Ok, let's get on to the cards themselves:
Sometimes when looking at rookie-themed sets I like to take an unscientific look at how well the manufacturer did picking players who'd have above-average careers. To that end, of the 55 rookies profiled here, I count
- 1 HOFer: Greg Maddux
- 2 borderline HOFers except, you know, steroids: Mark McGwire and Rafael Palmeiro
- 4 Hall of Very Good-ers: David Cone, Fred McGriff, Benito Santiago, Matt Williams
- 13 fairly productive players: Ellis Burks, Mike Greenwell, Mike Henneman, Bo Jackson, Mike Jackson, Mark McLemore, Matt Nokes, Luis Polonia, Kevin Seitzer, John Smiley, Terry Steinbach, B.J. Surhoff, Devon White
That's 20/55 right there, and there's still a decent handful of guys that played 10 or more seasons, meaning at least half the set is pretty good. While no card in this set is especially drool-worthy, the Maddux is a nice addition to his collection, and some of the 80s/90s stars like McGwire, Seitzer, and Greenwell bring back great collecting memories for me. As far as I'm concerned, that's the mark of a great set.
I still have a nice treasure trove of BA Benny boxed sets to get through, so it may not be long before you get to see another one right here!