My all time favorite player is obviously Andrew McCutchen.
Today I am going to look at the Donruss Studio line.
Donruss Studio began in 1991.
It quickly became known as a set for getting to know the actual faces of the game by not only showing bust up shots of the players, but also getting more personal on the backs.
Early Studio releases didn't talk about stats, they talked about hobbies and heroes.
I didn't go through all the card backs and tried to shy away from the "Superstars" of the release time so I can get a better understanding of what athletes were into in 1991.
Well we learn that John Smiley, Pirates pitcher, and Juan Gonzalez, Rangers Outfielder, both enjoy watching Miami Vice.
Do you think that Joe Girardi and Goose Gossage ever got together to talk about their favorite Sanford & Son episodes? Did you even know they both liked that show?
1991 Studio provided us with that tidbit of information.
Studio was made until 1998, then resurrected in 2003 and lasted for a few more years before becoming an insert set in 2014-2016 Donruss releases. 1993 Studio also had one of the coolest insert sets ever made for the early 90s Junk Wax Era when they had modern players wear the old throwback uniforms.
It is the original 1991 design that was used in 2013 for a Panini Father's Day product that we are going to look at today.
Here are the Cutch and Sheff side by side.
The biggest difference is the city name replacing the team logo in the bottom left corner and the complete omission of player position in the bottom right corner.
And here are the backs.
The most notable difference on the back is the current is a sepia style card back, where the original 1991 is strictly black and white. PERSONAL, CAREER, HOBBIES & INTERESTS are all still featured on the back. The biggest omission is that we no longer know who the athlete's hero is. The copyright details are also different since Panini only has a player's license and not an MLB license.
Overall, I thought the 2013 Panini Father's Day paid a very nice homage to the 1991 Studio set. Due to legal reasons there are some things they can't do with the set now that they were able to do back then and I actually like the Sepia tone more on the back than the traditional black and white.
Couple questions for today
Did you collect 1991 Studio at release and what were your thoughts on it?
(Without cheating) Can you recognize these 6 players? Hint, they all won an MVP Award