|League Leaders #14, Soaring Stars #6, All-Stars #14, Award Winners #16|
In my collection: 1 of each
Griffey looks: fine, fine, kinda dorky, and like a deer in headlights, respectively.
Let's take these one at a time:
This is card #14 in a 44-card set that appears to be another money-grab by Fleer sold only in large retail stores. The back says nothing about what he led the league in nor does it include any verbiage as to why he should be considered as representative of the theme of this set. It's got nothing going for it other than the fact that it is different from the regular set which drives collectors like me into a frenzy of purchasing.
Griffey looks poised to swing away.
This is card #14 in a 44-card set that appears to be another money-grab by Fleer sold only in large retail stores. The back says nothing about him being an All-Star nor does it include any verbiage as to why he should be considered as representative of the theme of this set. It's got nothing going for it other than the fact that it is different from the regular set which drives collectors like me into a frenzy of purchasing.
Sorry - had to do that. They're both #14 for goodness sakes. Come on!
Griffey looks kinda dorky in his flip-up grandpa shades.
To be honest, I bought the whole set just to show this card on the blog. Here's the box:
The set came in the mail brand-new, wrapped in lovely factory plastic. It took all I had to puncture said plastic and remove the Griffey to show you here. I feel I owe a pittance to the collector gods.
At least it came with plenty of stickers.
In 1990, Griffey won two awards: his first of 10 Gold Gloves and Player of the Month for April. Neither of these are listed on the back of this card. The shape on the front is reminiscent of a sugar bowl. Maybe he was just a really sweet guy that year (bad pun, sorry), or maybe he kicked ass at college football. Your guess is as good as mine.
Man, do these Fleer cards ever suck.
Griffey looks like a deer in headlights. This picture is weird and off-putting, like a wax statue staring back at you, freaking everybody out and not having a soul. But it's a Griffey card, so it's totally awesome and here it is.
Now here is a card I really like:
That's right, folks! A rainbow.
I miss rainbows. They're pretty. You know that would never fly on a baseball card nowadays, and that's a shame. Plus the Kelly green taken out of spectrum and used as the background here really makes it pop. This is a solid insert for 1990. Zero complaints.
Griffey looks ready to take a pitch. Not ready to swing, but more along the lines of taking a ball on the first pitch of an at-bat. See the relaxed elbow? I'm thinking we're about to be at an 0-1 count.
Or possibly a homerun. You never know with this guy....
This post was hard to write because the cards either didn't really have a purpose or they failed miserably to fulfill the purpose they did have. The only redeeming things in this post are the Soaring Stars card and Junior's glasses on the All-Stars card.
I'm going to jump ahead in time in my TARGIS (Time and Relative Griffeys in Space) for the next post and give you something really cool and high-tech to make up for this lot of snoozers. Not sure what yet, but I'll find something cool....possibly with sparkles. We'll see.