Wednesday, June 25, 2014
COMMON VALOR: 1990 SCORE JEFF HUSON
Long before chrome technology, colored parallels and devious short-prints, card companies had to work a little harder to give collectors a nice surprise now and again.
Witness Jeff Huson's rookie card from the third Score baseball set.
Despite being pimped with a Rookie stripe hugging the logo plate, Huson didn't amount to much with eight career home runs and a .234 batting average over 12 seasons.
Card No. 615 sure did, though, one just discovered tucked inside a plastic-cubed re-pack. Oriented vertically despite functioning as a horizontal, it's junk wax crack. Blue borders and red lettering pick up the Expos' colors perfectly; yet the peculiar yellow inner border and footer add zippy contrast.
Anyway you frame it, this card turns heads.
Despite Huson's less-than-stellar numbers, he was a part of baseball history -- twice. He was the starting shortstop for the Rangers on June 11, 1990, when Nolan Ryan threw his seventh and last no-hitter. And he was the starting third baseman for the Orioles on Sept. 6, 1995, when Cal Ripken Jr. played in his 2,131st consecutive game.
Like Forrest Gump, Huson had a knack for finding himself at the right place at the right time. Indeed, life is like a re-pack cube: You never know what you're gonna get.