Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Dr. Steve's Doctored Cards #15

Yes, it's been a long time since we wandered through the imposing galleries of Dr. Steve's estate, but I thought it might be nice to take a break from the Brewers trading and check out what's been brought out of storage. Please stay behind the velvet rope.

1991 Fleer #477 Sam Horn

Come closer, everyone, but no pushing please. Today's special exhibit, "Hype at the Dawn of the '90s," is unveiled to showcase one of the hobby's most overrated players of all time, Sam Horn. Seriously, there were multiple issues of Beckett that listed Horn among the most collectable players, even going so far as to tout him in the Top 10 list. Even at a young age, I was confused by this. My friends and I were all about John Olerud, Ben McDonald, Griffey, and to a lesser extent, Todd Zeile. Sam Horn was nowhere on our radar. Further research indicates that in terms of pure career stats, Horn was very similar to another hobby darling who failed to live up to his potential, Kevin Maas.
The artwork on this card includes a depiction of little more than the bell of a trumpet extending from Sam's abdomen. A big, fat eighth note signals what might be the end of batting practice. Is the curtain about to fall on the wonderment that is the portfolio of the masterful Dr. Steve? Far from it, my friends.

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