Mets Card of the Week: 1987 Bob Ojeda

1987 SPORTFLICS BOB OJEDA

These first-wave Sportflics cards deserve a cult of their own.

Now, the less said about the mid ’90′s Second Coming of the brand, the better. Those sets were more Stone Roses Second Coming than the Jesus kind…

But these mid ’80s cards were out there kicking against the pricks.

The hobby back then was a stodgy place, and the cigar-chomping pot-bellied stereotypes who ruled the roost did not want anything to do with “Magic Motion” and plastic card stock.

The lenticular technology, which here results in three images of Bob Ojeda unfolding his windup in that inimitable slow/quick/slow way, was dismissed as gumball-machine gimmickry, and the foil wrappers seemed an affront to waxy tradition.

But I’m here to tell you that Sportflics were cool. As cool as 18-5 with a 2.57. As cool as a crucial game 3 World Series win. As cool as anything.

Today these can be found clogging the dime boxes at your local card show. I think you know what to do…

5 comments for “Mets Card of the Week: 1987 Bob Ojeda

  1. Brian Joura
    February 1, 2012 at 8:33 am

    I split a box of mid-90s 3-D cards with a buddy but I’m thinking now maybe that wasn’t Sportsflics. Do you know any other manufacturer that would have done 3-D cards around this time?

    Also, there’s an ebay auction for a Sportsflics card you might be interested in that’s ending soon – http://www.ebay.com/itm/TOM-SEAVER-1986-Sportflics-Decade-Greats-52-/190597173068?pt=US_Baseball&hash=item2c607a0f4c

  2. Doug
    February 1, 2012 at 8:59 am

    Damn– Tom looks just ridiculously young in that shot!

    Perhaps you guys split a box of 1995 Topps DIII: http://www.checkoutmycards.com/Cards/Baseball/1995/Topps_D3/27/Mike_Piazza/2106110

  3. Brian Joura
    February 1, 2012 at 9:09 am

    Yes! Those are it. And I see someone has the Cal Ripken from the set for sale. Once I find wherever that set is, I can go pick up that card and complete it.

    Hey, got another link for you. Did you see Keith Olbrmann talking about the newest Topps cards? Some nice photos
    http://keitholbermann.mlblogs.com/2012/01/31/10th-annual-topps-opening-pack-day/

  4. Darryl Johnson
    July 20, 2014 at 5:15 am

    How much is that card worth?

    • Doug
      July 20, 2014 at 8:40 am

      Not more than a few cents, Darryl.

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