There’s a set that’s been on my mind
All the time
I was going to start off this post by saying that I love the Studio sets put out by Leaf in the 1990’s, but once I started thinking about it I realized that it would be a lie. I love the concept of Studio, I love certain years of Studio, but there are certain years which leave me completely cold. Well, here’s an example. I’ve completed the 1991 Studio set, that’s this one:
(OK, well this particular card is actually from the small preview set of 1991 Studio, but you get the idea)
So anyway, I’ve got the complete 264-card set of 1991 Studio, plus a couple of cards from the 17-card preview set. Do you know how many cards I have from the 1995 set, the one that looks like credit cards?
(Hint: The the fact that I’m describing the cards rather than showing you is a major clue)
That’s right, not a damn one of ’em. The main reason is that I don’t care for cards where the photo takes up less than half of the card front, but I suspect the another factor is that in 1995 I was old enough to have real credit cards; Baseball cards pretending to be credit cards didn’t impress me at all.
…Plus it was 1995 and I was pissed at MLB for the lost 1994 World Series…
…But I’m not here to pick on 1995 Studio.
What I am here for is to say that when Julie from A Cracked Bat set me the box full of cards known in this blog as the “Card Show In A Box”, she sent me Studio cards from the good years!
1992 Studio was OK, but 1993 was when the concept really began to hit its stride.
The theme of this set was having a portrait of the player with a detail of his team’s uniform as the background, and his signature in foil. Great stuff. By the way, these four cards feature Leo Gomez, Brady Anderson, Harold Baines and Mike Devereaux, all cards I needed.
For me, though, 1994 was the best Studio set.
So much going on here but all of it good – each player is posed in front of what is presumably their own locker (each one is different, at any rate) with their jersey hanging in it. For the record, these four cards feature Dwight Gooden, Bobby Bonilla, Bobby Jones and Todd Hundley.
The Orioles cards have a different vibe coming from their different lockers.
Thumbing through a stack of these cards feels like like wandering around a clubhouse and looking at all the players before a game. This group features Lee Smith, Rafael Palmeiro (who’s attempting a comeback at the age of 53), Mike Mussina and Ben McDonald.
The box contained all 8 cards which make up a Mets team set, and the O’s included allowed me to finish off that team set as well.
This last bunch of cards features Kevin McReynolds, Jeff Kent, Ryan Thompson and Bret Saberhagen. Interesting bit of trivia: The Mets had traded McReynolds to the Royals in the deal which brought Sabes to the Mets. A little over two years later, McReynolds was traded back to the Mets for one final season in the Majors.
Once again, thanks to Julie for these cards from a very fun box!