The demand for David Wright baseball cards continues to grow as he produces big numbers for the New York Mets.
02/05/2009 11:18 AM ET
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Mets third baseman's collection still resides in father's attic
By George Castle / Special to MLBPLAYERS.com
But the third baseman rooted for another great player at his position growing up. He also admired a special card of a Hall of Fame pitcher. Wright grew up in a card-collecting family. His father, Ron Wright, now assistant police chief in their hometown of Norfolk, Va., got him started in the hobby.
Wright remembered the special cards he had.
MLBPLAYERS.com: What was the most interesting card you and your father had?
Wright: The most valued card I had was a Nolan Ryan rookie from 1966. It actually was a gift. One of my father's friends was a big-time card collector. So, for a gift one year, he gave him the Nolan Ryan card. It was pretty expensive. You're looking at a card worth that much money. You can't fathom that little card is worth that kind of money. [Ryan] was kind of finishing up his career, so I was more of a fan of the younger players coming up.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Who were your favorite players you collected?
Wright: When I was younger, I liked Cal Ripken Jr. So I collected all the Cal Ripken Jr. and Ken Griffey Jr. cards I could. Those two were probably my favorite cards.
I enjoyed the way Griffey played the game -- always had fun, blowing bubbles, smiling, laughing, having a good time. That attracted me.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Were you a Mets fan with their Triple-A team in your hometown?
Wright: Yes. I was a big fan of HoJo [Howard Johnson], Straw [Darryl Strawberry]. Those were two my favorites growing up. I tried to get complete sets done and put them in order. My father, before I'd go get another pack, would make me put them in order and put them in a box.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Where are the cards now?
Wright: Probably in my father's attic. I'm sure we've got boxes full.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Where did you appear on your first card?
Wright: Rookie League in Kingsport [Tenn.]. I looked 18, well, because I was at the time.
MLBPLAYERS.com: What's your favorite big-league card now?
Wright: I like them all.
-- Red Line Editorial