Just as a contrast-and-compare to yesterday’s opening of 2011 Minor League Heritage, here’s the very definition of crap wax. I’ve got a bunch of these packs, I think they might’ve come in some sort of repack or a grab bag. I’m going through one of these packs and then these cards are most likely going in the recycling.
Let’s see what we’ve got…
Benny Colvard, Cedar Rapids Reds: Not an auspicious start. I can’t remember for sure, but I think that Cedar Rapids was A-ball.
Brett Merriman, Watertown (Indians?). Him I’ve heard of, at least. …I think.
Tino Martinez, Williamsport Bills. Oooh, a future Major Leaguer pictured in his first pro season. That’s not bad. I doubt I’ll do much better in this pack.
Steve Callahan, Everett Giants: Back to the anonymous guys.
Vincent Degifico, Winter Haven Red Sox: I wonder if one day someone will find my blog by Googling “Vincent Degifico”. Hey, stranger things have happened.
Mike Campas, Hamilton Redbirds: I forgot that Hamilton had a minor league team once upon a time. It’s a shame that cities like Nashville, Raleigh (Carolina) and Phoenix can have an NHL team, but Hamilton, Ontario – which is a pretty big city, population 500,000 according to Wikipedia – doesn’t have an affiliated baseball team.
Steve Allen, Gastonia Rangers: “Minor League Baseball cards? Steve Allen thought of that, too!!!” (A little joke for you MST3K fans)
Pedro Castellano: Wytheville Cubs
Joey Belle, Canton-Akron Indians: Ah, you can’t fool me! You’re Albert Belle, massively-overpaid slugger of the 1990’s! Even back then he looked like he was ready to kick someone’s ass.
Skipper Wright, Burlington Braves: SKIPPER!!!!!!!! (I’m comin’, little buddy!)
All things considered, these cards weren’t bad for what they were. To be honest, I had more fun opening these than the Minor League Heritage cards, but that’s sometimes the way it goes with sets like this; you appreciate them more down the road when you know what happened (or didn’t happen) to the guys on the cards.