I love the set and it will always be one of my favorites. 1987 was the first year that I collected trading cards, completing both the Topps and Donruss sets. During the college and post-college years, I got rid of most of my junk wax era cards. I did keep the 1986 Topps (my first cards ever), 1987 Topps and 1987 Donruss sets. Unfortunately, they were lost a little more than two years ago when my childhood home caught fire.
I decided to hand-collate the 1986 and 1987 Topps sets for nostalgic purposes. Yes, I could have bought complete sets cheaper, but it's just not the same. Cheaper doesn't always mean better to me. I'm almost finished with the 1986 Topps set and have a couple of 1987 Topps boxes ready to go when the time comes.
With the popularity of the 1987 Topps set, I was surprised that one hadn't been opened and posted on APTBNL. There is a cello pack post, but with the 30-year anniversary upon us, I felt many would enjoy this look.
|1987 Topps Baseball Wax Pack|
|1987 Topps #605 Todd Worrell|
|1987 Topps #605 Todd Worrell (back)|
|1987 Topps #613 Lance Parrish|
|1987 Topps #571 Ozzie Virgil|
|1987 Topps #791 Lance Parrish|
|1987 Topps #101 Carl Willis|
|1987 Topps #546 Mike Morgan|
|1987 Topps #774 Wayne Krenchicki|
|1987 Topps #752 Dan Petry|
I've heard that Topps won't even honor football redemptions from 2015, so I doubt they will honor this.
|1987 Topps #150 Wade Boggs|
"Wade Boggs met Curt Hennig, better known as wrestling legend Mr. Perfect in 1983 and the two became fast friends, often hunting and fishing together. In fact, during a hunting trip in 2001 Hennig saves Boggs’ life. While deep in the woods, Boggs became entangled in a barbed wire fence, which badly lacerated his leg and rendered him unable to walk. Boggs rushed to his friend’s aide and untangled him from the fence, then carried Boggs over a mile through the thick brush to their truck and transported him to a nearby hospital for treatment. Boggs likely would have bled out and died from his injuries had Hennig not been with him and acted so heroically. Sadly Hennig died of a cocaine overdose on February 10th 2003, and was posthumously inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2007 by his friend Wade Boggs." via sportsmasher.com.
The Boggs card was easily the best card in the pack.
|1987 Topps #646 Mike Mason|
From chicagocubsonline.com: "Mike Mason begins his fourth season as assistant pitching coordinator after spending the previous six years as Triple-A Iowa’s pitching coach. He has 25 years of coaching experience following a seven-year big league playing career with Texas (1982-87), the Cubs (1987) and Minnesota (1988). Prior to joining the Cubs, he served as Kansas City’s minor league pitching coordinator (2004-07), while also handling interim pitching coach duties at the Major League level in 2004. Mason served as pitching coach for Philadelphia’s Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre club in 2002-03 after serving as Kansas City’s minor league pitching instructor the previous two seasons (2000-01). He began his coaching career in Kansas City’s minor league system from 1991-99."
|1987 Topps #112 Alan Ashby|
|1987 Topps #169 Ron Washington|
|1987 Topps #379 John Russell|
|1987 Topps #317 Clint Hurdle|
|1987 Topps #559 Lance McCullers|
|1987 Topps #516 Ted Simmons|
|1987 Topps #214 Omar Moreno|
|1987 Topps #214 Omar Moreno (back)|
Omar Moreno is the final player in the pack and the second one that didn't play in the majors in 1987. Per wikipedia, "Moreno has returned to Panama since his retirement. He and his wife Sandra have run the Omar Moreno Foundation, a youth baseball charity for underprivileged kids in Panama. Moreno assumed the title of Secretary of Sports, a position created by then-President-elect Ricardo Martinelli in May 2009."
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