1988 Topps Glossy Sets

21 03 2011

Topps again issued three Glossy sets in conjunction with its 1988 base set.  Each set had exactly 1 member from the 1990 Reds World Series Champs.  Eric Davis is in both the All-Star Glossy and All-Star send-in sets, and Randy Myers is in the Topps Rookies set.  I bought all 3 of these sets at various times from eBay or other on-line venues.  The rookies was the toughest to find for a good price because of the McGwire.

All-Star Glossy

Back for the 6th year, this 22-card set commemorating the 1987 All-Star game was inserted 1 per rack pack. The set shows the manager, 9 starters, and Topps returned with the All-Star game honorary captains for the 11th card from each league (good move in my opinion). The previous 2 years Topps had included a team picture or a 2nd pitcher.  This allowed Catfish Hunter and Billy Williams to be included in the set – of note, these guys must have been included as captains to coincide with their induction into the Hall of Fame that summer.

11 Hall of Famers:     W. Boggs, C. Ripken, R. Henderson, D. Winfield, J. Hunter, R. Sandberg, M. Schmidt, O. Smith, A. Dawson, G. Carter, B. Williams (same # of HOF-ers as last year)

Glossy Rookies

In its second year, the Rookies 22-card set came 1 per 91-card jumbo pack.  The set depicts some of the best rookies from the 1987 season.  All 10 members of the Topps All-Star rookie team are included in this set, and it includes NL ROY winner Benito Santiago, who wasn’t on the ASR team because of the great rookie campaign by AL ROY runner-up Matt Nokes.  The AL winner, Mark McGwire, is easily the headliner from this set.

Glossy All-Stars and Hot Prospects

The send-in set was again 60-cards, called “All-Stars and Hot Prospects”.  Collectors could obtain it in 6 different 10-card portions by sending in 6 of the “Spring Fever Baseball Game” cards that came 1 per wax pack.  The players were generally either current year All-Stars or up-and-coming prospects who’d had break out 1987 campaigns.

13 Hall of Famers:     A. Dawson, M. Schmidt, C. Ripken, G. Carter, R. Sandberg, R. Henderson, K. Puckett, T. Gwynn, D. Winfield, O. Smith, W. Boggs, G. Brett, P. Molitor (up from 11 from the ’87 set)

The pictures in all these sets seem to be getting better from previous years.  And then there’s the Sandberg picture here.  I honestly don’t ever remember Sandberg rocking the ‘stache shown in the picture below. 

Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire are also included in the set, because it’s so early in their career that makes this one of the more popular out of these send-in sets (at least as far as me finding it on eBay for a decent price).




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