Saturday, August 6, 2011

1998 Upper Deck Retro Groovy Kind of Glove

Set size: 30 far-out cards, man

Front Design: These trippin' cards have some bitchin' graphics, with a wavy set name on the left side, while the swirly colors and floating flowers would make any stoned flower child flake out. The dude's in full color and his name and team are in a different font that is so fine.

Back Design: An outta sight piss and swampwater swirl and wavy logo ripped off from the hippie age surrounds the player's fielding record and some fielding highlights. The use of straight lines and plain text is a drag though, and makes me want to cut out.

Parallels and Similars: If drawing designs makes you copacetic towards this set, you can hang loose knowing it's going steady.

Distribution: You can score these cards in packs of 1998 Upper Deck Retro, at a rate of 1 in 7 packs.

Thoughts: This set is a gas and is choice with the '60s style. It's bright and trippy, but I like that. The only thing I don't like is the details on the back. Honestly, does an insert need to include when and how the player joined the team, or his vitals? They could have reworded the text to match the card theme, and used some more groovy graphics instead of square tables and boxes. Bonus points for being the only set to ever use the word groovy. This is the first time I spent more time researching language than the card itself. This is also the first card in the trade lot of 14 from Kevin of The Diamond King.

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