This should have been a set that included a Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card.
Alas, the Hall of Fame centre fielder ended up being too good for Triple-A baseball, skipping straight from the Double-A level in 1988 to the Seattle Mariners in 1989. Nonetheless, this blue-bordered ProCards set of the Calgary Cannons included plenty of Major League Baseball (MLB) talent.
Before we get to that, a few quick notes about this installment of In The Cards. These cards were a bit on the light side – thicker card stock would have benefited the feel of this set. That said, it’s nice to see that the pictures were shot in Calgary, with an overcast Foothills Stadium serving as the obvious backdrop here for most photos. As well, the photographer mixed things up and didn’t just settle for static poses of each player.
The back of the cards, meanwhile, include a good amount of information. Middle names and a lengthy look at career stats are a staple for each player.
As for this Cannons team, the Pacific Coast League club went 70-72 in 1989 while recording official attendance figures totaling 316,616 on the season.
Alright, let’s have a closer look at the cards:
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One thought on “In The Cards: 1989 Calgary Cannons”
I was looking at the 1989 Cannons roster hoping to identify a player autograph I have on the front of a May 15, 1989 ticket stub but can’t be sure. On the back, however, is a very clear autograph of Ken Griffey Jr. I remember the buzz at Foothills Stadium in Calgary on that day.