What does it take for YOU to collect a player?
Is it just because he plays for your favorite team? Is it his position, name, playing style or hometown/state? Some other reason possibly?
My number one favorite player to collect is Will Clark. I know he's not a favorite of many, but he's been at the top of my list since he came out of Mississippi State. He was drafted in the first round (second overall) of the 1985 draft and made his major league debut on April 8, 1986. He homered in his first major league at bat off none other than Nolan Ryan. He put up good numbers over the course of his career and I was very excited when he signed wth the Rangers in time for the opening of the new Ballpark in Arlington in 1994. That just happened to be the year I was discharged from the Navy and I was able to see him play a number of times.
I loved his no-nonsense, 100% all the time approach to the game. He could be surly and cantankerous if his team was losing and he didn't put up with any crap. Will always gave 100% effort and when his body wouldn't let him, he walked away from the game.
I also collect Rusty Greer, former Ranger, for the same reason. He was all-out, all the time. His career was shortened because of his willingness to sacrifice his body for the good of the team. Rusty made some amazing diving catches, one of which preserved Kenny Rogers' perfect game.
Joe Mauer and Ivan Rodriguez are on the list because catchers are some of my favorites. Johnny Bench and the original Pudge, Carlton Fisk fall in this category to a lesser degree.
I owe a great thanks to many bloggers who have added a great number of cards to my player collections.
Let us know the WHY behind your player collections.