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1994 Bowman’s Best #2

Man, Fullmer was all OVER the Expos team sets at this period. He was supposed to be a superstar. In 1994 he was just a second-round draft choice, completely unproven, but he would live up to his advance billing at Albany in 95, but we’ll get to Fullmer in the future.

At least they got Marquis Grissom in this set. I was going to criticize the lack of Delino DeShields, but he was with the Dodgers by the time this set was released, so perhaps the set was not as incomplete as I thought. Random stat: Grissom led the majors in PA in 1994 with 521.

Rod only appeared in three games in the majors in 1994, and wouldn’t be back until 1998, when he pitched two games for the Brewers then was exiled from the majors altogether. I remember him being kind of a big deal that just never panned out.

I just loathe talking about Urbina. Murderer. Enough said.

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Receiving Cards From a Moos

Tim from the Great Sports Name Hall of Fame recently contacted me about a trade, and, being open to all manner of trade right now, I figured yes, let’s do it. I received the cards from him on Saturday and was very pleased!

1992 Topps Kids

Remember how I got that Denny Martinez Topps Kids card in another trade recently? Well, Moos sent two cards from the set, and I found a Delino DeShields. I suspect I may have the complete team set now, but I’ll need to research it. How is it that these feel fun to me now while the Triple Play cards feel so juvenile? I don’t know.

1993 Baseball Aces

Here’s another parallel. Remember the 92 Aces Denny Martinez from the Mysterious Box of Mystery? Well here’s a 1993 version of that same set, with Marquis Grissom. Moos included a few of these, too. It’s always good to get cards from sets you’ve never had before. Speaking of which…

1998 Collector's Choice

I had no idea Collector’s Choice made it to 1998. Was the set that popular? Back when it was first out, I thought it would last maybe a year or two and fade away. You can imagine how surprised I was to see this card. But hey, it’s another team set I had no idea about, so it gives me another target!

1995 Pinnacle Zenith

Moos included a lot of those tasty Mid-90s cards that I either had no idea existed or are just rare in my collection. It was great to fill my collection with some cards like these:

1996 Upper Deck

1997 Upper Deck Rookie Class

Let’s just say I’m starting my fourth binder of Senators/Nationals/Expos cards thanks to this package. But let’s take a look at the real gems of this trade:

1970 Topps

If you read regularly, you know I welcome any and all 1970 Topps, so it was a real treat to get one I didn’t have. I also got another one that I already have but am quite happy to add for that day when I finally decide to go after that 1970 set. But the real gem of this trade was something I had never seen in person:

1971 Topps Coin

That is sheer awesomeness. Why is it that I don’t care for the 80s versions of these at all, but the 70s versions absolutely fascinate me? Is it the age of them? I don’t know. I suspect it might have something to do with being interested in all those failed experiments that Topps did in the 60s and 70s, but I’m not sure. Either way, this is one I’ll treasure. Thanks a lot, Moos! Your cards are going out tonight.

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Contents of the Mysterious Box of Mystery, Act I

So the other day I posted a shot of the box that my friend Robbi sent to me. I’ve finally had some time to sit down and sift through the box, sorting out the Expos and Olerud cards that I want, along with some trade bait and the…other…stuff that I want to show here. This box originally belonged to a dear friend of mine who was like a brother to me. He passed away at a tragically young age in 2007, and his widow has had this box kicking around ever since then. She thought it would be more fitting for me to have it, so she sent it my way. And I know just what to do with it.

1992 Leaf Marquis Grissom

As I expected, the box was full of junk wax – beautiful, glorious junk wax. Monetarily, sure, it’s worthless, but the funny thing is my collection is oddly devoid of junk wax. The bulk of my collection is from the mid-00s, and I always had trouble with paying money for junk wax cards, so I kind of rely on trades and “donations” to fill in these gaps in my collection, which means there were a lot of cards I didn’t have, like the Grissom above and the Colbrunn, below. There were also a few John Olerud cards, but nothing that I didn’t have already.

1991 Bowman Greg Colbrunn

I was born in 1976, so I decided to start collecting the 76 set a few years back. I’m still WAY short of the set, but the box contained two 76 cards I didn’t have, including this beauty. Just feast your eyes upon the maximum 70s contained herein. The pornstache. The glasses that swallow his entire face. I just…I just shed a tear.

1976 Topps Bob Coluccio

I’ll cover a lot more of the junk wax-era stuff later, but for now I want to take a look at some of the other stuff in the box. You see, Jeremy was a football collector and a non-sports collector, and some of this stuff is just incredible. I’d never seen it before. Like this Peanuts All-Star Sally card (one of two Peanuts All-Star cards in the box):

I believe these were from Hostess.

There were also TONS of 1990 NFL Pro Set cards. Man, I had a ton of these back in the day, but the whole trend of non-numbered, supposedly rare cards in the Pro Set…sets…started with the Santa Claus phenomenon and reached its logical conclusion in a super hero specifically created by the NFL and Marvel…SUPERPRO! Boy did this card bring back memories.

YES

He also had some wrestling cards from the mid-90s that I didn’t even realize existed, but man, was it a trip. Presented last, but certainly not least, in this edition, I give you Paul Bearer. What a face.

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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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Expos Auto: Marquis Grissom

1994 Upper Deck SP

1994 Upper Deck SP

This is one of my favorite autographs in my collection. I know getting a Grissom is tough in the first place, which adds some prestige to it. I also like the card, and the autograph just looks sweet with that picture. Good stuff.

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1992 Fleer Ultra Day 2

On we go…

Jeff had a 122 ERA+ in 1992.

Jeff had a 122 ERA+ in 1992.

Fletcher had a 77 OPS+ in 1992.

Fletcher had a 77 OPS+ in 1992.

Grissom had a 110 OPS+ in 1992.

Grissom had a 110 OPS+ in 1992.

Haney was traded to KC in the middle of 92.

Haney was traded to KC in the middle of 92.

Ken had a 129 ERA+ for the Expos in 1992.

Ken had a 129 ERA+ for the Expos in 1992.

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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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More 1993 Upper Deck

GardinerA

GardinerB

GardnerA

GardnerB

GrissomA

GrissomB

HillA

HillB

JonesA

JonesB

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A Plethora of Flair

Picked up a bunch of 1993 and 1994 Flair last week. I’ve always loved these years for the series, so I thought I’d just show my haul…

Darrin Fletcher 1994 Flair

Darrin Fletcher 1994 Flair

Cliff Floyd 1994 Flair

Cliff Floyd 1994 Flair

Marquis Grissom 1994 Flair

Marquis Grissom 1994 Flair

Mike Lansing 1993 Flair

Mike Lansing 1993 Flair

Larry Walker 1993 Flair

Larry Walker 1993 Flair

Rondell White Flair Wave of the Future

Rondell White Flair Wave of the Future

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1990 Topps Magazine

Just a little quick-hit set here…two cards.

 

Grissom Walker

Larry and Marquis – two of the three key rookies from that 1990 team. Kind of simple pictures, but I give it a pass since this was a magazine insert set. And I love the old school design.

Raines

And Tim. Not much to really say about this one – decent picture, love the design. Just wanted to get these out there. I think they’re interesting.

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