(Weekends have been hectic as of late for me, causing a lengthy delay of these frankenset posts as a result. But I'm happy to report that the theme is making its grand return this afternoon with a new page of nine dime box heroes. Enjoy!)
Page #10 (Numbers 82-90):
Completion Status: 9/9
Numbers Needed: None.
1992 Stadium Club #82 Jeff Treadway
Action amidst a cloud of dust at Wrigley.
2015 Topps Update #US-83 Nelson Cruz AS
Although I'm very much anti-selfie, this card is kinda fun.
1988 Score #84 Tom Herr
Turning two on Score's inaugural design.
2015 Gypsy Queen #85 Jon Singleton
Best. Throwbacks. Ever.
1992 Score #86 Jose Lind
Jose Lind and his...sword?
1993 UD Fun Pack #87 Brett Butler
If Paul Bunyan played baseball.
1991 ProCards #88 Otis Green
And somewhere men are laughing, and somewhere children shout / But there is no joy in Mudville -- mighty Casey has struck out.
1992 Leaf #89 Mike Greenwell
Celebrating at home plate (with a batboy cameo!).
2012 Topps #90 Adron Chambers
Are you not entertained?
Cards By Decade:
1980's -- 1 (Running total: 8)
1990's -- 5 (Running total: 47)
2010's -- 3 (Running total: 21)
Throwbacks -- 2 (Running total: 11)
Double Dips -- 1 (Running total: 16)
Cards with Kids -- 1 (Running total: 5)
Behind the Camera -- 1 (Running total: 2)
Tough to beat appearances from Mike Trout and Albert Pujols on the same card.
This Magic Moment
Double play shots are my main targets for date trackers, and I'm going to guess and say this particular twin killing comes from a Giants-Cardinals game at Candlestick on May 13, 1987.
The Cards turned a 5-4-3 double play in the bottom of the fourth in that contest, with Tom Herr forcing Will Clark at second (the runner certainly looks like Will the Thrill) before firing to first to get Bob Melvin, thus completing the double dip.
The Cardinals would win that afternoon in a nail-biter, 7-6.
Kick Out the Jams
A song applicable to both this card and my collection as a whole.
Lessons in Card Backs
Somehow it seems fitting that Jose Lind's favorite movie is Beetlejuice (Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice).
Best of the Rest
1994 Upper Deck Minors #88 Tyler Houston
Look fast and you might miss the point-of-impact shot of poor Tyler Houston getting nailed in the sternum by a stray foul ball.
1970 Topps #89 Juan Rios
Batboy cameos are always a treat, but Greenwell and Co. didn't have a prayer of taking down Juan Rios's vintage bat-rack shot from the Inaugural Frankenset -- quite possibly the best card ever granted to a guy with exactly one year of big-league experience (87 games with the '69 Royals).
1997 Upper Deck #88 Mike Macfarlane
The Macfarlane is about as action-packed of a PATP as you'll ever find (flying catcher's mask!), but cards with nods to classic poetry aren't exactly common, which has me feeling like I left mighty Otis Green out to dry in Mudville.
I can honestly say that this is the only card I've ever seen with a gosh-darn sword on it, and it's infinitely hard to believe that one even exists in the first place -- as is the often underrated and off-kilter joy of early '90s Studio.
That's another frankenset page in the books.
Thanks for reading!