Sometimes, people suggest cards for Monster Monday and I’ll say, “Nope, I’ve done that card”. I’ve been doing this column for that long. So when Ryan Morrison plopped this 1998 Craig Wilson card in my inbox, I was a little surprised. Wow! This card is quite the Monster! And I hadn’t done it yet.
The White Sox must have felt they had the next Cal Ripken when rookie shortstop Craig Wilson went 22 for 47 with three homers in September of 1998.
The infielder drove home ten runs and scored 14 while stealing a base. Native Chicagoan Wilson had five doubles to go with his three dingers.
This card has the coveted 55 power number. Not only did Wilson’s 1998 card received 1-1-0-0-0-0 power numbers but it got five sevens.
The 7s are in odd spots though. First, Wilson received a 15-10 so his “first” seven is at 25. Also, instead of giving him a logical 42-7 (after 31-7, 51-7 and 35-7), APBA moved his last one all the way to 61. Instead, he received a 42-8, 64-8 and 61-8.
Wilsons card also received a 13-9 and a 53-9 which moved his error number to a 21-21.
Fun numbers: 55-0, 53-9, 61-7
Well, Craig Wilson didn’t quite live up to expectations. He batted .238 in 252 at-bats the next year and by 2000, he only played 28 games and was out of baseball after that.
Stupid trivia: There were three Craig Wilsons that played between the years 1993 and 2001.