In my collection: 9 regular, 9 All-Star, 5 90's Impact Player, 2 Superstar
Griffey looks: like he's swinging a champagne flute
Is this a good Griffey card? Yes. One of my favorite action shots from Score.
Here we have Cubs, White Sox, and Cubs. Let's try and follow the logic:
Card 1 - Cubs - Team colors: Blue and Red. Card colors: Blue and Magenta. (OK, at least this is close)
Card 2 - White Sox - Team colors: Black & White. Card colors: Peach and Aqua. (Bwah?)
Card 3 - Cubs - Team colors: Blue and Red. Card colors:
This color palette, which can only be described as "Zack Morris Bedspread" is bonkers. I get that everyone was just coming off the massive coke binge that was the 80's and taste was a little questionable (looking at you, '92 Bowman rookies), but I find it hard to believe that no one stepped forward and said, "No! Everybody stop! We have families to go home to, guys. We can't unleash this on the world." There had to be someone at Score in 1992 that didn't hate eyes.
|Really, Score. Pastels?|
I would like to point out that I usually have Score's back. I think they put out a heck of a product in the late 80's/early 90's and innovated in several areas years before the premium brands came along and got credit for it. However, those three cards you see above are perfect examples of what you can expect from the entire set, and I cannot defend those cards to you.
The lack of horizontal cards along with all this run-of-the-mill action photography also contribute to the base set being a little boring. A mixture of action photos and portaits maybe with some fun or unique poses every now and then would round out the set a lot better. Instead it's this guy's pitching, this guy's batting, pitching, pitching, batting, fielding, batting, ooooh bunting! Pitching, batting.
Here are a couple of relatively baddass exceptions:
|Griffey didn't make Score's Dream Team in '92. Still, the other Dream Team cards are pretty damn awesome.|
|Honus Wagner and Babe Ruth - Per Baseballcardpedia: "The Memorabilia subset cards all feature items from the famed Barry Halper collection. Halper was a part-owner of Score at the time."|
|Limited to 150,000, unnumbered|
|Limited to 30,000 per card, unnumbered.|
|Cooperstown Cards are back! More painting-y than '91 but still great-looking cards.|
Now, on to the Griffeys:
The first in the set, Griffey's is another one of the better put-together cards in '92 Score. Thankfully yellow and blue make green; hence, the coloration here is not the travesty that it is on some specimens. Plus the motion of the bat here makes it look like Griffey is swinging a champagne flute.
And just in case you read the back of this card, elan is defined as "dash or vivacity; verve." It's one of those words that rarely gets used because it sounds stupid.
This 90-card insert (!) has Junior at mid-trot, suspended in air as he rounds third. The picture on the front is unique as you don't see too much of Griffey the baserunner.
Sadly the unremarkable design of this insert prevented it from standing out among the droves of Griffey cards that were being produced in the early 90's. It looks lik they used the first version of Print Master to make this. And is that Times New Roman font in super heavy italics? Ugh.
Still, both the front and back pictures are good and so is the blurb with the Al Kaline quote.
Now this is what I wanted when I was a kid: bright colors, a cool split-fade, and a big ass yellow star that proclaims, "This - this here is the guy." The card itself looks like a big ol' peice of candy. Plus you've got Junior having just line-driven (?) one over the second baseman's head on the front and a giant, borderless superimposed Griffey head on the back. No complaints, Score. This is a solid card.
Some of the base cards (the ones with somewhat appropriate colors) weren't so bad, but the ones that missed the mark did so so thoroughly that they throw off the entire set. I really do like the Franchise inserts of classic players, though, as well as the return of Cooperstown Cards. Both of those inserts were ahead of their time.
Score would make a set of cards for Proctor & Gamble in 1992, but I'm saving that one for another post....
Today marks the nine-year anniversary of Griffey's 500th home run. Congrats, Junior! We here at The Junior Junkie will be celebrating with a pizza party and a small offering of Pepsi and marshmallows at the Graltar (Griffey altar - I'm working on the name).