Wednesday, July 27, 2016

All I've Got of Him: Mark Grace

It's been widely discussed how recent HOF inductee Mike Piazza was drafted by the Dodgers in the 60th round of the 1988 draft, the 1390th player selected.

Today's featured Cub player has a similar story.  Mark Grace was selected by the Cubs in the 24th round of the 1985 draft.  There were 621 other players taken ahead of him.  Grace won't make it to Cooperstown, but he would qualify for the Hall of Pretty Good.  A lifetime average of .303 with 2445 hits is not too shabby.

Grace's Cubs career ran from 1988 - 2000, which lines him up smack dab in the middle of the junk wax era.  And being a star player, he ended up in just about every junk set.  My Grace total is 361 cards.  Subtract 17 cards that came after he retired, and you average about 26 cards per year.  That's a lot of cards, and a lot of junk!


  1. A lot of nice looking cards in there. The Finest and Flair have always been favorites.

  2. I knew Grace was a solid hitter at the plate. Had no idea he ended up just short of 2500 hits. Nothing to shake a stick at - that's quality right there.

  3. I've long wondered who would make the Hall of Pretty Good. And who would actually show up to accept the honor, as well as who would come see it. Probably just a bunch of hipsters thinking it was too cool for school. But a couple Cubs for the HOPG could be Mark Grace, Fred McGriff, Derrek Lee, Jamie Moyer, Rick Sutcliffe, Kenny Lofton, Aramis Ramirez, Bill Buckner...?