Sometimes, minor league products are not very exciting. This one falls into the category. 1990 ProCards AAA Baseball has a massive, 700-card checklist. With that said, obviously the set is going to be full of players who did not have notable major league careers. Highlights will be few and far between. But what it lacks in star power and eye-catching designs, it makes up for with fun names and cheesy posed photos. What could be better?
1990 ProCards AAA Baseball Box Break:
Cards per pack: 10
Packs per box: 48
Price paid: $10
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Pack 1 “highlights”:
Heredia pitched in 267 major league games over 10 seasons, compiling a 4.46 career ERA.
Marvin Freeman & John Burkett
Skeeter Barnes & Steve Lankard
Lankard burst onto the scene after the 1985 draft, posting a 1.66 ERA during his first minor league season. He couldn’t keep up those numbers, though, and never made the major leagues.
Bob Hamelin & Lee Stange
Hamelin won the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year after batting .282 with 24 HR and 65 RBI.
Current Mariners manager Scott Servais & Bob Knepper
Reggie Jefferson, Dave Hansen, Cris Carpenter, Scott Hemond & John Gibbons
How could that Hemond (posed) action shot not be considered a highlight?
Steve Swisher, Steve Avery, Ray Lankford, Dean Palmer & Curt Schilling
Hensley Meulens & Stan Belinda
Meulens was the 30th ranked prospect coming into the 1991 season. He ended up playing less than 200 major league games. He also played professionally in Mexico, Japan and Korea.
Adair was a third round draft pick in 1979 but never appeared in a major league game.
Berroa played parts of eleven seasons in the majors, racking up 692 career hits.
Ozzie Virgil & Paul Abbott
Sherman Corbett & Dave Burba
Corbett looks the part of a junkball pitcher.
August is a worthwhile Twitter follow and has shared some extremely interesting stories about his time in baseball.
Karl Rhodes & Gary DiSarcina
Aldred pitched in 229 major league games over nine seasons. That was enough to be the highlight of the pack.
Gomer Hodge & Orlando Merced
How could I not highlight Gomer?
Don Wakamatsu & Luis Sojo
Sojo won four World Series titles with the Yankees.
Three checklists in this pack.
Flaherty was the starting catcher in the first Tampa Bay Rays game on March 31, 1998.
Rick Bordi (the picture is better than the player)
Jason Maas & Dave Justice
Yes, Jason is the brother of Kevin Maas. You know, the player that was going to make every baseball card collector rich in the early 1990s.
Francisco Cabrera & Dave Eiland
Jefferson played just 680 major league games, but holds a .300 career batting average.
Diamondbacks Manager Torey Lovullo
Hinkle never made the majors, but reminded me of Ray Finkle, so here we are.
Butch Davis & Gary Varsho
Gary’s son, Daulton, currently plays for the Blue Jays.
In addition to playing parts of seven major league seasons, Hale also managed the Diamondbacks in 2015 and 2016.
Chris Padget (messing around cross-handed) & Dave Trautwein
Despite a Rookie of the Year résumé, Hamelin played under 500 major league games.
Rocket Wheeler, Mark Leiter & Mike Magnante
You may recognize Magnante who gets demoted in the movie Moneyball.
Brian Hunter & Jeff Stone
Hunter hit 25 home runs as a 20 year old in A-ball in 1988.
John Gibbons & Leo Gomez
Chris Hammond & Andy Stankiewicz
Hammond pitched until he was 40, appearing in 441 major league games.
Derek Bell & Mel Rojas
Bell went on to become one of the Killer B’s in Houston.
Jim Leyritz & Ed Sprague
Dave Pavlas & Jeff Gray
Apparently Sports Images did not care so much about featuring the Marlboro Man in the background of their cards.
Travis Fryman & Mike Fetters
Wilson Alvarez & Bobby Meacham
Alvarez threw a no-hitter against the Orioles on August 11, 1991.
Dann Howitt & Kirt Manwaring
Howitt got a little bit creative for his photoshoot.
Dave Hansen & Phil Plantier
Plantier was supposed to be the next big Red Sox superstar. He hit 33 Triple-A home runs in 1990.
Lee Stevens & Jeff Jones
Lastly, the Plantier card back. He didn’t fare as well in the majors.
See what I mean? Not exactly a star-studded checklist but there are definitely some notable names. Oddly enough, I found four such major leaguers in the same pack.
I still find products like these fun. It doesn’t hurt when they are cheap!
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