Tuesday, August 2, 2016

1996 Fleer Update

 1996 Fleer Update #U160

1996 Fleer was a nice change of pace for baseball cards. Gone was the slick UV coating on the cards and in its place was a matte finish. The cards still included gold foil stamping for the logo as well as the player's name, team and position. The matte finish made these cards perfect for autographs and while I never was able to get any autographed, this set still holds up as one of my favorites.

 1996 Fleer Update #U248

The Checklist cards were numbered as part of the set and surprise, surprise, Rey was given the real estate on the front of one of the checklists.

 1996 Fleer #U160 Tiffany parallel

If memory serves me correctly, the popular Tiffany parallels were found one per box, so if you were trying to put a whole set together of these I would imagine one would have their hands full.

 1996 Fleer #U248 Tiffany parallel

 1996 Fleer New Horizons #19

These New Horizons cards look better in person than the scan makes them look...but just a little. The write up on the back mentions Ozzie Smith, a fellow short stop that Rey was often compared to in the mid to late 90's.

1996 Fleer Smooth Leather #8

The Smooth Leather insert features a rather plain look, but Rey makes for a good inclusion in a set based on fielding skill.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

1996 Leaf Studio

1996 Leaf Studio #14

When the Studio brand first launched in the early 90's the cards contained black and white portraits of the players. There posed images, almost like a family photo versus the traditional action photos. The brand would eventually change over the next few years as you can see with this 1996 card. For starters I like the full bleed photo and I like how the design retains that portrait like image. The back of the card cleverly uses the O in Studio for the obligatory head shot of the player. While the back lacks stats, at least there is a little bio write up of the player.

1996 Leaf Studio #14 Gold Press Proof

As with most of the card releases in the 90's, Studio also has it's fair share of parallels. The parallel set was called Press Proofs. This is the gold parallel, limited to just 500 copies. This was before serial numbering caught on so while limited, it's not numbered. 

There is also a Bronze and Silver Press Proof parallel that I currently lack...or is it sitting in my pile at Check Out My Cards?

Monday, July 4, 2016

1996 Scoreboard All Sport PPF

1996 Scoreboard All Sport PPF #60

I don't know much about the Score Board's history as a trading card company, but this unlicensed set hit on the heals of Classic's 5 Sport set in the mid-90's. The base cards don't feature any UV coating or foil stamping, which was a nice change at the time. However this set never appealed to me that much so I only picked up singles of Ordonez and a few other Hall of Fame players and moved on.

1996 Scoreboard All Sport PPF #197

Surprisingly enough, Ordonez received not one, but two cards in the base set! I prefer the picture on the back over the picture on the front. After all, Rey was never really known for his offensive stats.

1996 Scoreboard All Sport PPF Gold #197

A gold foil parallel...how original. Turns out I'm missing this parallel for card #60. How could I have overlooked that?

1996 Scoreboard All Sport PPF Retro #R10

Retro, one of the few inserts sets to chase done. All of the ornate design you see is gold foil stamping. Not much else to say about this card or this set. 

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

1996 Bowman's Best

1996 Bowman's Best #17

If this card looks familiar it should. It's basically identical to the Preview card that was randomly packaged in 1996 Bowman, with the exception of a new card number on the back. Never was a fan of Bowman's Best and this year's design sure didn't help. There is just way too much "border" on these cards and not enough of the background photo for my taste.

1996 Bowman's Best Refractor #17

There are two parallels to chase, just like with the Preview card...Atomic Refractor and Refractor. Surprisingly I don't have the Atomic Refractor version yet. I guess I never paid too much attention to what version of the card I had before.

* I think there is an Atomic Refractor version, but I'm not 100%. If anyone reading this can confirm the existence of the parallel please let me know.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

1996 Bowman

1996 Bowman #349

By the time the 1996 edition of Bowman had come around I was starting to really get familiar with the rookie loaded checklists and buying my fair share of packs. While I like full bleed photography sets, I'm OK with a bordered design if it's done well. While I personally don't care for the '96 design now as much as I did when it was new, I still find the design to be OK. The red foil stamped Bowman logo looks out of place to me, but what do I know. It's another early card of Rey and it features a decent photo of him at the plate in what appears to be him in the process of getting a hit (or at least making contact).

1996 Bowman Foil parallel #349

The only thing the mid to late 90's brought upon the baseball card market was parallels. At first the trend started off innocently enough with one parallel per set, such as this foil card. Then as the years passed more and more parallels were introduced. Not surprisingly most of the cards of his I still lack are parallels.

 1996 Bowman's Best Preview #BBP5

Randomly inserted into packs of 1996 Bowman was a 30 card preview set of the all chromium Bowman's Best set. Surprisingly Rey made it onto this small checklist.

 1996 Bowman's Best Preview Refractor #BBP5

Refractor parallels showed up for the preview set, however I don't remember what the odds were.

1996 Bowman's Best Preview Atomic Refractor #BBP5

I believe Atomic Refractors at this point in time were brand new to the collecting scene. Personally the card is too busy looking for me, but it's nice to have these 3 cards side by side in a 9 pocket page.

(sorry for all the fingerprints on the back of these preview cards!)

Wednesday, June 8, 2016

1995 Upper Deck SP Top Prospects

1995 Upper Deck SP Top Prospects #96

Another "premium" set I was anxious to get my hands on. The die-cut tops may be simple, but back then they really stood out. Combine that with Upper Deck's good photography and certified autographs and collectors had themselves a set worth buying.

1995 Upper Deck SP Top Prospects Autograph #19

Looking back on this card now I still find it odd that this holographic sticker was placed on the front of the card. What was UD thinking?

Monday, June 6, 2016

1995 Topps

1995 Topps RC #571

Ordonez's second rookie card, I always get a kick out of multi-player cards such as this as you can look back at the other players on the card and usually say "what ever happened to him?" I believe Ray Holbert went on to play for the Cardinals (?) and I know Kevin Orie hung around in the Cubs organization for awhile, but overall I don't believe any of these 3 guys lasted as long in the majors as Ordonez did.