Sunday, December 14, 2008

1993 Triple Play

For the second year in a row Donruss came up with a nice looking card for their Triple Play release. Is this day and age of hard to read player names that have been foil stamped on the cards, I like it that the name is plastered across the top in 30 point type.

For whatever reason, this set is not listed in my team set checklist book, so my attempt at putting one together may be inaccurate. (I've only got four of these cards, so I'll give it a shot....)

The 1993 Donruss Triple Play Detroit Tigers:
5 Cecil Fielder
44 Milt Cuyler
59 Travis Fryman
92 Mickey Tettleton
137 Rob Deer
176 Tony Phillips
191 Alan Trammell
224 Lou Whitaker

There were some sort of scratch off insert game cards. I kinda remember these, but not really all that much.

15 Cecil Fielder

Also a League Leaders insert card that I don't recall at all.

L5 Cecil Fielder

1993 Studio

It's not often I praise a Donruss release, but I will do so here. This is one of the nicest looking sets ever made. This was such a simple concept that it begs the question of why it was never done before. The only thing I don't like about this set is that I didn't collect the entire thing. Even the foil stamping looks elegant when used in this format. 

Of course it's a shame that they found the doofious (yeah, I made it up, so what?) picture of Kirk Gibson they could possibly dig up, but I still love them. I may have to hunt down a complete set on ebay after the holidays. These are that nice. (I just looked and you can find one for about $15-20. Not a bad deal at all for a set this awesome.)

The 1993 Studio Detroit Tigers:
26 Rob Deer
37 Cecil Fielder
76 Lou Whitaker
108 Travis Fryman
138 Mickey Tettleton
165 Kirk Gibson
213 Tony Phillips

Okay, I only have two beefs with this set. How the hell could they leave out Alan Trammell, yet include Jerald Clark and Orestes Destrade? How?

There is an insert card that I was never aware of at any time in life until fifteen seconds ago. 

Silhouettes #5 Travis Fryman

1993 Leaf

Another Donruss issue that looks like it borrowed heavily from '92 Fleer Ultra. Same old marble background corner and goil foil circle thingy. Pretty lackluster and unimaginative. Much like this paragraph. 

This is also another one of those sets where the backs of the cards look better than the fronts. At least in concept maybe. I mean, instead of just putting two different shots of the Ren Cen in the background, why not mix it up a little bit some other iconic Detroit landmarks like Motown Studios, the Windsor Tunnel, or even the downtown Borders on Woodward Ave.?

The 1993 Leaf Detroit Tigers:
16 Travis Fryman
38 Milt Cuyler
60 Dan Gladden
81 Mike Henneman
103 Bill Gullickson
110 Tettleton/Fryman
126 Tony Phillips
148 Lou Whitaker
191 Mike Munoz
213 Mickey Tettleton
246 Rob Deer
283 Cecil Fielder
314 Kirk Gibson
348 Bill Krueger
375 Scott Livingstone
401 Mike Moore
421 Alan Trammell
463 Chad Kreuter
484 David Wells
534 John Doherty

I have no way of verifying that this checklist card #110 is of Mickey Tettleton doing a flip over the railing while Travis Fryman watches from the dugout, but my theory is the only one I've ever heard, so I'm running with it. 

There were a few ho-hum insert cards. And by ho-hum I mean, "Oh really? Who gives a shit about a Greg Gohr insert card?"

Fasttrack #19 Travis Fryman
Gold All Stars #3 Cecil Fielder
Gold Rookies #6 Greg Gohr

Thursday, December 4, 2008

1993 Donruss

I like this set although it kinda reminds me of '92 Fleer Ultra. I think it's the embossed look of the little diamond and bar on the front, I dunno. I do know however that this was Donruss best effort since '84. 

I love the pic of Shawn Hare with the bat back on his shoulder as the ball is about to whiz by him. I like what they did with the checklists too. A Fryman-Livingstone high five should be preserved for all of eternity. 

The 1993 Donruss Detroit Tigers:
13 Mickey Tettleton
41 Rico Brogna
71 Mark Carreon
77 Rich Rowland
99 Kevin Ritz
127 Travis Fryman
145 Kurt Knudsen
173 Milt Cuyler
203 John Kiely
231 Rob Deer
259 Mike Henneman
277 John Doherty
305 Shawn Hare
335 Dave Haas
391 Phil Clark
409 Scott Livingstone
437 Skeeter Barnes
467 Dan Gladden
495 Mark Leiter
523 Bill Gullickson
541 Cecil Fielder
569 Buddy Groom
599 Frank Tanana
605 Greg Gohr
627 Mike Munoz
655 Alan Trammell
673 Chad Kreuter
686 Lou Whitaker
701 Tony Phillips
772 Walt Terrell

There is also a card of Scott Aldred pictured as a Tiger but listed as a Rockie, #733.

They ran out the same looking Diamond Kings in '93 as they did in '92.

DK-15 Cecil Fielder

There were a few inserts, all of which featured Cecil Fielder.
Elite 34 Cecil Fielder
MVP 17 Cecil Fielder
Spirit of the Game 10 Cecil Fielder, Rob Deer, and Mickey Tettleton

I don't have a lot here. I really don't, and I've had two weeks to think about it. Beer is not even getting the juices flowing.