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Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Donruss Triple Play

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Donruss Triple Play

I’m not a huge fan of the Donruss Triple Play brand.  Personally, I did not find that the cards were very exciting.  And I also thought that the large, shifted frame that held the player’s picture took up too much space and limited the effectiveness of a nice, larger image.

But, this Cal Ripken card from the 1992 set escapes that criticism.  This card is sweet!

Have a look:

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I love the image that was used of Cal for this set.  Not only is the card action packed, but you get a good idea of what is happening.  It appears that Rickey Henderson (#24) was either picked off or an attempt to pick him off occurred.  Cal’s got the ball in his hand and based on the direction that Henderson slid, he looks like he is headed back to 2B.  Either that, or Cal snagged a liner off the hitter’s bat and tried to chase Rickey back to second…

A fine addition to my Cal Ripken Jr. player collection.

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Dave Winfield 1990 Score

Dave Winfield 1990 Score

Dave Winfield was a monster.  And when he swung the bat and connected, there was always a chance that the ball was going to sail over the outfield wall.

But, there was never any doubt that it would be hit hard.

After all, Dave Winfield is 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 220 pounds during his playing days.

This card of ‘Big Dave’ from the 1990 Score baseball card set captures that powerful swing very nicely.

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Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Fleer Superstar Special ‘The Indispensables II’ With Joe Carter

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Fleer Superstar Special ‘The Indispensables II’ With Joe Carter

Man, I really like these two guys…

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Both of these guys, in different ways, have cemented themselves in my baseball memory and built images in my head that will last for my lifetime.

Joe Carter hit the home run that all kids dream of as a kid.  World Series drama, walk-off game winner, series clincher – You name it!  With one swing, Joe Carter cemented himself as a baseball legend who shined the brightest when all eyes were on him.

Cal Ripken built such an incredible baseball resume, and he did it the right way.  A consummate professional, Ripken played the game the right way and he did it for the pure love of the sport.  A tremendously skilled all-around player, Cal has no weakness on the field, and he took that to his off-the-field persona once he retired from the sport.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Upper Deck

Cal Ripken Jr. 1991 Upper Deck

The 1991 Upper Deck design still offered quite a bit of similarity to the 1989 and 1990 products that preceded it.

But, I am not complaining!  The 1989 Upper Deck set is a classic with a timeless design.

And the 1991 version, looks just as good.

Here is further evidence – the Cal Ripken, Jr. card:

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I told you – it is a beauty!!

In today’s collecting world, this would not work as collectors demand innovation and new designs from card companies with each and every new release.

I wonder how this went over back in 1991 when collectors first discovered that the 1991 set design was just a tad different from the previous 1989 and 1990 releases…

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Score All-Star

Cal Ripken Jr. 1992 Score All-Star

Baseball caricatures became all of the rage in the late 1980’s.

I know that I had a few t-shirts that sported some of my favorite players likenesses on them.  And I believe that I had a pennant or two as well.

Well, Score took it to another level in 1992 when they inserted an All-Star set in their 1992 flagship set that honored the best players in the game.

This is the card of Cal Ripken from that set:
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Certainly deserving of a spot on the checklist, this card of Cal is super.  I love the details, and even more, I love the fact that I absolutely recognize the caricature as #8.

Oh, and I really like the background too – having a ‘real’ group of seated fans makes the card come to life just a tad bit more…

Nicely done by Score.

Cal Ripken Jr. 1996 Upper Deck – Home Run Trot OR Base On Balls??

Cal Ripken Jr. 1996 Upper Deck

Well, I have another card here where I cannot tell what the outcome of the action is.

Have a look:

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What do you think is going on here?

Is Cal Ripken getting into his home run trot or has he been walked to first base?

The card you are looking at comes courtesy of the 1996 Upper Deck set.  And it has left me scratching my head.

Dave Winfield 1988 Topps BIG

Dave Winfield 1988 Topps BIG

Back in the 1980’s, very few players across the big leagues were are as physically large as Dave Winfield of the New York Yankees.

Winfield stands 6 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 220 pounds during his playing days.

Today, he was be considered slightly bigger than average, but by no means ‘enormous’.

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But, back in 1988, he was ‘Big’.  And rightfully so, he belonged in this 1988 Topps Big set.  The cards are jumbo in size when compared to other Topps products, but if any player from the 1980’s deserves an oversized baseball card, it is ‘Big Dave’.