Name: Doc Ellis
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates / New York Yankees
Age: 63 years old
Best Season: 1971 he went 19-9/3.06/1.19 and was 4th in Cy Young voting with an All Star Appearance.
Set it’s from: 2004 Upper Deck Yankee Classics
How obtained: eBay auction
Why this Card?: I wanted an autographed card of the pitcher who threw a no-hitter on acid. What blew me away is the description of what it was like to throw on acid:
Dock to Lysergic World, 1993:
I was zeroed in on the (catcher’s) glove, but I didn’t hit the glove too much. I remember hitting a couple of batters and the bases were loaded two or three times. The ball was small sometimes, the ball was large sometimes, sometimes I saw the catcher, sometimes I didn’t. Sometimes I tried to stare the hitter down and throw while I was looking at him. I chewed my gum until it turned to powder. They say I had about three to four fielding chances. I remember diving out of the way of a ball I thought was a line drive. I jumped, but the ball wasn’t hit hard and never reached me.”
How great is that? Now I have tried some acid myself in my younger years and can tell you, I have no idea as to how the hell he could zone in on anything. It’s like putting a teenage boy in a dressing room with ten strippers and telling him to look at the bench in the corner. It just can’t be done.
But What About the Set?: 2004 Upper Deck Yankee Classic set is a cool set especially if you are a Yankee fan. The boxes run about $125 on eBay and you are guaranteed 1 mini wool Yankees pennant and three autographed retired Yankees cards.
Beckett’s Value: $8.00
eBay Value: I bought it for $0.99