I promised you a Yankee today, and a Yankee you shall get. Now, this guy could also qualify as a significant rookie for right now; even though Al Leiter ultimately never made it to the Hall of Fame, he had a more-than-respectable career and is a decent color guy. I like the guy, and I liked him when he was pitching in the 90s. Before that, though…
Well, there’s no 88 Topps Traded card of Leiter because he was a future star in the set. Now imagine a Yankees player as a future star – heavy expectations, right? And Leiter’s first year was…well, pretty bad. He didn’t stick around in New York too long, but in 1988 he was still a bright star. Let’s take a look at his traded cards.
There’s something about this photo that I really like. It’s as if someone cut one just off-camera and Leiter is wondering what the hell that was. Other than that, I think it’s a great picture anyway. The colors look fascinating bouncing off of the borders. This is an example of a well-done 88 Donruss card, which is kind of hard to find. No particular memories tied to this card; I was never a big Leiter follower when he was a rookie, but I had a feeling he’d never really take off.
And now he looks like the smell has got him down a little bit. Poor guy. Not too much to say about this one. It’s dirt-simple Fleer 88 at its best (worst). Is that Fenway in the background? I kind of think so but I’m not 100% certain.
An action shot for Leiter in a Yankees uniform. Have to admit this one made me pause when I opened it. I’m not sure whether Leiter was in action shots in 89 sets or not. I kind of think not; wasn’t he sent back to the minors before the deal that sent him to the Blue Jays? Oh, BBref.com would have the answer…
Okay, as I recalled correctly, he did go to Toronto mid-89. That means there probably are some other Leiter action shot cards out there and I just haven’t seen them, or didn’t pay attention because, you know, Al Leiter. Of course, he went on to be a solid pitcher, really picking up his career in 1995.
And that’s all for today. Tomorrow, a Cincinnati Red.