Player Spotlight: Frank Thomas

Frank Thomas has been my favorite player from day 1 as a Sox fan. I’m basically a Sox fan because of Frank. I didn’t really have a favorite team when I started getting autographs at Angels games as a 12 year old in 1991. Then I graphed a Sox series and met the Big Hurt. He was such a physically imposing presence, but also a really nice guy. He signed every day, and I was hooked.

Back then I was only getting cards signed, and an occasional Beckett magazine. I eventually splurged and bought a baseball for Frank to sign. I’ve come a long way since then. I’m sure there are better Frank Thomas collections out there, but I’m pretty proud of mine. Here are my collection totals as they stand today:

Cards – 50
8x10s – 5
Magazines – 7
Baseballs – 7
Large Photos – 11
Bats – 3
Jerseys – 3
Posters – 2
Helmets – 1
Mini Helmets – 1

Without further ado… my Frank Thomas collection!

Cards

1990 Fleer Update #U87
1990 Leaf #300
1990 Score #663 (My only full signature card)
1990 Topps #414 (My very first Frank Thomas autograph!)
1991 Score #874
1991 Upper Deck #246
1992 Donruss Diamond Kings #DK8
1992 Front Row #6
1992 Score #893
1992 Triple Play Gallery of Stars #GS12
1992 Triple Play Gallery of Stars #GS12
1992 Upper Deck #166 (My favorite Thomas card ever made)
1992 Upper Deck #87
1993 Flair #189
1993 Fun Pack #225
1993 Leaf #FT
1993 Leaf Thomas #4
1993 Upper Deck #555
1993 Upper Deck #105
1993 Upper Deck #51
1993 White Sox Stadium Club #1
1994 Collector’s Choice #354
1994 Flair #36
1994 Leaf Limited #24
1994 Leaf Statistical Standouts #1
1994 Score #41
1994 Upper Deck #55
1994 Upper Deck #284
1994 Upper Deck #300
1995 Flair #27
1995 Leaf Cornerstones #1
1995 Leaf Limited #1
1996 Topps #100
1997 Ultra Double Trouble #4
1997 Upper Deck #418
1998 Ultra Double Trouble #6
2000 Upper Deck #349
2000 Upper Deck Legends Legendary Signatures #S-FT
2001 Fleer Tradition #397
2001 SP Authentic Buybacks 00 #103
2001 SP Authentic Buybacks 94 #99
2002 Fleer Tradition #369
2003 Upper Deck #359
2005 Diamond Kings Timeline #TT25
2005 Donruss Champions #361
2007 Exquisite Collection Rookie Signatures Rookie Biography Autographs
2011 Topps Diamond Duos #DD7
2012 Topps Tribute Autographs #TA-FT
2013 Allen & Ginter #251

8×10 Photos

Magazines

Baseballs

Large Photos

20×24
16×20
16×20
16×20
16×20
16×20
16×20
16×20
16×20
10×14

Bats

Game Used
MVP Inscription

Jerseys

Other Items

Poster
Poster
Mini Helmet
Gartlan Figurine
Full Size Helmet