Sunday, March 23, 2014
I've been in a 2014 Heritage cocoon for over a week now, and I guess I should come out and take a breath, no?
Bringing me back to earth is this pack of 1988 Fleer that came in one of those repack boxes that my local hobby shop sells. Every once in a while they'll throw a junk wax pack in there because, well, how else are you gonna get rid of them?
Anyhow, it's still fun to open a pack of cards, no matter the brand or the year. So let's check it out!
#527 -- Franklin Stubbs, Dodgers
The first card out of the pack. Fitting on this day, I suppose, as the Dodgers are fresh off a two-game sweep of the Snakes this weekend in Australia.
In case you forgot, '88 Fleer isn't for the faint of heart. It's got a weird patriotic candystriper thing going on for it. I don't necessarily hate it, but it doesn't stand up well to the test of time.
#546 -- David Palmer, Braves
#572 -- Larry Sheets, Orioles
#626 -- SuperStar Specials (All Star Righties)
I really like the names on this card. But, good Lord, who was in charge of centering the photo?! Sheesh.
#449 -- Billy Hatcher, Astros
#386 -- Rey Quinones, Mariners
#641 -- Major League Prospects (Mark Grace/Darrin Jackson)
Card of the pack? At the risk of spoiling it: Yes! The man who had the most hits and most doubles of any player during the decade of the '90s. Grace also had a stand-alone card in the '88 Update set. But, this is his 'true' Fleer rookie.
#67 -- Dan Petry, Tigers
#502 -- Johnny Ray, Angels
#478 -- Jeff Russell, Rangers
#99 -- Jose Uribe, Giants
#294 -- Terry Steinbach, Athletics
This is a pretty neat photo of the longtime Oakland catcher. There are way too many colors -- most of which are clashing with one another -- but this card is A-OK in my book.
#580 -- Joey Cora, Padres
The baby-faced Cora amusing himself with a baseball. I'm guessing this is his rookie, which undoubteldy means something to someone, somewhere. Whatever, I think it's a pretty cool card of the 11-year big leaguer.
#358 -- Al Nipper, Red Sox
#136 -- Keith Hernandez, Mets
We finish the pack with Jerry Seinfeld's buddy, Mr. Keith Hernandez. And this is a Keith card I didn't already own, so that's a bonus for moi.
[Ed. Note: I'll spare you the sticker card. It wasn't memorable and, further, it has all sorts of stains and printing blemishes on it.]
All in all, I'm thinking this was/is a pretty good pack of '88 Fleer. Then again, I think it might be the first-ever pack of the stuff I ever opened, so I can't genuinely nor accurately gauge that assumption. But, I got a Mark Grace rookie and a Keith Hernandez card, so that qualifies as 'good' in my book!
Now then, back to my Heritage haze...