Completed set & master set – one last look at 1987 Topps

26 06 2011

Before I started doing all this retro stuff on this blog, I had actually completed another set.  The 1987 Topps and Traded set is my second set and second full year completed!  This means I’ve completed my personal master set for this as well – which I’m defining as the base set, the traded set, and any inserts I’m collecting.  As I did with the 1986 set – and as I’ll do each time I complete a base set and/or a master set – I’ll do a “look back”.

Info about my set:

How I put the set together:

  • 426 cards from the wax box
  • 10 cards from a Target re-pack
  • 356 cards from trades

Card that completed my set: #385 – Orel Hershiser (1 of 4 cards I got in a trade from Night Owl that completed the set – I find it particularly interesting that this was Dodger card received from a Dodger collector)

General set info:

Set composition: 792 cards (700 individual player cards*, 26 Managers, 5 Turn Back the Clock, 6 Checklists, 7 Record Breakers, 22 All-Stars, 26 Team Leaders)

*The 700 individual player cards include 10 All-Star Rookies and 6 Future Stars

Representation of ’86 MLB season: Out of the 700 player cards, 2 didn’t play in 1986 due to injury (Atlee Hammaker and Tom Waddell).  The remaining 698 players represent 73.2% out of the ~953 players who played in MLB in 1986.

Last active player from this set: #227 – Jamie Moyer RC

Moyer says he will try to come back to pitch in 2012, but as of now his last game was July 20, 2010.

Player with the most cards in the set: 8 players have 3 cards – 6 of them only if you count an appearance on a Team Leaders card (which I do).  If this was a skins game – Pete Rose would keep the award.  Players who have an appearance on a Team Leaders card, by the type of third card, include:

  • MG – Pete Rose
  • TBC – Rickey Henderson
  • AS – Darryl Strawberry, Gary Carter, Don Mattingly, George Bell

Todd Worrell and Roger Clemens appear on Record Breaker and All-Star Cards in addition to their base card:

Worrell – #465, #7 (Record Breaker), #605 (All-Star)

Clemens – #340, #1 (Record Breaker), #614 (All-Star)

First Card and the Hundreds: #1 – Roger Clemens RB, #100 – Steve Garvey, #200 – Pete Rose, #300 – Reggie Jackson, #400 – George Brett, #500 – Don Mattingly, #600 – Dave Parker AS, #700 – Dave Bergman

Highest book value: #320 – Barry Bonds RC

Most notable card: #320 – Bonds RC (rated #17 in Topps vote of 60 best cards)

I went with this card – I think at the time Bo Jackson or Mark McGwire caused more of a “frenzy” (if 1987 Topps ever caused a frenzy), but since about 1992 the Bonds RC has seemed like the most important card of the set

Best card (my opinion): #170 – Bo Jackson

The Bonds card may be the most notable, but Bo still knows best.  This is one of my favorite cards of all-time.  It’s a great shot that goes well with the card design, and the Future Stars writing was awesome.  Nolan Ryan and Darryl Strawberry come in a distant 2nd and 3rd.

Second best card (also my opinion): #757 – Nolan Ryan

Best subset card: #1 – Roger Clemens

3 really good options here; this commemorates his 20-strikeout performance.  Yogi Berra was featured on a Team Leaders card with the Astros.  I was tempted to use that, but I think that Clemens, as card #1 in the set, was too big of a deal.  The TBC for Maury Wills is also cool in that Topps had to create a card as Wills didn’t have one in 1962, but they used this “fake” card in a couple oddball sets as well.

Favorite action photo: #653 – Kevin Mitchell

This is an “after the dust settles” play at the plate.  Jack Clark has a pretty cool card, too.

Favorite non-action photo: #380 – Goose Gossage, #412 – Eric Davis

A close-up of Goose and his trademark smile with his handle-bar mustache, but I can’t decide between these two.  The Davis oozes cool.

My Favorite Reds card: #648 – Barry Larkin RC

No debating the RC of next year’s hall of fame class.  The Eric Davis card is awesome as well.  And Rose’s card #200 is his last as a player is pretty good as well.

Topps Reprints and others:

  • 1999 Ryan reprints – Nolan Ryan
  • 2001 Through the Years – Ozzie Smith
  • 2001 Archives – Vida Blue, Bobby Grich, Reggie Jackson, Hal McRae, Ron Cey, Tom Seaver, Phil Niekro, Steve Carlton (’87T)
  • 2001 Archives Rookie Reprints – Barry Bonds, Rafael Palmeiro
  • 2001 Topps Traded – Ellis Burks (’87T), David Cone (’87T), Greg Maddux (’87T), Dennis Eckersley (’87T), Matt Williams (’87T)
  • 2002 Archives – Jack Clark, Dwight Evans, Andre Dawson, Smith, Darryl Strawberry, Wade Boggs
  • 2002 Gallery Heritage – Maddux (’87T)
  • 2005 Rookie Cup Reprints – Pete Incaviglia, Jose Canseco, Wally Joyner, Cory Snyder
  • 2005 Gallery Heritage – Palmeiro, Canseco
  • 2010 CMT – Bo Jackson, Don Mattingly AS, Barry Larkin
  • 2011 60YOT – Dennis Eckersley, Smith

Ozzie Smith is leading at 3 reprints

Other Notable Cards: #313 – Roberto Clemente TBC, #315 – Maury Wills TBC, #366 – Mark McGwire (rated #45 in Topps vote of 60 best cards)

I mentioned the Wills TBC above, but the Clemente card pays tribute to a star whose career was cut short on a mission to help his home country.  The  McGwire isn’t a true RC because he was featured on the 1985 Olympic card, but it sure did sell like a rookie card back in the day.

My Master” Set Info:

1,028 cards – 792 “base”, 132 “update”, 104 “insert”

  • Update set: Traded
  • Insert sets: Glossy All-Star Game Commemorative, Glossy Rookies, Glossy All-Star and Hot Prospects (send-in)

How I put the additional sets together: I purchased them all as sets from various online sources

Update set composition: 132 cards (126 players, 5 Managers, 1 checklist)

In the update set not in the base set: 64 players, 5 managers

Total in base and update sets: 764 players, 31 managers, 3 retired players

Highest book value in the update set: #70T – Greg Maddux XRC

Most notable card from the Update set: #70T – Maddux XRC (rated #53 in Topps vote of 60 best cards)

This one is pretty easy.  The only other card I’d say was close was the Reggie Jackson last Topps card that pictures him with the A’s.  Additionally, Andre Dawson’s first card with the Cubs is in this set.

Most notable insert card: Glossy Rookies #3 – Jose Canseco

This was the first year of this insert set, and Canseco was about as hot as they come in the late ’80’s.

Best Insert card: Glossy Rookies #3 – Canseco

Not that this is the greatest card of all time or anything, but there just isn’t a lot of competition as far as inserts in the late 1980’s.  I didn’t see anything in the other sets that jumped out at me.



2 responses

26 06 2011
Baseball Cards Rule

The 87 Topps set was the second set I ever got as a kid.

26 06 2011

Yeah, I love this set.

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