1997 UPPER DECK GAME JERSEY REY ORDONEZ
You know how back in the ’90s you’d be watching Up All Night on USA, and you’d be like, “Damn, what is Patrick Swayze doing in this crap?”
Then you’d squint a bit to get a sharper look at the actor playing Sgt Barnes, and you’d think, “Wait, is that…That’s not. I mean, it kind of looks like Patrick Swayze, but not quite. It’s sort of like Patrick Swayze melted a little or something.”
So you’d open the TV Guide and run a finger down the listings. “OK, USA Network– 11:00, 12:00, 1:00. Here it is: Broken Trust. Starring Nick Cassavetes… Edward Albert… and Don Swayze.”
“Oh, Don Swayze,” you’d mutter, with a sense of relief that Patrick Swayze had not in fact melted.
Well this Rey Ordonez is a Don Swayze of a card.
The 1997 Upper Deck Game Jersey insert set was the first mainstream baseball issue to incorporate pieces of real game-used uniforms. The set is composed of just three players: Ken Griffey Jr, Tony Gwynn, and Rey Ordonez.