Sunday, July 28, 2013

One Score and Zero Years Ago: The 1993 Score Braves

Having been released as a two-series product the previous two seasons, Score returned to a single-series set for its 1993 baseball product. The card design for the '93 product was also much more subdued than any of Score's other offerings, all of which featured more color on the card fronts and back; this one was much more bland, which, in my opinion, wasn't necessarily a bad thing.

1993 Score Braves
15 Tom Glavine  36 Terry Pendleton  61 John Smoltz  87 Otis Nixon 107 David Justice 123 Deion Sanders
142 Jeff Blauser 147 Mark Lemke 169 Steve Avery 193 Mark Wohlers 209 Greg Olson 220 Ron Gant
248 Mel Nieves 294 Ryan Klesko 310 Pat Gomez 317 Mike Stanton 373 Damon Berryhill              
393 Charlie Leibrandt 396 Sid Bream 408 Pete Smith 431 Lonnie Smith 457 Mike Bielecki
461 Jeff Treadway 472 Francisco Cabrera 478 Rafael Belliard
487 First Round Draft Pick- Jamie Arnold
527 '92 N.L. All-Star Team- Greg Maddux
539 Dream Team- Tom Glavine
549 Brian Hunter 564 Jeff Reardon 625 Alejandro Pena

The Franchise #15 Terry Pendleton

Boys of Summer #7 Melvin Nieves, #8 Ryan Klesko

Let's Rethink This
#487 Jamie Arnold

Arnold, the Braves first round draft pick in the 1992 draft, spent seven seasons in the Braves farm system before signing with the Dodgers as a minor-league free agent in 1998. On April 20, 1999, Jamie made his MLB debut, working two scoreless innings for the Dodgers against his former team.

Where's Maddux?!

Greg Maddux has three cards in the base set: an All-Star caricature card, a base card, and an Award Winner card. Unfortunately, the only card depicting him as a Brave is the All-Star caricature card (#527).   
The set was released too early to get a photo of him in an Atlanta uniform for his base card (#576), which does mention him joining the Braves in the write up on the back of the card. The team listed on the front and back, however, is still Chicago.

He Gone!
And yet another victim of the early release. As the back of the card informs the collector, Gomez was traded to Texas and then to San Diego during the off-season. 

#310 Pat Gomez

Dream Team Subset

Remember when subsets like the Dream Team were included in the base set? Hard to believe that this wasn't an insert set...

 #539 Dream Team- Tom Glavine

You Mean There Was An Insert Set?

The Franchise #15- Terry Pendleton

It seems like Glavine or Justice would have been a more logical choice for this one, but whatever.


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