10 Favorite Mark Grace Base Cards (Commons)
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If I had a pocket full of change and was at a card show, these are the 10 base cards of Grace I would buy. This is just a personal list of what I think are his best looking commons. No inserts or parallels were considered, and everything on this list should cost you less than a dollar.

#10
1998 Upper Deck Collectors Choice
How can you not love a card that is just a big, smiling mug shot of your favorite player?

1996 Studio Silver Press Proof

#9
2001 Topps Heritage
An artistically rendered card that is simple but effective. Plus, extra points for a facsimile autograph.

2001 Topps Heritage

#8
2003 Fleer Platinum
Grace was included in the "Unsung Heroes" subset that praised him for his leadership skills.
A fitting tribute to a man that led by example and was always a welcome presence in the clubhouse and dugout. A nice action photo of Grace sliding into home is a bonus.

2003 Fleer Platinum

#7
1993 Donruss Triple Play
Another subset card, this time from the "Little Hotshots" cards within 1993 Donruss Triple Play. From little league to the big leagues, you have to like this picture of youth.

1993 Donruss Triple Play

#6
1999 Upper Deck Ovation
This card design is one of my all-time favorites. You have to hold one in your hands and feel the raised stitches on the ball design to fully appreciate it. One of the few sets I felt compelled to complete for all players.

#5
2001 UD Gold Glove
His fans remember him as much for his leather as his bat. Grace won three Rawlings Gold Glove awards in his career, and this card commemorates his prowess at first base. I like the little design elements of the card too, including the leather lacing and gold foil gold glove in the bottom left-hand corner.

2001 UD Gold Glove

#4
2002 Topps Traded
Pay for one card and get two photos of Grace. Seeing him in the two uniforms that bookended his career brings back memories of his heroics in both cities.

2002 Topps Traded

#3
1999 UD Century Legends
The concept of this set was highlighting the top 50 all-time greats, top 50 contemporary players, and a handful of highly touted prospects. I was glad Grace made the contemporaries list, coming in at #41 by the Sporting News panel that compiled it.

1999 UD Century Legends

#2
2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites
A dewy faced rookie portrait foreshadows future excellence. He was an all-time fan favorite to the Wrigley faithful, so this card just feels apropos.

2005 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites

#1
1995 Pinnacle
Every little kid dreams of hitting the game-winning home run in the bottom of the 9th. I always feel jubilant looking at this card. The joy on Grace's face, the mob of celebrating teammates, and the home jerseys signifying to me that everyone in attendance at the Friendly Confines that day went home happy make this my favorite base card by a landslide.

1995 Pinnacle

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