1998 FLEER ULTRA CARL EVERETT
Here we find Carl Everett on his 1998 Fleer Ultra card, saddled with the horns.
Everett underachieved in his time with the Mets, but went on to put together some strong years with the Astros and the Red Sox. He wrapped up his career back in ’06, having amassed 202 HRs for eight different clubs.
But the main thing this piece of pasteboard has me considering is goofy, gimmicky pictures on baseball cards.
I’m not talking about the unintentionally goofy shots of sunglasses, unibrows, open zippers, or afros. I’m talking goofy by design.
So, I present for your consideration a Brief History of the Universe of Goofy, Gimmicky Baseball Card Pictures.
Back in 1951, Bowman produced a beautiful set that utilized the flexichrome process, wherein a black-and-white image was painted over to create a color picture. The results were consistently striking.
However, Bowman chose to represent a single subject in the set in caricature form, leaving us with this gloriou...