I have previously resisted the urge to ever buy one of those booklet cards. They do not fit at all in my binders. I just have not taken the plunge. But one came out recently that left me with no alternative. I had to buy it. It would be terrible if I did not.
Here is the front:
Sure, Simmons is not in the Hall of Fame because of anything that he did in Boston. I covered that here. He played in just 40 games with Boston in the penultimate season of his career when he was 41 years old. That is old now, it was ancient for players in that time period. It was a war year and teams were just looking for warm bodies to fill their rosters. Simmons qualified though he did not hit much, with just a .203/.248/.263 line. He did hit his final home run in a Red Sox uniform.
I can not let a Hall of Famer be absent in my collection. It is bad enough that there are no cards available of so many players. There are other Hall of Famers absent from my collection, like Jesse Burkett, Jack Chesbro, and Waite Hoyt. But you can bet I would do the same thing if one popped up like this one.
Here it is open:
So there it is. My very first booklet card. My very first Al Simmons card. I had no choice. It had to be done.