Sunday, September 4, 2016
1995. I can't say I remember a lot about that year.
Hmmm, let's see what I can dig out of my brain:
Well, there was the O.J. trial, of course. Michael Jordan came back to the NBA. We had a World Series for the first time in two years (and a former co-worker, whose big passion was sailing for crying out loud, scoffed as we watched the Braves play the Indians, saying "people still watch this stuff?" Yeah, buddy, they do. Go fall out of a boat).
Blues Traveler was big. Toy Story, too, if you were a kid then. There was living in a gangsta's paradise. The Soup Nazi episode on Seinfeld. (Also another favorite: "Jimmy might have a compound fracture! Jimmy's going into shock!").
More stuff: The emergence of Donovan McNabb. Apollo 13. The world is a vampire.
OK, I guess I do remember some things.
As far as baseball cards, the hobby was almost dead. In my world and just about everywhere else. The strike had practically killed it. I bought three packs of Topps and then basically said "see ya" to collecting for a decade.
But they were still making cards in 1995. I've found that out in the years since starting a blog. They were making lots and lots of cards. Desperately making lots of cards. Please, please, somebody, buy our cards.
This pack of Donruss features the kind of cards made in 1995. It's another one of those packs I picked up for a buck each at the card show in Vermont back in May. It's a hobby pack of Series 2 -- says so right on the front. I decided to show it here because it has a connection to this year's cards.
Take a look at the back of the first card out of the pack and a selection from 2016 Topps Bunt:
Slight resemblance there.
All right, time to open the pack. A bit of a warning: It's the '90s, so prepare to view unreadable names and very boring uniforms. Hum "Don't go chasing waterfalls," if you must, to get you through.
#334 - Tuffy Rhodes, Cubs
It's Mr. Japanese baseball home run man.
An aside about the set: 1995 Donruss is easily my favorite base Donruss set of the '90s. It lands squarely between '94 Donruss (yawn) and '96 Donruss (the strange foil loin cloth set). I admit its resemblance to 1963 and 1983 Topps is why I like it so much.
#536 - Cal Eldred, Brewers
Gah. Hate everything about the Brewers' uniforms from this time.
#353 - Carlos Pulido, Twins
Pulido barely logged any time in the majors, yet his pro career lasted from 1989-2008.
#362 - Joe Boever, Tigers
This pack is really boring.
#380 - Kirby Puckett, Twins
There we go. Puckett was entering what would be his final major league season in 1995. Here's another aside: a guy I know recently shouted stream-of-consciously (he does this a lot): "Who names their kid, "Kirby"? "Uh, Mr. and Mrs. Puckett" I said instantly, before I could get to "Mr. and Mrs. Dar Dar").
#497 - Darren Daulton, Phillies
I don't miss mullets.
#490 - Joe Carter/Checklist 405-477
#409 - Felix Fermin, Mariners
I believe these and the Brewers' uniforms then are why I confuse the Brewers and Mariners to this day (that, and the whole Seattle Pilots/Mariners thing). I adamantly believe this is also why MLB moved the Brewers to the National League. Cut down on the confusion.
#468 - Tony Tarasco, Braves
OMG, the inset photo should have been the main photo.
Another Donruss/Bunt comparison since I already scanned it for Cardboard Junkie.
#458 - Ryan Thompson, Mets
These look like the uniforms the Expos were wearing around the same time or slightly earlier. It's as if in the '90s, MLB teams got their uniforms from one supplier like high school teams do and there are only 7 templates available. MLB was a step away from 6 teams wearing blue and gold and all named the Bulldogs.
#432 - Jeff Reboulet, Twins
Three Twins. That's the kind of pack it is.
#490 - Joe Carter/Checklist 405-477
The same checklist! THAT'S the kind of pack it is. I forgot to warn you about mid-1990s collation.
So, anyway, that was my time trip back to 1995.
Wasn't it fun?
At least I didn't mention Hootie and the Blowfish.