I started back into collecting Indian cards about 20 years ago. I started to specialize in Jim Thome a couple years later and still do today. I pretty much only collect his cards as an Indian though. If I come upon his cards from another team, I save them, but don't actively collect them. I thought I knew about all of his early cards but I didn't know this 1992 issue existed !
This all starts with an item I found on ebay. 1992 Kahn's Weiners Indian team set.
This looks like it could have been a stadium give-a-way but I'm not really sure. Catalogs list some Kahn's as such, but I haven't found a listing on the Indian set. Sometimes they are not classified as "baseball cards" because they are actually playing cards. I still want them in my Indian collection no matter what they are.
The backs of the cards are based on a motif similar to the box design. There is a Kahn's Wiener Mascot wild card and two Slider joker cards.
This set differs from most playing card sets I've seen in that there are different cards in different suits.Usually there are only 13 different players portrayed on each of four playing card suits. All four suits are different in this deck. When there is a duplication of a player, it's a different pose.
As you can see, the three and seven are both Carlos Baerga, but totally different views.
And there he is !
In 1992, still a diamond in the rough, but he polished up pretty well over the years.
And last but not least,
Well, that was a quick 55 count addition to my Tribe collection.
One of these days I'm going to have to do a running count and see what the total is now.