schmidt
Wade Boggs Tony LaRussa Tom Seaver
George Brett Tommy Lasorda Lee Smith
Steve Carlton Greg Maddux Ozzie Smith
Gary Carter Edgar Martinez John Smoltz
Andre Dawson Pedro Martinez Bruce Sutter
Dennis Eckersley Paul Molitor Don Sutton
Carlton Fisk Jack Morris Frank Thomas
Tom Glavine Eddie Murray Jim Thome
Goose Gossage Mike Mussina Alan Trammell
Ken Griffey Jr. Phil Niekro Larry Walker
Vladimir Guerrero Tony Perez Dick Williams
Tony Gwynn Mike Piazza Dave Winfield
Rickey Henderson Kirby Puckett Robin Yount
Tim Raines
Jim Rice
Grover Alexander Reggie Jackson
Luke Appling Fergie Jenkins
Earl Averill Walter Johnson
Ernie Banks Chuck Klein
Johnny Bench Nap Lajoie
Jim Bottomley Joe Morgan
Lou Brock Stan Musial
Rod Carew Brooks Robinson
Mickey Cochrane Frank Robinson
Joe Cronin Tris Speaker
Bob Feller Willie Stargell
Rollie Fingers Bill Terry
Jimmie Foxx Honus Wagner
Frankie Frisch Paul Waner
Bob Gibson Billy Williams
Goose Goslin Ted Williams
Lefty Grove Carl Yastrzemski
Gabby Hartnett
Rogers Hornsby

Past Stars - Group 2

Mark McGwire Curt Schilling
Kevin Mitchell Mike Scioscia
Raul Mondesi Gary Sheffield
Dale Murphy Ruben Sierra
Graig Nettles JT Snow
John Olerud Sammy Sosa
Paul O'Neill Dave Stewart
Magglio Ordonez Darryl Strawberry
Rafael Palmeiro Rick Sutcliffe
Dave Parker Danny Tartabull
Lance Parrish Miguel Tejada
Larry Parrish John Valentin
Lou Piniella Fernando Valenzuela
Darrell Porter Andy Van Slyke
Aramis Ramirez Greg Vaughn
Manny Ramirez Mo Vaughn
Jeff Reardon Robin Ventura
Edgar Renteria Omar Vizquel
Kenny Rogers Tim Wakefield
Scott Rolen Tim Wallach
Bret Saberhagen David Wells
Tim Salmon Vernon Wells
Deion Sanders Lou Whitaker
Benito Santiago Frank White
Steve Sax Bernie Williams
Matt Williams
Willie Wilson
Don Zimmer

Current/Recent Stars - Group 3

Jose Abreu Robinson Cano
Ronald Acuna Jr. Matt Carpenter
Ozzie Albies Starlin Castro
Jose Altuve Matt Chapman
Elvis Andrus Willson Contreras
Chris Archer Carlos Correa
Nolan Arenado Nelson Cruz
Jake Arrieta Yu Darvish
Josh Bell Khris Davis
Cody Bellinger Jacob deGrom
Andrew Benintendi Ian Desmond
Mookie Betts Josh Donaldson
Charlie Blackmon Jacoby Ellsbury
Michael Brantley Freddie Freeman
Alex Bregman
Joey Gallo Kyle Schwarber
Paul Goldschmidt Chris Sale
Didi Gregorius Carlos Santana
Zach Greinke Max Scherzer
Bryce Harper Jean Segura
Felix Hernandez Luis Severino
Jason Heyward Andrelton Simmons
Aaron Judge George Springer
Clayton Kershaw Giancarlo Stanton
Dallas Keuchel Trevor Story
Cory Kluber Stephen Strasburg
Jon Lester Dansby Swanson
Francisco Lindor Ichiro Suzuki
Evan Longoria Noah Syndergaard
Manny Machado Masahiro Tanaka
Trey Mancini Troy Tulowitzki
JD Martinez Justin Turner
Andrew McCutchen Trea Turner
Yadier Molina Justin Upton
Matt Olson Joey Votto
Salvador Perez Adam Wainwright
Tommy Pham Christian Yelich
Buster Posey
David Price
Jose Ramirez