Today’s Collective Troll pack rip is the comeback edition of Bowman, a wax pack of the awkwardly oversized 1989 Bowman. The pack featured a stick of gum, with a corresponding gum stain and 12 baseball cards with a color photo on the front and a full spreadsheet worth of stats on the back. The complete set includes 484 cards; you can view the checklist here.
I didn’t chew the stick of gum, but I did rip and scan the pack. Here is what we got: I got the gum out of the way, so I started with the gum affected card. It is #48 of Angels utility man Jack Howell. Next is card #383 of Mets shortstop Kevin Elster. John Smiley who won 20 games for the Bucs in 1991 appears on card #413. His teammate on the Pirates is next, card #416 of the 1990 NL Cy Young Award winner Doug Drabek. Next is card #158 of Twins third baseman Gary Gaetti. The Rat was the MVP of the 1987 ALCS and won a ring for the Twins that year. Over his 20 year career he blasted 360 homeruns and played every position except for catcher. Brewers’ outfielder Glenn Braggs appears on card #145. Braggs did set a career high with 15 homers in ’89 but never really fulfilled the expectations when the Brew Crew picked him in the second round of the ’83 draft. Card #348 of Dodgers second baseman Mike Sharperson is next followed by Angels pitcher Kirk McCaskill on card #38. The 1988 Rookie of the Year Walt Weiss appears on card #196. A reprint of Ted Williams 1954 Bowman card is next. The back of the card tells me that this card is valued at $1,500.00 . This one sold recently on eBay for $386.00.
The next card is #469 of Giants catcher Kirt Manwaring. Reds second baseman Ron Oester appears next on card #310 and now for the final card in this pack. Drum roll please…
It is card #464 of Padres pitcher Craig Lefferts. A drum roll probably wasn’t necessary, but Lefferts did have a nice 12 year career where he saved 101 ball games. That is it, no Stephen Strasburg superfractor for me, but I am not sure if he was even alive in 1989. Thanks for reading! Go Rays! Troll out.