Sometime during the 1992 season, Andre Dawson fell awkwardly into a brick wall at Wrigley Field after making a catch (don’t question me, the ball is in his glove). Because they had the technology to do so, Upper Deck documented this incident with a multi-shot baseball card. This makes perfect sense, because they couldn’t find a usable shot of him slipping on his way up the stairs, or stubbing his toe on a coffee table. Great work depicting a future bench player for the 1996 Florida Marlins.
So, Wade Boggs was a pretty decent hitter. Even though he sold his soul to the Yankees in December 1992, and ended his career with Tampa Bay about a decade before they were good, he still had 3010 hits and a career batting average of .328. I guess you could say it made sense that Upper Deck wanted to use some fancy technology to show us his swing (turn your head sideways, it kind of makes sense).
However, Wade Boggs might be more famous because of the legend that claims he once drank 64 beers on a cross-country flight from Boston to Los Angeles. Regardless of what the actual number was, I think it’s pretty clear that Boggs liked a little drinky drinky in his day, and we should help keep the legend alive for future generations of high-functioning alcoholics.
You’d think this card would have been more effective had they used some frames of Rickey Henderson running the basepaths, as opposed to stopping on them.
After all, he was the greatest of all time.
Sometimes, we find some pretty high-tech stuff in sports cards. Like, seriously high-tech stuff. This new category will look at some of these innovations that change not only the sports memorabilia industry, but in fact change the world.
Leading us off is 1994 Topps, on a card featuring, for some reason, Bret Barberie clad heavily in early Florida Marlins teal. Sliding into the bag at second is a young Jeff Bagwell. And you will notice that there are multiple shots of the play being made, so that you can see how it went down.
It’s kind of like Sportflics, without having to tilt the card.