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1994 Upper Deck SP

Man, I loved this set back in the day.

Alou had a 153 OPS+ in 1994.

Alou had a 153 OPS+ in 1994.

Cordero was an All-Star in 1994. Check out that Marlins uniform!

Cordero was an All-Star in 1994. Check out that Marlins uniform!

DeShields was with the Dodgers in 1994.

DeShields was with the Dodgers in 1994.

Fletcher was an All-Star in 94. What a great shot!

Fletcher was an All-Star in 94. What a great shot!

Hill finished second in 1994 Cy Young voting.

Hill finished second in 1994 Cy Young voting.

Walker finished 11th in MVP voting in 1994. Another great shot.

Walker finished 11th in MVP voting in 1994. Another great shot.

Wetteland had 25 saves in 1994.

Wetteland had 25 saves in 1994.

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Larry Walker Rookies

In the vein of my Randy Johnson rookie review, here are most of Walker’s rookie cards.

1990 Bowman

1990 Bowman. Spring training shot; the only one with this terrible mustache. Glad he gave up on that.

1990 Fleer

1990 Fleer. Can anyone identify that stadium? Kind of looks like the old Vet.

 

1990 Leaf

1990 Leaf. Spring training shot. LOVE this card, always have, always will.

1990 Score

1990 Score. Guessing this is also a Spring Training shot, as it's too light to be the dome.

1990 Topps 1989 MLB Debut

1990 Topps 1989 MLB Debut. That stadium looks vaguely familiar...maybe Candlestick?

1990 Upper Deck

1990 Upper Deck. Another stadium that looks familiar, but I can't quite place it.

1990 Upper Deck Rookie Threats

1990 Upper Deck Rookie Threats. FINALLY an easily identifiable stadium: Atlanta's Fulton County stadium. And no, the Brave in the background did not clue me into that.

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Oddball Parade

Thought I’d show some of my oddballs…

1989 OPC Sticker

1989 OPC Sticker

1999 Private Stock Mini

1999 Private Stock Mini

1993 Diamond Marks

1993 Diamond Marks

2003 Bazooka Joe

2003 Bazooka Joe

1993 Diamond Marks

1993 Diamond Marks

  1995 Signature Rookies

1995 Signature Rookies

Panini Sticker

Panini Sticker

1994 Tombstone

1994 Tombstone

1986 Leaf

1986 Leaf

1989 Toys R Us Rookies

1989 Toys R Us Rookies

1989 K-mart

1989 K-mart

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1993 Upper Deck: The Finale

SpehrA

SpehrB

Team Shot

WalkerA

WalkerB

WettelandA

WettelandB

White

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Delino Deshields Rookies

Here’s a collection of Deshields cards from 1990…

1990 Donruss Rookies

1990 Donruss Rookies

1990 Fleer

1990 Fleer

1990 Score

1990 Score

1990 Fleer Update

1990 Fleer Update

1990 Upper Deck

1990 Upper Deck

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More 1993 Upper Deck

Why not?

 

CorderoA

CorderoB

 

DeshieldsADeshieldsB

FasseroA

FasseroB

FletcherA

FletcherB

DeShields Gammons

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Memory Lane #17: Delino Deshields 1990 Upper Deck

Deshields

I’ve written about the rush of the high numbers sets when Upper Deck were producing them (89-91, I believe); how they represented a sort of “expanded universe” of the baseball world for me. Seeing the new players, or the traded players in their new uniforms, as the season was winding down – it was like a little late summer pick-me-up. This card of Delino sort of encapsulates that. Of course I had seen his cards before, but never one with photography like this. This was the true revelation of the 1990 High Numbers set for me: the photography, and the color balance. I guess it’s because so many more pictures were taken in the Spring, with the sun laying differently in the sky, but it was that bright, crisp quality that was so rejuvenating, especially as we approached the Autumn. I would look at those cards more and more as the colder months approached, fantasizing about warmer times in warmer places.
 
And the truth is, a lot of these cards lived solely in my imagination. I imagined the scenario where DeShields was giving this signal – perhaps wanting to try to hit a curveball?
 
Oh, and this was the most normal shot of the guy to that point. He almost seemed human. And hey, check out the 90s shades on that guy behind him! That’s the first time I’ve noticed those. Wow. 

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Memory Lane #7: Delino DeShields 1988 O-Pee-Chee

Deshields 88 OPC

Now here’s a little treat. I try to ignore the hilarity of his hat, but man, that’s a tall order. Get it? Get it? Ugh. Anyway, this card definitely represents a little slice of my childhood that I had forgotten. Before I was a baseball card collector, I was a comic book collector. I frequented a small mom n pop comic shop in my hometown from 1986 or so to 1989, and they were there when I made that weird transition in 1988. Sometime in 1989, as I recall, I was weaning off of the things and more into the cards, and I saw the 1988 O-Pee-Chee set sitting on their shelves. I guess they had thought to try to get into the burgeoning card craze but weren’t quite sure how to do it. Either way, I saw this set, and decided to forego my comic buying that day in favor of the abbreviated 88 set.
 
Imagine my surprise when I found four 1988 cards that were not in the Topps Set: Derek Bell and Alex Sanchez, the Blue Jays’ 1987 top picks, and Nate Minchey and Delino Deshields, the picks for the Expos.  This was prospector heaven: “rookie cards” of players that I barely even knew existed in a set that no one else owned. I felt like I had rolled box cars in craps, and just had to wait for the value of these cards to roll in.
 
It even looked good when Bell and Deshields became legit prospects and then regular players, but alas, these cards are just footnotes now. I still like to look at them from time to time and remember that little cardboard rush. Oh, and wonder what’s under Deshields’ hat. 

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1990 Bowman #1/5

Boyd

1990 Bowman #102
Category:
Expos Lynchpin
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: Oil Can joined the Expos in the 1989 offseason as a free agent, and produced well in the 1990 season, putting up a 125 ERA+ in 190.2 IP. All that for $400,000 (the contract was backloaded and jumped up the following year, when he had a 104 ERA+). And, of course, Oil Can was fun to watch.
Rating: 5/10 – It’s Oil Can, of course, but I don’t know what to make of the 1990 Bowman set. The rainbow corners and spacious white borders frame some fairly mediocre Spring Training shots. Oh, and let’s not forget that every card in the set looks faded (they looked that way when they came out – I remember being annoyed about it), so what you’re looking at is a punched-up, color-corrected version of the actual card.

Burke

1990 Bowman #103
Category:
Expos Lynchpin
Position: RP
Bio/Summary: 1990 was a decent year for Tim Burke; he got 20 saves (which was still decent, especially on a lousy team) and had a 145 ERA+. The issue was that he had a 1.227 WHIP. It was the precusor to the end of his career, however, as he never saved more than six in a season afterwards and was gone by 1992.
Rating: 4/10 – Standard spring training shot. Bleh.
DennisMartinez
1990 Bowman #111
Category:
Expos Star
Position: SP
Bio/Summary: Oh man, do I remember Dennis’s Perfect Game; I didn’t remember Tom Browning doing it, but I saw the news when it happened. Of course, that was 1991, out of the scope of this set. 1990 was smack in the middle of a great run for El Presidente; he had a 124 ERA+ in 226 innings, yet only went 10-11 (remember, kids, this is why wins don’t matter) for the 85-77 Expos. He’s definitely an Expo I’d like to cover more.
Rating: 6/10 – At least there’s something interesting in the background, other than the tops of trees. Dennis looks pretty shiny, though.
Deshields
1990 Bowman #119
Category:
Expos Lynchpin
Position: 2B
Bio/Summary: I was sure Delino was going to turn into a huge star. While he did have a pretty good career, he never quite took off in the manner that I expected. But what did he do in 1990? He played in 129 games for his rookie season, going .289/.375/.393, for a 116 OPS+. Oh, he also stole 42 bases, though his rate was pretty bad. Hey, it was still good for second place in Rookie of the Year voting, behind Dave Justice (remember that guy?).
Rating: 3/10 – Oh man, I could just wipe the sweat off this card. And poor Delino. It was rare for him to have a good photo early in his career. I don’t know what it was – he wasn’t exactly ugly, but the photographs they took of him sure worked to create that impression. Oh, and made him look akward.

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Expos Star: Delino Deshields

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Delino Deshields
1992 Score #16
Category:
Expos Star
Position: 2B
Bio/Summary: I was always conflicted by old Delino. He was a funny-looking guy, to be sure, and a bit arrogant, but he seemed really cool with his dedication to the Negro leagues and the history of the game. It’s probably a wash. The guy also struck out at a prodigious rate and didn’t walk all that much for a “speed” player. Of course, he was the person that brought Pedro Martinez to Montreal (ouch, LA).
Did I Get it?: No clue. Might be a leftover from my old collection.
Did You Know?: Little detective work here. Okay, dredging the depths of my memory, this was taken at Candlestick park. He only played in two games at Candlestick park in 1991, July 29th and July 30th. He only reached base in the game on 7/30; he walked off of Trevor Wilson in the first inning, then stole second (probably what he’s doing in this picture) while Marquis Grissom was at the plate. So, how about that?
Card Rating: 6/10 – Love the action shot, but damn, I hate the design of 1992 Score. What an ugly design. Who thought that having a border take up so much of the card was a good idea?

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