10 Baseball Cards Every 90s Kid Should Own, Version 2.0 | Launderer’s report

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    A few weeks ago, we published our list of 10 baseball cards every 90s kid should own, and the topic sparked great discussion, debate, and general nostalgia.

    We’re back for another round!

    In case you missed the previous article, here’s a look at the 10 cards we’ve highlighted:

  • 1985 Topps #401 Mark McGwire (rookie card)
  • 1987 Topps #320 Barry Bonds (rookie card)
  • 1989 Upper Deck #1 Ken Griffey Jr. (rookie card)
  • 1990 Score #697 Bo Jackson (Football/Baseball)
  • 1991 Upper Deck #SP1 Michael Jordan
  • 1992 Upper Deck #SP3 Deion Sanders
  • 1993 Topps #98 Derek Jeter (rookie card)
  • 1993 Upper deck #472 Maddux/Glavine/Smoltz/Avery
  • 1995 Pinnacle #226 Frank Thomas
  • 1996 Topps #96 Cal Ripken Jr. (2131 tribute)

Which 10 made the cut this time around?

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    The most recognizable player in Minnesota Twins history and one of the faces of baseball in the early 1990s, center fielder Kirby Puckett blasted his way into the Hall of Fame during a formidable career of 12 years.

    He led the Twins to World Series titles in 1987 and 1991, and hit .318/.360/.477 with 2,304 hits along the way, earning 10 All-Star selections, six Gold Glove awards and six Silver Slugger award while leading the league. in hits four times.

    After finishing third in AL Rookie of the Year voting in 1984, his rookie cards were included in 1985 merchandise, and at the time there were only three players in the baseball card game: Donruss, Fleer and Topps.

    All three are similarly priced, but it’s Topps’ flagship rookie that stands out as the Twins legend’s signature freshman card.

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    There have been plenty of notable error cards over the years, and the one that stands out from the early 1990s is Texas Rangers outfielder Juan Gonzalez’s 1990 Donruss rookie card.

    One of the forgotten superstars of the 1990s, Gonzalez earned AL MVP honors in 1996 and 1998 and went on to hit 434 homers during his 17-year career.

    While there is no shortage of different rookie cards on 1990 products, his 1990 Donruss stands out due to a misprint. A simple mistake was made by reversing the negative of the image used on his card. As a result, he is depicted with a backwards number on his left-handed rather than right-handed batting jersey.

    The error was corrected halfway through the set’s print run, and since 1990 was the peak of overproduction, neither the error version nor the corrected version are particularly rare or valuable.

    Still, it remains one of the most memorable error cards of the era.

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    The 1990 season was eventful for Nolan Ryan.

    At 43, he earned the 300th career Hall of Fame victory while leading the league in strikeouts for the 11th and final time with 232 punches in 204 innings with the Texas Rangers.

    That performance was honored in style for the 1991 Stadium Club set as he was pictured in a tuxedo with a Rangers hat and cleats delivering a pitch against a photography studio backdrop.

    The Stadium Club product line was the first premium product manufactured by Topps, and 1991 marked its inaugural release. The checklist includes rookie cards from Jeff Bagwell, Luis Gonzalez and Jeff Conine, as well as great base cards from all the biggest stars of the era like Ken Griffey Jr., Cal Ripken Jr. and Frank Thomas.

    However, the Nolan Ryan Tuxedo Card still stands out as the most valuable card in the set.

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    Rickey Henderson played his last MLB game on September 19, 2003.

    More than 12 years earlier, on May 1, 1991, he broke Lou Brock’s record for most career stolen bases when he stole his 939th career sack while stealing third base from the New Yankees starter. York Tim Leary.

    He then stole another 467 bases before quitting.

    The milestone was honored with Henderson pictured alongside Brock on a Series 2 card from the 1991 Upper Deck set, and it’s the perfect commemoration of one of the most memorable moments of the early 90s.

    Fun fact: Nolan Ryan threw his seventh career no-hitter on the same day Henderson broke Brock’s record, and the pair were featured on a insert card together in the same Upper Deck set from 1991.

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    It’s actually the first card I bought when I took up the hobby last year.

    An afterthought when drafted in the 62nd round of the 1988 draft, Mike Piazza broke out as a rising prospect in 1991 when he hit .277/.344/.540 with 29 home runs and 80 RBIs in 117 matches at the high Tier A.

    This earned him a spot in the rookie-laden 1992 Bowman set which also includes the only rookie cards of Mariano Rivera, Trevor Hoffman and Carlos Delgado, as well as the wanted first cards of Manny Ramirez, Chipper Jones and Pedro Martinez.

    The Rivera card is now the only one to own of the set, with unrated copies regularly going north of $100 on eBay, but in the 1990s the Piazza rookie was the headliner of the set and one of the most valuable rookie cards of the era.

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    In 1985, Topps changed the baseball card game by including Mark McGwire and a handful of other 1984 Olympic team members in their base set pictured in their Team USA jerseys.

    Should this be considered a rookie card?

    The debate rages on to this day, and 1985 was far from the only year Topps included Team USA cards in its sets, with their inclusion moving to the Topps Traded version in 1988 and subsequent Traded sets.

    Boston Red Sox shortstop Nomar Garciaparra was selected No. 12 overall in the 1994 draft, but two years earlier was listed in the 1992 Topps Traded set as a member of Team USA during his time at Georgia Tech. This card is considered his only true rookie card.

    At the peak of his popularity, when he won AL Rookie of the Year honors in 1997, finished second in AL MVP voting in 1998, then won AL batting titles consecutive in 1999 and 2000, it was one of the hottest. cards on the market.

    Now it can be found for less than $10.

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    “Pro-Visions” inserts were a staple of Fleer products throughout the first half of the 1990s.

    They were first included in the 1991 set along with a memorable collection of player artwork that includes Dwight Gooden holding a flaming baseball, Mark McGwire against a backdrop of the American flag, and Bo Jackson depicted as “Bionic Bo” with a robotic arm.

    The maps were drawn by artist Terry Smith, and all are worth finding.

    My personal favorite in a long list of great Pro-Visions cards was Ozzie Smith in 1994, where he is drawn in a wizard’s hat and robe with a yellow brick road and a castle behind him.

    It’s the perfect play on one of baseball’s best nicknames and a great card from one of the most universally beloved players of his era.

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    First released by Donruss in 1992, the Triple Play set was marketed to children with a lower price tag, fun subsets, mascot cards, and more.

    The 1993 release included a set of “Nicknames” inserts that focused on nicknames for players like Fred “Crime Dog” McGriff and Roger “Rocket” Clemens. For 1994, they flipped the script on all of the nicknames and instead prominently featured the animal-themed team mascots.

    Ryne Sandberg’s card with a pair of grizzly bears fighting in the background is truly a sight to behold, and a must-have for any Cubs fan. Here’s a look at the rest of the eight-card checklist:

  • Cecil Fielder and a tiger
  • Gary Sheffield and a marlin
  • Joe Carter and a Blue Jay
  • John Olerud and a Blue Jay
  • Cal Ripken Jr. and an oriole
  • Mark McGwire and an elephant
  • Greg Jefferies and a Cardinal

Creativity points to Donruss for this one.

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    The first time I remember hearing a player called a “top prospect” was Andruw Jones during his time in the Atlanta Braves farm system.

    He was the Lead #1 in baseball at the start of the 1996 season, and he made his debut in August, eventually working his way up the playoff roster and into the starting center position.

    When he went 3-for-4 with two home runs in Game 1 of the 1996 World Series as a 19-year-old, his card market completely exploded.

    The most valuable of the bunch were his two rookie cards in the Bowman 1995 and Bowman’s Best 1995 sets, and for a brief time those two cards were the pinnacle of the hobby. They’re much more reasonably priced these days, but the aforementioned sets remain in demand thanks to an impressive roster of notable recruits.

    Besides Jones, both sets also include rookie cards from Vladimir Guerrero, Scott Rolen, Bobby Abreu, Chris Carpenter, Bartolo Colon, and Hideo Nomo, among others.

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    Since the 2009 season, all baseball players have worn the No. 42 jersey on April 15 in honor of Jackie Robinson Day. This date marks the anniversary of the Hall of Famer breaking the color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers in the 1947 season.

    Did you know Ken Griffey Jr. came up with the idea?

    Alyson Footer from MLB.com published a brief history of the adoption of the No. 42 jersey throughout the league, and it was Griffey who set the wheels in motion. He first received permission from Rachel Robinson and the Jackie Robinson Foundation in 1997 to reverse his No. 24 jersey to celebrate the 50th anniversary. Ten years later, he approached commissioner Bud Selig about extending it to a league-wide tribute, and Selig agreed.

    The iconic moment he wore No. 42 in 1997 was perfectly captured on Griffey’s 1998 Collector’s Choice base card.

    There’s no shortage of stunning cards from the 1990s featuring the Seattle Mariners superstar, but this one stands out for its prominence.

    All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.

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