To a Jose Canseco collector, there is no greater year in sports cards than 1989. Card companies began producing their product to reflect the 1988 season and that year there was no bigger name in baseball and perhaps all of sports than Jose’s.
In the 1988 season, a young, Cuban slugger predicted to the media during Spring Training that he would be the first player in history to hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases. That idea was preposterous and brought much laughter from sports writers. Thankfully, he proved them all wrong.
For starters, Jose had never hit more than 33 home runs and stolen 15 bases. Did he know something we didn’t? Of course, he was juiced to the bone but not a soul knew but Jose and a few of his teammates. Before you knew it, Jose did what no other man had ever done, hit 40 home runs and steal 40 bases.
This 1989 Fleer card features a somewhat dated design but who cares? It shows Jose in his prime, on his way to winning the Most Valuable Player award, unanimously. Unfortunately, the biggest card in the set belongs to a fledgling ball player named Bill Ripken because of something scribbled on his bat.
I began collecting in 1990 so I never truly experienced the madness created by Fleer the previous year. I was instead stuck with a plain, all-white 1990 Fleer design. Well, if you’ve always wanted to bust some Fleer wax, there is an entire case on eBay right now for the low price of $14,000 thousand.
Sounds like a great deal to me…
(hat tip – BillRipken.com)