Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Team Sets: 1987 Procards Pawtucket Red Sox

Players Included: Andy Araujo, Todd Benzinger, Tom Bolton, Ellis Burks, Chris Cannizzaro, Tony Cleary (trainer), Stephen Curry, Mike Dalton, Chuck Davis, Steve Ellsworth, Glenn Hoffman, Sam Horn, Mitchell Johnson, John Leister, John Marzano, Mark Meleski (coach), Mike Mesh, Gary Miller-Jones, Ed Nottle (mgr), Jody Reed, Mike Rochford, Kevin Romine, Hector Stewart, LaSchelle Tarver, Gary Tremblay, Scott Wade, Dana Williams

Best Picture: LaSchelle Tarver. Tarver could not look more bored. He’s doing what the photographer wants. He’s pretending to swing, but he’s just not into it. I wonder how many poses he had to take before this gem. How about after?

Hall of Famers: none

Future Hall of Famers: none

Reason the buy the set: Ellis Burks went on to have the best major league career of the members of this set. Most of it wasn’t with the Sox, but he did come back in time to get a ring in Boston. Otherwise, there are around ten players in the set who went on to play in the majors.

Overall Reaction: Minor league sets are fun. They contain the stars of tomorrow, as well as the busts. This was a pretty popular set back in the late 80’s due to Burks, Horn, Reed, and Benzinger. The quality of the cards themselves is lacking, as can be expected with a minor league issue. They just feel minor leagues. The design is appealing though, which helps. This would be a must have for fans of Red Sox teams from that era.

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