Yes, they're now called the Miami Marlins, partially because they haven't been the only team in Florida for close to twenty seasons, and partially because marketing got involved and decided they were in need of a re-brand. But all these cards are from the "Florida" era, and most from when their primary color was turquoise.
|1994 Donruss Special Edition #5 Gary Sheffield|
It depends on the light, but sometimes these Special Edition cards look a little more copper than gold. But the giant Donruss logo provides plenty of area for the gold to look shiny and rainbowy. But more on copper later.
|1994 Topps #20 Bryan Harvey|
|1994 Topps #370 Benito Santiago|
Don't forget that cameo of current Mets coach Tim Teufel. You can't quite tell what the outcome of this play was, but thankfully we can date this card! The Marlins visited San Diego (Santiago's previous team) twice in 1993, and a quick look through the box scores leads us to June 6th, 1993, about a week before I attended my first-ever Major League game. The Marlins won that one, helped out by an outfield assist from Jeff Conine on this exact play. So though it doesn't quite look it, Santiago got his guy!
|1994 Topps Gold #161 Darrell Whitmore|
|1993 Leaf #384 Charlie Hough|
Flip this card over and you'll see the same gold rainbow foil on the team logo that Leaf/Donruss used the following year on those Donruss Special Edition cards. The premium brands always get the cool stuff a little earlier. Sometimes decades earlier, as 2016 Topps is finally losing the borders and going with full-bleed printing.
25 years coming on that one.
|1993 Pinnacle #562 Cris Carpenter|
Cris Carpenter might sound like a familiar name, but this is not the same Chris Carpenter who won the Cy Young Award for the Cardinals in 2005. Different guy entirely, although both played for the Cardinals, confusingly.
|2002 Upper Deck MVP #226 Brad Penny|
The color coding works really well with this design, and I've found that the black background is pretty sturdy, unlike say, 1994 Score, or 1993 Pinnacle. Or 1971 Topps, for that matter.
|1996 Upper Deck #339 Al Leiter|
|1996 Upper Deck #338 Pat Rapp|
|1998 Ultra #295 Todd Zeile|
|2000 Upper Deck Hitter's Club #77 Julio Ramirez HS|
Who knows what I'll unearth in the next Mystery Pack?