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Memorial Day Weekend Dollar Store Pack #2

If you read the Memorial Day Weekend Dollar Store Pack #1 post you know what is going on, if not scroll down a bit and check it out . . . I will wait.  You back?  Good!  So here is what I got in Pack #2.

Two Hall of Famers –

Ozzie Smith – 1988 Topps #460

Ozzie Smith was drafted by the Padres and played 4 seasons (1978-’81) in San Diego before he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals where he played from 1982-1996.  Smith was a defensive monster and was nicknamed “The Wizard” for his play at shortstop.  He won 13 straight Gold Glove Awards (1980-’92) during his 19-year career.  He was also a 15x All-Star (1981-’92, 1994-’96), Silver Slugger Award winner (1987), NLCS MVP (1985), won a World Series in 1982 and finished his career with a .262 batting average, 2,460 hits, 793 runs batted in and 580 stolen bases.  Smith entered the Hall of Fame as a first ballot inductee in 2002.

Dave Winfield – 1991 Donruss #468

Dave Winfield was selected by the San Diego Padres in 1973 amatuer draft, 4th overall.  During his 22 year career he played with the Padres (1973-’80), New York Yankees (1981-’88, 1990), California Angels (1990-’91), Toronto Blue Jays (1992), Minnesota Twins (1993-’94) and Cleveland Indians (1995).  He is a member of the 3,000 hit club with 3,110 hits.  He finished his career with a .283 batting average, 465 homeruns and 1,833 runs batted in.  Winfield is a 12x All-Star (1977-’88), 7x Gold Glove Award winner (1979-’80, 1982-’85, 1987), 6x Silver Slugger Award winner (1981-’85, 1987), AL Comeback Player of the Year (1990) and won a World Series in 1992 with the Blue Jays.  He entered the Hall of Fame as a first ballot inductee in 2001.

Craig Biggio – 1989 Donruss RC #561

A ROOKIE CARD!!!  Craig Biggio was drafted by the Houston Astros, 22nd overall in the 1987 amatuer draft.  He played his entire 20 year career in Houston before retiring after the 2007 season.  He played catcher in the beginning of his career but was converted to a second baseman for the 1992 season.  Biggio is a member of the 3,000 hit club with 3,060 hits and had a career batting average of .281, 291 home runs and 1,175 runs batted in.  He was a 7x All-Star (1991-’92, 1994-’98), 4x Gold Glove Award winner (1994-’97) and 5x Silver Slugger Award winner (1989, 1994-’95, 1997-’98).  Biggio was eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2013 but fell 39 votes shy with only 68.2% of the votes, 75% are needed.  He deserves to be in the Hall of Fame and I think will get in soon!

Those were the big name players from the pack, not too bad for a dollar!

Here are the San Francisco Giants I pulled from the two packs –

Kirt Manwaring – 1995 Collector’s Choice #257

Manwaring started his career in San Francisco and played 10 years (1987-’96) with the Giants.  He won a Gold Glove Award in 1993.

Darren Lewis – 1992 Topps #743

Lewis played with the San Francisco Giants from 1991-’95 and won a Gold Glove Award in 1994.

Todd Benzinger – 1994 Flair #238

Benzinger played the last three years (1993-’95) of his 9 year career in San Francisco.  Very nice looking card!

Steve Kline – 2006 Topps #68

Kline finished his 11 year career with 2 years (2006-’07) in San Francisco.  This picture has him pictured in an Orioles jersey, which is who he played for in 2005.

John Burkett – 1990 Classic Yellow #T6

John Burkett – 1990 Score Rookie & Traded #73T

Burkett started his career with the Giants and played 6 years (1987, 1990-’94) in San Francisco.  His best season came in 1993 when he went 22-7 with a 3.65 earned run average and made the NL All-Star team.


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