Thursday, October 15, 2015

The 1990s Baseball Card Face-off - 1991 Bowman vs. 1993 Stadium Club

Check this post to see my methodology.

Two posts in a row!

Here's where we left off:

Today's face-off doesn't look like it's going to be much of a fight.

1991 Bowman vs. 1993 Stadium Club

1991 Bowman #183 Jeff Bagwell

1991 Bowman #529 Andy Van Slyke

1991 Bowman was a Stage 1 card but with two innovations. One was gold foil stamping on some of the cards. I showed the Bagwell card as an example (he was the NL Rookie of the Year in 1991, not an MVP). Winners of the 1990 Silver Slugger award had a small crossed bat gold stamp is another example. There were a few others. The other innovation was in the presentation of player stats, but Bowman had been doing this since it's inception in 1989. Most of the cards are posed shots with the occasional action photo.

1993 Stadium Club #2 Greg Maddux

1993 Stadium Club #562 Will Clark

1993 was the third year for Stadium Club, and although it hadn't changed much since 1991, it was still pretty much the design standard. Glossy full bleed printing front and back, with a front design that worked well even on horizontal cards. The design was combined with great photography. Showing the player's first Topps card on the back was getting a little old and this would be the last year Stadium Club would have this feature. 

The Result: As I said above, not much of a fight here. With no thought at all, I'm going with 1993 Stadium Club.

The updated bracket.

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