Here's a nice tie-in with my previous post discussing why eBay is terrible and stupid and likes to kick the puppies of its sellers: I originally found the last three cards I needed for this set on eBay (from separate sellers) and almost pulled the trigger thanks to my eBay bucks, but instead, luckily, I found all of them on Sportlots, along with most of the other wantlist cards I previously blogged about. Therefore, by eschewing eBay (which couldn't be reached for comment as its mouth was busy biting the hand that feeds it) I discovered the benefits of Sportlots and the rest is history.
And there's my transition to more positive content. 1998 Studio continued the tradition of the previous year's set as packs contained a few normal-size cards plus an 8x10 portrait in a big envelope-type package. As has generally been the case with Studio over the years, the design and photography are big draws with this set.
The Portraits--which are ideal for autographs, though I've never gone that route--actually have different photographs from the base cards, which I thought was a nice touch. The basic design is a studio portrait in front of something more like an action shot, with a representative team color in the lower right corner, all surrounded by a thick white border. 36 players (some of which weren't Yankees, apparently to Donruss' chagrin, and you'll see what I mean) comprise the lineup, and here they are:
my Cal PC scans because it's a great card, plus my favorite Cals feature shots of him in the field
Another great set and another feeling of accomplishment finishing it. I hope you all enjoyed a look at another of my conquests (especially this one; scanning, touching up and uploading 36 8x10s takes a WHILE, man). I'll work on finding something else to show off soon!