I've been a fan of this set for years, and only recently did I find a reasonably priced unopened box online. They are fun, pop/comic art to the hilt and a victim of being a distinctly weird product positioned to an audience that was clearly not interested (Topps was gunning for young collectors; young collectors were gunning for Stadium Club and Upper Deck). I can see this set finding a cult following. That at least would give me other people to talk to about it.
Bret Saberhagen: This set came in 1992, well before the steroids scandal. So that's what makes the artwork of ballplayers with comically oversized muscles seem unintentionally funny and innocent at the same time. Saberhagen, in one of his last cards as a Royal, was a lean strikeout machine (and guaranteed to be a charter member for the 1980s class of the Bert Blyleven Forgotten Master Pitchers Broom Closet of Fame), not the ballooned-torsoed boardwalk strongman this card's artwork would lead you to believe.
Orel Hershiser: Here's another guy who seemed destined for the Hall of Fame only to ... not quite get there.
Doc Gooden: Topps did that for a while: put players' nicknames on their cards. 'Doc' Gooden looks so happy on this card.
Bobby Thigpen: Remember Bobby Thigpen? Here's a fun way to spend an hour: ask anyone under the age of twenty why what he accomplished in 1990 is still unbelievable.
Robin Ventura: Another fun thing about this set is the variety of bizarre comic splash backgrounds used. The hypnotist's wheel behind Ventura is an especially nice touch. Too bad he didn't have it when he tried to fight Nolan Ryan. That probably could've lulled the old man before he slipped Ventura into a headlock.
Bobby Bonilla: Remember when the Pirates were dismantled in the early Nineties? Who did you think was going to better on their new team: Bonds or Bonilla? Me, I always thought they were dumb to let Bonilla go.
Frank Thomas: I can count my favorite players on one hand: Eddie Murray, Fred McGriff, Kirby Puckett, Marquis Grissom (I had a ton of Grissom cards) and Frank Thomas.