This week's episode of the podcast talked about Minor League cards which are near and dear to me. Most of the Minor League cards that I have talked about over the years have focused team issued sets. This podcast episode spent a lot of time talking about some of the Minor League card issues that were available nationwide in the early 1990s.
One of the sets that got a little love in the podcast was the 1991 Line Drive Minor League set which is one of my favorite Minor League sets. I have actually picked these cards in more recent years just for fun since the boxes are out there for next to nothing. As a 1990s baseball fan there are so many great names in these sets. One of my favorites in the Line Drive set is former Cardinals outfielder, also a former NFL defensive back with the Atlanta Falcons, Brian Jordan.
Jordan played for the Cardinals during some lean years in the early 1990s. The Cardinals actually paid him at some point not to play football anymore and he quickly became one of my favorites. Not Ray Lankford favorite, but easily top two or three players after Ray. I have a few really nice Jordan cards floating around the collection, but I really enjoyed finding a Louisville Cardinals card of him. I have a bunch of 1980s Cardinals Minor League sets, but I mainly bought those for the Lankford cards. I didn't really do anything with Cardinals Minor League cards again until the late 1990s when the team drafted J.D. Drew.
Best part about the Jordan Louisville Cardinals card is the fact that I actually got to watch Jordan play for the Louisville Cardinals one summer on a family vacation. I cannot remember where we were actually going for vacation, maybe D.C.?, but we stopped for the night in Louisville and checked out a Redbirds game.
There were a couple Louisville Redbirds on the roster who ended up with the Cardinals, but Jordan was easily the best player on this roster. Jordan became a full time player for the Cardinals in 1995 and had his best years during the 1996 and 1998 seasons. If you look at his career stats, 1998 was his career best year, but it was hard to ignore his contributions to the 1996 team which came within a game of the World Series.
Best memory of that year was his series clinching home run off of Trevor Hoffman in Game 3 of the National League Division Series which ended up being the series clinching hit....
He also had a huge home run in Game 4 of the NLCS that year against the Braves. Greg McMichael had a rough game between a Dmitri Young triple (seriously) and this Jordan home run.
Even if the card isn't fancy, nor shiny, it still brings back some good memories of one of my favorite 1990s Cardinals players.