Edgar Martinez talks about all the ways Ken Griffey Jr. wowed him on 'Old Baseball Cards'

They love Edgar Martinez in Seattle. They love him on Twitter. One day soon they may finally love him in the Hall of Fame — he was just 20 votes shy last year.

As for you, well, you might love him on this week’s episode of “Old Baseball Cards,” our baseball-card driven nostalgia show where we open old packs of cards with baseball players.

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Martinez — the Seattle Mariners legend turned hitting coach — joins us this week to open up a pack of 1988 Fleer in search of his own rookie card. Along the way, we find Mark Grace, Cal Ripken Jr. and Terry Steinbach, for whom I confess a certain affinity. But things really get good when we find another Seattle hero — Ken Griffey Jr.

Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martinez opens 1988 Fleer. (Yahoo Sports)
Mariners hitting coach Edgar Martinez opens 1988 Fleer. (Yahoo Sports)

If you’re new to this series, we’re happy to have you and here’s what you need to know: We open cards from the junk wax era with players, coaches and famous fans. It all started with card that my grandma bought back in the day and stashed away hoping they’d be worth a lot of money in the future. They aren’t — so instead we open them with baseball people and hope for great memories and stories. We have penty of great episodes below you should check out:

Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: Randy Johnson | Felipe Alou | George Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz | Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)

STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Ryne Sandberg | Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar

MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire

CURRENT PLAYERS: Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo

CELEBS: Mr. Belding | Alyssa Milano | Josh Duhamel | Joel McHale

ETC: Chris “Mad Dog” Russo | Josh Kusnick | Jeff Passan | Ken Kendrick

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