tomorrow marks the 17th anniversary of one of the more memorable dodger home openers that i had the good fortune to attend. on april 8, 1996 i somehow scored my company's corporate seats a few rows behind the dodger dugout and witnessed hideo nomo battle tom glavine and the defending world league champion braves. nomo gave up only three hits, although he did walk 5, and he managed to make a third inning raul mondesi rbi single stand up for a 1-0 shutout victory.
one year later i was again at the ravine for opening day only to see curt schilling and the phillies shut the dodgers out. it was a bittersweet event for me because i knew at that time that i was moving to the midwest and that it would likely be the last dodger opener i would attend for a while. i had been to five or six in a row (plus a few of the angel openers) and i enjoyed seeing all the extra things that opening day provides, like barry manilow singing the national anthem. it turned out that i was able to attend the '98 opener, but i haven't been to one since.
anyway, i figured this was a good time to show off a bunch of hideo nomo cards that i have had scanned for a while. some of them arrived as part of trade packages, and some have been in my collection since the days of hideomania.
here's a 1995 upper deck sp card
and a card from 1995 score select certifiedone of my favorite cards ever.
moving on to 1995 fleer flair
here's a 1997 topps screen play card
here's a video for a better look at the card
i'm looking for the mike piazza card from this set. please let me know if you have one to send!
here the 1995 nl roy is rewarded with an award winner card in the 1996 upper deck collector's choice set. this also happens to be a silver signature parallel
and, here's a 1997 fleer card
these next two are two of my favorite nomo cards - from 1998 pacific online we get this goodness
both feature dodger stadium in the background, but the upper deck card gives us a view down the third base line that i enjoy quite a bit.
here's his 2004 mlb showdown card