Sunday, October 20, 2013

Best Of The Set: Mets

Round three of "Best of the Set" y'all!  Metropolitan edition!  

Ok.  Woah.  Too much excitement there.  It's Sunday after all, just a quick post to start the week.  Relaxing to the soothing yellow glow of '91 Fleer.

After rounds 1 & 2 where we visited Toronto and Montreal, we're heading back to the good old U.S. of A.  The results of the voting for the best cards from the team sets are on the left.  Congrats go out to Misters Grissom, Galarraga, Olerud, and Hill.

Anyways, I've got a few blogger friends who are Mets fans, so I'll be interested to see their input on "the best" Mets cards from the set.

On a side note, how many sports teams are there that have a nickname for their nickname?  Two of 'em are in New York (the Metropolitans and Knickerbockers).  Have the Reds officially changed their name from the Redlegs, or is that one that gets automatically gets shortened as well?  Don't even get me started on the Diamondbacks.

Alright, onto the cards, as we've already started with Frank Viola at the top.  As a kid, I always thought that Frank Viola and Frank Tanana had really cool names.  I think I attributed it to their last names, but maybe I just like the name Frank.  Hmmm...

Alright, here is an impressive duo of cardboard.  Strawberry's card is neither the first nor the last to depict the 1990 Home Run Derby.  I personally am not a fan of Darryl, but the high leg kick san helmet is a pretty cool looking one.  Man, Dwight Gooden was awesome.

David Cone AKA Mr. Perfect Game is not in Yankee pinstripes but in the good old orange and blue.  John Franco has no perfect game on his resume, but he is fourth on the all-time saves leader board, coming in with 424.  He played on the Mets from 1990 - 2004, missing one season in between due to injury.  What a Met.

There are not many teams that still have the stripe that runs all the way down the jersey of a uniform onto the pants, and those that do tend to have a slightly slimmer stripe.  Gotta love the (early) 90's.

Our last two entrants aren't quite as well known as the previous ones.  I remember Chuck Carr more as an inaugural Marlin than a Met, but he was a rookie with them (4 games) in 1990.  He makes the list because I appreciate the "one batting glove, one bare hand" look, especially with the third base line seats in the background.  Todd Hundley makes the cut because I'm a sucker for shots of catchers in their gear, and you don't see many of them trying to throw out runners from behind first base.

Okay, in reality, he's most likely just warming up the pitcher, but still, you don't usually see that much green behind a "catcher in his gear" card.

Well, there it is!  In three months, I've done 16 posts and three editions of Best of The Set.

I know what you're staying: "Slow down, man!"

Please vote for two.  Right side of the page.  Poll closes sometime this week.

1 comment:

  1. Close call. Love the bunting and the dudes with ties in the background of the Straw card. But I gotta stay true to the pitching fraternity. The forward momentum from Doc makes the still pic come to life.