Card Show In A Box, Part 3: Stu-Stu-Studio

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!

7 thoughts on “Card Show In A Box, Part 3: Stu-Stu-Studio

  1. I never saw the 1994 ones.. I do really like them though.. I think once the Studio set became like every other one out there with the usual stats on the back the concept died..

  2. Studio is a very hit-and-miss brand for me. Some of them are pure gold (the Steve Lake and Ozzie Smith from ’91 come to mind), but a good number are just plain dull, especially from the earlier checklists. My personal favorite design would have to me ’93, although ’94 isn’t far behind.

  3. 1994 would receive my first place vote as well. 1993 a very close second. I bought a box and built the 1991 set too. At the time, I thought they were really cool. Honestly… looking back, I think I liked them because they were different. As for the 1995 set, it’s different. I can see why collectors don’t like it. And although, I won’t say I’m a huge fan… I don’t despise it. I kinda look at it as an oddball issue.

    • I realize it comes across as my despising 1995 Studio, but it’s more a matter of feeling no need to own any… what’s kind of interesting is that the set includes teams and player I collect and yet I somehow have never acquired a single one in a repack or in the assorted lots of 1990’s cards I’ve bought. Clearly the universe respects my “meh”.

  4. thanks for making room in my trade boxes! I toyed with putting these particular Studio sets together. After busting the boxes, the collation was so bad I decided not to bother, keeping my favorites and passing the remainder on to the cardboard jungle.

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