Chasing Rookies: Fernandomania
In the debut episode of MISportsNow’s “Chasing Rookies,” we dig into our first box from monthly trading card subscription company Collectible Card Club and open packs of 1983 Topps, 1984 and 1985 Donruss as well as 1986 and 1987 Fleer.
Below are some of the highlights from our first five packs as we take a look back at the history of the game and the trading card industry.
#40 Fernando Valenzuela
A six-time All-Star and 1981 World Series champion, Valenzuela was the 1981 National League Rookie of the Year and a two-time Silver Slugger Award winner. The league strikeout leader in 1981, Valenzuela pitched from 1980-97 and finished with a career record of 173-153.
#386 Rod Carew
The 1967 American League Rookie of the Year, Carew played for the Minnesota Twins from 1967-78 and closed out his career with the California Angels from 1979-85. Carew was an 18-time All-Star and seven-time AL batting champion. The infielder was induced into Cooperstown in 1991.
#151 Wade Boggs
A 2005 Baseball Hall of Fame inductee, the third baseman starred for the Boston Red Sox (1982-92), New York Yankees (1993-97) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998-99). Boggs won a World Series in 1996 and was a 12-time All-Star (1985-96), eight-time Silver Slugger Award winner, five-time AL batting champion and two-time Gold Glove winner.
#171 Alan Trammell
Set to be inducted into Cooperstown this summer, Trammell played for the Detroit Tigers from 1977-96. A six-time All-Star, the shortstop was a six-time All-Star, four-time Gold Glove Award winner and 1984 World Series MVP. Trammell later managed the Tigers and Arizona Diamondbacks.
#45 Tom Seaver
A 1992 Cooperstown inductee, Seaver’s career spanned from 1967-86. He won a World Series with the New York Mets in 1969 and was a 12-time All-Star, five-time NL strikeout leader, three-time NL Cy Young winner and the 1967 Rookie of the Year. He finished his career in 1986 with a career record of 311-205 and 3,640 strikeouts.