2 hours ago
14 January 2015
1991(?) Houston Astros Team Issue Photo Cards
Yet another case of not knowing something existed until it turned up on eBay, these photos were given out by the Houston Astros in response to fan mail, usually fan mail asking for autographs, but not having actually provided anything to be signed. I recently picked this up along with the original team envelope containing "Thank you for your interest in our team" letter, a pocket schedule and these two photos. As far as I know, Houston still gives out these types of photo cards for fan pack requests.
The black & white photos are blank backed and measure 3 5/16" x 4 7/8". Based on this particular arrangement of player name and fielding position, along with the assortment of players I've seen in this design on eBay, the Astros issued these from about 1987 to 1993. Below are the other players I have seen recently in this same design:
Steve Finley (different photo, with normal undershirt instead of turtleneck)
Gene Tenace (Coach)
All of the above I lump together because all the players are wearing the same style jersey. I've also seen a Julio Linares (coach) card in the same card style, but wearing the newer uniform the Astros introduced in 1994.