|CAME OUT OF THE BLUE IN '89, JUST LIKE THE O's.|
|THAT SHUTOUT WAS AMID AN 8-1 RUN FOR THE BIRDS.|
WHY I LIKE IT
- An 18-game winner for the 1989 Orioles, who battled the Blue Jays for the AL East title all the way to October, Jeff Ballard emerged as a vital cog in the rotation despite pedestrian stuff. This card captures his unassuming status on the Why Not Orioles.
WHAT'S THE STORY?
- This 33-card box set is the last Kmart produced after sets in '82, '87, '88 and '89. I remember going into Kmarts back in the day and seeing a pile of box sets at the end of an aisle, usually near the kites, balsa wood airplanes, yoyos and Frisbees.
HOW I ACQUIRED IT
- I never bought the '90 Kmart set; I got the Ballard and a couple other cards in a repack a few months ago.