I’ve been on an organizing binge lately, and while in one closet I ran across my 1995 Donruss Top Of The Order deluxe double-deck starter set. I can’t remember where I bought it, but I think it was in a closeout/overstock store… I do know I wouldn’t have paid much for it. The “deluxe” part was because it came with two 80-card starter decks, but I was very disappointed to find that there was a lot of duplication between decks.
…And no, I never got around to playing the game.
Here are a few of the Mets from those starter decks:
I tend to think of Pete Harnisch as an Oriole or Astro, I sometimes forget that he pitched for the Mets… which is really unforgivable since he is just a little younger than I am and grew up in the same part of Long Island (Commack, New York… Saaaaaaaaaaalute!). The mid-90’s was a time that was – relatively speaking – a low point for the amount of attention I paid to baseball. I was still mad about the 1994 strike, Topps cranked out some crappy-ass sets between 1995 and 1997, and I had *ahem* other things on my mind (hint: It involved a woman).
As many of you know, Jeff Kent was a contestant on Survivor in 2012. Since it’s not every day that a former Met is on a reality show, I watched about 90 seconds of one episode, which was approximately 75 seconds longer than I’d ever spent watching any previous Survivor episode. I’m not much of a fan of “reality” TV, can you tell?
One website I looked at said that the Joe Orsulak card is “uncommon”, which is better than “common” but not as good as “rare”.
Joe Orsulak also falls into the category of “I think of him as an Oriole”… But I do remember him enough to know he wore #6. I couldn’t tell you what number Harnisch wore with the Mets.
By the way, while researching this set I was looking at the PSA page for it, and there’s somebody out there who has 14.72% (or 53 cards) in their registry. That got me wondering about something…
Why in God’s name would anybody invest the time and money to get a 1995 Top Of The Order Bob Hamelin card graded?!?!?
Seriously, if anybody can offer any insights to this, I’d like to know. I’m not a fan of grading services, but I will admit that they serve a purpose… But I’m also pretty sure that grading commons from an unpopular and fairly-recent set is not that purpose.