Friday, February 10, 2012

1990 LEAF FRANK THOMAS

THERE'S A LOT RIGHT WITH THIS CARD.
BEFORE HE WAS THE BIG HURT.

THE FRONT PAGE

  • Very impressive comeback effort for Leaf. Probably the best set of the '90s and one I need to build. finally built. Frank Thomas basically looked the same throughout his career. I'm not saying he didn't do performance-enhancing drugs, but I don't think he did performance-enhancing drugs.  The best rookie card of the '90s? With apologies to Jeter, yes.

THE BACK PAGE

  • The silver background and mug work for me.
  • Because this set was issued in series, I like how the write-up notes the hot start he got off to in Double-A.
  • He made his major-league debut later that year, hitting .330, 7 HRs, driving in 31 in 191 at-bats.

PHOTO PLAY

  • Tremendous reproduction, like most of the '90 Leaf cards.
  • The red sweatbands, especially on his right wrist, add a nice contrast color.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • The Big Hurt is a first-ballot Hall-of-Famer, if you ask me (521 HRs, 1,704 RBI, .301 BA), putting up real numbers during the steroid era.
  • He was a proponent of drug testing and was the only player to voluntarily cooperate with the Mitchell Report. 
  • One of only a handful of players who won back-to-back MVPs ('93-'94).
  • After two subpar seasons in '04 and '05 (combined 30 HRs, 75 RBI), he signed as a free agent with the Athletics, where he had a heck of a comeback season (39, 114). 

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