Monday, December 22, 2008

1990 Fleer, Ed Whitson

#171 Ed Whitson

Finally, here is today's (I guess it is actually yesterday's) Padrograph. This one is of long time hurler, Ed Whitson. Ed pitched in the big leagues for 15 years and he posted a record of 126-123. His best seasons came in his 13th and 14th years in the Majors. In 1989, he won a career high 16 games that season while posting a then career best ERA of 2.66. The next season's numbers were also pretty similar (he had two less wins and a slightly lower ERA). Then, in 1991, he only made 18 starts and he posted a 4-6 record and an ERA of 5.03. That was his last season in baseball.

In my opinion, this set is the worst set of 1990. I've heard many people talk about how much they hate the '90 Topps set. While that set isn't great, at least it isn't as bland as this Fleer set. To me, these cards are lacking so much. The white border, which are kind of thick on the top and bottom, and the team color secondary border just doesn't do it for me. I guess that the one bright spot is how the player can overlap onto the border.


Anonymous said...

Interesting. I thought Fleer was the best of the 1990 sets. The garish Topps and Donruss designs almost make me ill; Upper Deck isn't bad, but it's too similar to its 1989 offering.

Score is the only other real contender, and it has the same border issues -- only in bright colors that make them harder to overlook.

night owl said...

For me, 1990 was a bad year for card companies all around. Upper Deck comes out on top, but even that doesn't excite me much.

zman40 said...

Back in 1990, I didn't have a problem with any of the sets, I was just like "yeah, new cards!". But, looking back on it now, none of them really stand out above the rest. But I have to say that I like the Score cards the best and I really don't know why. I don't like the Fleer, Topps or Donruss, the UD is too much like the '89 set, the Bowman was too much like the '91 set and Leaf was too expensive for me to to even worry about. So, I guess that leaves me with Score by process of elimination. If anyone else reads these comments, what is your favorite 1990 set?

Here's the totals so far.
Upper Deck-1

Dave said...

1990 Donruss was the one I bought the most of.

1990 Upper Deck is probably my favorite. True, it is similar to the '89 set, but it really improved on the dark photography of the previous year. In many ways it looks like the set that 1989 (for all of its acclaim) should have been.