Saturday, October 16, 2010

1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated World Series Fever

The break of this product is just in time as the World Series is right around the corner! The base set consists of 150 cards featuring 20 Cover Collection (Sports Illustrated covers) and 10 Magnificent Moments

There are 2 sequentially numbered parallel sets - Extra Edition numbered to 98 sets and First Edition limited to 1 of each card. The other inserts sets: 10 MVP Collection (1:4), 15 Reggie Jackson's Picks (1:12), 10 Autumn Excellence (1:24) and 10 Autumn Excellence - Gold (1:240)

Pack 1
#042 Nomar Garciaparra (Red Sox)
#146 Tony Womack (Pirates)
#028 Bobby Richardson / Magnificent Moments (Yankees)
#095 Ken Caminiti (Padres)
#078 Randy Johnson (Mariners)
#089 Roberto Alomar (Orioles)

Pack 2
#117 Mike Piazza (Mets)
#032 Kevin Brown (Padres)
#131 Magglio Ordonez (White Sox)
#098 Denny Neagle (Braves)
#071 Edgar Martinez (Mariners)
#080 Mark McGwire (Cardinals)

I love the photography in this set.  It reminds me of some of the better Stadium Club or Upper Deck sets.  The full bleed photos are really nice.  For those of you that love to have the team's logo pictured on the cards they are on the back.

Pack 3
#026 Enos Slaughter / MM (Cardinals)
#120 Brad Radke (Twins)
#5AE Whitey Ford - Autumn Excellence (Yankees)
#102 Vinny Castilla (Rockies)
#109 Andy Pettitte (Yankees)
#096 Pedro Martinez (Red Sox)

The scan doesn't do the Autumn Excellence card justice.  The leaves in the bottom right corner are done in a copper foil while the player's image is glossy on a flat background w/ more autumn leaves.

Pack 4
#139 Chuck Finley (Angels)
#063 Rusty Greer (Rangers)
#08MC Tom Glavine - MVP Collection (Braves)
#003 1958 World Series / SI Cover (Yankees)
#077 Barry Bonds (Giants)
#087 Ray Lankford (Cardinals)

Another hit!  The MVP Collection inserts tell the tale of that player's post season feat that earned them MVP honors.

Pack 5
#132 Bobby Bonilla (Dodgers)
#060 Darryl Kile (Rockies)

#02MC Brooks Robinson - MVP Collection (Orioles)
#009 the California Series / SI Cover (A's)
#034 Ron Gant (Cardinals)
#033 Brian Rose (Red Sox)

Another MVP Collection, this time of a Hall of Famer.

Pack 6
#134 Jim Thome (Indians)
#058 Bobby Higginson (Tigers)
#09MC John Wetteland - MVP Collection (Yankees)
#005 1962 World Series (Yankees)
#046 Tony Clark (Tigers)
#059 Bobby Jones (Mets)

Finally some Tigers!  I was beginning to wonder if we'd get any.  The Wetteland MVP Collection card is odd as it features in holding the MVP trophy in a Yankees t-shirt while the photo on the back shows him in his Rangers uniform.  This one is going in the Yankees stack.

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