One of the things that I like about the early 90s “premium” brands is that each brand tried to be able to stand out. It seemed that each of the companies focused on a “look” for each of their sets, and they would feature good photos that usually would go well with the card front. Stadium Club was a brand that focused on its Kodak photography, Leaf was a brand that had a distinctive silver boarder on it’s cards that gave it a great look. In their second year Leaf stepped up the use of good photos on their cards.
Look at this photo and how it stands out. Look at the ivy covered walls, the sun playing havoc with the fielder’s eyes. See the ball that has already bounced off of the wall because Martinez lost it in the sun. Somehow I don’t think that Martinez would be happy to sign this card if someone sent it to him in the mail.