Wednesday, January 18, 2017

The Hall of Fame Debate

In a very short time, we will know who will be next to get enshrined at Cooperstown. Last year brought us one of the greatest to ever play the game, Ken Griffey Jr.

Without starting a PED debate, here's who I would like to see enshrined based on their performance on the diamond.
Tim Raines
Jeff Bagwell
Ivan Rodriguez
Trevor Hoffman
Vlad Guerrero
Barry Bonds
Roger Clemens

I suspect Raines and Bagwell make it in. Rodriguez I think will just miss it as will Hoffman and Vlad.

As the game continues to evolve to younger players and cardboard hobbyists switch from established stars to prospects it will be interesting to see who from this generation will one day be forever immortalized in Cooperstown.

On average 1-2 players who debut each year eventually move on to have a Hall of Fame career.

Looking at the players who debuted in 2009, Cutch is clearly the best of that lot.

This card may one day feature relics of 4 Hall of Famers. Trout seems like a sure thing based on his counting stats, hardware, and age.

Harper has youth still on his side.

Griffey is already there.

Cutch, if he has an 18 year career and returns to 2012-2015 form will definitely be a Hall of Famer one day. If 2016 is what we can expect of him, well....Hall of Very Good will be awaiting him.

The card, like most of Hits Memorabilia cards gives you an exclusive code to verify the authenticity of the products used to produce the card.

Even without a license, I still think these are beautiful cards.

Here are the items from which they were dissected from

A batting practice jersey of Griffey, Spring Training Jersey of Cutch (shown here in a previous post), batting gloves from Trout, and a St Patrick's day Spring Training cap by Harper.


  1. What do you think of those Hits cards? I've been seeing them for a couple years now and have been tempted to pick up one for my Robin Yount or Rollie Fingers collection. I'm not a big fan of the tag cards, but that is still a pretty sweet looking card.

    1. In my honest opinion, I think they are way better looking than anything Panini puts out. They are designed very nicely and always have nice patches, tags, etc on them instead of being a penny size plain grey swatch.

      I would look into adding a Yount or Fingers. They appear to be fairly cheap.

  2. Never heard of this company... but they did a great job.

  3. You should check them out. They make some beautiful Gwynn cards