I do remember a giant box filled with them in the back and whenever I saw a new one added to it, I'd grab a copy for myself. About ten years ago, I discovered my stash of 90's promo cards and my interest in them was revived. Since then, my collection has doubled... maybe even tripled in size... thanks to some non-sports promos I've purchased at flea markets over the years.
Two weeks ago, I received a package from Greg over at The Collective Mind. Earlier in the month, he went on a six state tour of card shops including a stop at the NSCC. Along the way, he must have stumbled across a treasure trove of promo cards, because he sent me ten Tony Gwynn promo cards from the late 90's to the early 2000's.
Here's a look at them sorted in chronological order:
1997 Leaf Knothole Gang Sample #4
This is hands down my favorite card in the bunch and it's the lone Leaf promo card. It's diecut... and features wood matting. I know there are collectors who don't appreciate the Golden Age of Insert Cards, but I can't think of one reason a Tony Gwynn baseball card collector would turn their nose up to this card.
1998 Pacific Online Sample #Sample
This card is not aesthetically pleasing, but it documents a time when the internet and card collecting were learning to co-exist.
1999 Pacific Sample #Sample
I wasn't the biggest fan of Pacific trading cards back in the day, but over the years I've grown to appreciate the well-cropped action shots featured on their cards.
1999 Pacific Crown Collection Sample #Sample
The back of the card features that iconic Gwynn smile. And who doesn't appreciate a bilingual trading card every now and then?
1999 Pacific Paramount Sample #Sample
1999 Pacific Prism Sample #Sample
Prisms were Pacific's version of 90's shine... whose legacy lives on through Panini these days.
2000 Pacific Sample #Sample
2000 Pacific Crown Collection Sample #Sample
2000 Pacific Paramount Sample #Sample
I've never given much thought to the Pacific card back designs, but after flipping through these samples... I just realized that Pacific used photographs on every one. Gotta give them some props for that.
2000 Pacific Vanguard Sample #Sample
And rounding out the sweet selection of Tony Gwynn samples is this 2000 Pacific Vanguard. This was the only year Pacific produced Vanguard baseball cards. At the end of 2000, their MLB license expired. At the time I didn't mind. Pacific was my least favorite card manufacturer and I was getting ready to sell off my collection and focus on paying off debt and saving up for a place.
Fast forward nineteen years and I've grown to appreciate their cards. Time (and generous care packages like this) have a funny way of doing that.
Thanks Greg for these ten promo cards! It made me take a trip back in time when I was just starting to build my promo card collection while moonlighting at my local card shop. Good times. I'll get you added to the growing list of care packages that I owe fellow bloggers.
Happy Saturday and sayonara!