I have been cataloging cards in my collection for as long as I have been writing this blog. It seems like I'll never get to the end but the goal is to someday reach the finish line.
Once I have totaled all of my cards, there are several posts waiting to be made. One of the ones I've always wanted to write is figuring out which player in my collection has the greatest disparity between total cards and games played.
In other words, way more cards than games played.
I have a hunch who that is.
It's Karim Garcia.
Garcia played 488 major league games in a 10-year career. However, I don't care about his career with all those other teams. I care about his career with the Dodgers. Those are the only Garcia cards in my collection, with him wearing Dodger blue.
Garcia was a big prospect for L.A. in the mid-1990s. But he ended up playing in just 29 games for the Dodgers between 1995-97. Even though he was called up to the major leagues as an 18-year-old in 1995, he managed just a single home run for the Dodgers total and hit just .150. Not even his number of plate appearances with the Dodgers -- 67 -- can equal the total number of Dodger cards of him that are in my collection.
That total is 94.
Ninety-four cards of a dude who played in just 29 games for L.A. (I know this can be expressed in the form of a handy ratio or percentage, but I've just returned from another exhausting trip to my folks and am in no mood to calculate math). That's pretty ridiculous and sums up the 1990s card world quite aptly.
Garcia would go on to make a name for himself with the Diamondbacks (as a starter in the very first Arizona lineup), the Tigers, Indians and the Yankees (possibly known more for fighting groundskeepers and pizza delivery guys than anything else).
But I will remember him as potentially the guy with the biggest disparity between the number of Dodger cards and Dodger games played.
And some pretty fancy cards for those 29 games.