Friday, April 24, 2015

Baseball Card Evolution - 1994

See my post Capewood's Theory of Baseball Card Evolution here.

Bowman - Stage 6
 Bowman's only year a full Stage 6. It's got the back photo, the foil, the gloss and the full bleed printing.

Donruss - Stage 6
Donruss was also at Stage 6, but not as nice a card as Bowman. The name on the front is hard to read and there are not enough stats on the back.

Fleer - Stage 5
Fleer is another year from Stage 6, but this is a nice design with an uncluttered front.

Score - Stage 4
The fronts featured good photographs and the backs are nice but that horrid dark blue border on the front ruined this set.

Topps Stage 4
The front is a bit more cluttered than the Score but it's much more colorful and bright. I always liked the backs of this set as well.

Upper Deck - Stage 6
Pretty good except for that goofy elongated insert photo on the front.

Since I seem to have most of the mainstream 1994 Eckersley cards, I'll show the rest that I have. There were a lot of card issues in 1994. The Eckersley cards I'm missing are Bowman's Best (7), Finest (7), Upper Deck Fun Pack (4), Leaf (6), Pacific (6), Select (6), SP (6), and Studio (6).

Collector’s Choice - Stage 4
This is the first year for Collector’s Choice. It looks very much like 1993 Upper Deck.

Flair - Stage 7
Fleer's attempt at a super premium card like Topps Finest. Printed on thicker card stock, with full bleed printing, gold foil and super high gloss, all on the front and the back.

Pinnacle - Stage 6
Pinnacle, in their 3rd year, jumped right from Stage 3 to Stage 6 with this pretty good effort. This is their best Stage 6 card as future years would be heavily lathered with gold foil.

Stadium Club - Stadium Club
Stadium Club started in 1991 already at Stage 6. There were some design changes for 1994, most notably going from gold foil to red foil but it remained the great brand it had been.

Triple Play - Stage 6-
This Donruss product started in 1992 mainly trying to appeal to kids. It moved to full bleed printing in this, it's final year of it's original run, but didn't incorporate foil. So it's not quite Stage 6.

Ultra - Stage 6
Ultra, Fleer's first attempt at a premium card, started in 1991 as a Stage 3 card, but jumped to Stage 6 in 1992. In these early days of Ultra, they always had 3 photos on the back. For some reason, the foil logo on this Eckersley card is sideways, as though this was a horizontal card rather than vertical.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Baseball Card Evolution - 1993

Check my Theory of Baseball Card Evolution so you know what I'm talking about.

Bowman - Stage 4

Donruss - Stage 3

Fleer - Stage 3

Score - Stage 3

Topps - Stage 3

Upper Deck - Stage 4
This last card reminded me of this.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

1994 Bowman - Ryan Klesko

A quick break from all the evolution posts.

I always like when the photo on the back of the card is a continuation of the play on the front. Take this Ryan Klesko card for example.

That's Darrin Fletcher of the Expos getting the worst of a collision with Ryan Klesko. Klesko's batting helmet is flying. Someday I'm going to do a post just featuring flying hats and helmets.

In this case, the front photo is actually a continuation of the play from the back.

Klesko gets it in the kisser which is what knocked his helmet off. You can clearly see that Fletcher has the ball in his right hand. I wonder if he managed to get the tag. I'd guess not since he's falling away from Klesko on the front photo. We can't see where the plate is, so it's tough to call from just these two photos.

Of course, today, I think this situation would be against the rules. Maybe that's another post, great plate collisions. We won't be seeing any more cards featuring such a thing.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Card Evolution - 1992

Here's how cards from 1992 stack up on the evolutionary scale.

Bowman - Stage 4

Donruss - Stage 3

Fleer - Stage 3

Score - Stage 3

Topps - Stage 3

Upper Deck - Stage 3