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!


Sending Positive Thoughts Towards Darren Daulton

I was very sad to read that Darren Daulton has been diagnosed as having two brain tumors, and is scheduled to undergo surgery next week.  Even though I’m a Mets fan, I’ve been a fan of “Dutch” since the days when he was an up-and-coming minor league catcher.

1993 Studio Darren Daulton

Growing up on Long Island, I’d never been to a minor league baseball game until I was older and able to make trips out of state on my own.  Darren Daulton was the first player I saw in the minors to make a significant impact in the Majors.  Being able to think “I saw him when…” was a new and exciting experience for me, and because of that he’s been one of “my guys” ever since.

1993 Triple Play Darren Daulton

Daulton had a 14-year career spent mostly with the Phillies, although he finished the 1997 season with the Marlins before retiring. He was an All-Star three times and won a Silver Slugger. In 1993, he lead the league with 109 RBI, only the 4th catcher to lead the NL in that category (the others were Roy Campanella, Johnny Bench and Gary Carter).

1995 Donruss Top Of The Order Darren Daulton

Darren played in the World Series in 1993 and 1997, and in 13 World Series games he batted .293 with 4 doubles, 2 homers and 6 RBI.

1994 Ultra Phillies Finest #2 Darren Daulton

My thoughts and prayers are with Darren and his family.

Cal Repack, Jr.

During my recent obsession with Fairfield 100 card repacks, I’ve had pretty good luck adding to my wife’s Cal Ripken binder, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Joe Shlabotnik Collection, Inc.

Mrs. S has been a Cal fan since 1983 and enjoys checking out new (to her) cards of Cal, so I seek out inexpensive additions to the collection, plus keep anything that comes my way.

This card was on the front of one of the repacks, and I thought this was the 1992 Leaf card which is missing from the binder, but then I looked at the number on the back and it was “13 of 26”.
1992 Leaf Cal Ripken
I had to do a search to find out that it was a Leaf preview card, and it has a different photo of Cal and Carlos Quintana… check it out:

1992 Leaf #52 - Cal Ripken - Courtesy of

1992 Leaf #52 – Cal Ripken – Courtesy of

I’m going to have to get a copy of the “real” Leaf card; these two will look great together.

Also in that repack, I ran across this 1993 Studio Cal Ripken card. 1993 Studio Cal Ripken
SWEEEEEEEEEEET!!! I love this set, and I really need to get more cards from it. For me, this card was worth a good chunk of the $4 I spent on the repack.

Here’s the back of that card… Ladies and gentlemen, the piercing eye of Cal Ripken, Jr.
1993 Studio Ripken Back

These next two were from different repacks… I added to my 1980’s Topps Glossy insert collection…
1989 All-Star Glossy Cal Ripken

…and got a 1990 Topps Sticker with Cal on the back.  I never bought these stickers the first time around, but one thing that I like about getting them in repacks is that you sometimes get two shots at a player you want with each sticker. I couldn’t tell you without looking what sticker was on the front, but the backing card is Cal, so it’s AAAAAAAALLLLLLLLLL good.
1990 Topps Stickers Ripken Back