Tim Wallach: An attempt to collect them all (literally, all of them)
March 14, 2013 1:39 AM Subscribe
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One man documents his neverending quest to collect all the Tim Wallach
baseball cards. Not one of each card, but every single copy of every single Tim Wallach card ever made
in the history of baseball cards. If you have any in your possession, he asks that you mail them to his law office's PO box. Maybe you can work out a deal.
Wallach was a third baseman during the '80s and '90s, playing for the Montreal Expos and LA Dodgers. He wore a flapless helmet until his retirement in '96, one of the last to do so. Many athlete nicknames are nothing more than results of word association, and his was "Eli
." He even managed the AAA Albuquerque Isotopes
Farther up in Farmington, NM, Corey Stackhouse practices law. His first card of Wallach, his favorite player growing up, was the '83 Topps. The current count is 6000 copies of 300 cards. The '87 Topps is on top, at 411 copies.
Baseball Prospectus's Sam Miller
(who also wrote a recent ESPN cover story on WAR
) interviewed Stackhouse, and muses what lies ahead for him:
There are an insane amount of cards left for him to get. It's impossible to know just how many, but in 1993 Donruss took the rare step of releasing its production run numbers. Donruss that year produced the equivalent of 496,364 sets, meaning there are roughly 496,364 versions of this card, and that set was, according to Donruss, its lowest run since 1985. "I'm sure it's an obscene number that I'm nowhere close to," he said. "When I hit the 10,000 mark for a given card, investigating the total number will take on a higher priority."
Miller also offers his list of personal favorite entries, including the original $75/yr Topps contract
signed by Wallach, and the "weird cloth card
Meanwhile, some kids can't even get a single Joe Shlabotnik bubble gum card...