Friday, June 20, 2014

My First Baseball Set - 1987 Topps

So sometimes luck just happens to find you in the strangest spots. A while back I put out a trade request to anyone out there with a baseball set they could spare. In return I was prepared to pay big time in hockey cards. However, no one really was interested or had one they could spare so I thought, hey let's check out the LCS. So I went in and sure enough they were having a sale. Typically they just stick with hockey stuff and coins but they had a few sets kicking around all priced to sell (10 a piece). I could have grabbed 1988 Donruss, 1989 Donruss, 1990 Donruss, 1991 UD or 1987 Topps. 

Not knowing much about the Donruss sets and knowing 87 Topps from fellow bloggers and friends and having used to use 1991 UD for target practice it was a tough call. But, my first season of baseball that I remember is 1987 so it ended up being the winner. 

These three were on the top of the box in toploaders:

 Skinny Barry Bonds. SI did a piece on him a few years back and I couldn't believe from the start of his career to the end, he grew 2 inches and gained 43 lbs.

 When I got into collecting, Bo was a god. Everyone wanted his football and baseball rookies. Bad hips did him in and now these are probably littering common bins world wide.

Ah Mark McGwire. Like the previous two, this isn't his rookie either but I am more than pleased to have this trio plus 789 other cards from the set. I plan on putting it into a binder and enjoying it all card by card. As I find things that interest me, I will share them.

In all, this set may have been insanely over produced, but at the same time this set isn't hard to look at and I remember friends collecting it as a kid so it has some nostalgia value to me as well. 10 bucks, well spent.


  1. There are those who put down 1987 because it was overproduced. I don't care. It's the one I had the most fun collecting, by a long shot. I love it.

    Consider 1983, too, if you're looking. 1984-85 hockey drew heavily off it and it's a great set.

  2. Great first set! This was a childhood favorite of mine as well, I always prized the Will Clark and Bo Jackson cards. That's still one of the best Bo Jackson baseball cards ever produced in my humble opinion.

  3. I have no use for the steroid boys but I'd still hold on to any Bo Jackson cards. He burned brightly. Asked recently about his golf game at a White Sox charity event, Bo said, "it sucks". Bo knows honestly. Bo also said something to the effect of, if you don't want to help people you might as well not get out of bed in the morning. Great athlete, great person.