Friday, June 1, 2012

INSIDE THE ALBUM: 1987 TOPPS

THE FIRST PAGE: CLEMENS'* K RECORD CARD DESERVEDLY LEADS OFF SET.

This 946-card set (792 base cards, 132 Traded, 22 All-Star glossies) was overproduced, of course, and it should've had positions on the front, but it has significant appeal to me. It was the first set I collected as an adult. Now, as I attempt to put together my first modern set in 17 years and obtain some '87 mini inserts from 2012 packs, it's a good time to turn the pages of the woodies. Top rookie cards include Barry Larkin (No. 648), Ruben Sierra (No. 261), Barry Bonds* (No. 320), Bo Jackson (No. 17), Rafael Palmeiro* (634), Wally Joyner (No. 80) and Will Clark (No. 420). Last player cards are included for Reggie Jackson (Nos. 300 and 52T), Pete Rose (No. 200), Steve Carlton (Nos. 718 and 19T) and Phil Niekro (No. 694). There's also the rookie card of a still-active player, No. 227 Jamie Moyer, who was just waived by the Rockies but with all the pitching injuries surely isn't finished.


THUMBING THROUGH THE SET

LOVE THE DEMPSEY AND VAN SLYKE CARDS.

BILLBOARD'S No. 1 SONG

  • Walk Like an Egyptian, Bangles.

NIEVES THREW A NO-HITTER AND WALLY WORLD WAS A HIT IN DISNEYLAND.

SONG I MOST IDENTIFY WITH THIS SET

  • (You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party), Beastie Boys.

THE BO CARD IS MY FAVORITE OF THE SET.

NEWS FLASH

  • Iraqi missiles kill 37 in attack on U.S. frigate Stark in Persian Gulf on May 17. Iraqi President Saddam Hussein says "my bad'' on May 18.

MANY FORGET DRABEK WAS A YANKEE;
"ONE FLAP DOWN'' LEONARD HAD A SCOWL -- AND AN NLCS -- TO REMEMBER.

NEWS FLASH

  • Klaus Barbie, 73, a Gestapo wartime chief in Lyon, sentenced to life by French court for war crimes on July 4.

THOSE TURN BACK THE CLOCK CARDS MAKE FOR GOOD READING.

NEWS FLASH

  • Oliver North tells a Congressional inquiry during July 7-10 higher officials approved his secret Iran-Contra operations.

DAVIS WAS HOT, HOT, HOT IN '87; RICKEY AND DONNIE BASEBALL
WERE PRETTY GOOD THEMSELVES.

NEWS FLASH

  • President Ronald Reagan says Iran arms-Contra policy went astray and accepts responsibility on Aug. 12.

DUDE'S SURFING POSE IS RADICAL; THOSE PIRATES CAPS
 COULD'VE DOUBLED AS AVIARIES. 

ENTERTAINMENT FLASH

  • Platoon wins Oscar for Best Picture.
  • Higher Love by Steve Winwood wins Record of the Year.

THESE ALL-STAR CARDS POP.

ENTERTAINMENT FLASH

  • Graceland by Paul Simon wins Album of the Year.
  • thirtysomething debuts on ABC, departing from typical dramas and featuring analytical and self-absorbed babyboomer characters. 

THERE'S WHITE (RIP) AND THEN THERE'S WHITE (JIMY).

ENTERTAINMENT FLASH

  • Wall Street opens on Dec. 11, proving to be slightly ahead of its time. "... The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right, greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed in all of its forms; greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge has marked the upward surge of mankind. ...''

SPORTS FLASH

  • The Minnesota Twins claim their first World Series, defeating the St. Louis Cardinals 4-2 in Game 7 on Oct. 25 in which the home team wins every game.

SANTIAGO AND SEITZER HAD MONSTER ROOKIE YEARS.

SPORTS FLASH

  • The New York Giants defeat the Denver Broncos 39-20 in Super  Bowl XXI on Jan. 25.
  • The Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Boston Celtics 106-93 in Game 6 on June 14 to win the NBA title.


LEFTY WAS WASHED UP; HAWK WAS ANYTHING BUT.

SPORTS FLASH

  • The Edmonton Oilers defeat the Philadelphia Flyers 3-1 in Game 7 on May 31 to win the Stanley Cup.
  • The University of Miami caps a 12-0 season with a 20-14  Orange Bowl victory over No. 1 Oklahoma and is voted national champion.

MY KIND OF INSERTS.

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