Friday, May 21, 2010

Team Sets: 1987 Topps

Players Included: John McNamara (mgr), Tony Armas, Marty Barrett, Don Baylor, Wade Boggs, Dennis Boyd, Bill Buckner, Roger Clemens, Steve Crawford, Pat Dodson, Dwight Evans, Rich Gedman, Mike Greenwell, Dave Henderson, Glenn Hoffman, Bruce Hurst, Tim Lollar, Al Nipper, Spike Owen, Jim Rice, Ed Romero, Kevin Romine, Joe Sambito, Calvin Schiraldi, Tom Seaver, Jeff Sellers, Bob Stanley, Dave Stapleton, Sammy Stewart, Marc Sullivan, Rob Woodward

Best Picture: Jim Rice. There’s nothing special about this photo. It’s simply a classic picture of a ballplayer. Here we have the team’s slugger on the follow through. His eyes are looking in the distance to follow the flight of the ball. It’s a great moment in a ballgame.
Hall of Famers: Wade Boggs, Jim Rice, Tom Seaver
Future Hall of Famers: Roger Clemens
Reason the buy the set: Three Hall-of-Famers in one set is a great start. It’s especially nice to see Tom Terrific in the Sox uniform. Add in Clemens from a Cy Young year, Buckner practically wearing horns, and the rookie card of Mike Greenwell, and you’ve got yourself quite a set.
Overall Reaction: I like the wood grain. Sure, it’s a little tacky and old-fashioned. But, it’s different, and doesn’t scream at you. It’s not bright pink. It’s a simple design allowing for the pictures to take center stage. It’s pretty high on a must have list of Red Sox team sets.

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