Today the summer math program that I teach at took our annual field trip to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom, which is an animal themed amusement park. Most of the students had a lot of fun eating junk food, watching shows, playing carnival games, and of course going on rides.
It took me back to my own childhood when it was known as Marine World Africa USA and located about 45 minutes closer to my house (in Redwood City). Whenever my parents asked me where I wanted to go for my birthday, I always picked either The Exploratorium, Great America, Chuck E. Cheese, or Marine World Africa USA.
Unfortunately it just wasn't as cool as I remember it being. As crazy as this sounds... it sort of reminds me of 1990 Leaf baseball cards.
Back in the day, this was one of my favorite baseball card sets. In the early 90's, I spent a decent percentage of my paychecks building this 528 card set. It had everything. A solid checklist with future hall of famers and a nice crop of rookies. A simple, yet attractive card design. And its production was limited compared to Topps, Fleer, and Donruss.
It's actually one of the few items I decided to keep after I sold off my collection at the turn of the millennium. Today the set sits in a box collecting dust in my parent's garage. Every few years, I'll pull it out and flip through it when I go down to visit them.
And each time I do... it seems like the set is slowly losing it's luster... much like Marine World has.
But a few weeks ago, I stumbled across a guy who had some Series One packs for sale at the Serramonte Mall Card Show. He offered me the entire twelve pack lot for $4. That's about how much I used to spend on one pack, let alone twelve packs. I had no choice but to purchase them.
On the drive home from work, I remembered that they were waiting for me in my office. So after I grabbed a drink and took a shower, I sat down and busted them open. Here's a look at some of the key cards I pulled...
Fifteen years ago, this card was one of the hottest cards in the hobby. Today, it's not. But I was still excited to pull the rookie card of a 600 Home Run Club member... even if he's bunting in his photo.
Is it Joey or Albert? Is it a rookie card or not? Regardless here's another card that was pretty hot in the mid 90's.
Never realized how many things these two had in common until I saw this card. Athletics. Photo backgrounds. Batting Stances. Home run power. PED's.
And finally... I'll wrap things up with Mr. Walk. Twenty years ago, this card would have been just another card thrown into another box of commons. These days, I don't think I'll see another card of him without thinking of the great baseball card blog: Bob Walk the Plank.
Okay I've fallen asleep several times while writing this post and there's less than five minutes before it's officially Saturday.. I think it's time I wrap things up and hit the sack. While I'm catching up on sleep...
Any thoughts or memories on 1990 Leaf baseball?
Happy Friday and sayonara!