It was recently pointed out to me by another blogger that I am difficult to shop for because there's not all that much I collect. There are only a handful of players I collect (in addition to the obvious) and no entire teams or sets. So over the next few posts I will be adding some new player collections to my repertoire. If you spot someone in these posts you have a bunch of cards for, feel free to send them my way!
Ken Griffey, Jr.
New inductee: Jay Buhner
This one should come as no surprise as Jay was Griffey's right-hand man both in the outfield at the Kingdome and in life as you can see here. He was also a huge fan-favorite in Seattle, a sentiment that continues to this day.
Buhner started as a Yankee, but we won't hold that against him. He hit a respectable 310 home runs with a lifetime average of .254 in his 15-year career. Once hit for the cycle during a 14-inning game in 1993. Jay was as clutch a player as you could find.
Buhner got a lot of nice cards during his heyday with the M's. His cards remain relatively affordable, but they are by no means cheap as he has a lot of fans out there.
Here are a few bright spots from my collection:
It seems Jay was always doing something funny with his mouth, a characteristic that was only amplified by his trademark goatee and bald head:
He was also the quintessential blue-collar baseball hero.
I mean how cool is this guy? Don't you want to have a beer with him?
Welcome to the collection, Mr. Buhner.