Cheap Wax Wednesday Box Breaks: 1990 Sportflics Baseball

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Remember Sportflics? Or maybe the later Pinnacle-produced version, Sportflix? They didn’t always get a great response from collectors and were a Beckett Cold List mainstay with Pete Rose and Jose Canseco for a long time. But, I’ll tell you what, I dig them!

1990 Sportflics Baseball features a 225-card base set. Aside from some additional trivia cards, that is it. It was 1990, so there were no inserts or parallels to chase. Just the sweet lenticular base cards. Cards featured two different images of each player, with each visible from a different angle. When flipped back and forth the card appeared to be animated. Is that not cool? 

There are three Rookie Cards in the set: Todd Zeile, Tommy Greene and Dean Palmer. 

1990 Sportflics Baseball Box Break

Cards per pack: 3
Packs per box: 36
Price paid: $23

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Pack 1:

Doug Jones, Dave Stieb & Scott Fletcher

Each pack also has a couple of Magic Motion Trivia cards.

Pack 2:

Chili Davis, Tom Browning & Gregg Olson

Pack 3:

Ozzie Smith, Tommy Greene RC & Robby Thompson

Pack 4:

Devon White, Jeff Treadway & Mike Scott

Pack 5:

George Brett, Bob Geren & Mike Greenwell

Mike “Gator” Greenwell was coming off a 1991 season that saw him hit .300 and drive in 83 runs. 

Pack 6:

Bo Jackson

Pack 7:

Ken Caminiti & Ryne Sandberg

Pack 8:

Carlton Fisk & Wally Joyner

Pack 9:

Robin Ventura

Ventura made his first of just two All-Star appearances in 1992. He finished the year with 16 home runs and 93 RBI. 

Pack 10:

Dwight Evans, Rickey Henderson & Dennis Martinez

Pack 11:

Matt Williams & Jose Uribe

Pack 12:

John Smoltz

Pack 13:

Curt Schilling, Mark Langston & Dave Stewart

These three combined to win 563 regular season games.

Pack 14:

Harold Reynolds, Mookie Wilson & Dale Murphy

Pack 15:

Mike Devereaux

Pack 16:

Howard Johnson & Bert Blyleven

Pack 17:

Ruben Sierra

Sierra played for nine different teams over the course of his 20-year MLB career.


Pack 18:

Frank Viola & Paul Molitor

Pack 19:

Andre Dawson

Pack 20:

Tom Candiotti

Pack 21:

Alvin Davis & Tim Wallach

Davis won the 1984 AL Rookie of the Year award after knocking in 116 runs and hitting 27 home runs. 116 would end up being Alvin’s largest single-season RBI total. 

Pack 22:

Andy Benes

Pack 23:

Bip Roberts

Pack 24:

Ellis Burks & Rick Sutcliffe

Pack 25:

Steve Bedrosian

Steve’s son Cam also pitched in the big leagues. In 2016 he posted a 1.12 ERA over 45 major league games.

Pack 26:

Jim Abbott

Pack 27:

Terry Steinbach & Bret Saberhagen

Pack 28:

Tom Henke & Lou Whitaker

Pack 29:

Marquis Grissom & Bobby Bonilla

Grissom led the league in steals in both 1991 (76) and 1992 (78). 

Pack 30:

Cal Ripken, Jr. & Tom Gordon

Pack 31:

Tom Glavine

Pack 32:

Rob Deer

Pack 33:

Darryl Strawberry

Strawberry will have his number retired by the Mets on June 1. 

Pack 34:

Mark McGwire

Pack 35:

Pedro Guerrero & Brett Butler

Pack 36:

John Smoltz

Lastly, the Smoltz card back. Crazy to think Smoltz was putting up an impressive 2.79 ERA in Triple-A, and then almost matched that his first full season in the majors. 

These are just so fun. Sure, there are no chase cards like you see in modern products. But, then there is no pressure for good hits. You just get to enjoy the cards of some of the game’s best players. At less than $1 per pack, it is well worth a rip.

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Want more installments of Shane Salmonson’s Cheap Wax Wednesday? Check out his other breaks in the archives.

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