Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Random Ray - 1990 Score Rookie/Traded

Another week, another now defunct brand of baseball cards that I miss.  I really liked the 1990 Score set, which felt very close to the original 1988 debut product.  These are not expensive cards by any means and I loved the bright colorful borders.  Score cards also frequently had good action pictures.  Most of the 1990 Score Rookie/Traded cards have orange borders. Takes away a bit from the regular 1990 Score set that looks like a rainbow jello mold when sorted into a complete set with the different colored borders.  

The 1990 Score Rookie/Traded Ray Lankford card has him batting during a Spring Training game. The batting practice jersey and uniform number are a dead giveaway.  The only number Ray Lankford wore as a Major League player between 1990 and 2002 was 16 for both the Cardinals and Padres. The second number on his jersey is not clear in the picture on the front of the card, but you can see it's a 50 something.  I like the action photo of Lankford hitting.  

The back of the card.  

You can see Lankford's jersey number listed as 57.  I did not scan the Bernard Gilkey card for this post, but he is wearing 56 in his picture. Seems to be a pattern with handing out uniform numbers at Spring Training.  

Score used to write a short term player on the back of each player's card. Yes, there were always stats, but you could learn a lot about a player by reading their Score card. This is an update card, so naturally most of this information is about Ray's Minor League career. They got his Texas League MVP, which was his big accomplishment and they generally did a good job of describing him as a player.  "Contact hitter" is not quite right.

The headshot is nice.  Quality card.  

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