Jim Thome. What a player he was for the Tribe.Well liked, friendly and wanted to stay in Cleveland or Chicago or Philadelphia or Los Angeles or Minnesota for the rest of his career.He was the last "favorite" player I ever collected. Don't get me wrong, I'm not condemning Mr. Thome for leaving. I understand that's the way the system works when you become a superstar.If I was a sports superstar, would I stay with one team for my entire career? I'd like to say yes, but who really knows. There are always behind the scene circumstances we fans don't know about.
We met Jim once in 1993 when he purchased a new Jeep from the dealership where I worked at the time. We had just been to a game a couple weeks earlier and watched him hit one of his signature home runs to left field in old Municipal Stadium. He autographed cards for my sons and I. From then on, he was our favorite player and my goal was to collect every card there was of Jim Thome. However, when he left Cleveland I stopped collecting his newer cards from other teams. I do still collect his Indian cards and have around 900.I am forever grateful to Jim for giving us that opportunity.
Below you will find a list of the cards I am still looking for. Please contact me if you have any of these cards that you would like to part with !
1992 Pinnacle Rookie Idols #13
1992 Score Rookies #4
1992 Topps Debut #171
1992 Topps Gold Winners #768
1992 UD Gold Hologram #1
1992 UD Gold Hologram #5
1992 Stadium Club #81
1993 Fleer/Pro Cards Triple A All-Stars #38
1993 UD Gold Hologram #45
1994 Collector's Choice Gold Signature #624
1994 Pinnacle Artist's Proof #73
1994 Stadium Club First Day Issue #257
1994 Stadium Club Golden Rainbow #257
1994 Stadium Club Member's Only #257
1005 Collector's Choice SE Gold Signature # 114
1995 Collector's Choice Silver Sinature #268
1005 Donruss Press Proof #200
1995 Donruss Top of the Order #68
1995 Finest Refractor #37
1995 Select Artist's Proof #32
1995 Sportflics Artist's Proof #85
1995 Stadium Club First Day Issue #147
1995 Stadium Club Member's Only #147
1995 Stadium Club Super Tweam Master Photos #19
to be continued....