Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Team Sets: 1991 Topps Team Set

Players Included: Larry Anderson, Marty Barrett, Mike Boddicker, Wade Boggs, Tom Bolton, Tom Brunansky, Ellis Burks, Roger Clemens, John Dopson, Dwight Evans, Wes Gardner, Jeff Gray, Mike Greenwell, Greg Harris, Joe Hesketh, Daryl Irvine, Dana Kiecker, Dennis Lamp, Mike Marshall, John Marzano, Rob Murphy, Tim Naehring, Tony Pena, Phil Plantier, Carlos Quintana, Jeff Reardon, Jody Reed, Luis Rivera, Kevin Romine, Joe Morgan (mgr)

Best Picture: Tony Pena. A perfect picture for a defensive marvel such as Pena. It looks to be a spring training picture, due to the blue uniform top. Nevertheless, Pena has apparently blocked a ball in the dirt, and is ready to gun down a runner if he tries to advance. It just screams pure baseball.

Hall of Famers: Wade Boggs

Future Hall of Famers: Roger Clemens

Reason the buy the set: As the lone-Hall-of Famer, Wade Boggs is the key card to the set. Even Post-Mitchell Report, Clemens is a huge draw, but he’s dropped a bit. Back in the day, the Phil Plantier rookie card would have driven the set. The set also includes Larry Anderson, the man the Sox acquired for Jeff Bagwell.

Overall Reaction: This is a nice clean set. I enjoy the design, simplistic as it may be. While, the set is lacking in true stars, there are several players who would be memorable to Sox fans. That is especially true since most of the players that were swept out of the 1990 ALCS appear in this set. While it doesn’t highlight the prime era for the Red Sox, they’re a nice grouping of cards. The combination of horizontal and vertical images is a nice change of pace, and allows for some unique photography.

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