Wednesday, June 16, 2021

The Grand Finale: The Frankenset Recap (Pages 88 and 89: Cards 785 to 800)

Welcome to another installment of a series covering my completed Frankenset. I thought it would be fun to share the set page by page on this blog, and also provide some random commentary with each page. More information on the Frankenset as well as links to the pages that have been revealed can be found here.

Today we'll look at pages 88 and 89 of the set, which includes the final two pages, containing cards #785 to 800. Don't fear though, since I'm covering the set pages in a random order, this won't be the last edition of this series. 

A quick note about the size of the set: When I was putting together the set, I decided to go the over-ambitious route and make it a 800 card set. When I realized I would come up a few cards short of finding a good fit for each number, I decided to cheat a little and create checklist cards for the remaining numbers. Six of the cards in the final two pages are checklists, so those numbers will be omitted here. Without further ado, here's the end of the set!

1993 Conlon TSN #785 - Phil Collins

Shares the name of one of my favorite musical artists. The MLB Phil Collins was nicknamed "Fidgety Phil" for his pre-pitch restlessness.

1993 Donruss #786 - Alex Cole

Overshadowed by Chris Sabo among players with iconic goggles.

1996 Collector's Choice #787 - Royce Clayton

Blowing a bubble while turning two? Impressive. 

1984 Topps #788 - Milt May

You don't see a wad of chew like that much anymore. Probably for the better.

1993 Upper Deck #789 - Greg Myers

A case of really committing to the follow through on this swing. Or maybe not committing? 

1990 Upper Deck #790 - Ron Kittle

Kittle's gotta be on the short list of bespectacled 80s sluggers. See also: Reggie Jackson, Greg Luzinski.

1989 Upper Deck #792 - Bruce Hurst

It almost looks like he's smiling here, which is unlikely because this kind of looks like a swing and a miss. Further circumstantial evidence: Hurst batted .113 for his career. 

1991 Score #795 - Reds' October (Barry Larkin/Chris Sabo)

Ozzie Smith was well-known for his backflip, but Larkin flipped in joy after Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh to advance to the World Series. The Reds won the Series four games to none over Oakland.

2007 Upper Deck #797 - Gabe Gross

Nice shot of the stadium in the background on this one. I'm notoriously terrible for identifying stadiums, so I'll leave that up to the experts. (Looking in your direction, Bo.)

1991 Upper Deck #799 - Bud Black

Spending only 4 of his 15 seasons in the National League, the current Rockies manager batted .145 in 179 career at-bats. He currently ranks #70 in career managerial wins.

Thanks for visiting. Did you have a favorite from these pages? The Larkin flip probably gets my vote, but I also really like the Bud Black follow through and the Greg Myers bat throw.


  1. Voting for Gave Gross, former Auburn Tiger.

  2. Tough group here, but I have to go with Royce Clayton because that's a double play card I've somehow never seen before! Extra points for the bubble-blowing double dip as well.

  3. Reds October is the most interesting one to me.

  4. I especially like Gross, Myers, Larkin, and Clayton, but I think the bubble double wins it for me.

  5. I just recently tried to win a '33 Goudey Phil Collins on eBay... I lost out on it spectacularly!

  6. The Clayton is great. I'm sometimes iffy on bubble-blowing cards, but when the bubble is being blows during a play--perfect. The Milt May is nice too.

  7. I don't know the modern stadiums so well, especially in the NL. My first guess was Skydome, maybe an interleague game?

  8. Bubble blowing double play. That's perfect timing.