Thursday, August 20, 2020

Some 'Take him or leave him' additions

My 'Take him or leave him' series has been a low key success.  I have had 3 brave souls step up and help me appreciate the merits of a player that they love.  All three were successful in their attempts too.  To prove it, I am showing recent additions of each 'Take him or leave him' player to my collections. 

First up, Ferguson Jenkins!  Reader Gary wrote about him here.  And the card I recently added to my growing Fergie collection is this 2005 Upper Deck Reflections 'Legendary Reflections', numbered /99!

The photo is of a younger Fergie with the first team he had success with, the Cubbies.  It basically captures how I have always thought of Jenkins, as a thoughtful but focused pitcher.  I was happy to add this to my collection!

Next up is Chris Sale!  Jeremy from the Topps Cards that Never Were wrote passionately about him here.  And the card, again numbered /99, is a 2017 Topps Gallery green parallel!

Sale seems to be a little pensive on this card.  Maybe wishing he could get back on the field!! 

And last but not least, Don Sutton!  Grcl of Cards as I See Them was kind enough to do a great writeup about Sutton here.  Alas, this card is 'only' numbered out of 125.  What a bummer!!  Though unlicensed, it is a good looking card of Don doin work.  It is a 2013 Panini America's Pastime.

The card didn't scan well, it looks like there is surface wear.  But in person, the card is much nicer.

Anyone else feel like talking me in to appreciating any of the following players (or another player you are passionate about, if you like!).  If so, write up your post and send it to me and I will throw it up on the blog!

Jose Altuve
James Shields
David Price
Manny Machado
Fergie Jenkins - taken
Cole Hamels
Alan Trammel
Don Sutton - taken
Roy Halladay
Andrew McCutchen
Chris Sale - taken
Carlos Beltran
Barry Larkin
Mike Mussina
Matt Holliday
George Springer
Gary Sanchez
Freddie Freeman
Nolan Arenado
Charlie Blackmon


  1. I was thinking about doing the Fergie one, but I waited too long. Glad it worked out well.

  2. Fergie sure does look young in that photo. I think I'm too used to seeing him on early to mid 80's cards.

  3. I don't know enough about those players to write about but I look forward to seeing them being written about