And here we begin a series of Gold Leaf Rookies. I fell in love with this insert set when it came out in 1991. It really had everything I could have wanted: almost full-bleed photos with overall really strong photography; the gold leaf, of course; and a super-strong roster of rookies for that year (save for Scott Leius, never understood why he was in there). I think my first might have been Ryan Klesko or Mike Mussina, but either way, I was totally hooked.
Brogna was one of those odd rookies in the 1989 Bowman set that I couldn’t make heads or tails of, like Stan Royer. In time, though, I learned that Brogna was an excellent power hitter, which picqued my interested a little more. I followed him, and was happy to see him break into the majors and do well, though he never became a star. This is definitely one of those cards that I plan to hold on to, however he did in his career.