This was the first card set released by Score, and even at the time, was a rather forgettable set for me. The only real innovation it offered was the use of plastic packs, rather than the normal wax-sealed packs. While this was great for preserving the quality of the last card in the pack, it also made it nice and easy for pack searchers to see every card in the pack (although I don't know what in the heck they were looking for). Each pack contains 17 player cards and 1 Magic Motion Trivia card. Here's what my pack contained.
In '88 I would have been elated to pull an Ozzie Smith, as he was the center of all my collecting. Given that I now own at least 20 copies of this card, it's not quite the same feeling.
Do you remember August 18, 1951? Me neither. According to the Magic Motion Trivia card, "Midget makes BB debut". 3' 7" Eddie Gaedel came to the plate for the St. Louis Browns wearing number 1/8 on his jersey and carrying a toy bat. Pitcher Bob Cain walked him on four pitches and Gaedel took his base. He was then replaced with a pinch runner to end his 1-at-bat career.
Lansford was a .290 lifetime hitter and was the starting 3rd baseman for the A's during their 3 consecutive World Series from '88-'90.
All 3 of these guys had long, and rather productive pitching careers. As a Cardinals fan, I remember Orosco facing St. Louis often when the Mets and Cards were in the old NL East.
And finally, the prized rookie of the pack ... Pete Stanicek! Playing in a total of 113 major league games, Stanicek finished his 2-year career following the 1988 season with a .243 career average.
I hope everyone enjoyed this oldie, and not so goodie, and be sure to check out my site, www.sportscardkids.com!