For a lot of collectors, especially as kids, we have our favorite cards. I don’t mean a favorite player; I mean one specific card that we looked at more than any other. I must admit, now that I am older, I don’t have that same passion for just one card; I want them all, and once I get them, I put them in binders, penny sleeves, or toploaders and move on to the next card. When I was young, my favorite cards were those that were handled on an almost daily basis.
As a nine-year-old, however, there was one card that was my favorite, and oddly enough, it wasn’t of a catcher. No, my favorite card was of an outfielder, and it was from a set that is often considered one of the worst sets from the worst era of card collecting: 1991 Fleer.
Pro Visions #8, Mike Greenwell
This card was the pinnacle of my collection. In order to get it, I had to trade away numerous cards. It was a lopsided trade with my older brother, and it included at least 3 Rickey Henderson cards. But I didn’t care. I had to have this card. At the time, Greenwell was one of the best outfielders in baseball, or at least had been the previous 2-3 years. Aside from Boggs and Clemens, he was the most exciting Red Sox player to watch.
Something about this card appealed to me in a way that isn’t easily described. I enjoyed the entire insert set of Pro Visions cards, but his card, more than any other, spoke to me. It must have been the eyes. The eyes of a Green Monster looming over Greenwell made me think of danger. Perhaps the fact that Greenwell looks so apathetic about the presence of such a beast led me to believe that he had tamed it.
Whatever it was, this card was my favorite. For years, it was the centerpiece of my meager collection.
I feel sad for collectors today. To think that such an insignificant and hokey card could be considered a favorite card is almost laughable. Compared to the incredible cards that are produced today, this 1991 Fleer Pro Visions Mike Greenwell has no chance. That is the sad part. For a lot of collectors, a favorite card is the one that sells for the most on ebay. But for a time of about 3 years, this card was my favorite. Sad to say, I don’t even have a copy of it anymore.