Sunday, July 25, 2010

When Your Wife Collects Too . . .

My wife heralds from a small town near Canton, OH. Growing up as a lifelong Indians fan and HUGE fan of Omar Vizquel, it was a double edged sword when her guy signed with the hated division rival Chicago White Sox this past off season. Vizquel, a no-doubt Hall of Famer with 11 Gold Gloves, 2,700+ hits, 1400+ runs scored, and a lifetime OBP of .338, his insertion into the everyday line-up for Ozzie Guillen's club had an immediate impact catapulting them into first place in the AL Central at the All-Star break. His time tested defense has been contagious and corrected the clubs obvious deficiencies from April and May. No better example is available then the way Alexi Rameriz has stepped up his game in the field, flashing the leather in a manner GM Kenny Williams had envisioned when calling him up to the Bigs a couple of years ago.

After the 1994 strike shortened season that resulted in the World Series being cancelled, I walked away from the sport for several years. Meeting my wife and here enthusiastic love for the game, coupled with the steroid tainted home run record chase of '98, re-engaged me in the sport. A couple of short years later I re-entered The Hobby head first and shared the new products with my wife, who too a much smaller degree, enjoyed the thrill of opening new product. She, along with my help, started to develop a very nice Vizquel player collection that consists of multiple patch and autograph cards, graded rookies, unique collectibles and her centerpiece a game-used, signed bat.


Vizquels journey man travels of the last handful of years have seen a serious reduction in his cards and collectibles as evidenced by eBay search results yielding just a handful of 2010 cards, which include no memorabilia or autographs of him in a White Sox uniform.
See for yourself.
Obviously the opportunity to add new card to my team collection of a future Hall of Famer has me chomping at the bit to kill two birds with one stone by adding to my wife's collection. But here we are SEVERAL months into the 2010 collectibles season and their is little to be had. Hopefully that changes with the recent releases of Allen & Ginter and Tribute.

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