Saturday, January 17, 2015

2002 Fleer, Phil Nevin

#160 Phil Nevin

Here is the second card that Phil Nevin signed for me at Spring Training last year. Phil is the manager of the Diamondbacks AAA team and I got him to sign this card after conducting some infield practice with some of the big leaguers.

Phil spent a good chunk of his career with the Padres. In parts of seven seasons, Phil hit .288 with 156 home runs and 573 RBI. He broke the 100-RBI barrier three times and topped 30 home runs twice. His best season was with them in 2001 when he hit .308 with 41 home runs and 126 RBI. The 126 RBI are the second most by a Padre. Phil made his lone All Star team that summer.

Phil is on several of the Padres all time lists including average (7th), slugging (4th), home runs (3rd), RBI (3rd), and extra base hits (5th).

I do not have many cards from this set, but I like it. It is the first post-9/11 Fleer set, hence the patriotic theme. Plus, there is no gloss whatsoever on the cards which make them great for autographs. Too bad this is the only one I have signed.


Paul Hadsall said...

That Fleer set really helped get me back into collecting, after dabbling with Fleer Tradition and a few others.

The patriotic theme was nice, but understated... and they looked like the cards I remembered collecting in the late 1980s/early 1990s (before gloss, foil and "innovation" completely took over everything.)

I ended up building the 2002 set mostly via retail packs & blasters... I don't want to think about how much I spent.

Dan said...

Nice card! That's my first time seeing a 2002 Fleer card. I had stopped collecting MLB cards around 1994, instead, focusing my collection on MiLB cards.
The lack of a glossy coating is good to hear. I always hated that "enhanced improvement" to card collecting.

zman40 said...

Thanks guys!