Winfield has been my favorite player since about 1986, when I started collecting baseball cards.
Matt Williams impressed me a lot over the course of the 1989 season, so after sending a few cards to him with a letter, begging for autographs (I'll get to that in its own post) I started hoarding cards of him.
In 1988, I'd started collecting Roberto Kelly & Jay Buhner, hoping they'd someday be huge stars for the Yankees. Naturally the Yankees promptly unloaded Buhner for some third string pitchers. Kelly at least went on to be an All Star, and one of the very few bright spots of the early 1989-1992 stretch for the team. I collected Buhner for a couple more years, but he didn't amount to much by 1991 (hey, who knew?), so I pretty much gave up on him in any serious capacity.
Dave Henderson I collect because he always looked like he was having so much fun out there. As I post his cards here, just see how many teeth he always showed!
Bernardo Brito was one of those sad anomalies of the minor leagues. Stuck in the farm systems of teams who had no need for an extra power-hitting outfielder; first for Cleveland who had Joe Carter, Mell Hall & Brett Butler ahead of him, along with Andre Thornton at DH and then Minnesota where he wasn't going to crack the lineup already containing Dan Gladden, Tom Brunansky, Shane Mack and that Kirby guy. One would think he would have made a better DH than Carmelo Castillo or Gene Larkin, but one isn't being paid to think.
Huntsville (Howitt even hit a home run in either end of a double header I went to) and while both were highly touted at some point, neither measured up to their respective hype.
And Tuffy. While chasing down Japanese cards of Brito & Meulens, it was inevitable that I'd run into Tuffy. The more I read about him, the more I looked at his stats, the more I read of his "legend" from one opening day, the more interested I became. From being a sort of Kenny Lofton Light to a sort of Japanese Ryan Howard somewhere between 1990-2000. Now he's a power hitting legend with one or two seasons left in the tank in Orix.