Thursday, December 27, 2007

Wax Attack: 2003 Fleer Tradition

Here is the second installment of my recent wax pack opening frenzy this holiday season. Again, this is a set I am not too familiar with. It is Fleer's 2003 Baseball set called Fleer Tradition. It's design is a homage to Fleer's very first Baseball card set from 1963. See Sandy Koufax's card from the '63 set above. I didn't get a lot out of this pack except for Soriano and Sheffield's All-Star cards. Fortunately, I did get one Dodger card (below) of once highly touted prospect Alfredo Gonzalez. At least that's what the card says on the back.
"At 3 minor league stops (in 2002), Alfredo posted a stunning 1.89 ERA in 76 relief innings."
Arm problems while in the minors slowed his rapid ascent. He recently signed as a free agent with the Texas Rangers.
Other cards in the pack include Eric Bruntlett, journeyman Al Martin, hurler Mark Redman, Chipper Jones/ Hank Blalock Interleague Play card, Horacio Ramirez, Ryan Franklin and one of my favorites Dmitri Young.

One Of The Best- Stu Nahan

Sportscaster Stu Nahan died yesterday after a long bout with lymphoma. At last nights Kings game they held a moment of silence in his honor. This announcement before the game was a shock to me and I'm sure he'll be sorely missed by many.

Stu Nahan was once a professional hockey player in the Maple Leafs organization, having played for their minor league affiliate Los Angeles Monarchs until 1952.
"The real reason I quit was because I had a terrific sunburn on the back of my neck, which I got because the red light was on most of the time I was in the net," he would quip about the signal for a goal scored in hockey.
He was one of my favorite sports personalities. Who can forget his recurring roles in the "Rocky" films and his appearance in "Fast Times at Ridgemont High."

"Hey dude, nice jacket."

Woops. I guess the exact quote is, "Where'd you get that jacket!"

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