Wednesday, July 21, 2010

1992 gary carter tribute (mets 1985-1989)

the 1992 o-pee-chee set included a 5 card tribute subset to gary carter, the guy who would become the first expo hall of famer. each card was a tribute to a different team/stage of his career, and this is the second one to be featured on this site (here's the first).  this is his 1992 o-pee-chee tribute card for the mets' years:
there's no similar card in the topps set, but here's the front of the topps card that was deleted from the o-pee-chee set:
now the o-pee-chee back:
 and the topps back:  
carter had his last great season in 1985, his first with the mets.  he is likely best remembered, however, for the 1986 season in which the mets won the world series.  as you recall, it was his two-out single in the bottom of the 10th inning that started the mets' improbable rally against calvin schiraldi and the red sox.  i remember his mets' years for another postseason at-bat, however.  in game 1 of the 1988 nlcs, carter again had a two-out hit in the mets' last at-bat.  this time, his two-out double in the 9th drove in two runs to put the mets ahead 3-2 where they would stay and beat the dodgers.  i have to admit, i was unsure that the dodgers would be able to overcome such a defeat, but they did, and gary carter never played in another postseason series for the remainder of his career.

voici à vous, 1992 gary carter tribute (mets 1985-1989)!

1 comment:

  1. This seems like it would've been cooler showing his cards each year like Topps did with Pete Rose in the '86 set. It seems odd to have one card with the Expos and then the Mets, and one card highlighting his days as a Dodger, where he was essentially nothing more than a backup catcher at that point.