Good afternoon, pack fans! Today's pack is brought to you by Upper Deck. Okay, well, it features Upper Deck - they have nothing to do with it other than they are the brand of card being opened. The pack comes from 1990 back when competition was a good thing and monopolies, er exclusive contracts, were not all the rage. This is back when UD actually had a license to put logos and insignia on cards. Basically, this is from the good old days.
My biggest pet peeve in pack-busting rears its head with this pack: cards inserted backwards, upside-down, etc. Seriously? How hard is it to have all the cards facing the same direction, people?
Mike Brumley - Tigers - Free Agent - [I know, I know. I shouldn't be thinking it. But, how can you NOT think "Wilford Brimley?"]
Mike Greenwell - Red Sox - ThoughtsAndSox (Wahoo!!) - [This, to me, is a great "head-shot" pose. If I had been a ballplayer and they weren't going to use an action shot, this is the kind of pic I would have wanted.]
Cris Carpenter - Cardinals - Free Agent - [I had no idea the Cardinals had a CRis and a CHRis Carpenter. I am pretty sure I messed up somewhere. Oh well, the "h-less" one is up for grabs, so far as I can tell.]
Bert Blyleven - Angels - Dayfs (Wahoo!!) - [This is one of those "in-motion" cards with multiple exposure during a pitch. I think the idea was cool, but the execution leaves something of a blurry mess on the card.]
Dennis Martinez - Expos - Free Agent - [How in the heck is Denny Martinez still a free agent!? haha, this is another case of having way more modern packs, I guess.]
Mel Hall - Yankees - Trhdds (Wahoo!!) - [I love the "running man" pose on ballcards. Nothing like a good action shot to pull us into the game!]
Orel Hershiser - Dodgers - Trhdds (Wahoo!! Back-to-Back!) - [Excellent!! Congrats! Not the best pic of Hersh, but ANY card of his is a good one in my book.]
Felix Jose - A's - Free Agent - [On this card, he is leading off (from third, I believe). He is biting his tongue in anticipation of heading for home.]
Pittsburgh Pirates Logo Sticker - Pirates - Free Agent - [The mascot is taken. The team card is in the current draft. We now have the team logo up for grabs in the NEXT draft!]
George Brett - Royals - JoshDs (Wahoo!!) - [Holy freakin cow! Does pulling a Brett ever get old? I submit that it does not! He's positioned as if to say, "Yeah, hit it to me. I dare ya!"]
Pat Tabler - Royals - Workmans (Wahoo!!) - [Ex-Triber gets to hang out with the aforementioned Brett. Not a bad way to spend a summer.]
Kevin Mitchell Giants Team Checklist - Giants - Arpsmiths (Wahoo!!) - [Wow, this guy changed uniform numbers almost as often as he changed teams - even when playing for the same team.]
Juan Gonzalez Rookie - Rangers - PlayAtThePlates (Wahoo!!) - [Back of card reads, "...has all the tools (except speed)..." Wow, talk about a back-handed compliment.]
Steve Finley - Orioles - BackstopCards (Wahoo!!) - [Played nearly 20 years in the MLB. I love it when guys have long careers. Get out there and do your thing for as long as you can.]
Gus Polidor - Brewers - Thorzuls (Wahoo!!) - [Speaking of back-handed, this card features a fun fielding shot, presumably taken during warm-ups.]
Ivan Calderon - White Sox - JediJeffs (Wahoo!!) - [Haha! There are few poses that have made me chuckle as this one - sitting on the ground with a "Really? This is what you are going to use as a baseball card?" expression on his face.]
Congratulations, managers! Enjoy these cards when they are delivered to your doorsteps after the season is over!