Card of the Day: 1993 Upper Deck “On Deck With …” George Brett

brettfrontIn my mind, the fifth anniversary of Upper Deck was a rousing success. The fact that the company moved to an all-glossy front for most cards and used full-bled photos for inserts really made for an attractive product. Need proof? Look at this 1993 Upper Deck George Brett “On Deck With…” insert to the left.

The design for base cards was OK (not great), and the rookie/prospect cards looked awesome. But this set was all about the inserts; my favorite were the “Then and Now” and “Triple Crown Contenders” sets. And in 1993, the hobby was insert crazy, so this product really brought a lot to the table.

Over the years the demand for the product has declined, and for the most part, all cards from the set are an afterthought. But on Christmas morning as I cleaned my garage while my wife was cooking the holiday feast, I stumbled upon a card that made me laugh, and kind of appreciate the set I had not thought much about in 15 years.

The “On Deck With …” insert set is basically a way to showcase a nice portrait of a player and then use the back of the card as a question-answer session. The  back of this George Brett has become an instant classic in my mind — 15 years later. Let’s have a look, shall we …

brettback1

I can get with this. This advice can be applied to anything, especially in the card collecting hobby. If you can’t enjoy what you’re buying or collecting, then why are you doing it? Thanks, Ken Brett.

brettback2Cliche. Cliche. Cliche. “Give 110 percent …” blah. blah. blah.

But what was George Brett supposed to say? Don’t use too much pine tar?

brettback3Can’t argue with those, although it did ask for moment, not moments

brettback4Again, pretty straight and narrow at this point. If I were conducting this interview, I’d feel like I could have written my story (or the back of this card) without talking to George …

brettback5Holy bleep! Now there is something you don’t see every day. Hemorrhoids?! A few things about this statement made me stop and think because it caught me off guard. Had I been drinking coffee while reading this, I likely would have spit it out or choked on it because I was laughing so hard.

When reading the back of a baseball card, you don’t expect to read something so personal such as hemorrhoids. And what makes this even more entertaining is when contrasted with other cards from this same set, the statement on this card seems so out of place. Tony Gwynn’s card says his most embarrassing moment was grounding out to third base … wow, talk about an embarrassment.

brettback6And the last question on here is not so controversial. George says he would chose Kirby Puckett to start his team. Can’t say I’d argue with that. There are other players who would have been better candidates in 1993 — like Ken Griffey Jr. or Frank Thomas — but this answer makes since given that Brett is nearing the end of his career at this point and has competed against Puckett for about a decade.

The highlight of this card without a doubt is the “hemorrhoids” comment. Up until reading about this card, I did not know about Brett’s bout with hemorrhoids during the 1980 World Series. Apparently Brett removed himself from Game 2 and had minor surgery before Game 3, a game in which he hit a home run. The Royals ended up losing the series 4-2 against the Philadelphia Phillies.

What’s interesting to note is that if you go to Wikipedia and read about the 1980 World Series, there is no mention of “hemorrhoids.” All that is said is that George Brett had surgery between Games 2 and 3. Odd considering that 15 years ago, Upper Deck had no issue with printing the statement on the back of a baseball card, which at that time were still considered a kids hobby. Can you imagine a kid opening a pack and then asking: “Mom, what are hemorrhoids?” Classic.

4 Responses to “Card of the Day: 1993 Upper Deck “On Deck With …” George Brett”

  1. There was a video clip of George Brett recounting a pretty embarassing moment about having the runs. It seemed like he was having fun telling the story, but it was hell living it.

    You can probably search around online [if you haven’t seen it already] – it is pretty profane, vulgar, but to the point and funny.

  2. I have never heard the word “hemorrhoids” so much as I did during the 1980 World Series. It was a constant news story. That’s probably why Brett was so casual about mentioning it on the card (that and the fact that Brett apparently has no inner sensor), because it was common knowledge to the NATION in 1980.

  3. Ah, but I was BORN in 1980 …

  4. […] Card of the Day: 1993 Upper Deck “On Deck With …” Albert Belle Last week I learned something new about Hall of Famer George Brett, a fact that apparently has been common knowledge for nearly three decades. I’m embarrassed for not having known the info. But then again, should I be? I mean we’re talking about hemorrhoids. […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: