I have always enjoyed Fleer even in the way back early 1980s. 2006 will be remembered for Yadi’s game winning Home Run against the Mets in the 9th inning of game 7 in the LCS and the World Championship. This card is simple but not unattractive. The card is framed in white with rounded corners and the Fleer crown is in the top right hand corner Yadi is photographed in profile and he is in the Cardinals’ white home uniform. He’s standing with his face mask raised above his eyes and appears to be looking down. At this point he has been in the Majors for two years and is still chubby and sans neck tattoo. There is much Cardinal red on this card. The bottom has a bar of red with catcher in the right hand corner. His name is slightly to the left and above in a white bar with a red border along the top. A single bird on a bat is located to the left of his name. This is a very interesting logo and one until recently had been on our car until it was ripped off…by the wind. Don’t worry we will get another for the VW.
The obverse of the card is again very to the point no bells and whistles here. At the top of the card is a grey banner with the card number. To the left is the Cardinals logo again but this time bigger. His name and position is in a band of whit with grey mesh. Below this are his statistics for 2004 and 2005 plus his vitals. There is also a blurb indicating he threw out 25 would-be base stealers in 2005 which helped the Cardinals have the best record in the NL.
For 2006 Yadi played in 129 games, had 417 at bats, 29 runs, 90 hits, 6 homeruns, 49 RBIs, and a batting average of .216. For fielding he caught 1037.1 innings, .995% fielding average, caught 29 would be base stealers, and had 37 successful steals.