Featured Card: 1996 Score #414, Kevin Stocker
Ah, the mid ’90s. I didn’t truly appreciate it at the time, but Score and Collector’s Choice were the last remaining large sets attempting to maintain something of a classic approach to card design. The border frames and full-color, glossed backs were definitely modern, but when you compared them to the other sets of the time (as well as all their successors), the intent behind the sets was such that if they were produced today they would almost be considered retro. I would personally love it if Topps or any of the partially-licensed companies produced a similar set that kept the parallels and inserts to a minimum. Don’t tell me that Topps Opening Day fulfills this role. It doesn’t count because it’s, in essence, just a partial parallel of the regular Topps set.