Dontrelle Willis just signed a minor league deal with the Chicago Cubs. Willis was originally drafted by the Cubs. I suppose he is technically coming out of retirement. But, I have a bad feeling about this. I doubt Willis will ever see another Major League inning. My first thought upon hearing this news was of his 2002 Topps Chrome rookie card. This is one of the few cards showing Willis in a Cubs uniform before being traded to the Marlins. I tried to acquire this card multiple times on eBay back in the day with no success. I still don’t own the card. A check of eBay shows that you can’t give the card away nowadays. A BGS 9.5 example drew no bids at $5.00. Times have certainly changed.
I have been a New York Yankees fan for my entire life. I have collected baseball cards for over 20 years. I did take a brief hiatus from 1996 to 2004. Nine years is brief, right? I prefer cards made after 2004. I also prefer cards that measure 2.5 in. by 3.5 in. I also have a thing against baseball cards that don't feature a baseball player. I collect all teams and players, even the Red Sox.