Sunday, September 25, 2016

Jose Fernandez

This is my best card of Jose Fernandez. It's a 2014 Topps Archives Deckle Edge mini, card #JF, if you're looking for a copy for your own collection.

When I went through what I had, to find something to share with you all today, this was the one that affected me the most, in both good and bad ways. It is very much him, by every account that I've seen, heard or read about. That smile. The warmth that came across even in black and white. Still looking like a damn kid.

I've collected his cards since he got to the bigs, but I still don't have a lot of Jose's cards. Despite really enjoying him as a player, and having him as the anchor of my fantasy team's pitching staff for nearly his entire career (I foolishly dropped him for career starts 5 and 6, after he lost starts 3 and 4; I was very lucky to get him back before start number 7, and kept him for the rest of his career, including the entirety of his recovery from Tommy John surgery), I haven't found many people looking to trade his cards, and I haven't found enough time to hunt for them, either.

There never really is enough time, is there?

My deepest condolences go out to all of Jose Fernandez's loved ones and fans.

He'll be missed, and he will not be forgotten.

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