Monday, September 07, 2009

Griffey Eats Cake and Squishes Alex Rodriguez

Something about this card makes me think of Alice in Wonderland. Either that or some recently fed baby sitting in his playpen. But it's been a long time since one could look at Ken Griffey Jr. and really think of him as "The Kid."

The card in question comes from 1996 Pinnacle Summit Baseball. I'd actually forgotten that the Summit brand made it past its first year. Although 1995 Pinnacle Summit had a clean design, it wasn't exactly memorable. But at least I remember how they looked. I can't say the same for the 1996 follow-up off the top of my head.

Ballparks is an 18-card insert set that I'd assume would be used to showcase various stadiums. But then you have the Godzilla-looking ballplayers doing their thing and scaring the bahooey out of everyone in attendance (except for the Gwynn below who appears to be playing to only a handful in San Diego).

Each of the cards in the set are serial numbered /8000 copies and were inserted 1:18 packs.

Here's the complete checklist:
1. Cal Ripken Jr.
2. Albert Belle
3. Dante Bichette
4. Mo Vaughn
5. Ken Griffey Jr.
6. Derek Jeter
7. Juan Gonzalez
8. Greg Maddux
9. Frank Thomas
10. Ryne Sandberg
11. Mike Piazza
12. Johnny Damon
13. Barry Bonds
14. Jeff Bagwell
15. Paul Wilson
16. Tim Salmon
17. Kirby Puckett
18. Tony Gwynn



Those are neat.I'd never seen any before.

Andrew V said...

I like how they photoshopped the dome out of the Kingdome.