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01/05/10 8:14 PM EST
Plenty of ways to remember Big Unit
Watch classic games, own mementos of illustrious career
By Mark Newman / MLB.com
As the last 300-game winner for a long time -- if not the last one forever -- Randy Johnson now goes officially into retirement and the countdown begins for Cooperstown. In the meantime, here are 10 examples of how you can easily celebrate the career of a five-time Cy Young Award winner and top all-time left-handed strikeout artist:
Topps Rookie Card. The end always makes you think back fondly to the beginning. Johnson's card is No. 647 in the 1989 Topps set, and this one is Near-Mint to Mint condition and comes with a one-screw holder for protection. You can buy his Score rookie card of the same year -- or bid at the MLB.com Auction on a slew of Big Unit cards including rookies from Upper Deck, Donruss and Fleer.
Highland Mint 300th Win Gold Coin Photo Mint. This 24-karat striking is part of a 13-by-16-inch wood frame with double matting, featuring an 8x10 action shot of Johnson during his 300th career victory last June 4 for the Giants at Washington. It is a Limited Edition of only 300 pieces.
Watch a selection of thousands of his highlights at MLB.com, for free.
iTunes downloads. The MLB.com Baseball's Best collection in the iTunes Store includes Johnson's 2-0 perfect game for the D-backs in Atlanta on May 18, 2004.
That's My Ticket 2004 4000th Strike Out Mega Ticket. A big player requires a big ticket souvenir. Canvas Mega Tickets are cool wall art for the collecting aficionado. This one is enlarged 500 percent, and it shows the date: June 29, 2004 -- the game in Arizona where Johnson hit another big milestone.
Subscribe to MLB.TV Offseason Package. For the first time since 1987, there will not be a season in which batters have to fear Johnson on the mound. But for just $19.95, you can get this package that lets you choose from every single full game that was played in the 2009 season -- and that includes his 300th win last June.
Signed baseball. This one comes with a Steiner Sports Certificate of authenticity, and remember that the signature is going way up in five years. Mariners Personalized Home Jersey. How good was Johnson? In 1995, he went 18-2 with 294 strikeouts to just 65 walks, on the way to his first Cy Young Award. He also pitched the Mariners to their first postseason that year -- getting the win by pitching the ninth through 11th innings of the Game 5 clincher in that classic American League Division Series against the Yankees. Customize one with his name and number for old time's sake and again try to get his signature before the five-year wait puts him in Cooperstown. Baseball's Best. Subscribe to MLB.com Baseball's Best library for only $6.95 and watch full-broadcast classics such as his perfect game -- or the night he relieved to clinch Arizona's first World Series title. Photofile 2009 Portrait Plus. This collectible framed item includes an 8x10 photo, with a double matting featuring a unique wood-grain look. It could be a way to use up that MLB.com Gift Card that is burning a hole in your pocket from the holidays.
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Mark Newman is enterprise editor of MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.