Let's take a break from all the Allen & Ginter talk and discuss the problem that arises for a team collector when he or she is offered a mess of cards of one particular player. The days of competing for one team an entire career are long gone. So what the team collector ends up with is a few cards of said player wearing the correct uniform and a bunch of others in which he is wearing some inferior garment.
This is the gamble that you take being a team collector in a player collector world. As you may know, Mark of Stats on the Back has been offering select key cards, as well as various star player collections. The players are mostly stars of the '80s, and just about each star is pictured in a variety of uniforms.
In exchange, you have to send him some Mets or want list needs. He'll even take one solitary card from you in exchange. Really. But I don't know if I can do that. I have an envelope ready for him that I believe contains six cards. How about six, Mark? Is that OK?
Anyway, I recently received a group of Eddie Murrays and Don Suttons from Mark. Both are Hall of Famers and both played for about a half-dozen teams, including the Dodgers. Even though I collect just Dodgers, I jumped in because I like both players and there was a chance that I'd get a Dodger card I didn't have.
I did get a Dodger card I didn't have. One card for each player.
Here is the Dodger Murray:
This is a 1990 Donruss Baseball's Best card in Dodger Blue, which looks so much better than that red thing that we're all sick of from that year.
And here is the Don Sutton card from '05 Throwback Threads, another Donruss semi-atrocity. At least Sutton is at the top of the card. And everytime I see Cone, I can think of 1988 and everything is OK.
But I really should show some of the other Murrays and Suttons from the lot. If you're interested in these two guys, most of these cards are available and there are several others that I'm not showing that are, as well.
Here are some of the key Suttons: