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Baseball cards from Orlando


I have been sitting on this post for absolutely no reason other than laziness. I bought a handful of fifty-cent packs when I was in Orlando at the beginning of the month, and scanned a handful of them, even uploaded the scans, but just haven’t been motivated to post them. I have nothing else planned for today, so let’s see what I got…


First up is Eric Davis from the 1987 Fleer Star Stickers set. These cards are very similar to the 1986 set, but with a green border instead of maroon. Either way, the border clashes with the red jersey.


The 1988 Fleer Star Stickers went with a gray border sprinkled with colorful stars. This Don Mattingly is the best card I pulled from that pack.

Davis mini

Franco mini

Back to 1987, and a pair of Reds in a pack: the best centerfielder and the best relief pitcher of the second half of the decade. John Franco is criminally underrated.





I bought a couple of packs of 1990 Donruss. Don’t look at me like that. I did not have any Grand Slammers cards, and I wanted a couple. I pulled the Todd Benzinger from one pack, and Will Clark from another. If I had found another pack with Bo Jackson on top, I would have bought that one too.

Big Hurt

I did not know the 1992 Fleer “The Performer” cards came in packs of their own. I assumed they were inserts. In a five-card pack, I pulled Nolan Ryan and Frank Thomas. And probably some ‘roiders, I can’t remember now.

Griffey All-Star


Art cards will always be my weakness. I’m not sure why I picked up a pack of 1992 Score, but I was happy to pull these bad boys.



Also from the same 1992 Score pack.


There it is. I knew there had to be something cool showing on the top of a 1992 Score pack for me to buy it, even at only fifty cents. Jim Thome is the man.


Kirby Puckett from 1996 Pinnacle Denny’s. Not sure why I bought this one-card pack. Oh well, at least it’s a Hall of Famer.

Double Headers

Double Header

I have always wanted some Double Headers, but have never seen them in person. Vince Coleman is from 1990, while Wade Boggs and Andre Dawson are from 1989.



Think this candy is still good from 1991?


Finally, a couple of 1990 Baseball Buttons. I already have several of these, so I probably shouldn’t have bought them, but it was only fifty cents.

The best Blue Jays outside of Cooperstown

When I think of the Blue Jays, I think of their awesome 1980s uniforms in contrast to their boring duds worn today. There are some players that immediately come to mind as well, such as Dave Stieb, Jimmy Key, and Tony Fernandez. It was no surprise that those players were among the ones selected to the Blue Jays’ All-Time NON-HOF by position team on

Among the players on my ballot, I believe McGriff and Alomar should be in the Hall of Fame already, and Alomar will almost certainly get the call in January. McGriff, on the other hand, will have some more campaigning to do.

My picks:
C: Darrin Fletcher
1B: Fred McGriff
2B: Roberto Alomar
SS: Tony Fernandez
3B: Kelly Gruber
LF: George Bell
CF: Devon White
RF: Joe Carter
sub1: John Olerud
sub2: Jesse Barfield
LHP: Jimmy Key
SP: Dave Stieb
SP: Juan Guzman
RP: Tom Henke
sub3: Cliff Johnson

The top picks of the BBF think tank:
C: Ernie Whitt
1B: Fred McGriff
2B: Roberto Alomar
SS: Tony Fernandez
3B: Kelly Gruber
LF: George Bell
CF: Devon White
RF: Jesse Barfield
LHP: Jimmy Key
P: Dave Stieb
P: Pat Hentgen
P: Doyle Alexander
RP: Tom Henke
sub1: John Olerud
sub2: Joe Carter

This is a pretty formidable team if you ask me. There are a lot of really good but not great players that passed through Toronto, and there was agreement on several of the positions. Alomar, Fernandez, Stieb and Key were all unanimous selections, while Henke was named on all but one ballot.

The Ultimate Nerd Smackdown!!!

I started thinking last night (dangerous, I know) about who would win in a battle between Kent Tekulve and Tom Hume…

But then I thought, why stop there? Why not throw Tom Henke into the mess! The more blood the better, right!?!

So now it’s on you…

Mailbox mania

This was a good week for the mailbox. A few days ago I received a pack of soccer cards from the Bad Wax Forums for being one of the first 10 people to post five times on the board. I actually didn’t even know about the contest until after I started posting. It’s a great place to talk about baseball (and other sports) cards, sets you are working on, trades, great pulls, etc. There is also a forum for the Fun Cards set which is in progress. If you are a collector, come on over and start discussing your collection with others.

Today, I opened my mail to find some O-Pee-Chee and other cards from the 88 Topps blog. Andrew is giving away cards left and right, and he even threw in a couple bonus cards in my prize. I got the Delino DeShields draft card (which was not in the regular Topps set), John Franco, Dave Parker (Cobra for the HOF!), Tracy Jones (who now has a talk show on 700 WLW in Cincinnati), Shawon Dunston (one of my all-time favorites), and Tom Henke. He also threw in a couple of Topps’ “Fan Favorites” cards, Fergie Jenkins and Ken Griffey Sr. A great surprise, and much appreciated.

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