Sunday, September 8, 2013

Tribecards from Outer Space: Super Premium Before Panini Changed the Definition

Remember, you can sign up for team spots in the Baseball Blaster Box Break!

Now that Panini has introduced the $1,250 pack of cards (and freaking basketball, of all things. Who even collects basketball anymore?), I thought I would open a pack of cards that were considered "Super Premium" back in the day.

What we have is a pack of 1993 Series Bowman. "14 Super Premium Picture Cards" per pack. Plus one special foil engraved card. Or maybe that's part of the 14. I dunno, we'll find out. Getting into the pack was a bit of a chore since I am trying to save the packs to send to Baseball Dad. One might say, "Preserving procured packs properly proves problematic, particularly packs purportedly 'Premium.'" Or not.

Mike Neill - A's - Free Agent
Hector Roa - Braves - Free Agent
Nigel Wilson - Marlins - Free Agent
Larry Carter - Giants - Free Agent
Greg Gohr - Tigers - Free Agent
Chris Sabo - Reds - Josh Denhartog (Wahoo!!)
Troy O'Leary Engraved Foil - Brewers - Free Agent
Mike Morgan - Cubs - gcrl (Wahoo!!)
Kent Hrbek - Twins - Dawgbones (Wahoo!!)
Pete Harnisch - Astros - Samuel Pair (Wahoo!!)
Chili Davis - Angels - James Haynes (Wahoo!!)
Ozzie Smith - Cardinals - Kerry Biggs (Wahoo!!)
Phil Plantier - Padres - Free Agent (Bonus for matching the letter of alliteration?!)
Stan Belinda - Pirates - Free Agent

Holy smokes! The Wizard of Ozz! That makes a pack worth it no matter who wins. Man, that is awesome. The engraved foil card is pretty cool-looking. It's got a Brewers player on it, so I know at least one person most likely interested. Packs that offer up this many free agents this late in the season still surprise me. Just shows how many players there are and have been, and how many of them ended up on these little bits of cardboard that we collectors cherish so much. Now, were these "Super Premium?" Where would they fall in today's spectrum of baseball card standards?

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