Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Action Packed All-Star Gallery: Davey Johnson

HI-PRO Marketing produced an 84 card set in 1992 under the name Action Packed. This set featured past baseball greats and Hall of Famers and cards were issued in seven card foil packs. I pulled this card from my Fairfield jumbo pack break a few weeks ago, these packs always include a few oddball cards.

The card is thick and kind of feels like a credit card. The card has multiple layers of card stock.The front is embossed, with the likeness of Davey Johnson raised above the card. While the back has more of a plastic layer. The back includes Johnson's bio, his life time stats and a long list of career highlights.
For an oddball set, the backs include a lot of information and the cards are very detailed with all the gold foil.
Davey Johnson is not a Hall of Famer but he did win two World Series titles with the Orioles in 1966 and 1970, playing second base. Since I was born in the early eighties, I am not very familiar with Johnson's career has a player, to me Davey Johnson is the last manager to take the Orioles to the playoffs, when he did so in 1996 and 1997. In 97', Johnson lead the Orioles to an A.L. East title and he was awarded American League Manager of the Year. Today, it is amazing to think this happened fourteen years ago, and I was sad to see Johnson resign because of a rumored disagreement with owner Peter Angelos. At the time, O's fans didn't realize this was the beginning of the end and no one could foresee the losing streak the Orioles continue to endure. Today, Davey Johnson continues to be active in baseball, he managed team USA in the last World Baseball Classic in 2009.

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