When I first started this series about cards taken (I thought) in Spokane's NorthTown Mall, I noted that the Spokane uniforms looked more like Royals uniforms than those of the parent club the Padres. Reader Adam made a comment on that post explaining the cool reason why they looked like KC uniforms. Then he dropped a bigger bombshell:
" Actually, Spokane was the San Diego Padres short-season A affiliate at
this time. Spokane lost AAA baseball after the 1982 season, when they
were affiliated with the California Angels. The franchise returned in
1983 with the Padres organization, and then was bought by George Brett
and his brothers in 1985, who changed the team's uniform style and
colors from the Padres' brown and yellow to a style and colors similar
to that of the Kansas City Royals, with whom Brett played.
since the set was sponsored by University City (check the back of the
card), another prominent mall in town at the time, I'm inclined to think
that the photos were taken there rather than at Northtown. I couldn't
imagine that U-City would have its name on the back of the cards but
then have the photos be taken at a competing mall."
Not the NorthTown Mall? The recent MILB.com article that brought the cards their recent notoriety said they were taken in the NorthTown Mall, based on their interview of someone who was working for the team at the time. But what if his memory was faulty? It was 30 years ago. Adam is right, all the cards had a logo for University City on the back - I did not realize it was a mall, just that it was "easy for you".
Check out this 1982 University City mall directory, from flickr user ky24941:
In fact, it turns out there is even a 1986 set taken in the mall, and it is just called "Spokane University City". However it appears to be very rare. STB Sports, the site where I got the other three sets for under $10 each, lists it at $130.
I am going to leave a comment on the MILB.com site - I doubt they'll address it, but at least maybe someone will see it. Thanks Adam!
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