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Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Palm Tree Tuesday: Front & Back

One of the features that I loved about the old Jack Murphy Stadium, where the Padres played in the 90's, is the palm trees that they had behind the fence.  Every once in a while, I'll show a card that shows those great trees.  This is one of those times.

This is the second installment of the "Palm Tree Posts", and we're showcasing a pretty good one, if I do say so myself.  This one comes from 1998 Upper Deck, and is none other than Padres shortstop Chris Gomez.  

SO much going on here.  First of all, the most obvious thing is that… there's palm trees on the front AND back of this card.  How awesome is that?

It is pretty awesome.

More than that, it's also a pretty sweet looking double play sequence, as both shots picture Gomez turning two with Jose Guillen of the Pirates sliding into second.  Interestingly enough, it looks like the photo on the back was taken just a split second before the photo on the front.  I've seen a few cards that show pictures from the same sequence on the front as on the back, but usually the pic on the front came first.

Between the orange line of the home run fence, the palm trees, the double play being turned, and that it's of one of my families' favorite players, this is a pretty good one.

Have a great Palm Tree Tuesday, everyone!

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