Collectors can find all different kinds of ways to collect. Some save baseball cards of guys who are in the Hall of Fame. You can find others who who chase after guys who will someday be there. Some collect obscure players or those who’ve been all but forgotten to everyone else. Then there are the two guys who collect cards and other items that represent the five day period in 1998 in which Mike Piazza was a member of the Florida Marlins.
Jerry Dworkin, 59, and Chris Fernandez, 25, come from different economic situations but both have found one of the nichiest niches ever.
Years ago, there may not have ever been a Mike Piazza Marlins card but the card companies know a good little gimmick when they see it. Believe it or not, there have been more than 120 cards produced that feature the retired catcher in a Marlins uniform, even though it was just a layover during an active trading period during that summer 14 years ago.
Piazza had been traded from the Dodgers, where he began his career in the early 1990s, to the Marlins but played in only five games–two at home–and was then dealt to the New York Mets.
It’s rare when that sort of thing happens to a future Hall of Famer and that, in part, is what attracted Dworkin and Fernandez to make that a collecting focus. Their efforts even caught the eye of the New York Times.