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TTM Success: Ben Grieve

Posted in TTM Success with tags , , , , , on February 4, 2010 by Cardboard Icons

I arrived home Wednesday evening to a surprise: a Through The Mail success from 1998 American League Rookie of the Year Ben Grieve. Growing up in the Bay Area, I remember the few good seasons Grieve had with the Oakland Athletics. For a good while it appeared that Grieve was going to be a solid major league. As it turned out, he had only a handful of decent seasons before being shipped to Tampa Bay, and eventually the Brewers and Cubs. I sent this request more than a year ago after finding these 1995 Topps Grieve cards at a local thrift store. It appears that Grieve signed the card on the right and accidentally rubbed the ink with his thumb, but the one on the left is perfect. A nice, inexpensive addition to my collection of autographs.

Card of the Day: 2000 Ovation Ken Griffey Jr. (Reds)

Posted in Card of the Day with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 1, 2008 by Cardboard Icons

Eight years ago, Ken Griffey Jr. went home. He went from being a superstar in the Pacific Northwest to a hometown hero. He traded the Mariner blue for Cinicinatti Reds pinstripes. Then for some reason his health betrayed him like Mother Nature or the Almighty himself was a Seattle fan. Griffey became an injured star; a shell of his former self. And aside from a few milestone homers, since that move fans have been relegated to watching old highlights of The Kid, or low lights of him hurting himself while round third base in a spring training game or chasing a routine flyball. But before The Kid became an old frail man, he was the greatest player the game had seen in decades. And when he made that move to Cincy, this 2000 Ovation card was one of the first to picture Griffey in a Reds uniform. It was one of the hottest cards on the market. Continue reading