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1994 Bowman’s Best #1

This time, let’s wander a bit afield of the 80s and even the early 90s as we start to get into the incredible mid-90s Expos teams and a pretty cool little set, 1994 Bowman’s Best.

Of course, as with all chrome/refractors, scanning is a bit of a tricky process, so I’ve done the best I can to clean up these scans.

There are two designs in the set, this red for veterans and “super rookies” (whatever those are) and blue for prospects. The design is very…odd, I’ll give you that, with lots of jagged angles and conflicting textures, but I like the artiness of it all.

While Alou was a big part of the team in 1994, Andrews wasn’t yet, and would never quite be a big part of the team. Despite that, I think this is a cool little card. The blue jersey works really well with the overall theme of the card, even if it wasn’t intentional.

It was so weird to open this set and see Eischen as a prospect. It’s hard to believe there may have been a time that was true, given how long he hung on with the club. Nice little nod to the guy.

See, here’s what I mean about the super rookie designation. Floyd should have technically gotten a blue card here, but they went with that. I don’t know, I think I would have preferred the blue.

The player choices for this set were a little odd, I have to say. We’ll see more of that when I present part 2 tomorrow. They covered most of the key players, I suppose, but there are a couple of glaring omissions. Still, I’m glad to have the set; I always kind of admired it from afar.

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Trade with BA Benny

I’ve been in the process of cleaning up and streamlining my baseball card collection thanks to a post by Gellman at Sports Card Uncensored (whose site I love, just by the way) about hoarding versus collecting, so I’ve been participating in lots of trades to turn perfectly good but perhaps unwanted cards into cards that fit my collecting habits. So I offered Mike from BA Benny’s Baseball Card Buffet a trade. I sent his cards off the other day, and yesterday a package arrived from him. Yay! I love a good trade. Let’s take a look at what he sent…

1992 Topps Kids

I had completely forgotten about the existence of this set. Now I have to see how many of these have Expos on them and get them to round out the set!

1992 Topps Gold Winner

This is my first Topps Gold Winner Expo. I’ve been wanting to complete the regular gold team set for awhile, so this gives me a head start on the winner version.

1994 Flair

If you’ve been a long-time reader of this blog, you’ll know I’m a total sucker for Flair. From the quality of the card stock to the high-gloss photos, it’s one of my all-time favorites, so getting one I didn’t have was a real treat.

1996 Pinnacle Summit

Mid-90s Pinnacle is some great stuff, and oddly enough, 1995-1998 are the biggest gap in my collection, so it’s always good to get this stuff.

1995 Topps

Speaking of which…I had no idea Moose Milligan was ever an Expo. How did I miss that? I guess that shows how into baseball I was in 94/95.

2009 Topps 206

This is my first Topps 206 card, and I have to say, I really like it! This is another team set I may end up pursuing.

2010 Upper Deck

Upper Deck did such a good job of disguising Ian that I didn’t even recognize him at first. It took me a minute, that’s for sure. Still not feeling the 2010 Upper Deck set, but I will eventually pick up the team set. Maybe sooner rather than later.

2002 E-X Game Essentials

I love the EX set and it’s awesome to get a GU from it. This one really meant a lot to me. And finally…

2007 Topps Update Highlights

An Austin Kearns auto! I wasn’t expecting this one at all. Thanks a lot, Mike, and I hope you enjoy the cards I sent your way!

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Finds From The National Part 4: Random Expos of the 1990s

Okay, definitely not going to cover every little 90s and 00s Expos card I found; it would take more posts than I’m willing to dedicate to such a topic.

1993 Upper Deck Masterpieces

I found a set of 93 Upper Deck Masterpieces for a dollar, so I went ahead and picked it up. At that price, I think I’m going to break it and send out the non-Expos cards in trades. Honestly, I was expecting a little more than the ultimate emblem of the early 90s infatuation with holograms. I didn’t like it then and I really don’t like it now.

1995 Studio Gold

Someone had a huge box of these for a quarter apiece, so I picked up this and the Marquis Grissom from the set. I actually like the credit card design, as crazy as it is. At least it shows some creativity and stands out from the other issues at the time.

1995 Topps Cyber Stats

This came from the same dealer with the Studio Gold. I picked up every Expo that he had; I love the concept of these cards, and wish someone had archived the stats on these somewhere.

1996 Finest Intimidators

I believe this one cost me 50 cents, and I had to remove the protective sticker. Every time I see those I get annoyed – cards are meant to be seen and touched, and I’ve made it my personal mission to remove those.

1997 Flair Showcase Style

Not much to say about this one. Just another Flair issue that I appreciate.

1997 Upper Deck

Man that thing was almost impossible to make visible on a scan. You wouldn’t believe the tweaking I had to do. But hey, giant double-flapped helmet? I’m down.

1998 Bowman Chrome

I had never even heard of this guy, and I bought a couple of boxes of 1998 Bowman. He’ll get a failed prospect soon.

1998 Bowman's Best

Man, Fullmer was considered a hot prospect once upon a time. Kind of sad.

Anyway, that covers Expos of the 90s. We’ll look into some non-Expos cards next.

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1996 Topps #1

1996 was Alou's last season with the Expos; he had a 107 OPS+.

1996 was Alou's last season with the Expos; he had a 107 OPS+.

Barrett hit .238 in Single A in 1996.

Barrett hit .238 in Single A in 1996.

Berry moved to Houston in 1996.

Berry moved to Houston in 1996.

Cordero was with Boston in 1996.

Cordero was with Boston in 1996.

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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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1992 Fleer Ultra Day 1

Grabbed this team set off of eBay last week.

Moises broke out for a 121 OPS+ in 1992.

Moises broke out for a 121 OPS+ in 1992.

Bret only had an 83 OPS+ in 1992.

Bret only had an 83 OPS+ in 1992.

Calderon had a 111 OPS+ in 1992.

Calderon had a 111 OPS+ in 1992.

1992 was Gary's lats season in the majors.

1992 was Gary's last season in the majors.

Cianfrocco had a combined 84 OPS+ for Montreal and San Diego in 1992.

Cianfrocco had a combined 84 OPS+ for Montreal and San Diego in 1992.

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A Mess of Moises Alou

1997 Stadium Club

1997 Stadium Club

1995 Leaf
1995 Leaf
1994 Leaf

1994 Leaf

1993 Bowman

1993 Bowman

 

1993 Bowman Foil

1993 Bowman Foil

1995 Pinnacle

1995 Pinnacle

1995 Fleer

1995 Fleer

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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: An Ongoing Saga

I’m going to take this set nice and slow, spreading it out. I scanned both the fronts of the cards and the relevant photography from the back, so this is meant as more of a photo essay than a real commentary piece.

AlouA

AlouB

Alvarez

BarnesA

BarnesB

BolickA

Bolickb

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Sportflix (and similar cards)

Remember these things? I would get them from relatives who knew I collected and they drove me crazy. They barely worked, and I hated the lenticular surface. Here’s the earliest example I have of one in my collection, Hubie Brooks from 1987 (all of these come courtesy of Jason):

Brooks Sportflics

Ugly as sin, right? How about this Moises Alou beaut:

Alou Flics

Or Gabe White’s 1995 Sportflix? This one actually isn’t too bad.

GWhite Flics

And Rondell White’s 1995…

White Flics

Conclusion: they seem to have gotten better as the years went on, but I still find them kind of distasteful. Not sure why. But it is neat to have them in my collection.

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