04/15/08 11:12 AM ET
Quintana, Heep cards in Hill's collection
New Englander treasured cards of Red Sox heroes
By George Castle / Special to MLBPLAYERS.com /
MLBPLAYERS.com: Which were the favorite Red Sox cards you collected?
Hill: Roger Clemens and Dwight Evans. I had Clemens' rookie card. I got some Evans cards from the 1970s. Ellis Burks -- I liked him a lot. Carlos Quintana, he was one of my favorites. I'd say 1986 to 1996 were the big years. Quintana wasn't a big name, but he was a mainstay with the Red Sox for a few years. I got Danny Heep's cards -- he was a crowd favorite. Jody Reed -- I liked him -- he was a fan favorite. Of course, Wade Boggs.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Did you have a left-hander you collected?
Hill: Not really. I collected Nolan Ryan. That was the big one. I just got [Ryan's 1966 rookie card] this offseason. I got it in a kind of trade. Everyone I talked to, I told I wanted the rookie card. I also have his second-year card -- pretty much every year with every team.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Where is the collection now?
Hill: It's at my parents' house. I think I have thousands. They're all in books, sorted by teams. The offseasons now are a good time to maintain those books. Now I've gone on to autographed baseballs and get guys to sign jerseys.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Where did you first appear on a card?
Hill: Little League -- that was cool. The first pro card I was on was at [Class A] Boise. That was pretty cool, too.
MLBPLAYERS.com: What do you like about your Major League cards?
Hill: My first big-league card was really awesome. I bought a box of Upper Deck cards. My wife [Caitlin] and I were looking through them, opening up every pack. We didn't find it until we looked in the last pack.
MLBPLAYERS.com: What's your favorite big-league pose?
Hill: Probably myself and [catcher] Geovany Soto after my complete game, [the Cubs' first of the season, in September] in 2006. I like the ones of my motion.
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