We venture to the provincial capital for this edition of In The Cards.
This look at the 25-card set of the 1985 Edmonton Trappers – crafted by Cramer Sports Promotions in Edmonds, Washington – comes courtesy of the operator of the Twitter account @EDM_BASEBALLFAN. A tip of the cap to that Edmonton baseball enthusiast for sharing pictures of his cards with us and making this gallery a true team effort!
This particular set is a beauty – yes, it includes some rather stale posed pictures, but it also features game-action photos, which was a rarity for most minor league cards of the time. The back of the cards, meanwhile, are full of information and include some really neat cartoons and factoids from around the Pacific Coast League (PCL). The overall look and feel of the set gives it a big league feel, reminiscent of something Topps might have created.
On the field, the Trappers were the defending champs, having won their first PCL title in 1984. A repeat performance was not in the cards, however, as the affiliate of the California Angels finished outside of the playoff picture with a 66-76 record in 1985. The team also welcomed 229,112 baseball fans to John Ducey Park that year.
Here’s a closer look at the cards:
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