Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Team Sets: 1988 Donruss Team Set

Players Included: Marty Barrett, Todd Benzinger, Wade Boggs, Oil Can Boyd, Ellis Burks, Roger Clemens, Dwight Evans, Wes Gardner, Rich Gedman, Mike Greenwell, Sam Horn, Bruce Hurst, John Marzano, Al Nipper, Spike Owen, Jody Reed, Jim Rice, Ed Romero, Calvin Schiraldi, Jeff Sellers, Bob Stanley, Oil Can Boyd

Best Picture: Oil Can Boyd. For some reason, this picture reminds me of the wackiness that was Oil Can. He’s showing the high leg kick, and peering over his shoulder at the batter. It just looks like fun to me.

Hall of Famers: Wade Boggs, Jim Rice

Future Hall of Famers: Roger Clemens

Reason the buy the set: The three stars from the set are, obviously, Boggs, Rice, and Clemens. They would drive the set. Also included are the rookie cards of Ellis Burks, Todd Benzinger, Sam Horn, John Marzano, and Jody Reed. While not much of an issue these days, rookie cards are always nice to have. And, Burks made a nice little career for himself.

Overall Reaction: This is a fun set. I like the design of the Donruss cards this year, looking a little bit like a ribbon wrapped around a package. It’s also a fun set to remember a great group of Red Sox players. The Sox made the playoffs this year, thanks to some Morgan Magic and a collection of homegrown stars. It’s a nice snapsot in Red Sox history.

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