Chasing Rookies: Kirby, Biggio and Goose
In the second 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 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 and 1992 Fleer.
Below are some of the highlights from our five packs as we take a look back at the history of the game and the trading card industry.
#353 Craig Biggio
A 2015 Hall of Fame inductee, Biggio spent his entire career with the Houston Astros (1988-2007). Along with first baseman Jeff Bagwell, Biggio was one half of the “Killer B’s,” and spent most of his career behind the plate and at second base. A seven-time All-Star, Biggio won four consecutive Golden Gloves (1994-97) and finished his career with a .281 batting average, 3,060 hits, 291 home runs, 1,175 RBIs and 414 stolen bases. His No. 7 jersey was retired by Houston.
#349 Jeff Robinson
Taken by the Detroit Tigers in the third round of the 1983 MLB Amateur Draft, Robinson spent six seasons in the league, including four with Detroit. A right-hander, Robinson made his debut with the Tigers with 1987 and logged his best year in baseball in 1988, going 13-6 with a 2.98 ERA and 113 strikeouts in 24 appearances. Robinson finished out his career in 1992, splitting time between the Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates.
#561 Bo Jackson
A two-sport athlete, Jackson played for the Oakland Raiders from 1987-90, but was forced to retire from professional football after the 1990 season following a hip injury. The only professional athlete to be named an All-Star in both football and baseball, Jackson, the 1985 Heisman Trophy winner, played as an outfielder and designated hitter for the Kansas City Royals (1986-90), Chicago White Sox (1991, 1993) and California Angels (1994). A College Football Hall of Fame inductee, Jackson posted a .250 average with 141 home runs and 415 games, making the 1989 All-Star game.
#217 Kirby Puckett
A 2001 Hall of Fame inductee, Puckett spent his entire career with the Minnesota Twins (1984-95). A 10-time All-Star, two-time World Series champion (1987, 1991) and 1991 ALCS MVP, Puckett a center fielder, ended his career with a .318 average, 2,304 hits, 207 home runs and 1,085 RBIs. Puckett was forced to retire at the age of 36 after losing vision in one eye due to a central retinal vein occlusion.
#305 Rich Gossage
A 2008 Cooperstown inductee, “Goose” was a nine-time All-Star, three-time AL saves leader and 1978 World Series champion. A right-handed reliever, Gossage played for the Chicago White Sox (1972-76), Pittsburgh Pirates (1977), New York Yankees (1978-83, 1989), San Diego Padres (1984-87), Chicago Cubs (188), San Francisco Giants (1989), Fukuoka Daiei Hawks (1990), Texas Rangers (1991), Oakland Athletics (1992-93) and Seattle Mariners (1994). Gossage went 124-107 with a 3.01 ERA, 1,502 and 310 saves over a 22-year career.