2 hours ago
04 May 2011
Hensley Meulens, truly a "rising" star!
I first caught this story about a week or so ago, on a Dutch site, and didn't say anything because I thought it might just be a gag. Then I saw it repeated again today:
Bam-Bam's odyssey is truly out of this world
Apparently, Bam Bam is headed for the final frontier, courtesy of Space Expedition Curaçao, a new space program supported by Curaçao's government.
Or you can read the original snippet in Dutch:
Retourtje ruimte voor Hensley Meulens
Naturally, when I found this, I had to figure out which card or cards to attach to the post. What better than his "Rising Star" issues from Score?
Starting in 1989, until 1992, Score released a 100 card set of Rising Stars, and a 100 card set of Superstars. The sets were sold in large, plastic blisters, along with a magazine-style book with slightly more thorough biographies of each player. Aside from super-hyped rookie Gregg Jefferies holding the #1 spot in the inaugural set, there wasn't any particular order to the card numbering.
They were usually sold for $9.95-$12.95 almost anywhere baseball cards were sold. The 1989 issue was fairly popular, but as with the regular 1989 Score base cards, were so over-produced that supply far outpaced demand, and even today, these sets are very easy to find unopened, usually for less than $5 (plus shipping & handling).
I'll go back and research the checklists, but Meulens has got to hold the record for most appearances in Score's Rising Star sets. Had 1992 not been the final year of those sets, one has to wonder if he would have made a 5th appearance!
In any case, I guess all that rising amounted to something after all. Perhaps he will keep these specific cards in a pocket of his flight suit as he blasts off into space, thinking to himself how the Yankees had given up on him too soon. Godspeed, Mr. Meulens!