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Mets baseball card of the week: 2001 Upper Deck Legends Yogi Berra


Here’s another Yogi Berra Mets baseball card that my friend Greg found for me. It’s from the 2001 Upper Deck Legends set, a product that contained a mix of retired legends and current stars.

Unlike most relic cards, which at least give the impression that they contain fabric swatches from a player’s jersey, this one clearly notes that it contains “an authentic piece of a pair of pants used by Yogi Berra during an official Major League Baseball game.”

While this is a very neat baseball card, I still have mixed feelings about destroying pieces of baseball’s past to make new baseball cards.

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Weekend highlights: autograph events, SABR Day and a winter clothing drive

We’re still a few weeks away from the start of spring training, but there are a bunch of things that baseball fans can do this weekend to help forget that the calendar says it’s still winter.

Meet the 1986 Mets

Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection
Autographed 1988 Topps Dwight Gooden card from my collection

The Steiner Sports Store is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the New York Mets’ 1986 World Series championship this weekend by having nearly all of the living members of the team sign autographs at The Steiner Sports Store at Roosevelt Field Mall in Garden City, New York.

The stars of that team – Doc Gooden, Darryl Strawberry and Keith Hernandez – will be there, of course. But what makes this special is that many of the lesser-known members of the team will also be there. So if you need people like Tim Corcoran and John Mitchell to finish off a team-signed item, this weekend is your chance to get it done. Autograph fees start at $20 per signature.

For tickets and more information, call 800-242-7139 or visit the Steiner Sports website.

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Remembering the departed

Today is All Saints Day. In the Protestant church, it’s a time to remember the people who have departed this world and joined the Church Triumphant in Heaven.

On this day of remembering, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the members of the New York Mets family who we’ve lost over the past year.

  • Ray Sadecki – November 17, 2014 (Player 1970-1977)
  • Bill Monbouquette – January 25, 2015 (Coach 1982-1983)
  • Charlie Williams – January 27, 2015 (Player 1971)
  • Jeff McKnight – March 1, 2015 (Player 1989, 1992-94)
  • Nelson Doubleday – June 17, 2015 (Co-Owner 1980-2002)
  • Daryl Hamilton – June 21, 2015 (Player 1991-2001)
  • Yogi Berra – September 22, 2015 (Player 1965; Coach 1965-1971; Manager 1972-1975)
  • Dean Chance – October 11, 2015 (Player 1970)