Wednesday, July 1, 2009

1990 Upper Deck #733 734 735 736

Terry Shumpert
Nolan Ryan
John Burkett
Derrick May


All 4 photos on the front are great. You might miss it at first glance, but Shumpert is actually completely off the ground in his photo. Ryan's likeness was captured from a low angle, getting clouds in the frame. Burkett is making a pretty awesome grunt face (click on the image to see a close-up) and May is shown in a nice running shot.

Of the photos on the back, the first thing that struck me is that Upper Deck got one of Burkett showing him in his bowling set. As you might know, Burkett is (and was while an active player) an avid bowler and his set stance in baseball was very similar to his set stance in bowling.

The back of Shumpert's card features a bonus shot of Lance Johnson (#1), giving the card extra points in my book.


Derrick May homered off John Burkett on June 13, 1993.

BEST IN 1990

Shumpert and May didn't play much in 1990 and while Burkett had a decent season, Nolan Ryan was best with a 13-9 record, league-leading 232 strikeouts and 1.034. It was also the last season in which he pitched 200 innings.


Terry Shumpert = Hurry, tempters!
Nolan Ryan = Oral nanny = Ran a nylon
John Burkett = Betroth junk
Derrick May = Dick my rear


Clearly Hall of Famer Nolan Ryan had the best career.


  1. My first thought when looking at these cards is that Derrick May was never that thin. He's been the hitting coach for my local Springfield Cardinals team. I'm sure he'd be a little embarrassed about the anagram.

  2. I'm not a big fan of Nolan Ryan, but that's a wonderful shot. Seeing that upward looking shot every now and then is nice, but it gets old after a while.