What better place to start the conclusion of "Fun With 95 SP" than with the Cardboard God, Bip Roberts.
Once again, Bip shows off what makes him a legend. SUre, he could have mailed it in with just the million dollar smile, but he took it to another level by pulling off the ball balancing on a bat act.
But did Bip's presence end there? Of course not.
Bip showed up on a regular season card sliding back into first...
And from a spring training game trying to break up the double play. Props to Vinny Castilla on the athleticism.
If you think seeing Vinny Castilla jumping in the air seems a little out of place, this will make your jaw drop
Jim Thome looking like a skinny second baseman levitating in the middle of the Oakland infield. Definitely worth a double take.
Hairstyles also played a prominent role in 95 SP, we've already seen Will Clark and his combover, but we also have the stylings of Sammy.
Apparently Mr. Sosa had swimmer's ear, or maybe a tick that needed to be checked out. Digging the racing stripe down the side.
Mark Portugal showing off the mid 90s mullet.
Not to be outdone by the famous ginger mullet of some guy who seems to have disappeared from baseball all together. You gotta wonder if Will Clark was more interested in getting some juice to prolong his career or some hair styling tips.
Finally, the winner for Best Mullet in a 1995 baseball card set goes to...well let's him come on out and show it off to you.
As Juan prances in from the outfield, he lets us all know the source of his strength. It's nothing from the locker of Mr. Canseco, instead it's all about the locks.
If we're going to give Juan an award for that hair, how about an award for the most awkward card of 95 SP.
Director's chair on baseball field...check.
Pasty white skin accented by sleeveless shirt...check.
Odd expression from Mr. Nevin...check.
It's not often that you get a good run down captured on cardboard, however I'm more interested in the fact that the catcher has made his way out to the infield, displaying just how intense of a run down this was.
Ray Lankford, #1 Fave 4 Cardinal and aspiring gymnast.
The awful gray hats of the Baltimore Orioles. You will only find evidence of these caps on a few cards out there.
1st oddity, a time when Pedro Martinez needed the J. to help in identifying himself.
2nd oddity, Pedro is taking a vicious hack.
No one loves their fat guys quite like I do, but I really don't think Kirby should have been throwing himself around like this in a spring training game.
Finally, we take a look at the rookies of 95 SP. A chance for me to realize just how old I've become.
Yup, there was a time when Edgardo Alfonzo was a bright young rookie making his way onto the scene and not a washed up hitter barely holding on.
I just figures Grudz began his career as a 6 year veteran.
Seriously, this guy was young once.
Even as a rookie Tony Clark looked like he was 40.
And thus ends our look back at the wackiness that was 95 SP. Feel free to look here, here and here for more of the fun. They just don't make 'em like they used to.
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