And now, thanks to Mike Gellner over at JD's Wild Cardz, I have it. The card that means more to me than the Babe, more than Campanella, heck, even more than the President...
Forget the introduction, just get to the card!!!
To Cub Fans everywhere, this card is a thing of beauty. Topps could have picked Banks. They could have picked Santo. They could have picked Billy Williams. Heck, they should have used a picture of Maddux as a young Cub (preferrably circa 1989-1991). But I am ever so grateful that Topps included Sandberg as a subject in the SP set. Now, his career numbers may not be on par with the likes of many of the Hall of Famers, but its the intangibles that he possessed that got him there. He played the game with honor, respect, and a sort of quiet class. He let his play do the talking.
I was so happy when it was announced that Ryno was going into the Hall of Fame in 2005. Granted he got 76 point something of the votes. But that was 1 point something above the required 75, and he deserved it. After Sandberg's speech at the Induction Ceremony, Don Sutton said that it "should be posted on every clubhouse door in the Majors."
How could you NOT admire that??? He was my favorite player when I was growing up and learning about the game, and why my son now has his name (middle name...long story).
Mike, your cards are on their way. Just let me know when you get them. Thanks.