Not too long ago, I had a revelation that was somewhere between a head-slap and a light bulb over the head.
I’d been hunting down individual cards I wanted from certain box sets from the 1980’s and 1990’s when I came to a realization: Why should I hunt down singles when you can get the entire box set for a buck? Shell out the dollar, keep the ones I want, get rid of the rest. Duh.
So, with that in mind, here’s the first box set I bought as part of that heavenly-choir-singing-while-light-shines-down-upon-me-because-I’m-on-a-mission-from-God moment… The 1988 Toys “R” Us Rookies set. I won’t show the entire set, but I’ll feature the cards I wanted and some of the other highlights.
So here’s the one card that, for me, was an upgrade rather than a new addition:
Randy Myers finished in a 4-way tie for 6th place in the 1987 NL Rookie Of The Year voting.
Randy was traded for Bip Roberts in the early 1990’s. Talk about a bullet point for your resume…
…and just in case anyone’s interested, here’s what the back looks like.
David Cone is the other Met in this set… This card was probably golden at the time it came out, because Cone had gone from having a losing record in 1987 to going 20-3 in 1988.
Moving over to the Orioles, we’ve got Ken Gerhart; 1988 would be his last MLB season.
…And Billy Ripken, who was the starting 2nd baseman for the 1988 Orioles. Should I mention that the 1988 Orioles lost 107 games? Nah, I’ll let it slide.
Speaking of the Orioles, Mr. B.J. Surhoff is one of my favorite all-time Orioles, although he’s shown here as the Brewers catcher.
B.J. was the #1 overall draft pick in 1985.
Bobby Thigpen would lead the AL in Games Finished in 1988, and got 34 saves.
Fred McGriff finished 7th in the 1988 AL MVP voting.
At this point, Ken Caminiti hadn’t fully established himself, and he’d spend most of 1988 in AAA Tucson.
In 1987, Mark McGwire was the AL ROY, lead the league in homers and slugging percentage, made the All-Star team and finished 6th in MVP voting.
Benito Santiago was the 1987 NL Rookie Of The Year, and also won the Silver Slugger.
This is unrelated to the above card set, but I had to share it…
I have a number of newsfeeds all going into Yahoo, and last night I saw this headline; I was fairly certain it got truncated, but it would’ve been awesome had it not been:
Astros’s Farewell Gifts To Derek Jeter: Golf Clubs, Cowboy Hat, And A Pair
…as it turned out, he got a pair of pinstriped cowboy boots. Too bad, I enjoyed it more when I thought that Jeter “got a pair”.