Here we see Gene Garber, whom I remember with the Braves, but it looks like he finished his career with the Royals, and Tom Candiotti, who was near the beginning of his career. Jack Howell with the Angels hit .245 in 1987, with 64 RBI to earn his place among Baseball's Best.
There was a post at Wrigley Wax just the other day about double logos in the 1987 Fleer set. Since the 1987 Fleer cards had a team logo at the bottom right, that logo was placed right next to the same logo on the players' jerseys in a number of cases. Here we see the same thing on the Vance Law card. I think of Vance Law as a Pirate, and as part of Tony Pena's 1981 Topps rookie card, but he was really only with the Bucs in 1980 and 1981. Law made his only All-Star appearance with the Cubs in 1988.
Paul Kilgus was a rookie in 1987, going 2-7 with a 4.13 ERA and 0 saves. He followed that up with a regular spot in the Texas rotation, achieving a 12-15 record in 1988 with a 4.16 ERA. He retired after the 1993 season. Moving on to the 1989 Baseball's Best set, Steve Wilson pitched for the Rangers, Cubs, and Dodgers between 1988 and 1993, with a career 13-18 record, a 4.40 ERA, and 6 saves.
Milt Thompson I remember fondly as a member of the Phillies when I started paying attention to baseball, 1986-1988. The Phils weren't very good back then, but he was a dependable bat, hitting .302 in 1987. He was traded to the Cardinals in December, 1988, but came back to the Phillies as a free agent in time to be part of the pennant-winning 1993 team. He played with the Astros, Dodgers, and Rockies before retiring after the 1996 season.
So, that's it for the cards from the 1988 and 1989 Donruss Baseball's Best sets. As you can see from some of the players, taking half of all MLB players doesn't result in a great definition of the "best," although some of these folks were stars, and a few had some very good years. Donruss changed things up for 1990, issuing separate sets for the best of the AL and the best of the NL, and we'll talk about those sets in some future posts. Thanks for reading!