Sunday, October 17, 2010

Group Break Round 2 - 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated World Series Fever

After opening the first couple of packs of this SI product I've got to say I'll be buying at least another box as I really want to build this set now...the photography and clean design just begs to be collected!

Pack 1
#022 Joe Carter / Magnificent Moments (Blue Jays)
#044 Tom Glavine (Braves)
#095 Ken Caminiti (Padres)
#092 Moises Alou (Astros)

Pack 2
#135 Justin Thompson (Tigers)
#023 Carlton Fisk / MM (Red Sox)
#056 Tony Gwynn (Padres)
#094 Hideo Nomo (Mets)

Here's another team swap that I didn't know about.  Nomo a Met?

Pack 3
#099 Tino Martinez (Yankees)
#006 Lou Brock / SI Covers (Cardinals)
#138 Wade Boggs (Rays)
#5AEG Whitey Ford - Autumn Excellence Gold (Yankees)

Wow!  This Gold Autumn Excellence card was seeded 1:240 packs!  These have a shiny gold reflective foil that covers the entire front of the card.

Pack 4
#036 Andres Galarraga (Braves)
#024 Bucky Dent / MM (Yankees)
#100 Mike Mussina (Orioles)
#048 Dante Bichette (Rockies)
#062 Charles Johnson (Dodgers)

Pack 5
#018 1995 World Series / SI Covers (Braves)
#073 Barry Larkin (Reds)
#13RP Mark McGwire - Reggie's Picks (Cardinals)
#082 Javier Lopez (Braves)

I think this SI covers card of the Braves winning the World Series has got to be one of my favorite Braves cards - what memories this brings back!  I had to scan in this card of Barry Larkin as I swear it looks like he is just floating in mid-air.  This is the first Reggie's Picks insert we've pulled.  McGwire's name, image and the small image of Reggie in the bottom corner are all slightly raised while Reggie gives his insight on the said player on the card's back.

Pack 6
#112 Gary Sheffield (Dodgers)
#019 New York Yankees / SI Covers (Yankees)
#111 Henry Rodriguez (Cubs)
#074 Mike Lansing (Rockies)

I'm not a Yankees fan, but I do like John Wetteland and the excitement in this photo is fantastic.

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