Opening 25-year-old baseball cards with Rajai Davis

Let's start with the story of the baseball cards. I'm not alone in being a baseball fan in my 30s with far too many baseball cards from the late '80s and early '90s sitting in my garage. Kids like me dreamed about future riches when were opening up packs and hunting for rookie cards from Jose Canseco, Ken Griffey Jr. and Barry Bonds.

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But here's one thing that may be different about me: I have a bunch of unopened cards from that era sitting in my garage too. I thank my grandmother, who collected cards with me when I was younger. She packed some unopened boxes away, probably hoping for eventual riches too.

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Recently, when I was cleaning out my garage, I noticed a couple boxes of 1991 cards, did some quick math and realized that was 25 years ago. Since these cards are largely worthless, I had an idea for something fun.

I could take them to spring training and ask MLB players to open them with me and we could delight in what the sport they play looked like 25 years ago. If, along the way, we found one of their manager or one of their coaches, all the better.

For the first installment of this video series, I sat down with Cleveland Indians outfielder Rajai Davis, who was quite excited to get his hands on some old baseball cards. Seriously, he was psyched. We opened a couple packs of 1991 Score. And while we didn't pull the biggest stars of the time — Ken Griffey Jr. or Cal Ripken — we did at least get someone from the Canseco family tree.

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