Sunday, August 27, 2017

Frankenset Redux, Page 10: Numbers 82-90

(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.

The Players

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)

Mini-collection Hits:

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)

Best Cameo(s)

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.

Toughest Draw

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).

Second Guessing

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.

Favorite Card

I mean, it has to be...right?

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!


Mike said...

That Lind is one of the oddest cards I've seen!!

Fuji said...

Never thought I'd see a sword featured on a baseball card. But if you told me there was one... I would have guess Studio.

Matt said...

One of my favorite things about the Nelson Cruz card is that Hector Santiago's AS card shows him posing with teammates Trout and Pujols. That's Santiago hidden behind Cruz, and their card photographs are obviously taken around the same time. You can almost picture Cruz hanging around during the shot then saying "Hold up guys, I want to get in on this!"