|1987 Topps Glossy Mini League Leaders Checklist, with cards checked off.|
1987 was the year that I started seriously collecting baseball cards, and the catalysts for this were probably a lot of unsupervised time in the neighborhood, with which I could ride my bike (or walk) to the local 7-Eleven and buy, for a few cents, packs of 1987 Topps, and also the fact that there were other kids in the neighborhood interested in doing the same. There was a local card shop, Stale Gum, in town, and I got my parents to take me there sometimes. I also was on the lookout at any store we entered for baseball cards, and back then, there were many to be found. So I don't know where exactly I picked up these minis, but opportunities abounded.
Enough reminiscing about becoming a collector -- on to the cards themselves. Kingman here is at the end of his career, but still placed #2 in the AL home run race in 1986, with 35. The lifetime stats at the bottom of the card are his career totals.
It turns out that I have a small number of 1988 Glossy Mini League Leaders, and a small number from 1989, and a whole opened box from 1990. I'll feature some from those years in future posts.