Wednesday, February 6, 2008

1992 Cecil Fielder Mystery Card

I love oddball cards, but this one has me stumped. I have two of these Cecil Fielder cards in my collection of boxes. The thing is, I have no idea where they came from. I also have two of John Goodman as Babe Ruth and I had one that I gave away in a trade of George Brett.

The card itself contains a place to obtain an autograph. I remember that as being a selling point of this card, but I don't know why. My mind is drawing a complete blank. Was this card part of a magazine? Was it part of a giveaway? Did a card shop owner stick me with these cards? Did I knowingly purchase them? I haven't a single clue.

I do find it funny that Cecil is stuffing his mouth full of food and his team's insignia is a chicken leg with a bite taken out of it. That's classic stuff. Even better is the interview on the back of the card.

Q: For a while your obesity was a target of criticism, but your remarkable hitting seems to have put an end to that. Is your extra poundage acceptable to the club now?

A: Oh, more than acceptable. Starting with our next homestand our dugout will be featuring a buffet table, and all our players will be encouraged to eat as much and as often as possible.

Q: No kidding? This could bring a whole new meaning to the term "heavy hitters." Thanks to you, this team could power itself to the top. You could become the biggest influence on home run hitting of all time.

A: Sometimes a guy's got to throw his weight around.

Q: Gosh! If this new plump'em up to thump'em out approach of yours works, what kind of contract will you be asking for?

A: Fatter.

Is this a real interview? If so, Cecil really loves his food! It sounds like a bad joke writer came up with this on a deadline. Buffet tables in the dugout? A fatter contract? Please. Very punny. Maybe this is what happened to the Tigers in the early 90's. They ate themselves out of contention.


AlbuqwirkE said...

These may be the answer: 1991 Fun Stuff Baseball Trading Card Box manufactured by Confex in 1991. Box contains 36 packs/10 cards per pack. Look for bonus cards.

Currently available on eBay "buy it now" for $3.99 plus shipping plus handling probably plus other random charges and fees.

I see they also made a product called "Nasty Tricks" (I assume in honor of the world's oldest profession.

TwinsCards said...

The Fielder card comes from the 1992 Baseball Enquirer set that features "Mystery Interviews". There are 64 cards in the set. Player names do not appear anywhere on the cards and yes...the interviews are just mock interviews made up for the cards. A search of "Baseball Enquirer" on eBay will bring up several cards plus some factory sealed boxes. Hope that helps.

White Sox Cards said...

Thanks for the help! It's been a mystery for years. I don't remember anything about acquiring these cards.

I figured there was something fishy about the interview itself. While Cecil probably loves the food, I've heard he was much more of a drinker.

Bart McClaughry said...

I am glad you gave the George Brett to "Baseballcardman" because he loves it.

White Sox Cards said...

Glad to hear that "Baseballcardman" loves the George Brett. That makes me very happy!

Big Daddy Filth said...

The real mystery is will he surface after owing several groups including the IRS $$$???