Sunday, January 29, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #16: In Which I Find One of the Best A-Rod Cards I've Ever Seen

It's hard to believe that January is almost over!  For me, that means that two weeks of work are in the books for the spring semester...only thirteen more to go (but who's counting)?!  Speaking of counting, today's pack is the 16th out of the 1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice box.  I've been having a blast so far - and I assure you this pack doesn't disappoint!

Pack 16:
9.  Saves Leaders (Jose Mesa and Randy Myers)
18.  Chris Snopek
110.  Ron Gant

The All-Star cards get the full-bleed treatment in the set.  The trivia on the back of Gant's card asks:  "Who are the only players besides Gant to post back-to-back 30-30 seasons?"  I'll give you the answer at the bottom of today's post.
137.  Kevin Ritz

Seems like he might get his hand smashed trying to bunt that way.
152.  Greg Colbrunn
249.  Ricky Bottalico
316.  Alex Rodriguez

I'm no fan of A-Rod's, but even I can admit that this is a nice looking card.  In fact, it might be one of the best A-Rod cards that I've ever seen!
You Make the Play:  3.  Jeff Bagwell (strikeout)
Bagwell's K makes it two outs with a runner still on first base.  We still lead in our game by a score of 4-2 in the top of the third.
Silver Signatures:
249.  Ricky Bottalico

It's a Bottalico hot pack!
291.  Brad Ausmus

Answer to Gant's trivia question:
Bobby Bonds and Willie Mays


The Lost Collector said...

That IS a great Arod. I don't recall seeing it before.

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