Saturday, April 12, 2008

1988 Score - Jeff Russell

Today's card is number 514 in Score's inaugural set, Jeff Russell.

Jeff pitched for Texas for all or part of nine seasons in two hitches with the team. In 1988 he started 24 games but other than that he was a reliever. I remember Russell best for being a closer. At times he was pretty fearsome.

I have never really cared for Score's first design. At the time it seemed a bit gaudy and never got any better with age. The color-coded borders that seem to have no rhyme or reason and the floating white box just didn't get it done. I did like the player's uniform number on the back of the card. That was a nice feature to an otherwise undistinguished set.

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