Today's card of the day is #1006 in the 1989 ProCards set. This is Ivan Rodriguez's first card. It leads off my Pudge collection.
There are a couple of things that strike me about this card. One is how young Ivan looks. Not really surprising since he was only about 17 years old when this picture was taken. One the back of the card we find out that Ivan was signed as a free agent on July 27, 1988. We also see that he is 5-10 and weighed in at 188. What we don't see is how good he was/is. There are no stats at all on the back of this card, just a notation, "First year in professional baseball."
I like minor league cards in general and ones of players I follow in particular. Looking at one you get a glimpse of a world of promise at the beginning of a career. Being there at the start would be really neat. These kind of cards give one the opportunity to do just that.