In the spirit of today's All-Star Game, our own all-star analysts offer a glimpse at their best-performing stocks over the past few years.

It's a beautiful day for baseball, so let's skip the pre-game show and get right to the selections.

Best small cap
Marvel Enterprises (NYSE:MVL) is up 467% since my Motley Fool Stock Advisor recommendation in July 2002. The funny thing was that the big Spider-Man movie had already hit that summer, and the stock was selling off in the face of those big-time box office numbers. You know, one of those "buy on the rumor, sell on the news" situations.

But Marvel went on to surprise the investment world not just by bouncing back so well after a bankruptcy, but by sustaining its success at cranking out superhero movies, which many people called a passing fad. Four years later, X-Men 3 has just proved itself another big box-office hit, and Spider-Man 3 and many others are waiting in the wings over the next couple of years. The stock's done well, too, and I'm still holding.

Best Rule Breaker
I recommended Archipelago Holdings in the February 2005 issue of Rule Breakers. Now it's up 224% a year and a half later ... and trading as NYSE Group (NYSE:NYX). The New York Stock Exchange recognized that its rules were being broken and bought up this quintessential Rule Breaker, which was enabling electronic trading of all stocks (NYSE stocks among them) via the Internet.

Best blue chip
FedEx (NYSE:FDX), another Stock Advisor pick, is up 98% for me since February 2003, vs. a gain in the S&P 500 over the same period of 34%. I really love FedEx. Oh, wait, does my 154% gain in Disney since April 2003 count, or is that cheating, since those are actually my Pixar shares that got acquired and subsumed into Disney earlier this year? A great way to buy blue chips -- at a discount -- is to find the companies breaking the rules prior to getting bought out at a premium (like PayPal or LendingTree).

Best mutual fund

Best ETF
My only ETF is PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy, a Rule Breakers pick, and I'm down 9% on it. This ETF enables you to buy a basket of alternative energy companies, which I like over the next decade, even if the market hasn't made me like them very much over the past two months.

Best turnaround
It still has to be Martha Stewart Living (NYSE:MSO), which I recommended in November 2002 at a cost of $6.03, then sold in June 2004 for a 67% gain. I'm proud of this because Mark Hulbert wrote an article that said that of the entire universe of investment publications he follows, Motley Fool Stock Advisor at the time was the only one that actually recommended Martha long. So I'm patting myself on the back for that one. That said, let me now close by punching myself in the mouth for selling at $9. The stock was touching $35 -- thirty-freaking-five! -- less than a year later.

Wild card
I've talked about enough growth stocks. I think PetSmart (NASDAQ:PETM), a present Stock Advisor recommendation of mine that is underwater, makes for a nice timely buy-to-hold today. It's a leader in its industry, its industry is a vital one, and I don't think this boutique shopping experience gets too hurt by Wal-Mart. I like the management.

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David Gardner is co-founder of The Motley Fool. He is also a lead analyst for the Motley Fool Stock Advisor and Rule Breakers newsletter services. He owns shares in Marvel, FedEx, PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy, and PetSmart. NYSE Group and PowerShares WilderHill Clean Energy are Rule Breakers picks. Wal-Mart is a Motley Fool Inside Value pick. The Fool has an ironclad disclosure policy.