John Franco

John Anthony Franco
Batted: Left
Threw: Left
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 180 lbs.
Born: September 17, 1960 in Brooklyn, NY
Drafted: 5th round 1981 by the Los Angeles Dodgers
Acquired: traded from the Cincinnati Reds with Don Brown for
Randy Myers and Kip Gross, December 1989
Departed: as a free agent, November 2004

 

Nothing much needs to be said about John Franco except that he was an all-time great relief pitcher, and that he was the New York-born heart and soul of the Mets. In 2012, John received the ultimate honor the Mets could bestow when they made him part of the team's Hall of Fame. Pictured is a pocket schedule from 1991 featuring John, and below are more scans of interesting Franco memorabilia, as well as cards from throughout his long career.

      

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PITCHING RECORD (team-leading totals in red)

YEAR CLUB      G GS CG     IP  W  L  PCT    H   R  ER  SO  BB ShO  SV   ERA
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1984 Cin NL   54  0  0   79.1  6  2 .750   74  28  23  55  36   0   4  2.61
1985 Cin NL   67  0  0   99.0 12  3 .800   83  27  24  61  40   0  12  2.18
1986 Cin NL   74  0  0  101.0  6  6 .500   90  40  33  84  44   0  29  2.94
1987 Cin NL   68  0  0   82.0  8  5 .615   76  26  23  61  27   0  32  2.52
1988 Cin NL   70  0  0   86.0  6  6 .500   60  18  15  46  27   0  39  1.57
1989 Cin NL   60  0  0   80.2  4  8 .333   77  35  28  60  36   0  32  3.12
1990 *METS*   
55  0  0   67.2  5  3 .625   66  22  19  56  21   0  33  2.53
1991 *METS*   52  0  0   55.1  5  9 .357   61  27  18  45  18   0  
30  2.93
1992 *METS*   31  0  0   33.0  6  2 .750   24   6   6  20  11   0  
15  1.64
1993 *METS*   35  0  0   36.1  4  3 .571   46  24  21  29  19   0  
10  5.20
1994 *METS*   
47  0  0   50.0  1  4 .200   47  20  15  42  19   0  30  2.70
1995 *METS*   48  0  0   51.2  5  3 .625   48  17  14  41  17   0  
29  2.44
1996 *METS*   51  0  0   54.0  4  3 .571   54  15  11  48  21   0  
28  1.83
1997 *METS*   59  0  0   60.0  5  3 .625   49  18  17  53  20   0  
36  2.55
1998 *METS*   61  0  0   64.2  0  8 .000   66  28  26  59  29   0  
38  3.62
1999 *METS*   46  0  0   40.2  0  2 .000   40  14  13  41  19   0  19  2.88
2000 *METS*   62  0  0   55.2  5  4 .556   46  24  21  56  26   0   4  3.40
2001 *METS*   58  0  0   53.1  6  2 .750   55  25  24  50  19   0   2  4.05
2003 *METS*   38  0  0   34.1  0  3 .000   35  11  10  16  13   0   2  2.62
2004 *METS*   52  0  0   46.0  2  7 .222   46  28  27  36  24   0   0  5.28
2005 Hou NL   31  0  0   15.0  0  1 .000   23  13  12  16   9   0   0  7.20
===========================================================================
METS TOTALS  
695  0  0  702.2 48 56 .462  683 279 242 592 276   0 276  3.10
OTHER CLUBS  424  0  0  543.0 42 31 .575  483 187 158 383 219   0 148  2.62
===========================================================================
CAREER TOTS 1119  0  0 1245.2 90 87 .508 1166 466 400 975 495   0 424  2.89

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This is a list of the John Franco cards that I already have in my collection. If you have any cards that are not listed here, and you are willing to donate or trade them, contact me at Rounding Third.  Items that are struck through are no longer a part of the Rounding Third collection, having been sold for charity.

1984 Fleer Update

1985 Topps

1986 Leaf

1987 Fleer Star Stickers

1984 Fleer Update #U-39

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1987 Donruss Action All-Stars

1985 Donruss #164
1985 Fleer #536
1985 Fleer Star Stickers #120
1985 Topps #417

1986 Big Apple Super Rookies
1986 Donruss #487
1986 Fleer #178
1986 Kay Bee Young Superstars of Baseball #13
1986 Kay Bee Young Superstars of Baseball #13
(autographed)
1986 Leaf #240
1986 O-Pee-Chee #54
1986 Sportflics #156
1986 Topps #54
1986 Topps Tattoos
(partial panel)

1987 Classic Green #100
1987 Donruss #289
1987 Donruss Action All-Stars #22
1987 Fleer #202
1987 Fleer #631
(Super Star Specials)
1987 Fleer Baseball's Best Sluggers and Pitchers #14
1987 Fleer Limited Edition #14
1987 Fleer Star Stickers #41
1987 Leaf #178
1987 O-Pee-Chee #305
1987 Sportflics #192
1987 Topps #305
1987 Topps Mini Leaders #5
1987 Topps Stickers #138 (uncut)

1988 Nestlé

1989 Upper Deck

1990 Fleer Update

1991 Classic

1988 Donruss #123
1988 Donruss All-Stars #53
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best #54
1988 Fleer #234
1988 Fleer #627
(Super Star Specials)
1988 Fleer Star Stickers #84
1988 Nestlé #8
1988 Panini Stickers #271
1988 Score #535
1988 Score Glossy #535
1988 Topps #81
(Reds Leaders)
1988 Topps #730
1988 Topps American Baseball #24
1988 Topps Big #232
1988 Topps Mini League Leaders #47
1988 Topps Sticker Cards #32
1988 Topps Stickers #142
(uncut)

 

 

 

 

 

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1989 Baseball Talk

 

1990 Topps Heads Up

 

 

1989 Bowman #301
1989 Cadaco Discs
1989 Donruss #233
1989 Fleer #162
1989 Fleer Heroes of Baseball #14
1989 Panini Stickers #66
1989 Score #575
1989 Topps #290
1989 Topps American Baseball #27
1989 Topps DoubleHeaders
1989 Topps/LJN Toys Baseball Talk #130
1989 Topps Mini Leaders #9
1989 Topps Sticker Cards #65
(Dwight Gooden on reverse)
1989 Topps Stickers #4
(uncut; Gary Carter on obverse)
1989 Topps Stickers #136

1989 Upper Deck #407
1989 Woolworth's Highlights #12

1990 Bowman #128
1990 Classic Blue #86
1990 Classic Pink #T19
1990 Donruss #14
(Diamond King)
1990 Donruss #124
1990 Donruss Diamond Kings Supers #14
1990 Donruss NL Best #92
1990 Fleer #419
1990 Fleer
box #C-7
1990 Fleer Canadian #419
1990 Fleer Update #U-35
1990 Kahn's Mets #31
1990 Leaf #356
1990 Panini Stickers #244
1990 Publications International Hottest Players Stickers
1990 Publications International Stickers
(action and portrait)
1990 Score #273
1990 Score Rookie & Traded #15T
1990 Simon and Schuster Little Big Leaguers
1990 Sportflics #138

1990 Topps #120
1990 Topps Big #264
1990 Topps Heads Up #11
1990 Topps Mini Leaders #54
1990 Topps Traded #32T
1990 Upper Deck #139b
(with copyright)
1990 Upper Deck #709
1990 US Playing Card Company All-Stars
(seven of hearts)

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1991 Fleer

1991 Baseball Cards Magazine #5
1991 Bowman #475
1991 Classic Blue #T65
1991 Classic Purple #125
1991 Donruss #322
1991 Fleer #147
1991 Fleer #712
(Super Star Specials; "Top Game Savers")
1991 Fleer Ultra #217
1991 Kahn's Mets #31
1991 Leaf #437
1991 Nobody Beats the Wiz Mets #126
1991 Panini Stickers #87
1991 Score #14
1991 Score Superstars #29
1991 Topps #407
(All-Star)
1991 Topps #510
1991 Topps Micro #407
(All-Star)
1991 Topps Micro # 510
~1991 unnamed, unnumbered 1" x 2" card
1991 Upper Deck #290

1992 Score Superstars

1993 Bowman

1994 Topps Stadium Club
Golden Rainbow

1995  Topps Stadium Club
Members Only

1992 Baseball Cards Magazine #BBC 56
1992 Bowman #546
1992 Donruss #186
1992 Donruss Triple Play #182
1992 Fleer #504
1992 Fleer Ultra #529
1992 Kahn's Mets #31
1992 Leaf #174
1992 Leaf Studio #64
1992 O-Pee-Chee Premier #73
1992 Pinnacle #64
1992 Score #605
1992 Score Superstars #57
1992 Topps #690
1992 Topps Gold Winners #690
1992 Topps Kids #13
1992 Topps Micro #690
1992 Topps Stadium Club #565
1992 Upper Deck #514
1992 Upper Deck #514
(gold hologram)

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1993 Score Select

1993 Bowman #298
1993 Donruss #146
1993 Fleer #471
1993 Fleer Ultra #73
1993 Kahn's Mets #31
1993 Leaf #112
1993 Leaf Studio #70
1993 Leaf Triple Play #90
1993 O-Pee-Chee #68
1993 Pacific #197
1993 Pinnacle #216
1993 Pinnacle #310
(Hometown Heroes)
1993 Score #139
1993 Score Select #167
1993 Score Select Stars #11
(Dufex)
1993 Topps #25
1993 Topps (blank back)
1993 Topps Micro #25
1993 Topps Stadium Club #316
1993 Upper Deck #321

1994 Fleer Extra Bases

1994 Bowman #184
1994 Donruss #98
1994 Fleer #561
1994 Fleer Extra Bases #316
1994 Fleer Flair #196
1994 Leaf #144
1994 O-Pee-Chee #256
1994 Pinnacle #368
1994 Pinnacle Museum Collection #368
1994 Score #122
1994 Topps #481
1994 Topps Finest #170
1994 Topps Gold #481
1994 Topps Stadium Club #339

1994 Topps Stadium Club Golden Rainbow #339

1994 Upper Deck #323
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #414
1994 Upper Deck Collector's Choice Silver Signature #414

1995 Bazooka #48
1995 Donruss #346
1995 Donruss Top of the Order
1995 Fleer #368
1995 Fleer Flair #383
1995 Fleer Ultra #411
1995 Fleer Ultra League Leaders #10
1995 Kahn's Mets #31
1995 Leaf #225
1995 Pacific Crown Collection #280
1995 Pinnacle #402
1995 Score #457
1995 Score Gold Rush #457
1995 Topps #280
1995 Topps #394
(All-Stars)
1995 Topps Finest #131
1995 Topps Spectralight Cyberstats #152
1995 Topps Stadium Club #189
1995 Topps Stadium Club Members Only #15
1995 Topps Stadium Club Virtual Reality #98
1995 Upper Deck #122
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #329
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice Silver Signature #329
1995 Upper Deck Collector's Choice Special Edition #151

1996 Stadium Club
Extreme Players Gold

1997 Topps Finest Silver

1998 Skybox Circa Thunder

1999 Upper Deck

1996 Donruss #128
1996 Fleer #478
1996 Fleer Flair #318
1996 Fleer/Skybox Circa #155
1996 Fleer/Skybox E-XL #230
1996 Fleer Tiffany #478
1996 Fleer Ultra #511
1996 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion #511
1996 Kahn's Mets #31
1996 Leaf Signature Series Bronze
(autographed)
1996 Pacific Crown Collection #134
1996 Pacific Prisms #P-47
1996 Score #290
1996 Topps #155
1996 Topps Stadium Club #114
1996 Topps Stadium Club Extreme Players Gold
1996 Topps Stadium Club Members Only Parallel #114
1996 Topps Stadium Club Members Only Parallel #266
(Team TSC)
1996 Upper Deck #400
1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #220

1997 Fleer #394
1997 Fleer/Skybox Circa #281
1997 Fleer/Skybox Metal Universe #192
1997 Fleer Ultra #237
1997 Fleer Ultra Gold Medallion #G237
1997 Pacific Crown Collection #363
1997 Topps #227
1997 Topps Finest #288
(silver)
1997 Topps Gallery #35
1997 Topps Stadium Club #373
1997 Topps Stadium Club Members Only #373
1997 Upper Deck #119
1997 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #171
1997 Upper Deck SP #121

1998 Pinnacle Snapshots

1998 Donruss Signature Series (autographed)
1998 Fleer Tradition #188
1998 Fleer Ultra #276
1998 Pacific Aurora #163
1998 Pacific Crown Collection #364
1998 Pacific Invincible #120
1998 Pacific Paramount #202
1998 Pinnacle Snapshots Mets #11
1998 Skybox Circa Thunder #231
1998 Topps #306
1998 Topps Chrome #306
1998 Topps Finest #229
1998 Topps Finest No-Protectors #229
1998 Topps Opening Day #133
1998 Topps Stadium Club #5
1998 Upper Deck #164
1998 Upper Deck Collector's Choice #173
1998 Upper Deck SP Authentic #133
1998 Upper Deck SPx Finite #103
(0221/9000)
1998 Upper Deck SPx Finite Radiance #103
(0300/4500)
1998 Upper Deck SPx Finite Spectrum #103
(2087/2250)
1998 Upper Deck 10th Anniversary Preview Retail #12

1999 Fleer Tradition #416
1999 Fleer Tradition Millennium #416
1999 Pacific #276
1999 Pacific Crown Collection #179
1999 Skybox Metal Universe #8
1999 Skybox Premium #28
1999 Topps #275
1999 Topps Stadium Club #22
1999 Upper Deck #146

2000 Topps Chrome Refractors

2001 MLB Showdown
Pennant Run

2002 Upper Deck

2003 Upper Deck 40 Man

2005 MLB Showdown
Trading Deadline

2000 Fleer Tradition #313
2000 Fleer Tradition Glossy #313
2000 MLB Showdown Pennant Run 1st Edition #088
2000 MLB Showdown Pennant Run Strategy #S20
("Put Out the Fire")
2000 Newark Star-Ledger
2000 Pacific #277
2000 Pacific Ruby #277
2000 Skybox Dominion #31
2000 Topps #292
2000 Topps #473
(20th Century's Best)
2000 Topps Chrome #473, #474
(20th Century's Best)
2000 Topps Chrome Refractors #292
2000 Topps Chrome Refractors #473, #474
(20th Century's Best)
2000 Topps Limited Edition #292
2000 Topps Subway Series #22, #55, #61
2000 Upper Deck Subway Series #NY25

2001 Bowman Heritage #104
2001 MLB Showdown Pennant Run #096
2001 Pacific #268
2001 Palm Beach Post #45
2001 Topps #70
2001 Topps Chrome #52
2001 Topps Limited Edition #70
2001 Topps Opening Day #26
2001
Upper Deck Subway Series #SS-JF (game-used jersey)

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2002 Fleer All-Amazin' Team

2002 Fleer #85
2002 Fleer Mets 40th Anniversary All-Amazin' Team #13
2002 Marc S. Levine Mets Photocards #45 (3¾ x 5½)
2002 MLB Showdown #216
2002 Topps #182
2002 Topps Heritage #115
2002 Topps Total #35
2002 Upper Deck #393
2002 Upper Deck 40 Man Electric #811
2002
Upper Deck World Series Heroes Classic World Series Matchups #MU00E (game-worn jersey)

2003 Choice Norfolk Tides #07
2003 Topps #498
2003 Topps Gold #498 (0914/2003)
2003 Topps Total #372
2003 Topps Total Silver #372
2003 Upper Deck 40 Man #616

2004 Topps Total #31
2004 Upper Deck SP Authentic #159
(All-Star Moments; 374/999)
2004 Upper Deck SP Authentic #159
(All-Star Moments; 003/199)

2005 MLB Showdown Trading Deadline #111
2005 Topps Total #595
(with Fernando Nieve)

2006 Hero Decks Mets Heroes (king of hearts)

2013 Hero Decks Mets Heroes (king of hearts)
2013 Panini Hometown Heroes #32

2016 Topps Archives #218

Other John Franco memorabilia in my collection: 

1988 Topps Coins #41
1989 Topps Coins #12
1991 Mets
pocket schedule
1991 Starting Lineup
figure

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