Sunday, November 11, 2007
1990 Topps Doubleheaders Joe Carter
I'm not sure how I came into possession of this particular gem, but I would venture to say it either came by way of eBay or perhaps a "shopping spree" on Beckett. What we have here are two mini cards (a 1989 and a 1990) which are placed back-to-back on a plastic holder. The holder had a little foot at the bottom so that the pair can stand vertically for display purposes. In fact, that is about the only thing you CAN do with them - display. Because of the "cute" little foot, you cannot (readily or effectively) place this item in a pocket page without seriously weirding out your binder. And, yes, I have considered "removing" the foot....
Of course, I am okay with all of that for one simple reason - it's Joe (friggin) Carter! He is (in my opinion, without a doubt) one of the best Tribers to have graced an Indians uniform. Excellent!
In case you're not familiar with the set, I wanted to go ahead and provide you with a couple tidbits: 1) The wrapper is red, blue, and yellow and features a double shot of Jose Canseco, 2) The wrapper reads, "Topps All-Stars DoubleHeaders: 2 Baseball Pictures in Holder," 3) A checklist is provided on the back: Jim Abbott, Jeff Ballard, George Bell, Wade Boggs, Barry Bonds, Bobby Bonilla, Ellis Burks, Jose Canseco, Joe Carter, Will Clark, Roger Clemens, Vince Coleman, Alvin Davis, Eric Davis, Glenn Davis, Mark Davis, Andre Dawson, Shawon Dunston, Dennis Eckersley, Sid Fernandez, Tony Fernandez, Chuck Finley, Carlton Fisk, Julio Franco.
Why list them all? How about the fact that nearly a third of the players listed have been a Triber at one point of another! (Ellis Burks, Joe Carter, Shawon Dunston, Dennis Eckersley, Chuck Finley, and Julio Franco)
If I should find myself in possession of a duplicate of these, I will attempt to pull the holder apart and get into the "meat" of these - I am interested to see if they are actual cards or just photos... Of course, if any of you already know the answer, feel free to share! :-)