Ed Oliveras does not have a Cardinals card, but does appear in the 1962 Topps set as a Colts prospect.
Omar Oliveras made his debut in August of 1990 after the Cardinals season was more or less over. He would spend two seasons as a starter, and then two more as a spot starter and long reliever. I don't want to talk too much about Omar's numbers. I should point out that he spent 12 years as a middle reliever and made $13 million.
Really, let's talk about Omar's cards. If the 1990s Cardinals cards had a superlatives list, Omar Oliveras would easily win "Worst Photography" and "Best Card Back". The vote would not be all that close.
Let's go positive first.
Upper Deck might have started putting pictures on the back of cards, but these 1993 Leaf cards took it to another level. Throwing a pitch centered in between the legs of the Arch. This should probably be the picture on the front, only it's not.
Here is the front of the card.
I feel let down.
Now, the worst photograph on a 1990s Cardinals card. Surprisingly it's on an Upper Deck card.
The batting helmet is airbrushed. The bat is flying out of his hands. No idea where the ball is headed. The bat and ball are blurred. I know there are worse looking cards, but this takes the cake for 1990s Cardinals cards.
Shall we look at a few more?
I like that he wore 00 for part of his time as a Cardinal. Pretty catchy. If only they had shirseys in the early 1990s. I would buy a 00 Oliveras shirt.
Last one for Omar. He is a long reliever after all.
I like this landscape style card with the catcher and umpire out of focus in the background, and Oliveras throwing in the center of the picture. Well played Topps.