Monday, January 30, 2017

1996 Upper Deck Collector's Choice: Pack #17: In Which the Big Hurt Shows Up Twice

One more pack after this one and then I'll be halfway done with the box.  I must say, it's refreshing to open a box of cards that actually feels like you are getting a proper boxes' worth of cards!  I can't help but wonder if part of my general disdain or apathy for many new releases is simply because, deep down, it doesn't feel like I'm getting value for my dollar (both in terms of quantity and quality).

Seriously, the Collector's Choice brand was dirt cheap (relatively speaking), hard awesome photography, and features just enough variety to keep every pack interesting to open.  When is the last time you opened a modern box of cards that you could say the same thing about?

Pack 17:
8.  Stat Leaders:  ERA (Maddux & Johnson)
19.  Mariano Rivera
90.  Frank Thomas

This is a nice card of Frank - proof that you don't always need to have an action shot for a card to be interesting.  This also isn't the last you'll see of this card in the pack...
118.  Julian Taverez
176.  Michael Tucker
195.  B.J. Surhoff

We need more baseball cards showing guys hitting off of a tee.
240.  Rickey Henderson
You Make the Play:  8.  Barry Bonds (one-base error)
Bonds gets on via error - and our other runner moves up to second.  We now have first and second with two outs in the top of the third.  Current score:  4-2.
Silver Signatures:
90.  Frank Thomas

Yep, two of the Thomas card in the same "signed" while the other isn't.
312.  Joey Cora


Hackenbush said...

Couple of nice cards. The Big Hurt went off about PED guys and the HOF at SoxFest. I'm actually with him.

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