Let me start off by simply saying this. Fred McGriff is amazing. He’s got one of the coolest nicknames of all time – “the Crime Dog”. He’s got a pretty sweet mustache. He endorses Tom Emanski’s Defensive Drills videos. Plus, he’s got legitimate skills. First person since the dead ball era to lead both leagues in home runs. Five time All-Star. 493 career home runs (84 with the San Diego Padres). Oh and he can balance an authentic, professional baseball bat (made of wood). On his supremely talented index finger.
This is his card from 1991 Donruss Studio. The premise of the set was simple. It differed from traditional baseball cards by depicting the players in a glamor shots, yearbook picture kind of way. This set really did resemble a high school yearbook. The back of the cards featured some little known personal tidbits about each player. For instance, Fred McGriff enjoyed watching The Cosby Show and All My Children. He’s also a fan of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Which is amazing, especially considering that this was 1991. You remember, the era where the Bucs were always horrific and wore the orange creamsicle uniform with the winking, orange-skinned pirate on their helmets. If Fred McGriff was willing to publicly declare his allegiance to the Bucs in 1991, you know he’s not a fairweather fan.