Be sure to check out Part 1 of the 3-part series. Images can be clicked for full-size view.

Going through old cards you’ll find some just have a knack of jumping out at you for various reasons. ’91 Score had a series of cards called “Master Blasters” which were designated for the sluggers of the day and “K-Men” which, well you get the idea. They were hideous.

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But that ’88 Fleer card mentioned last time has put me in an analytical mood so let’s see what happens when a Master Blaster faces off versus a K-Man because, obviously, something has to give. And according to Baseball Reference, in 38 plate appearances versus David Cone, Cecil Fielder had a slash line of .171/.237.286 with just one home run and 14 strikeouts. Small sample size be damned, the K-Man > a Master Blaster.

 

It’s okay to laugh at this mustache – I did.

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Forget “Fat-Derek Jeter” and say hello to “An-argument-could-be-made-that-he-sort-of-looks-in-shape John Kruk.”

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Hmmm…looks like it’s time to scavenger through all of my commons in search of Yaz’s face and torso.

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‘90 Donruss “The Rookies” set intact!

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This was the best team I could assemble. There was no true shortstop so I had to shift Carlos Baerga over to that spot. I don’t know about you but I like that outfield. If you can’t tell, that’s Greg Vaughn in left. Oh, and Zeile is the DH.

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I don’t quite remember what he did, but in 1989 I got really angry with Jody Reed.

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Worse than getting a checklist was opening a pack and being greeted with a Topps “Company Store” card. Sweatshirt for sale on the front, some lucky giveaway on the back.

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Oh, yes I did. What do I have to lose?

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Here’s the All-MLB-Network Team:

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Here’s the All-Managers-When-They-Were-Players Team:

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And here’s manager Moose Stubing (real name: Lawrence) donning a fantastic California Angels mesh cap:

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“Manager” is used loosely here, as he was only of the interim variety in the majors, ending ’88 with 0-8 record.

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