Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Up For Grabs Cardinalpalooza: J.D. Drew


Previously on the Cardinalpalooza: Colby RasmusYadier MolinaAllen CraigStan MusialRick AnkielDavid Freese | Keith Hernandez | Steve Carlton | Lance Berkman | Lou Brock | Dennis Eckersley

J.D. Drew actually fits into roughly the same category as Colby Rasmus, neither a fan favorite nor a universal superstar. Drew stuck around for much longer than Rasmus, however, and was ultimately a more accomplished player. Rasmus has only been around for the better part of five seasons, though, so there's still time for him yet.


Drew has a reputation, however deserved (or not) - he was branded from very early on when he refused to sign with the Phillies despite being offered a healthy signing bonus. Drew's path to MLB instead led him to St. Louis, where he was destined to be one of the game's biggest superstars.


He never became that superstar, despite the fact that few could complain about his production on the field. He had his issues actually staying on that field, but when he played he was a positive contributor. As it stands today, he only made one All-Star team (as a member of the Red Sox) when many saw his name joining the other luminaries on the outfield walls at Busch.


Myself, I am about as ambivalent about J.D. Drew as Drew seemed to be about the game of baseball on the field. Fans of max effort players hated him because he didn't seem to be "giving it his all" on the field, while fans of Cardinal baseball in general just wished he'd be healthy enough to stay on the field. His prime years with the team coincided with a period of time when I was not collecting cards and not able to watch many games on TV, so I didn't connect with him the same way I felt about, say, Ryan Ludwick even.


The list:

2002 Fleer Platinum #170
2003 Playoff Portraits #110
2002 Bowman Chrome #49
1998 Fleer Tradition #U100
1999 Fleer Tradition #7 [2 available]
1999 Pacific [Action] #352
1999 Pacific [Posed] #352
1999 Skybox Premium [Spring Fling] #294
1999 Skybox Molten Metal [Supernatural] #131
1999 Skybox Thunder www.batterz.com #WB1
1999 Upper Deck Challengers For 70 #C30
1999 Upper Deck Choice [Rookie Class] #27
1999 Upper Deck Encore [Star Rookie] #100
1999 Upper Deck Century Legends [21st Century Phenoms] #101
1999 Upper Deck MVP #170
1999 Upper Deck SP Top Prospects #51
1999 Upper Deck SP Top Prospects [Top 10 Prospects Checklist] #1
2000 Fleer Mystique #120
2000 Topps Gallery #24
2000 Upper Deck Gold Reserve #153 [2 available]
2000 Upper Deck Hitter's Club [Hitting the Show] #74
2000 Upper Deck HoloGrFX #21
2000 Upper Deck MVP #55 [2 available]
2000 Upper Deck Pros & Prospects #57 [2 available]
2001 Bowman #80
2001 Fleer Focus #196
2001 Fleer Futures #167
2001 Fleer Platinum #245
2001 Leaf Rookies & Stars #97
2001 Topps #101 [2 available]
2001 Upper Deck Evolution #55
2001 Upper Deck SP Authentic #54
2002 Donruss #136
2002 Donruss Classics #32
2002 Donruss Classics Sample #32
2002 Donruss Diamond Kings #78 [2 available]
2002 Donruss Originals #195
2002 Donruss Originals #322 [2 available]
2002 Fleer Triple Crown #200
2002 Leaf #100
2002 Upper Deck MVP #172
2002 Upper Deck #650
2002 Upper Deck [Piece of History] #54
2002 Upper Deck Ovation #37 [2 available]
2003 Donruss #390 [3 available]
2003 Donruss Champions #242
2003 Donruss Diamond Kings #146
2003 Donruss Team Heroes #478
2003 Fleer Flair #69
2003 Fleer Splendid Splinters #65
2003 Fleer Tradition #304
2003 Topps Stadium Club #49
2003 Upper Deck Game Face #102
2003 Upper Deck Victory #85 [4 available]
2003 Upper Deck Victory [Solid Hits] #122 [2 available]
2003 Upper Deck Victory Green #85
2006 Fleer Ultra Retro Lucky 13 #233

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