Saturday, September 12, 2020

Just Started a Nate Colbert Collection

I'm not 100% sure why I started a Nate Colbert personal collection, but I have. I think it has something to do with my connection to him as one of the San Diego Padres' only historical "stars" while I was growing up - though his best years with the club pre-date me being old enough to pay attention. Randy Jones won a Cy Young award; but before Tony Gwynn, it felt pretty barren in San Diego - hence my fascination with Colbert back then, a guy who clubbed 38 homers in 1970 and another 38 in 1972. Or maybe it was him hitting 5 home runs in a doubleheader - see card below.

And no, he wasn't a star per se - he made 3 All-Star teams, and he got some MVP votes in 1972 - but in 1974 he really started to fall off a cliff, hitting .207 that year and then below the Mendoza line in 1975 and 1976. After 5 hitless at-bats as a DH for Oakland in '76, he was out of baseball. Yeah, that's the kind of guy who looms large in my mind but in few others, and hence the perfect guy for me to collect. I just picked up a bunch of his cards this week. This is what they look like.


  1. Love Nate Colbert! Nice start to the PC there.

    1. Lol. I sent my Colbert collection to either Gavin or Rod a few years ago. I still have a custom of him with the Bluejays that Gavin sent me... as well as a giant photo card that Rod sent me. Outside of that, the only cards I own are the ones sitting in sets... and a lone autographed card that doesn't feature his photograph. Maybe one day, I'll rebuild the Colbert PC. Sure wish Topps would add him to their Fan Favorites checklist.

  2. A storied franchise - Gaylord Perry, Willie McCovey, Greg Maddux, Rickey Henderson, etc.


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