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