Jim Abbott ‘Fab Five’ – Card #1 – 1991 Upper Deck
Now that my Jim Abbott player collection is complete, it is time to show of my favorite five cards from the set.
Card #1 – 1991 Upper Deck
Sure, there may be better looking card designs (even though UD reigned supreme in the early 1990′s). But the image captured on this card is what makes it earn the top spot in my ‘Fab Five’ list.
As a kid when I pulled this card from a pack of cards, I was mesmerized. Yes, I knew Abbott’s story, but I never fathomed that he could hit the ball. I would put this card up against any card issued in the 1990′s as the most memorable card from the decade – here I stand (sitting) in 2012 and I still vividly recall the awe I had as a 16-year old kid when I first saw this card.
As a major leaguer, Abbott had 24 official at-bats. He collected two hits and 3 RBI. His professional batting average is .095.