Back to the Dugout – Part 3 of 3

Alright.  Two months have passed since the last installment of this trade package.  I really need to get better about staying up to date on these things.  Anyway, as a quick recap, these are from Kyle at Nolan’s Dugout. If you want to revisit part 1, it is available to you right here.  Part 2 is here.  Last time, I shared all of the Gwynns and the start of the Kerry Woods.  Today it’s going to be all Kerry, all the time to close things out.  Sort of like how he was a closer for a time.  You know what? Never mind.

The blocky digital look is starting

So, of course the first card I show also features someone other than Kerry Wood.  Morris was selected 12th in the ’95 draft, and Wood was 4th.  Looking at the list, that’s not a terrible first round.  Not amazing, but plenty of guys that had lengthy careers.  Ryan Dempster was selected in the 3rd round that year, too.

The Opening Day is starting

Back before it transitioned to just being a foil-less version of flagship, I usually liked the way Opening Day handled the design more.  This is a better shade of blue for the border.

And keeps going

This gray is also more pleasing than a bland old white.  Of course the blue foil also helps.

And going

Nothing on the border this time, but the foil changed to blue.  It looks better in person, but a muted tone on the border would have been nice to see again.

It’s back!

Here’s more blocky text.  Or should I say, “Tech-xt?”  Kids like computers, right?  They especially like 1980s style graphics in 2004.  Kids also like a lot of gray.

Ticket is no longer mint

Gotta love that gray.  Yes, I’m aware I praised it in the Opening Day border, but if you can’t tell the difference, then I don’t know what to tell you.

He looks disgusted

Gray is a little better than whatever passed for the SP Authentic designs.  Just about all of these later sets were terribly boring.

Once more, with color

Fleer just couldn’t leave the blocks alone.  Maybe someone’s kid was playing with an etch-a-sketch and they ran with it.

Kinda looks like a wild pitch from this angle

Normally I post these in order, but I decided to jump a bit and end on a more positive note.  Back when Ultra was more fun.  I love the gold medallion parallels when done right, and the addition of the die cut is certainly right.

To add another positive, I have to say thanks once again to another great trade with Kyle.  If you ever get the chance, do yourself a favor!  Hopefully we can do it again sometime soon when I get my stuff together.

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