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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Shockey and Not Shockey

Let me first say this next card is one of cards in the set I remember from when I was a kid. The photo is a nice one of a pitcher on my hometown team, the Cedar Rapids Reds.

The CR Reds' home Veterans Memorial Stadium was the first stadium I ever attended a game at. I can't say I remember much about that game, but I do remember during one game being urged by my parents to get a slip of paper signed by a player signing for other kids.

So anyway, I remember getting this card and thinking, cool, I got a Cedar Rapids card. I was more of a picture guy when I was a kid, never actually reading or questioning what was on the card.

So that brings me to this card, CMC 659. I remember seeing it but I don't ever remember questioning the team. The player is identified as Scott Shockey, of the Midwest League's Madison Muskies. Maybe Shockey was traded before the picture was changed? No. According to Baseball Reference, Shockey was a career-long member of the Athletics organization.

So, no, that's Not Shockey.

So who's in the picture? I thought this search would be more difficult that it was. First, I would go through the pitchers I could find from the 1990 Cedar Rapids Reds, try to find a match. If that didn't work, then I would go through the position players.

In reality, the search took two seconds. See his glove? Written in white letters is what appeared the name "MO." Would the Baseball Reference roster on the 1990 CR Reds include a Mo as a pitcher? Yes. Mo Sanford.

Looks like he found a way to get his name on a card where his name was nowhere to be found. He even made the majors for three short stays and got some cards of his own, correct name and correct picture.

A check of ebay confirms both conclusions. Shockey had his own card in the Muskies ProCards team set. Turns out he couldn't look less like Sanford. Even the uniform couldn't look less like Madison's. See for yourself. And with Sanford, you can compare for yourself the photo from the Shockey card with a properly identified Sanford.

So, what I'm getting at, is, with both referenced players identified, I'll treat this card as a multi-player card and review both Shockey and Sanford. Shockey will be up later today, with Sanford going tomorrow.


  1. I just found this blog... good stuff! I had a ton of these cards somehow, and if I had one of a guy who actually made the big leagues it went straight to a top loader! I figured they'd be worth BIG money some day... oops.

  2. This is one of two cards I know of in the set with the wrong player pictured. The other is the Edgar Martinez card with a photo of Tino. But you'll get to that eventually. Not sure if the actual CMC Calgary Cannons team set has a corrected photo or not.

  3. I'd heard about the Martinez card. How about that? Mixing up one good player, Tino Martinez, for another, Edgar Martinez?