Before I get to today's content I also wanted to make sure to give a shout out to Kin of I Feel Like a Collector Again for the PWE he sent me recently, the contents of which are posted on TMM this afternoon. I'm not sure how many of you who read/follow this here blog venture over there as well so I'm at least giving you a heads up to credit Kin for his Christmastime generosity.
And now, the subject of tonight's post: Jim Abbott.
I had plenty of luck piling up some cards of Abbott as I was filling out my Sportlots cart, and that's no surprise since his career spanned part of the junk wax era into the 90s (remember when we still had choices of brands?), plus he was enough of a fan favorite to appear in some recent products too.
In the following scans you'll see a nice mix of base from the 80s to today, a few inserts, and plenty of oddball too! Essentially if a seller with something in my cart had anything of Abbott for around $0.25 or under, in it went.
I hope you all enjoy this look at the history of Jim's cardboard!
There's also plenty of boxed set/oddball-type stuff from Classic, Donruss, Score, and Topps, an early-ish Fleer insert, and an example from the previous incarnation of Sportflix (Sportflics in this case, and not "Sportsflics" as you see so often). Dead center is Jim's 1990 Collect-a-Book, and I'll show that in more detail at the end of the post.
The '99 Upper Deck Victory base in the second row hails from his final season, before which he'd signed with the Brewers. Then we get a nice bunch of retrospective cards: 2002 Topps American Pie, 2004 UD Yankees Classics, 2005 Donruss Greats and Topps Rookie Cup, and 2013 USA Baseball Champions Highlights. We're not quite done with his post-career cards, though.
Then we're off to the beginning of the horizontal stuff. Upper Deck celebrated a nice little milestone with its Fifth Anniversary insert that spruced up some of its cooler issues from the original '89 version, such as this multi-exposure that was Abbott's RC in that iconic set. Sticking with UD but moving up a year, we have a 100% hologram card from that year's Denny's set (note that they weren't always completely holograms). Also from '94 is a Fleer Golden Moments insert (one they'd use again, fortunately) that includes Abbott and two other pitchers: Chris Bosio and the late Darryl Kile. All three tossed no-hitters the previous year, though Kile's was not of the shutout variety as he allowed an unearned run on a wild pitch.
And finally, here are the scans from the Collect-a-Book for those of you who were curious:
Back and front
I hope you all had fun poring over a crazy 92 cards of Abbott for his PC, giving me an excellent new total of 247!
I don't know who'll be up next, but stay tuned.