Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Congrats to Pedro, Big Unit, Biggio and Smoltz - A Look at Pedro Dodger Rookie Cards

As you know by now, Pedro Martinez, Randy Johnson, Craig Biggio and John Smoltz have been elected to the 2015 Class of the Baseball Hall of Fame.  Congrats!

Not a bad pick in the bunch.  Go here to check out the BBWAA story and below is the tally for all players receiving at least 50% of the vote.

Unfortunately, Mike Piazza missed the cut by the smallest of margins - 28 votes.  He received 384 votes for a 69.9%.  Entry required 75% of the vote.  I suspect he'll cross that bridge next season.

I also wanted to make note of the induction of Pedro Martinez.  As you know, he began his professional career as a Dodger, but was traded away in 1993.  Being the younger brother of then staff ace Ramon Martinez, it would've been nice to see the duo pitch together for most of their careers.  Instead, Dodger fans are left to ponder what could have been.  Since his rookie cards all feature him in Dodger Blue I thought I would share pics of them all;  including minor league cards.  Check them out below.

Here is his first minor league card - 1990 Sports Pro, Great Falls Dodgers #12

1991 Cal League Bakersfield Dodgers #32

1991 Cal League All-Stars #1

1991 Classic Best Minor League, San Antonio Missions #355

1991 ProCards, San Antonio Missions #2971

1991 ProCards 'Tomorrow's Heroes" #244

Below is his true MLB rookie card - a 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition #2F.

1991 Classic MLB Trivia Board Game, Series III, #T55

1992 Bowman #82

1992 Donruss 'The Rookies' #69

The Leaf Gold card below might be his most valuable or scarcest rookie card.

1992 Leaf Gold Rookie #BC3

1992 Upper Deck 'Star Rookie' #18

1992 Upper Deck 'Bloodlines' Pedro & Ramon Martinez #79

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