When you leaf through old minor-league baseball cards, it’s common to wonder, “Who are these guys?”
If you’re looking through rookie-level sets, that feeling is often even more pronounced. “No really, who ARE these guys!?”
That’s what makes this 1994 In The Cards edition of the Medicine Hat Blue Jays special – it’s got true star power. The 30-card set, made by Sports Pro and photographed by Gaines DuVall, includes images of a number of Major League Baseball (MLB) players and an elite pitcher. It also includes a strong contingent of minor league and MLB coaching talent.
Headlining the Baby Jays that season was 19-year-old Chris Carpenter, who would go on to win two World Series titles with the St. Louis Cardinals and a National League (NL) Cy Young Award in 2005. A total of 30,028 fans went to Athletic Park to watch Carpenter and the Jays assemble a 36-36 record in the Pioneer League that year.
As for the cards themselves, the layout and look on the front is fine. Despite some fairly standard bat-and-glove poses, the photos are in focus and you can clearly see the faces of the coaches and players. The ball caps look terrific, although I’m not quite sure what serves as the backdrop of these pictures – perhaps they were going for a Hall of Justice from SuperFriends type of feel.
The big letdown for the cards – which are a bit too thin – can be found on the back. First, there’s no statistical information to provide clues about each player’s talent level. Second, there’s that dainty font accompanying the biographical data. With the bold look on the rest of the card, that gets lost in the mix. Generally speaking, there’s just not much there to educate fans about the person. However, it looks like TD Bank got full value for their sponsorship, so there’s that.
Alright, let’s have a closer look at the cards:
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