I bought a lot of Line Drive cards in the early 1990’s, but they were mostly of cards like this one:
I never realized that there was anything other than minor league cards sold under the “Line Drive” brand until I stumbled across these cards while shopping on COMC:
I was an active collector in 1991, and I do not remember these cards at all. Even now, I still don’t know much about this set. Was it sold in packs? Was it regional?
“Fifty cards of retired players, put out by Impel Marketing”. That’s pretty much all I know about this set. If you Google on “1991 Line Drive”, most of the hits will be for the minor league sets, with an occasional “Collect-A-Books” hit thrown in for good measure.
Does anybody out there remember buying these cards in 1991?
I have a small selection of older Charlie Manuel cards that I was hoping to share under happier circumstances, but managers are hired to be fired. I don’t know why they couldn’t let Charlie finish out the season, other than to give Ryne Sandberg a test drive… But given the situation, I can’t imagine how badly Ryno would have to go down in flames to NOT come back next year.
Charlie Manuel played parts of 6 seasons in the majors, mostly with the Twins…
He also played in Japan from 1976 to 1981.
After his playing career, he managed in the minors for a number of years before getting hired by the Indians before the 2000 season.
Manuel’s been involved in professional baseball since 1963… it’s a shame he wasn’t given the opportunity to go out on a better note, but Ruben Amaro’s not going to fire himself.