The family that collects together...
Cubs left-hander has a family that loved to collect cards
The Marshall family of Richmond, Va., collected baseball cards together. Future Cubs pitcher Sean, twin brother Brian (who signed with the Red Sox organization) and mom Carol all faithfully bought packs of cards with their favorite players inside. The collection still is in good shape while Sean Marshall is finishing up his third season with the Cubs. The 6-foot-7 lefty recalls that a family that collects together, stays together.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Who did you collect when you were younger?
Marshall: I collected all the packs. I liked Don Mattingly a lot as a kid. I wasn't really a Yankees fan, but I thought Mattingly was a good player. I also like Ken Griffey Jr. We got all those cards from the late 1980s on.
My brother collected Howard Johnson cards. My mom used to buy us packs of cards and collected, too. We were so into it that she got into it. Her favorite player was Darren Daulton. She must have liked the way he looked. The cards are all stashed in the attic. It might be cool to get them out and throw my own cards in there with them.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Did you have any favorite players whom you collected?
Marshall: My favorite team was the Braves -- their Triple-A team was in Richmond near where we lived. So I have a lot of their cards. When I was in elementary school, I met Ryan Klesko. I should have gotten the Greg Maddux cards and had him sign them when he was my teammate here.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Where did you first appear on a card?
Marshall: They'd take your team picture in Little League, give you a blow-up picture of yourself and put it on a card. The first Minor-League team was Short Season Boise (Idaho). I was 6-foot-7, about 175 pounds. I looked pretty young. I was tall and very lean. My pants weren't long enough to go all the way down to my shoes. They were like "tweeners," where they stopped at the calf. My leg was way up in the air.
MLBPLAYERS.com: What's your favorite Major League card that depicts you?
Marshall: There are some cool ones. I don't have a particular favorite. There's some I do like, like a kind of watercolor painting. That's pretty neat.
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