Tuesday, May 26, 2009

1997 Circa #143 Darren Daulton

There's a lot going on with this card. We've got Darren Daulton swinging his mighty hammer, exploding out of a thunderclap of purple and red. The heat from the resulting lightning has apparently started to melt the "A" and "U" in Darren's last name. We've got a motivational quote from the man himself. Finally, we've got the silver-stamped, dynamic "Circa '97" logo, identifying the source of this classic example of a mid-to-late-'90s baseball card.

Hobbled by bum knees, Darren would play in 84 games in the first half of the '97 season with the Phils, either as the team's first baseman or right fielder. On July 21, 1997, he was traded to the Florida Marlins for prospect Billy McMillon. His stats with the Marlins were respectable, but it was his undeniable clubhouse leadership that assisted in bringing the Marlins their first World Championship.


capewood said...

Fleer seems to have pretty much went mad in the late 1990's considering their card designs from that period.

Jim said...

I'd love to have been a fly on the wall for some of their late-'90s design meetings. Someone (multiple someones) actually thought those cards looked good!