Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Crazy 90's Issue #2: Randy Johnson

First off, I would like to say congratulations to the Detroit Tigers on their ALCS victory. They made the sweep on the Yanks look pretty easy. 

If I were placing a wager I would bet on the AL Triple Crown Winner's Detroit team to take it all at the World Series, but I would never bet on a baseball game.

Instead of going on and on about the current stuff that you're probably sick of by now. I would like to take you back in time yet again to that crazy yet important decade of the 90's

A World Series Champion and World Series MVP...

And a different kind of Triple Crown winner, if you will...

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice "Award Winner" Randy Johnson #708

It's really safe to say that I love cards much more than their subject matter. I'm no baseball historian, although my time here on the blogosphere has made me much more informed about the game.

I love baseball, and I like and collect Randy Johnson, but I'm absolutely crazy about the card collecting hobby. Kinda crazy huh?

Collector's Choice really hits home with me, and why? Well because they were so damn affordable at the time. I found these Award Winner subset cards to be pretty neat too. I can't say that I have all of them, but this beast with a beast protruding through a star, let me know who was the best pitcher in the A.L. in the year 1995. 

1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice "Fantasy Team" Randy Johnson #269

I will remember Randy the most as a Seattle Mariner even though he played for six different teams throughout his decorated career.

This Fantasy team subset always stood out in my opinion. I can't even begin to tell you what color those are on the card.

What does Tim Lincecum have on The "Big Unit" anyways?

1995 Fleer Emotion Randy Johnson #78

He doesn't have this kind of FURY, that's for sure. I couldn't even imagine having to face this guy as a batter. Standing at 6 feet 10 inches, the man could kill a bird with a fastball, and in fact did, at a spring training game in 2001.

Johnson must have been the most feared pitcher in all of baseball history.

1997 Fleer Randy Johnson #210

A card set without gloss and a poster board thickness and feel to it, was in fact a crazy thing in 1997. I was not a big fan of this set. I had no idea why the cards were like this. They feel more like an index card than an actual baseball card.

Never-the-less I can't even say that this is a great shot of Mr. Johnson but it does show is where a lot of his power came from.....His face.

You will find this classic grimace on a plethora of his cardboard. Not something I would want to be looking at when a ball is coming at me at over 100 MPH or when his biting slider "bit" just a little too much.

1999 Fleer Sports Illustrated Randy Johnson #112

In his time with Arizona, he took 4 consecutive N.L. Cy Young Awards, won a World Series Championship and threw the 17th Perfect Game in MLB history. He also became the first pitcher to post a 24-5 record.

Why I will always remember him as a Mariner, I have no idea.

If all the stats on Randy Johnson isn't crazy....I don't know what is. Granted that a lot of these stats came after 1999 but lets just see what accomplishments were made in the 90's era anyways.

All-Star: 1990,1993,1994,1995,1997,1999

Cy Young: 1995, 1999

No-Hitter: June 2nd 1990

Led League In Strikeouts: 1992-1995

Led League In ERA: 1995, 1999

Those stats alone would probably be enough to get him in to the Hall Of Fame but he went on to play almost another whole decade.

Randy Johnson YOU ARE The Crazy 90's.

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  1. Those are some pretty awesome pieces, but I think this is the best "Big Unit" card of the '90s:

    Unfortunately, I don't yet have it in my collection.

    1. Omg! I remember that card like it was yesterday...I've never owned it though either. Gonna have to put that one on the radar. Thank you for bringing that card to light!

  2. Pretty cool stats, Thanks you reminded me how awesome Randy Johnson Was. I think He was the best, and doesn't get recognized like he should, when it comes to the value of his cards. That's just my opinion and you know what opinions lead to. Oh well


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