Retro Jays Cards

I go to a bunch of Jays games. Each time, I empty my loose change to get random retro Blue Jay baseball cards from the vending machine. I also have plenty of boxes from my childhood. When I was a kid I remember these cards were some of my most prized possessions. Now they are 25 cents.

Check out a Random Card

Derek Bell, 1991 Topps, #71

So young and innocent looking. No sign of the many future drug arrests and general dickishness that would come to define Bell’s career. Let’s be honest, Derek Bell is an ass. On your manager’s first day back from emergency brain surgery you criticize him in the media for batting you 6th? Really?

As for Bell’s time as a Blue Jay it was fairly short with the big league club. He was part of the 1992 championship team as a reserve outfielder, but was fairly inconsequential. Bell’s biggest legacy is being a part of bringing Tony Fernandez back home where he belongs. Jays traded Bell to San Diego for Darrin Jackson, who was shipped to the Mets a few months later to bring Tony home and get him a World Series.

This card is a great summary of the Jays development system at the time, showing a nice progression through the minor leagues and listing Tim Wilken as the man who scouted him.

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