I've said some not-so-kind things about Gary Sheffield in the past. I've been rather sarcastic about Sheffield in the past.
I didn't like the way Sheffield behaved for much of his major league career. He carried around a UFO-sized chip on his shoulder from the time he entered the majors. Because of that, even fans of the teams for which he played had problems rooting for him.
But unlike other baddies, like Barry Bonds and Albert Belle, I've felt admiration for Sheffield. I've caught a few glimpses of a sometimes-good heart in that menacing-looking appearance. Or so I told myself.
I think I gave Sheffield a pass for a couple of reasons.
First, he played for my team (but then, he played for a lot of teams). He was one of the few genuine power threats the Dodgers have had over the last couple of decades.
Secondly, he may be the most impressive hitter I have ever seen in my time watching baseball. When he was at-bat, it seemed like he could do anything every single time. He had the quickest swing I ever saw. Except for Bonds, Ichiro, and periodically Pujols, I've never been as impressed with a hitter as I have been with Sheffield.
So, when Spastik Mooss said he was putting his Dodgers Sheffield cards on the block, I jumped on them immediately. Sheffield played with the Dodgers during a period when I did not collect and also during a period of very cool cards.
Here are some of them:
I absolutely love the Black Diamond cards from 2001. The bat relic card is cool, too. But the Gallery card looks frightening.
Many thanks to The Great Sports Name Hall of Fame for those Sheffs, a couple other Sheffs, a Nomo card I needed, and some Warner Brothers Dodgers cards that I'll have to save for a potential post. I've finally gotten your cards together, Mooss, and they should be out at the end of the week.
But I also received a bunch of other Sheffield cards from caljr3000 of Too Many Grandersons. Wait until you see THAT card package.
I'll show some of the Sheffields here first, because I noticed something: