Without a doubt, one of the most memorable and well-done insert sets from the 90’s. Unfortunately, most of the players selected have not quite aged-well. One great thing you can say about this insert set is that if you were collecting cards in ’91 you probably LOVED these cards. I know I did.
Don Mattingly & Darry Strawberry
Donny Baseball could do no wrong, with the exception of the length of his sideburns. He put together 3 seasons with 30+ home runs and 5 with 100+ RBI. Along with his 1985 MVP award he also batted .300 or better 7 times.
Darry Strawberry was one of the best in the game from ’83-’91 and hit 30 or more home runs and 100+ RBI 3 times.Unfortunately, he has a rap sheet longer than any of Canseco’s marriages.
Roger Clemens & Eric Davis
The “Rocket” should of stayed retired because coming back in ’07 was a big mistake and ended up tarnishing his Hall of Fame image. He is still one of the greatest pitchers of all-time, though. 350+ wins, 4,600+ SO, & a 3.12 ERA lifetime. Oh, and 7 Cy Young awards and 1 MPV trophy doesn’t hurt.
Eric on the other hand didn’t have quite the glorious career as many expected he would. He did put together two seasons with 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI and he did impress many when he hit 37 home runs and 50 stolen bases in one season but he never did the “40-40”.
“Doc” Gooden & Mike Greenwell
As you can see by the card, one of “Doc’s” crack pipes ignited the baseball he was about to hurl at the drug dealer that would not accept anything but money for another hit. Say what you will about Gooden but nothing will ever take away his ’85 season when he won the Cy Young and 24 games. He also has a bit of a rap sheet as well.
Mike Greenwell? He’s nothing but a bitter, little girl. Go away, Mike. You will never be #1, not even to Jose.
Bo Jackson & Jose Canseco
I wonder if Bo ever got “Bo Knows Hip-Injuries” trademarked? Either way, Bo was the man in 1989 with 34 home runs and 105 RBI but he was a burning star that only played 8 seasons thanks to a devastating hit while he was playing for the NFL. Bo was just too damn greedy! He should have just stayed in basebal and he would have had a great career and maybe even went to the Hall of Fame.
Jose Canseco, oh boy—where to even begin? The King of Steroids, Home Runs Off Heads, and Lingery-Wearing Former Athletes. Can we just move on? Thanks.
Ruben Sierra & Mark McGwire
Ruben Sierra had tons of hype after hitting 30+ homers and 100+ RBI in his second season but not surprisingly, he never came close to those MVP-type numbers in a career that lasted 20 seasons. Sure, he hit 100+ RBI 4 times and was a 4-time All-Star but nothing compared to the expectations people had of him.
Mark McGwire’s photo makes you wonder if Canseco’s jealousy he expressed in his book was well-deserved. Maybe corporations and baseball owners really did want America to like Mark more than Jose but you and I know that never happened until Mark hit the Juice and broke the single-season home run record.
Kirby Puckett & Will Clark
How in the heck did two players who were also decent human beings get placed together? Oh wait, scratch Kirby off the list. Will Clark on the other hand might be one of the most popular players of the 90’s who never even reach 300 home runs.
So that concludes Wax Heaven’s look into the classic 1991 Fleer Pro-Visions inserts. If you have any comments/opinions, make sure to let your voice be heard by leaving a comment or dropping me an e-mail.