More John Olerud Rookie Cards

I was hoping to get through all of Olerud’s rookies in this post, but I forgot about all the Broder/Magazine issues, so I’m going to save them for the next entry. For now, let’s look at the rest of the major company’s releases from 1990…

1990 Score Rising Stars

I believe these came with an album back in the day, but I never bothered to purchase it, just getting the card instead. As for how I feel on the card…eh. It was good to get an action shot of Olerud in 1990 when they were pretty few and far between, but this isn’t the best action shot in the world. I mean, you can barely see his face. So, meh.

1990 Score Young Superstars

Now that’s what I’m talking about. I don’t like this design at all, but that’s one hell of a photo, and I had never seen it until earlier this year. That’s right, I wasn’t even aware this card existed for, what, 20 years? I was pretty stoked to come across it, and even with the butt-ugly design, it’s one of my favorites.

1990 Topps Traded

It’s impossible to tell, but that’s actually a scan of a Topps Traded Tiffany card. Back when this came out, in our neighborhood at least, Tiffany was a distant dream. I certainly never saw one until much, much later. And I’m a bit mixed that my only Olerud Tiffany card is this one, because, well, it’s 1990 Topps, which is synonymous with butt-ugly. The photograph isn’t even that great. I was pretty underwhelmed then, and still am.

1990 Topps 1989 Debut

This is a weird one. I kind of like it, but again, 1990 Topps design. It’s just kind of…there. It did serve as a better Topps rookie card for Olerud, I think. Maybe it’s because the colors are a little more muted? I don’t know. But the photograph, again, kind of bland.

1990 Upper Deck

Last but certainly not least, my favorite Olerud rookie. Technically, yes, it’s not that great a card – it’s posed, there’s nothing else going on…but there’s something about the simplicity of the photograph paired with the simplicity of the design that caught my eye back then and still does to this day. It’s also cool to see Olerud wearing a hat rather than a helmet (something that perturbed me about him through his entire career).

Anyway, that covers the major releases. Stay tuned for Broder/Magazine/etc, and then we’ll delve into 1991…


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