MLBPLAYERS.com: What were those cards like, and whom did you get?
Giles: I got a Dave Winfield one. I forget. I might have them somewhere in storage. I should. They'd be collector items.
MLBPLAYERS.com: How old were you when you started collecting?
Giles: I was 6 or 7, maybe. Your parents had to buy the Twinkies.
MLBPLAYERS.com: So Mrs. Giles didn't mind her boys being Twinkie junkies?
Giles: No, because you got baseball cards. That was part of the sell. We used to get them all the time.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Who else did you get?
Giles: Gimme some names that played with like Winfield in San Diego, because I think it was all San Diego players.
(Editor's note: Here Trevor Hoffman, another Southern California guy, wandered into the baseball card collecting conversation.)
Giles: You remember that? Remember when Twinkies and Ding Dongs -- Hostess products -- would have baseball cards on the back and you'd cut them out? I think it was just the Padres they had.
Hoffman: It was the bottom of the box. I think it was regional, so we had the Angels, Nolan (Ryan) and Bobby Grich.
Giles: Gene Richards? Did he play back then? I can't remember -- I know Winfield.
Hoffman: Fred Kendall?
MLBPLAYERS.com: Did you put cards in your bike spokes to make noise?
Giles: I wasn't big into that, making noise. I kept them in pretty good condition.
MLBPLAYERS.com: When did you first appear on a card and what was it like?
Giles: 1989, right? I want to say they did not do a very good job on it. It looked like I had fire burn all over my face. Maybe I did. Maybe I tanned too much. You never know.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Do you have a favorite card?
Giles: I don't know. There's so many of them, I really don't know. I don't know if I have a favorite.
MLBPLAYERS.com: Which one do you sign the most?
Giles: It varies year to year. You know what? Pirates cards come out a lot.
-- Red Line Editorial