Card I selected: #200 – Wade Boggs
The 1988 set is one from my early days of collecting; it has a lot of nostalgia for me. I remember organizing the cards based on guys who made the All-Star team that year – because I went to the 1988 All-Star Game. Wade Boggs was one of those players, and I’ve dubbed his card as my best card of the 1988 set.
There’s something I need to address for the parallels in this set, however. 1988 had the standard 2 as far as Topps parallels go – there was O-Pee-Chee and Tiffany. Tiffany was a full parallel, and O-Pee-Chee was again half the size of the Topps set. But there’s one additional card that parallels the Topps set. It’s the Topps Cloth cards, which were a pretty rare test set. The problem is, I think the O-Pee-Chee and Cloth sets are mutually exclusive. I haven’t checked every card, but I’ve gone through about 15-20 of them on Beckett’s site. And none of the cards in the Cloth set are also in the O-Pee-Chee set. So I think it’s impossible to get a full rainbow of one card here. What I’ve decided to do in circumstances like this, are to still get a version of the “misfit” card. I thought about getting the Boggs All-Star card, which does have a cloth version, but I picked Tom Browning’s card. Basically, because I was able to find it on eBay for a decent price.
# of cards (including the Topps card): 4
The parallel sets in 1988 include:
- Cloth Test
1988 Topps #200
1984 O-Pee-Chee #200
The Canadian version of the Topps set was, again, half the size of the Topps set (396 cards). Boggs is in the first half of the set, so his OPC card has the same number as his Topps card.
Here are the differences for this card:
- The “O-Pee-Chee” logo on the front replaces the Topps logo in the lower corner.
- On some of the cards (not this one), the card number is different.
- The copyright on the bottom of the back says O-Pee-Chee and notes the card was printed in Canada.
- The card is printed on white card stock.
- Any wording on the back is in both English and French.
- It says O-Pee-Chee on the back instead of “Topps”.
1984 Topps Tiffany #200
For the 5th time, Topps issued a Tiffany variation in factory set form, printed on white cardstock with glossy coating on the front. Like the year before, the 1988 Tiffany set was a lot more plentiful than the first 3 versions – it was “limited” to 25,000 sets.
1988 Topps Cloth Test #NNO (Tom Browning)
Topps created a test issue called “Topps Cloth”. This was an experimental release of 121 cards from the base set printed on textured paper, similar to higher-quality paper towels. These cards were pretty rare, which is why I went with Tom Browning – I could find his card for a decent price! I could have got Boggs in his All-Star subset. But that generally goes for around 50 bucks, which I’d rather keep away from.
Any sets I didn’t get: There were 2-pocket folders with reprints of some of the 1988 Topps cards. These were very popular when I was in the 2nd grade; I used to have Eric Davis. Boggs does have a folder, but I’m not counting that for the ones above – it needs to fit in a binder (those are closer to being the binder than fitting in the binder).
There’s a Don Mattingly card called “World of Baseball” that Topps created. I don’t know much about it, except that it’s not a cheap buy. I don’t really consider it a parallel, since it uses a different picture from Mattingly’s regular card. It is an interesting “other” type card.
Other cards I would have liked to do:
I really like the cards of Dave Stewart, Bo Jackson and Jose Canseco. And Eric Davis has a cool card, as he always does. But he’ll get in this shindig next year!