Gary Sheffield was one of my favorite players growing up. Like him I played 3rd base. Unlike him I didn't have the strength to put the bat over my head preswing or the bat speed to get the bat barrel to the ball during my swing.
His run at a triple crown in 1992 was so fun to watch the boxscores each day and when he eventually got traded to the Florida Marlins, a young expansion team, I was really taken with rooting for him.
With all the recycled designs these days for Panini Products and Topps products, I thought it might be fun to show off some "comparison time" of my All-Time Favorite player, Andrew McCutchen, and one of my first players I enjoyed collecting, Gary Sheffield.
Today I will look at the Select En Fuego inserts.
En Fuego was an insert from 1996 Select that featured a lot of etched foil with a flame like background and used technology similar to the Dufex stuff in Museum.
The insert series was resurrected in 2013 Select with some etching, a chrome printing process, and a bit of a Refractor look. It also had 2 parallels to chase (Gold /25 copies and the 1/1 black)
The 2013 rebranding had a checklist consisting of 30 cards.
The original has an additional posed photograph of the player with a flame that at first glance appears to be differwnt than the one used on the front. The back also features a writeup by Dan Patrick of ESPN fame.
I will continue with this series in future blog posts (maybe once a month?) if there is interest in it.
Here are some other cards I may look at in the future as I have both a Cutch and Sheff card of each:
Team 2020 vs Team 2000
1994 Topps Finest
If you have any Gary Sheffield cards that you don't want anymore, I will happily take them.
Since Gary Sheffield played on so many teams in his career (many teams with strong followings too) what are your thoughts on him?