Friday, December 20, 2013

Food-Issue Friday: A Trio of 1993 Lykes Braves

Like many you, I have a great interest in odd-ball cards. The fact that I try to have a regular feature built around one branch of that genre should indicate an affinity for them. And while older Post Cereal, Kellogg's and the like are good and all, there's nothing like the regional odd-ball set. As a team set collector, I rarely find the hobby that challenging; most of what I'm going after is only challenging from a financial perspective. Some of the regional issues can be found, and often the asking price is a premium, but completing a team set can be difficult.

I recently purchased a lot of three 1993 Lykes Braves cards off of eBay for $3 plus shipping. Considering one of the three is a possible future Hall of Famer, I thought that was fair- especially when the only other cards from this release that I've found are going for between $8 and $12 apiece.

Clarence Jones
What's to Like about the 1993 Braves team: With CJ as their hitting coach, Atlanta led the National League in home runs, with 169. However, out of the fourteen N.L. teams, they finished ninth in hitting (.262), fifth in OBP (.331) and sixth in slugging (.408). They also finished third in walks (560) and sixth in strikeouts (946). Their 767 runs scored was good enough for third most in the Senior Circuit. 

Greg Olson

What's to Like about Greg Olson in 1993: For the second straight season, Olson saw his playing time diminish, as well as a decline in his offensive numbers. Just the fact that the popular player was able to come back from a horrible injury (broken leg suffered in a home-plate collision with Ken Caminiti) was encouraging. The '93 season would be his final one in the majors; his final at bats coming in the NLCS against the Phillies (1-3, with a double).

John Smoltz

What's to Like about John Smoltz in 1993: Made the All-Star team for the third time in his career. Fifteen wins, 243.2 Innings, 208 strikeouts.Six innings of scoreless ball (with 10 k's) in his only post-season appearance- coming against Philadelphia in the NLCS.


Lykes, the Braves stadium hot dog vendor, issued three player cards to children attending Tuesday home games during the 1993 season. According to the Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards, the cards of Javier Lopez, Fred McGriff, and Tony Tarasco were handed out at the final Tuesday home game and are more scarce that the other cards. Because of the way in which the thirty-eight cards were distributed, putting a set of these should prove to be a challenge.

The other players included in this set are:
Steve Avery, Jim Beauchamp, Steve Bedrosian, Rafael Belliard, Damon Berryhill, Jeff Blauser, Sid Bream, Francisco Cabrera, Pat Corrales, Bobby Cox, Marvin Freeman, Ron Gant, Tom Glavine, Jay Howell, Brian Hunter, David Justice, Mark Lemke, Javier Lopez, Greg Maddux, Leo Mazzone, Fred McGriff, Greg McMichael, Kent Mercker, Otis Nixon, Bill Pecota, Terry Pendleton, Deion Sanders, Pete Smith, Mike Stanton, Tony Tarasco, Jimmy Williams, Mark Wohlers, Ned Yost, Homer (mascot),  Rally (mascot)

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