There really must be something in the water in Edmonton.
In 1992, “King Fish” Tim Salmon made it rain as a member of the Trappers. The outfielder led the Pacific Coast League (PCL) in home runs (29), total bases (275), runs batted in (105), extra base hits (71), on-base percentage (.469) and slugging percentage (.672).
Salmon’s card from this 1992 Fleer ProCards set – the subject of this edition of In The Cards – was undoubtedly the most sought after of the bunch.
Read More In The Cards: 1992 Edmonton Trappers
It seems like all minor league teams – if they stick around long enough – go through a pinstripes phase with their uniforms, and the Calgary Cannons were no exception.
The players and coaches do look sharp in these white uniforms, which take centre stage in this 30-card set from Best Cards, Inc.
Read More In The Cards: 1997 Calgary Cannons
The Gas City plays host for this edition of In The Cards. The 1990 Medicine Hat Blue Jays are in the spotlight for this one.
Unfortunately, the rookie-level affiliate had a rough go of it that season, finishing a dismal 20-47 in the Pioneer League under manager Garth Iorg, who was a long-time utility infielder with the Toronto Blue Jays during his playing days. The Baby Jays had some talent in the lineup though, and a number of players on the roster ended up playing Major League Baseball (MLB).
Read More In The Cards: 1990 Medicine Hat Blue Jays
It is seemingly a marriage of three favourite pieces of baseball lore: cards, travel and books.
Brad Balukjian’s new book, “The Wax Pack: On The Open Road In Search Of Baseball’s Afterlife,” dives into what happened to the players he found in a pack of 1986 Topps baseball cards.
It led him down an 11,341-mile adventure that can only be described as a mix of nostalgia, travelogue and self-discovery.
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This should have been a set that included a Ken Griffey Jr. baseball card.
Alas, the Hall of Fame outfielder 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.
Read More In The Cards: 1989 Calgary Cannons