Saturday, January 19, 2019

The Durham Bull

No matter where you live there is always some local legend of sports.  When I was a kid/in high school, I once saw (fill in the blank) play, or when I was in little league/high school I played against (fill in blank).  I grew up outside of St. Louis and I can tell you all the names that people in that would use those spaces on.  However, as an adult, I moved to North Carolina and learned all sorts of new names. 

When I first relocated to this state, I lived and worked in Durham.  Wearing Missouri shirts around town I would hear funny stories about Quin Snyder.  Seeing Quin Snyder at the Harris Teeter on University off of 15-501.  If I happened to have a Cardinals shirt on I would have inevitably have someone tell me that there was once a Duke basketball player who played for the team and won a World Series (Dick Groat). 

There was one other name that would come up all the time.  A local kid, played high school basketball, starred in college, played in the NBA, and even moved back to Durham and worked for the city.  The Durham Bull is his local nickname. 

Rodney Rogers went to Hillside High School in Durham where he was on the All-State basketball team twice and was named to the McDonald's All-American game.  Rogers played college basketball at Wake Forest and was the ACC Player of the Year in 1993.  Wake retired his number 54 a short time after he left to play professionally.  

Rodney Rogers played roughly a dozen years in the NBA.  He was never an All-Star, never the star player on a team, but was always made a significant contribution to his teams.  He won the 6th Man of The Year Award in 1999/2000.   In all, Rogers averaged roughly 10 points and 5 rebounds a game over his career, but went as high as 15 points per game.  He was a big guy, but a great athlete....

He moved back to Durham after his basketball career and blended into the city.  One of my co-workers knew Rodney Rogers, would tell me stories about him, but would also end each story with, "The next time you see a city construction project, you got to stop and talk to him".  Rodney worked as a heavy machine operator for the city of Durham.  There was a McDonald's that was two blocks from our school, we went out for lunch the one day just to grab something.  This is my Rodney Rogers story:

We walked into the restaurant, it was really busy.  We ordered our food and then stood on the side of the registers waiting along with a lot of people.  My co-worker was excited to see a really large man with a big coat, they hugged and talked about youth football for a few minutes.  He introduced me, we shook hands, and they continued talking.  Our food came, we went back to work.  

That's my Rodney Rogers story.  

Rodney liked being outdoors and did all sorts of different activities.  In 2008, he was riding a dirt bike on a hiking trail, hit a ditch, and flipped over the handle bars of his bike.  He was paralyzed from the shoulders down.  

Rodney is still around Durham and pops up at different events around town, or the occasional basketball game.  His daughter DD Rogers is one of the starting forwards for NC State's women's basketball team.  

She's a good player, averaging almost 12 points a game for a team that is currently ranked in the Top 10, and is the only undefeated women's team left in college basketball.  

Which brings me to the card part of my post.  I usually do not dip into the world of basketball cards outside of the occasional NC State player.  I think I also have posted an occasional Mizzou player from when I was a kid.  It's really small.  However, I did end up picking up a few Rodney Rogers cards long ago.  I ran into them yesterday while I was working on my card closet.  Thought it would be a good blog post.  

Mind you, I do not know anything about basketball cards.  I am going to start out with my favorite two cards, probably because they are both college basketball cards.  

They're both cards from Classic, which was a mass produced basketball product in the early 1990s.  Walking around card shows in Raleigh, these are really easy to find in the cheap single card bins at different booths.  That is actually how I ended up with both of these cards.  

This second cards makes me a little dizzy.  I am not sure what the card designer was going for here, but I am not sure its a good look.  I like the white border and the picture of Rogers dribbling the ball, but I would love to be able to see the player behind him.  Who are they playing?  Good cards tell a story, not sure what this one says.....

Nice draft card of Rogers.  He started out in Denver, back when there were nice draft hats.  I think I had a Dallas Mavericks hat like that back in high school.  Tons of hats, only one NBA hat.  The tie is really 1990s too.  Clean design with the nine celebrating him as the ninth overall pick in the 1993 NBA Draft.  The top overall pick that year was Chris Webber out of Michigan.  

Last one....

is an autograph of Rogers from him time with the Clippers.  This is a late 1990s card, sort of the middle of his career, and probably maybe even say this was his prime.  Unfortunately, this was the 1990s Clippers, which meant that they did not win very much while he was there.  

Tomorrow I will go back to baseball, nice to take a day to share a local legend.  

Thursday, January 17, 2019

No Vince Coleman Tangents

First off, this post has more 1986 Topps Glossy Mail-In cards, but I am only going to mention Vince Coleman once.  I'm done.  Let's look at some cards.

First off, I skipped a few cards during my first post.  I was trying to show the set off in numerical order, but I missed this grouping of cards.....

with Darryl Strawberry, Ron Guidry, and Chris Brown.  Probably distracted by writing about a Cardinals player and I skipped right over this scan.

Guidry was towards the end of his career, but his 1985 was great.  He led the American League with 22 wins and finished second in Cy Young voting.  Strawberry was not really high on my list in 1986, Cardinals and Mets had a pretty good rivalry at that time, but this is a nice card.  I like the polyester uniform and the action shot.  Nice card.

Chris Brown was a prospect in the set.  Interestingly, he and Strawberry, along with Eric Davis, all came from the same part of Los Angeles, and grew up playing baseball together.  Not sure if Topps put these cards together intentionally.  Brown's baseball career never panned out and he ended up driving trucks in Iraq.  When he returned from Iraq he died from burns as a result of a house fire. Bizarre incident.

The Hershiser card is a second year card.  I often associate the peak of his career as being in 1988 with the Cy Young Award and the World Series title, but 1985 was not far behind.  The 19-3 record with a 2.03 ERA clearly got buried behind Gooden and Tudor that season.

Gary Carter was a catcher.  Again, not a huge fan of the Mets, but he was a really good player.

I learned something with this last card.  I am well versed with Seaver's time with the Mets and Reds, but I also know that I have a bunch of White Sox and Red Sox cards from the time I collected in the 1980s.  Always assumed that those final years were his way to hanging around the game.  It turns out that Seaver still had some good years though.  Picked up his 300th win as a White Sox....

with Richard Nixon in attendance.  Not as good as his years with the Mets and Reds, but not exactly a slouch.  

I actually had all three of these cards when I started this project, but ended up replacing all three of them.  Some soft corners from the younger version of me.  Although, after doing a little cleaning this past weekend, I actually found another copy of the Pedro Guerrero card.  Guessing I might have replaced it while he was on the Cardinals, or at some point afterwards.  

Fisher was a good young pitcher for the Yankees, had a very good 1985 out of the bullpen.  He was actually a member of the 1982 Durham Bulls.  He was traded to the Pirates for Rick Rhoden and was given a chance to start, but injuries derailed his career.  Fisher appeared in only 35 games between 1989 and 1992.  Gibson and Fisk's inclusion is the set is pretty obvious, both very good players at this point.  

The Tommy Herr was the only Cardinals card that I needed for this entire project.  I remember these were sold in groups, but I do not seem to have the break down of these cards.  Obviously I did not get these, I was also missing the Murray and Mattingly.  I used to base the portions of the sets I got on the Cardinals players in each grouping.  If there were enough Cardinals in the set, and they were spread out, then someone got skipped.  Sorry, Tommy.  

Murray is a Hall of Famer, but the Mattingly card would have been a great one to own around this time.  I do not think that Mattingly should be in the Hall, but his first five or six seasons were excellent.  If he had played at that level for a few more years, he would be in.  

 Easy to pick out a favorite card in this set.  That Quisenberry card looks great with the front view of that submarine deliver.  I like that the baseball is a blur in front of Quiz.  I do not specific collect Quisenberry cards, but he was on the Cardinals for a few years at the end of his career.  His cards usually at least catch my eye.  There are a few other 1980s Quisenberry cards with a similar view, but this is the best of them.  

Last set of cards for this post......

This is a hard group to end on.  Who do I like in this group?  I like the brown Padres jersey on the Steve Garvey card.  That's all I got.  The rest of the set next week.  

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Adding To The Title Wave Of Set Posts.....

I know that there have already been several blog posts in 2019 about different set projects that I am working on at that moment.  It feels like the number is higher than two, but I am going to post a third one today.  It's not only a post about a set project, but it is a brand new set project.  Fresh off the presses.

At some point in December, I sat down and wrote different ideas for set projects I could work this year.  It was a good list and there were several good ideas in a notepad on the desk in my office.  Unfortunately, my two year old daughter colored over all of the pages in purple crayon and ripped out the other pages.  It was a good list, I remember most of it.  The first set on the list was the 1998 Donruss Preferred Title Waves set.

The cards look like this:

It's a die cut insert set.  I have tried to track down on the ratio for these cards, but I do not think that they were very difficult to come across based on the availability of the cards, the price, and the fact that there 30 cards in the set with almost 2000 copies of each card.  That's 60,000 cards.  

I best remember this set as the cards that came in tins.  I think I used to have some hanging around the house, but I am fairly certain they fell victim to a Goodwill run.  Not my picture, but the packaging tins looked like this.....

Thanks Ebay for the picture.  Each tin had a different player on them.  There were different sized and different colored tins, but that's not why I am here.  

There are thirty cards in the set with each card featuring some sort of accomplishment connected to an award or accomplishment of the player on the card.  The card is then serial numbered to the year that the event, or accomplishment took place.  The card at the top celebrates Andres Galarraga winning the 1996 National League Home Run title, so the card has 1996 copies.  

I have a good chunk of the set, but there is really no rhyme or reason to what I own.  I feel like these are cards that I have found in cheapie bins at card shows and the whatnot.  I found a copy of the Manny Ramirez card in a top loader with a $0.50 orange sticker attached.  

The card actually looks like it has been sitting in the sun or something.  Might have to replace this card.  Checklist with the cards I have highlighted red.  

1 Nomar Garciaparra 1997
2 Scott Rolen 1997
3 Roger Clemens 1997
4 Gary Sheffield 1997
5 Jeff Bagwell 1997
6 Cal Ripken, Jr. 1997
7 Frank Thomas 1997
8 Ken Griffey, Jr. 1997
9 Larry Walker 1997
10 Derek Jeter 1996
11 Juan Gonzalez 1996
12 Bernie Williams 1996
13 Andruw Jones 1996
14 Andy Pettitte 1996
15 Ivan Rodriguez 1996
16 Alex Rodriguez 1996
17 Mark McGwire 1996
18 Andres Galarraga 1996
19 Hideo Nomo 1995
20 Mo Vaughn 1995
21 Randy Johnson 1995
22 Chipper Jones 1995
23 Greg Maddux 1995
24 Manny Ramirez 1995
25 Tony Gwynn 1995
26 Albert Belle 1995
27 Kenny Lofton 1995
28 Mike Piazza 1993
29 Paul Molitor 1993
30 Barry Bonds 1993

In all, I have 19 of the 30 cards, which puts me just north of 60% of the set being completed.  I think the biggest challenge in completing this set will be the fact that I need to find a lot of the "big name" players from the late 1990s.  It's going to take some patience to find most of the remaining cards, maybe not Mo Vaughn, at a good price.

For example, there are several copies of the Griffey card floating around on Ebay, almost all of them are around $20 or higher.

and if I just wanted to finish off the set and cross it off the list, I could go buy one of these cards this afternoon.  It would probably be at my house by the weekend.  Same with the other cards I am missing on the checklist.  However, I feel like I am likely going to go the auction route on several of these cards.....

An auctioned copy of the Griffey card.  No, I did not win this one.  I did not even bid, but a difference of $18 is worth a little time to complete this project.  Add in that I am still putting the finishing touches on my Topps Glossy Mail-Ins, and I am going to give myself until April to finish this project off.  

Monday, January 14, 2019

I Love The 1990s Cardinals Part 61 - Tom Niedenfuer

Tom Niedenfuer once had a really bad week against the Cardinals.  

There was Game 5 of the 1985 National League Championship Series.  Niedenfuer was pitching the bottom of the ninth inning in a tie against the Cardinals.  Willie McGee started the inning by popping out to third base, which brought up Ozzie Smith.....

Then a few days later in Game 6, with the Dodgers leading 5-4, he faced Jack Clark with the go ahead runs on-base.  

For what it is worth, the long time Dodger reliever also appeared in the 1981 Postseason and helped the team win the World Series against the Yankees.  He pitched 5 innings in the Series and was perfect outside a pair of runs that scored on a Bill Russell error.  

Niedenfuer was a pretty valuable and versatile reliever for the Dodgers.  He earned a total of 64 saves over seven seasons in Los Angeles, but also worked as a middle and long reliever along the way too.  The Dodgers traded Niedenfuer to the Orioles in the middle of the 1987, where he also pitched in 1988.  He spent 1989 with the Mariners, he is from Washington state, but was released in a roster crunch at the beginning of the 1990 season.  

Niedenfuer had been terrible for the Mariners in 1989.  His ERA was over 6 and he had as many strikeouts as walks.  Never a good thing.  The 1990 Cardinals were terrible, so they had room for anyone who would help them get through the season.  Niedenfuer was signed in April and played the entire season with the Cardinals.  A reliever coming off a season where his ERA was over 6 and a last place team sound like a recipe for disaster, but it actually turned out well.  

In all, Niedenfuer pitched 63 innings for the 1990 Cardinals. Despite an 0-6 record, he had an ERA of 3.46 and was one of the more reliable pitchers on the team.  Especially during the first half of the season, most of his 3.46 ERA actually came towards the end of the season.  In a June 9th game against the Expos, with the Cardinals losing, he pitched three perfect innings in long relief to lower his ERA on the season down to 1.63.  You can imagine as a long reliever on a 90 loss team, he got put into some real bad baseball games.  

So, lets get to Niedenfuer's Cardinals cards.  None were made in 1990 while he was on the Cardinals.  No traded sets, nothing.  Both of his Cardinals cards were made in 1991.  

He made an appearance in everyone's favorite 1991 set, the yellow bordered Fleer.  This is a large set, so most teams had 25-30 players featured on a card.  Many of the card companies focused on the young Cardinals players at this point.  Lots of Todd Zeile, Felix Jose, with an Ozzie Smith card sprinkled in for some balance.  Niedenfuer managed to get one of the 27 Cardinals cards in this set.  

Niedenfuer also appeared in the 1991 Score set.  I know, the pictures on the cards made me do a double take too.  Both feature him in an action shot mid delivery.  Same point of his delivery too.  The Fleer card is on the road though, maybe Candlestick, and the Score was taken at Busch.  He's throwing two different pitches too.  The Fleer he has his thumb bent under the ball, not sure what that is going on there.  The Score he has his fingers in a circle, so some sort of changeup.  

That's it for Niedenfuer and the Cardinals.  He retired after the 1990 season at age 30 and spent time with his two daughters and his wife, who is actress Judy Landers.  I don't remember who specifically, but it appears she was in all sorts of television shows and movies including The Love Boat, Happy Days, Night Court, Charlie's Angels, B.J. and the Bear, The Jeffersons, L.A. Law, Murder She Wrote, and The Fall Guy.  

I seriously do not remember her.  

Topps did give Niedenfuer a card post-retirement in their 2005 Fan Favorites and Retired Signature sets.  He rightfully appears in a Dodgers uniform.....

on a 1983 style card, which was the best season as a player.  His card in the Retired Signature set is an autograph, but I do not actually own a copy of the card.  It's out there, somewhere.   

Saturday, January 12, 2019

My Favorite Mail-In Cards Part 1

Another update for my on-going project with the 1980s Topps Glossy Mail sets.  I have set a goal of completing this project at some point during February, so still another month and a half left to track down a few more cards.  I explained the project and gave the original quantities needed for each set here, the update on the 1983 set is posted here, and the 1989 set is here

Today, I am going to post the 1986 set, which I finished off over the holidays.  I was out of town and had my mail held.  Had a blast opening up a few different packages from different collectors who helped me put together the final 18 cards that I needed for this set.  You are appreciated.  

There are 60 cards in this set, this is the first third. Have not quite decided if I am going to put the other two-thirds into a post, or do thirds straight across the board.  All of the cards in this set will be up at some point.   This was the first year that Topps used a larger checklist, so some of these cards are prospects from that year.  Let's get into the set, I will explain why I love these cards more than the other glossy mail-in sets.  

Scans are groups of three and remarkably straight.  

Not sure what happened to the Fernando end of the scan.  Did I open the scanner too soon?  It's possible.  There is little difference design wise between this set and the previous sets, or the ones that followed.  First, I love the photography with these cards.  So many little things in here.  Fernando doing that thing he did with his eyes before he threw the ball.  

This was not quite the end of Reggie's career, but this felt like a good possible farewell card, until Topps also put him in the 1987 Glossy Mail-In set.  It's the 1986 Jeter hat tip gif....

but about 25 years earlier. Reggie was around for a few years when I first started collecting, but I am not sure I gave him much thought.  Just an old guy on the Angels.  

Oddibe McDowell was a prospect in this set.  His 1985 Topps Olympic Team card is the first thing that comes to mind when I see him, but this is a nice card too.  Never panned out into anything spectacular, but he played in the Majors for seven years.  That's something.  

Balboni.  Meh.  

Rickey Henderson on the Yankees.  Meh.  Don't get me wrong, I really like Rickey Henderson, just never really got into his Yankees years.   

Jack Clark is something, especially to the 1986 version of me.  I started collecting cards in 1983 and my favorite team was the Cardinals, not the best year for the Cardinals.  Things weren't much better in 1984, but the 1985 Cardinals were the first time that I got to collect current Cardinals players who were on a good team.  

In the end, the first base umpire came up a little short, but still a great season for the Cardinals.  So many great memories of the different players.    

Jack Clark was a favorite and this was the best Jack Clark card in my collection at the time.  He was not a Cardinal for long, but this was one of the best home runs in the history of the team.  

Two minute video, but a minute and half of it is Jack Clark running around the bases really really slowly.  

McGee was another favorite Cardinals player.  Not sure McGee really had a specific great moment in 1985, but he won the National League batting title and won the N.L. MVP.  Solid outfielder for a long time.  

Parrish was a nice player, but I did not really get to see him much until later in his career.  He had that cool catcher's mitt with the orange padding.  

Hernandez was not well liked in St. Louis at this point.  Things have kind of cooled off in recent years with Hernandez becoming eligible of the Cardinals Hall of Fame, and he speaks nicely about the team and his time there.  

Probably not enough time, or space to rehash the reasons the Cardinals dumped him, but you can go look up the Pittsburgh Drug Trials.  You get the idea.  

Nice group of cards here with two Hall of Famers and Dave Parker.  Miss those Expos cards.  Ripken is Ripken, nice player, but I really do not have an opinion on him one way or another. 

I really like the Parker card.  Wrigley Field always makes a nice background, feel like I type that once a month, but this is also how I best remember Parker, with the Reds.  He's not a Hall of Famer, but he's close.  I was pretty young during his Pirate years, still had some great seasons in Cincinnati.  

Three Hall of Famers in this group.  Last year for Carew, not quite the end for Schmidt, but still one of his last few years.  Brett was in his prime at this point.  

Last group of cards, which includes my favorite card in the set.  

First off, Pasqua was a pretty promising prospect for the Yankees.  He played 60 games in 1985 and hit 9 home runs, also a local player from New Jersey. 

Hesketh was probably more than a prospect in this set.  He pitched most of 1985 in Montreal ending the year with a 10-5 record, 2.49 ERA, and a 3.3 WAR.  His season, and in many ways career ended when he was involved in a collision at home plate against the Dodgers.  

From the August 24th, 1985 Washington Post:  

In the second inning with Montreal leading, 1-0, U.L. Washington singled and Hesketh walked. Tim Raines hit a double to shallow center off the glove of Candy Maldonado. Washington scored and Hesketh tried to score all the way from first. But catcher Mike Scioscia blocked the plate and Hesketh tripped over Scioscia's foot, landing hard on his left leg. He was carried off the field on a stretcher and taken to a hospital where it was determined that he fractured his left shin bone. Hesketh, a rookie left-hander, is 10-5.

Hesketh ended up playing almost a decade in the Majors with the Expos, Braves, and Red Sox, but never came close to repeating the success he had in 1985.  All of which brings me to the last card for this post, which belongs to Vince Coleman.  

I have written several different times in my blog space about my 9 year old self loving the 1986 Vince Coleman cards.  His 1986 Topps cards is my all-time personal favorite Vince Coleman card.  A major highlight of my collecting during the 1980s.  

The 1986 Topps Glossy Send-In cards represented my second best Vince Coleman card.  At least according to the nine year old version of me.  The Glossy Coleman card was part of the 42 cards that I started out with when I starting working on this project, but after looking over my copy of the card, I decided that it had received a little too much love.  So, I actually found 19 cards to close out this portion of my project with an upgraded Coleman card without rounded corners and finger prints on the glossy finish.  

In case you thought Vince Coleman was just some failed Mets free agent....

he was a pretty spectacular weapon for the Whitey Herzog era Cardinals who did a lot of running.  He put a lot of pressure on defenses.  If you have five minutes and enjoy great base running, there is a video of him creating his own run with nobody else on the National League putting the ball into play during the 1988 All-Star game.  

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Candlesticks Always Make A Nice Gift

In 2016, Topps made an insert set for their Archives product that featured baseball cards of the main characters from the movie Bull Durham.  It was not hard to assemble the complete run of base cards, which left me to work on the autographs.  Of course, the Kevin Costner, Tim Robbins, and Susan Sarandon cards are all pretty pricy, so I set my sites a little lower and focused on the Robert Wuhl cards who played pitching coach Larry Hockett.

The two best well known scenes involving Wuhl in the movie were the Lollygaggers speech:

While Trey Wilson, who plays the team's manager, is the star here, Wuhl delivers the punch line of the speech when he calls the players Lollygaggers.

Wuhl's more prominent scene from the film comes later when the team is having a conference on the mound.  There is a lot going on with the players....

I have never bought anyone any candlesticks.  Maybe the next wedding I attend, but back to the baseball cards.  

During one of my hiatuses from blogging I ended up with a red framed copy of the Wuhl card.  They were pretty outrageous when Archives was first released, so I was pretty patient while I was looking for the card. 

It was a nice add and I had walked away from this set of cards, even if my scan and crop job on this card were terrible.  Never searched for this card on Ebay, responded to posts on Facebook groups, none of it.  I had moved on and have been working on all sorts of different cards projects. 

Then one day, a copy of the card slid into my DMs. 

I am not really huge on taking on duplicate copies of cards and I sat on the idea of adding the card for awhile.  I decided.....

sure, we could use another copy of the Larry Hockett/Robert Wuhl card in the collection.  The white border on this card looks much better than the red bordered card.  The design on the card comes the 1988 Topps set, the white border makes it feel a little more authentic.  

The white copies are still serial numbered.  The red card above is numbered to 50, so roughly 100 more copies of the white bordered card, about 200 overall.  I know that's a little unusual for a base autograph out of Archives to have the serial number, these have to have longer odds than the normal autographs.  Almost wish I had waited a little longer and tried to just find this white bordered version from the get go.  Perhaps I can flip my other copy of this card around for something good.  

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

I Love The 1990s Cardinals Part 60 - Delino DeShields

Delino Deshields is probably best remember as being apart of one of those Lou Brock-Ernie Broglio type trades.  At the end of the 1993 season, the Dodgers traded for DeShields who was a very good second baseman with the Expos at the time, and all it cost them was Pedro Martinez.  Not good.  

He is also the father of Diamond DeShields.  

and Delino DeShields, who has apparently dropped the Jr.. 

The Cardinals signed Delino DeShields as a free agent at the end of the 1996 season.  Coming off an appearance in the 1996 National League Championship Series, DeShields was seen as a possible upgrade at second over Luis Alicea.  He was not great with the Dodgers, but the Cardinals believed they could fix him.   In all, Delino DeShields played two seasons with the Cardinals and was a good player for the team despite the results on the field during the 1997 and 1998 seasons.  

He got on base in front of Mark McGwire, Ray Lankford, and Ron Gant.  DeShields also became the last Cardinals player to steal more than 50 bases when he swiped 55 in 1997.  

On to some cards.  While he was not a long term player on the Cardinals, I like the cards that DeShields has as a member of the Cardinals.  There are a lot of action shots in here, along with some other curious facts and figures.  

First card goes in the curiosity pile. 

This is from the 1997 Circa set.  Always a really distinct looking group of cards.  I like the action shot of the second baseman, but that quote is pretty terrible.  Hitting .220, stealing 48 bases, that's not actually sound very good.  Sorry Tony LaRussa.  Usually the quotes on the fronts of these cards are pretty flattering, even the bad players in 1997 had nice quotes on the front.  I am not sure that pasting a quote about someone coming off of a .220 season is flattering.  

Perhaps someone at Fleer did not like players who wore double ear flaps.....

which can be found on many DeShields Cardinals cards.  Up until 2016, when Brayan Pena played 9 games as the team's reserve catcher, DeShields was the last Cardinals player to wear the double ear flaps.  They were sort of a fixture on the team growing up, I believe there were at least three Cardinals starters in the 1980s who wore them, but they disappeared in the early 2000s.  

This card is from the Topps Stars set in 1998.  All of the cards were serial numbered, many of them to ridiculous amounts like 9,000 or 4,000 copies.  Lots and lots and lots of cards.  

On to a trio of action shots.

First one is from the 1997 Fleer Ultra set.  Obviously a Spring Training game with a Tigers player in the background and DeShields wearing a batting practice jersey.  Great picture, I am not sure that DeShields is actually touching the Tigers player.  I think the photographer caught him mid fall, but he looks really graceful doing it.  

Also love the high socks on this card.  DeShields almost always wore his socks up, which was not a really trendy thing in the late 1990s when baseball uniform pants got long and baggy.  

Another nice action shot with fellow infielder Edgardo Alfonzo sliding into second base in Shea Stadium.  And the last DeShields action shot....

Do players even do this anymore?  I am almost sure that this practice is in decline, players come into the dugout regardless at the end of innings.  Maybe I am wrong.  I still like the picture.  

Last Cardinals card.  

Pacific made a ton of these cards in 1998 with the Cardinals players wearing the St. Louis Stars uniforms.  The team has done numerous throwback nights, but has not touched some of the team's Negro League history in a long time.  These are sharp looking uniforms, go check out the Fernando Tatis cards from last week too, there is a road version in that post.  

DeShields played another five years after leaving the Cardinals, splitting his time with the Orioles and Cubs.  He played 13 years in all and stole more than 400 bases.  There have been Delino DeShields cards made since he retired.....

which includes an autograph in the 2013 Topps Archives set.  DeShields has worked as a manager in the Reds Minor League system the past few years.  Next year, he will be working as the Reds first base coach.  He does not do the double ear flapped helmet while coaching.