Friday, October 19, 2007

1998 Indians Team Set Proofs

I purposely left this one in a 1024x768 format in case you wanted more detail than what I usually provide. So, if you click on it, you'll get the "big" version...

I found this while I was looking for something else, but once I saw it, I knew I had to add it to my collection. The main thing that drew me in was the players shown in the proof sheet. Though I love the Tribe dearly, I have often quipped that the Indians are the farm team of the MLB. I mean that most of the players that either are GOING to be superstars or who once WERE superstars (or even "commonstars" to borrow the term), seem to find their way through the Indians clubhouse at some point in their careers. Ramirez, Sexson, Shuey, Smiley, Thome, Vizquel, Wright. Heck, some would throw Wilson and Plunk in there as well. Sorry, but Villone's name and career escapes me (and a quick perusal of Wikipedia tells me why).

The photos themselves look like something from a Studio set, or maybe even a Wheaties rendition of the team's top players of the day.

I am assuming that "Need Ramirez Cover 1,2,3,4" refers to programs maybe, that is a pure guess (or better a W.A.G). Since I do not have the entire collection of these, I also assume that the command, "Don't Lose Rest of Pictures" means whoever is in charge of these should hang on to all the players' photos, even though Manny's is the only one specifically called out on this sheet. Then again, perhaps the person responsible for upkeep and organization of the photos already misplaced some, and this was a stern warning (emphasis on REST OF)! :-)

I love collecting things like this because, to me, it represents some of the "behind the scenes" goings-on that make our hobby the great thing that it is. In the future, I'll post some scans of a few Pacific slides of Kenny Lofton (I believe) that were once considered possible candidates for card photos... Very cool stuff! :-)

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