The 2021 Topps Heritage set came out this week and I have bought zero packs, along with zero single cards. Instead, I spent some time and money buying interesting cards from other Topps Heritage sets. There were a few former Durham Bulls and Cardinals cards I was missing. They seemed like a better use of my money at the moment. I have a few of these types of cards to post over the next few weeks.
First up is Cubs, Cardinals, and Expos pitcher Rich Nye.
Nye played 5 years in the Majors, mostly with the Cubs. His stints with the Cardinals and Expos lasted a combined total of 14 games. Yet, for some reason, Topps gave him a baseball card in the 2019 Topps Heritage set. Seemed odd. What's so great about Rich Nye?
Here is the card.
Well, Rich was a smart guy. He went to Cal-Berkley, played baseball, and earned a degree in civil engineering. After his baseball career flamed out......
Career #1 - Civil Engineer
Rich used his civil engineering degree to help build the Sears Tower.
Career #2 - Commodities Trader
Rich switched careers and decided that he would become a commodities trader.
Back To College
Commodities trader was not very "inspirational", so Nye went back to college at the University of Illinois to attend Vet School.
Career #3 - Veterinarian
Rich started working as a vet specializing in exotic birds in Niles, Illinois.
Charter Member and President of the AAV
Apparently there was no professional organization for vets working with birds, so Rich started one. He also ran the organization as its President. If you work with birds, it's apparently a big deal.
Career #4 - Commodities Trader
Not really a career switch, just earning money to start a large vet practice that will be the leading facility for exotic birds in the United States.
Career #5 - Veterinarian
Nye started the Midwest Bird and Exotic Animal Hospital in Westchester, Illinois. The practice was the leading research group on exotic birds in the United States.
Career #6 -Textbook Author
Nye wrote several textbooks on avian medicine.
Career #7 -Nye Wood Turning
Rich started his own wood turning business and makes rings and wooden bowels.