Chris Sabo was my favorite player as a kid, surely for no other reason than those sweet Rec Specs. 'Spuds' was drafted by the Reds in 1983 out of the University of Michigan. He debuted for Cincy in 1988, garnering his first of three All Star nods as well as winning the NL Rookie of the Year. In the 1990 World Series he hit .563 with 2 HR and 5 RBI in the four-game sweep of the A's. After 6 years as a Red, he spent partial seasons with the Orioles, White Sox, and Cardinals before wrapping up his career back in Cincinnati in 1996. He would go on to coach in the Reds' farm system and would be inducted into the Reds Hall of Fame in 2010. Signed is a 1991 Leaf #65.
Terry Pendleton was drafted by the Cardinals in 1982 and began his 7-year stint with them in 1984. In that time he won two Gold Gloves and batted .259. Then, in 1991, he signed with the Braves and out of nowhere went 22HR/86RBI/.319BA, lead the league in hits, batting average, and total bases, and won the NL MVP, edging out Barry Bonds. He would follow that season with his only All Star appearance. Five years with the Braves was followed by a year and a half with the Marlins, a year with the Reds (1997), and finally a year with the Royals. Pendleton would soon after join the Braves' coaching staff. Signed is a 1997 Fleer Ultra #535.