Purgatory or the box of commons?
Imagine a career that landed you close to 220 wins and almost 2,400 K’s. Now, how about being an all-star, leading the league in complete games, games started, innings pitched, not to mention having almost 120 complete games in your career? Now that is something to marvel at, no? Well, if the guy’s name is Charlie Hough, odds are his cards are sitting somewhere in your box of commons as we speak.
I am not knocking the guy because obviously, the man was a successful, great pitcher. The point is that all I can remember as a young baseball card collector in 1993 was seeing him in a teal, wrinkled, Marlins uniform. He looked like the grandfather I never had and there was absolutely nothing “cool” about him. For the rest of my collecting days his cards gathered dust next to other guys who didn’t even deserve to have a baseball card produced! Ah, such is the life inside the box of commons. We all have one and each and every collector has a Charlie Hough in there. For me in 2007 it was Randy Johnson.
Who lurks your box of commons?