Tuesday, June 17, 2008

1991 Upper Deck Silver Slugger Jose Canseco

When I started collecting cards again, in the late 80's early 90's, I'd often pull the superstars out and put them into binders. I had sections for Wade Boggs, Tony Gwynn, Ken Griffey Jr, Mark McGwire, and of course Jose Canseco, among others. When my son Tommy was about 3 a favorite time together was laying on the floor of his bedroom slowly going through a binder of baseball cards. As we turned a page and came across a player I'd state his name with much excitement, "Wade BOGGS! E-YESSS!" and give a fist pump. Tommy would make his best effort to mimic my excitement and the pronunciation of the athletes name. The toughest name to pronounce however was Jose Canseco. For Tommy it was more like "Joseco-seco-seco-seco", his head bobbing back and forth and his tone fading with each syllable. These days, Mr. Canseco's only saving grace in my eyes is the memories I have of those times on the bedroom floor. Joseco-seco-seco-seco.

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