2.09.2012

Tom Henke, 1988 Fleer All-Star Team


Name: Tom Henke
Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Position: Closer
Value of card: Three dead blue jays in a shoebox
Key 1987 stat: Three blue jays shot with a pellet gun, placed in a shoebox, left on The Bust's doorstep
Our apologies, Mr. Henke: Whoa, whoa, whoa. This isn't the Tom Henke we here at The Bust know. This nerd is.  The guy above looks like a tough guy, despite the windshields over his eyes. With his mouth closed, you don't see the jagged snaggleteeth. When the photo isn't a mugshot surrounded by a blinding yellow border, you see Henke is a 6-foot-5, 215-pound country boy who threw hard and wore his mesh harder. Sure, he's wearing 3-inch-thick nerd glasses, but when you see him staring at you with a look of contempt, it makes you think he'd like to smash the glasses on the ground and use the shards to stab you in the neck. So, let us apologize, Mr. Henke. We are sorry we labeled you a dork after seeing the 1988 Topps all-star card a few years ago. Clearly, Fleer has given us a new view of you. You might be a nerd, but you're a nerd who could break a few faces back in the 1980s.
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