Group Break: Fleer Tradition Proves Fatherhood has Changed Me

I'm a little bit behind today, but luckily I don't have to be in to work as early this morning and so I have time to post a few more packs out of our 1998 Fleer Tradition box. 

We are going to be heading into the second half of the 36-pack-box by the end of this post!

1998 Fleer Tradition:
Pack 17:
359.  Orel Hershiser - Giants

430.  Rickey Henderson - Athletics
375.  Esteban Loaiza - Pirates
528.  Bret Boone - Reds
555.  Stan Javier - Giants
584.  Ken Griffey Jr - Mariners
439.  Rod Beck - Cubs
508.  Brian Edmondson - Braves
491.  Travis Fryman - Indians
Vintage '63:  89.  Darryl Kile - Rockies

Diamond Ink:  Jay Buhner (5 pts)

Prior to becoming a father, I'm not sure that the Orel Hershiser card would have registered as a big deal to me.  Now, however, I am instantly drawn to cards depicting players and their kids.  Just think what a joy it much have been for the two little boys to open up a pack of cards back in 1998 and discover a picture of themselves!

Pack 18:
501.  Jose Mercedes - Brewers
525.  Darryl Hamilton - Giants
416.  Mike Kelly - Rays
390.  Jay Bell - Diamondbacks
574.  Cal Ripken, Jr. - Orioles

492.  Carlos Baerga - Mets
393.  Mike Hampton - Astros
408.  Vic Darensbourg - Marlins
447.  Mel Rojas - Mets
Vintage '63:  81.  Pedro Martinez - Red Sox
Diamond Ink:  Scott Rolen (1 pt)

Pack 19:
465.  Joey Hamilton - Padres
521.  Gary Sheffield - Dodgers
453.  Todd Walker - Twins
386.  Ken Caminiti - Padres (needed it!)
543.  Shawon Dunston - Indians
588.  Chipper Jones - Braves

444.  Wilson Alvarez - Rays
544.  Brian Meadows - Marlins
434.  Sterling Hitchcock - Padres
Vintage '63:  94.  Derrek Lee - Marlins
Diamond Ink:  Roberto Hernandez (1 pt)

The Unforgettable Moments are a short-printed (1:4 packs) subset of the base set.  Unfortunately for me, most of the Moments cards we've pulled so far have been duplicates for my set.

Pack 20:
356.  Matt Williams - Diamondbacks
420.  Chuck Knoblauch - Yankees
371.  Lee Stevens - Rangers
536.  Mickey Mantle - Yankees  (needed it!)

540.  Fred McGriff - Rays
402.  Javier Martinez - Pirates
415.  Braden Looper - Cardinals
429.  Javier Vazquez - Expos
486.  Aaron Sele - Rangers
Vintage '63:  86.  Sean Casey - Reds

Diamond Ink:  Tony Gwynn (1 pt)

Every time I look through another pack of Fleer Tradition, I seem to find another gem of a base card!  In fact, for some of the packs it was tough to decide which card to scan for everyone.  The Mantle is the only retired player (at the time) in the base set and luckily for me, it was a card I needed.  In total, I ended up landing 2 more cards for my set bringing my total so far up to 13 cards.  Neither of the Unforgettable Moments cards that we pulled this time around were set needs for me which was the biggest disappointment on a personal level. 

I hope everyone is enjoying the break - sorry this post went up a little later than usual.  On the flip side, at least I was able to get a post up today!


  1. Yup, that Mantle settles it. I'm just going to have to build or find a 1998 Fleer Tradition set some day. Some day...

  2. Rod Beck! That's a great addition to my player binders. Nice pull!

  3. That Mantle is sweet! I'm so used to seeing his iconic Topps and Bowman cards from his playing days... and the 90's Upper Deck stuff. It refreshing to see him on this Fleer. They did an excellent job with photo selection.

  4. Wow I've seen lots of players with their little kids on 90s cards but that might be the first one with older kids I've seen.

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