Saturday, February 13, 2010

Team Sets: 1988 Topps

Players Included: Marty Barrett, Todd Benzinger, Wade Boggs, Tom Bolton, Dennis Boyd, Ellis Burks, Roger Clemens, Steve Crawford, Dwight Evans, Wes Gardner, Rich Gedman, Mike Greenwell, Sam Horn, Bruce Hurst, John Marzano, Al Nipper, Spike Owen, Jody Reed, Jim Rice, Ed Romero, Joe Sambito, Calvin Schiraldi, Jeff Sellers, Bob Stanley, Marc Sullivan, John McNamara (mgr)

Best Picture: Roger Clemens. Something about this picture has always said “wow” to me. The white border of the card and the red team name call out the white uniform with red lettering. The whole thing just pops. It’s one time where I think the baseball card would look better than the picture would look alone.
Hall of Famers: Wade Boggs, Jim Rice
Future Hall of Famers: Roger Clemens

Reason to buy the set: This was a very hot set at the time. It has the three superstars in Clemens, Boggs, and Rice. It has Mike Greenwell, who was having an MVP type season in ’88. It was also chock full of rookie cards of the group of youngsters that would lead the Sox to several titles. Obviously, it didn’t pan out that way. But, the rookie cards of Benzinger, Burks, Horn, Marzano and Reed were quite the pull. It’s also interesting to have the John McNamara manager card included. 1988 was, of course, the season that McNamara was replaced by Joe Morgan. Morgan Magic took the Sox right into the ALCS.
Overall Reaction: I love the design of the 1988 Topps. The banner with the player name, and the floating team name seem less intrusive than other designs. There’s not a lot to get in the way of the photos. It’s a great set to have, if for no reason other than to remember Morgan Magic, and the amazing run.

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