I'll start with the quintessential '87 Topps rack pack: To kick things off, I got a Cal Ripken All-Star in the first of the 3 sections. With the exception of Tony Gwynn, the first third of the pack was pretty boring: The Ripken, Danny Gladden, Mike Boddicker, Mike Easler, Mitch Webster, Bob Walk, Mickey Hatcher, Keith Hernandez, Jeffrey Leonard, Jeff Reardon, Pat Sheridan, Gwynn, Steve Crawford, Vince Coleman, Damaso Garcia, Kal Daniels, Carmelo Martinez, Terry Forster. I never was a huge Gwynn or Ripken fan, so please excuse my lack of enthusiasm.
Did any of you guys know that Harold Reynolds led the Mariners in stolen bases for the 1986 season? I didn’t either until I pulled the Mariners Leaders card from the top of the 2nd segment of the rack pack. I really feel a meeting on the mound is a poor photo choice for a team leader card—couldn’t they have used a photo from one of Danny Tartabull’s team-leading six triples!? Another pretty boring section here: Benny Distefano, Jeff Hearron, Kevin Romine, Moose Haas, Jamie Quirk, Gene Walter, Argenis Salazar, Bruce Bochy, Bob "Troy" McClure, Doug Drabek, Ken Griffey, Doug Sisk, Randy O’Neal, Bruce Sutter, Bob Shirley, Ron Hassey.
Shit gets kinda hyphy in the third section (thank God): Big Bad Rudy Law, Dennis Lamp, Kent Tekulve, Bud Black, Mickey Brantley, Jose Guzman, Harold Baines, Shane Rawley, Jamie Moyer and Ed Olwine are just filler between Ryne Sandberg , Dave Winfield, Cory Snyder – All-Star Rookie!, Roberto Clemente: Turn Back the Clock, Royals & Pirates Leaders.
A couple things come to mind here: why did Topps change it’s Rookie logo? Especially on the 2007 cards where they’re trying to recreate a retro feel? Did they really have to go two-tone gold? I’ll take a weird yellow trophy of a bowl any day; ain’t that right, Cory Snyder? The Turn Back the Clock card is pretty cool, but it pretty much just makes me wish I was opening a pack of ’72 Topps instead of this budget ’87 set. Oh well.