Sunday, January 15, 2012
The Gems of Junk Wax, Pt. 12: 1991 Topps #760 Benito Santiago
Someone at Topps must have specialized in taking great shots of catchers in the early '90s.
1991 Topps has a previous "Gems of Junk Wax" appearance, also picturing a catcher.
Benito Santiago (or "Benny" on this card) was a solid major league catcher during his career. He played for nine different franchises from 1986 to 2005. He'd win the Rookie of the Year in 1987. During his career, he was also elected to five All-Star games and won three Gold Gloves.
This 1991 Topps card is no doubt his finest baseball card. Something about those "over the top" action shots instantly make any card way better. (Like this one.)
Had Topps just taken this shot from ground level, it would've been the same catcher's action shot we've seen a zillion times before. But Topps added a new dimension to it by getting a photo from above field level. And it looks like they even chalked the batter's boxes specifically for this picture!
I'm starting to like 1991 Topps more and more after doing a couple of these posts.