There was a 2000 Pacific Paramount Update set?
Seems pretty random, right?
Well, there was a lot of really weird stuff going on with this set. Let's check out a base card, which kicks off the weirdness of this set. Right off the bat, the first card seems a little bit off, if you collected Pacific cards around this time.
Paramount Weird Fact #1- No Garrett Anderson? What about Darin Erstad?
Weird Paramount Fact #2 - The set was sold through the J.C. Penny Christmas catalog and limited to a print run of just 12,500. I certainly did not get this set from the J.C. Penny Christmas catalog. Instead, I got it from a local card shop in St. Louis whose owner ordered the sets for his store out of the J.C. Penny Christmas catalog, because it was loaded with Cardinals players.
Here are a few.
Here are three of them. There is another Cardinals card later in the post.
Gene Stechschulte is actually a pretty interesting player. He did not have a very long career, playing three seasons all with the Cardinals in the late 1990s and early 2000s as a middle reliever. I believe he had some arm or shoulder injuries. What he is really famous for was hitting a home run in his first at-bat on the first pitch he saw.
Two time Cy Young Award winner in the American League. His career was really shortened by injuries, but he was Hall of Fame quality when he wasn't hanging out on the disabled list. He almost had that no-hitter the one time.