Friday, September 21, 2018

Sets Not in My Collection: 1985 Woolworth All-Time Record Holders

I have a handful of these 1985 Topps All-Time Record Holders.  I think of them as a boxed set available from Woolworth, but looking on eBay, you also find boxed sets of what appear to be the same cards labeled as 1987 Boardwalk Baseball All-Time Record Holders.  I'm guessing that Topps just repackaged the cards into a new box for a new client, and I'm guessing Boardwalk Baseball is the same as Boardwalk & Baseball, who had another Topps set, Top Run Makers.  Either of these assumptions could be wrong of course; I can't find any information about the 1987 All-Time Record Holders, other than seeing that it exists on eBay.  Anyway, here are the cards I have from this set from my original collection.
Owen Wilson.
36 triples in a season.
Owen Wilson, not the actor, hit 36 triples in a season for the Bucs in 1912.  Baseball Reference and Wikipedia both list his as "Chief Wilson," not Owen.  More recently, the post-WWII record is 23 triples by Dale Mitchell in 1949, and tied by Curtis Granderson in 2007.
Grover Alexander.
4 one-hitters in a season.
One of the Phils' Hall-of-Famers, Grover Cleveland Alexander, threw 4 one-hitters in 1915.  I picked up a few nice cards of Alexander recently, and fellow old-time Phillie Chuck Klein.  I'll try to post them soon.
Earl Webb.
67 doubles in a season.
Earl Webb of the Boston Red Sox hit 67 doubles in 1931.  Like the two above, this is still the current record.  Most recently, Todd Helton challenged with 59 doubles in 2000.
Rogers Hornsby.
.424 average in a season.
Rogers Hornsby hit .424 in 1924, which the card calls the modern record.  Baseball Reference lists this as sixth-place overall, with the five better averages coming in 1894, 1887, 1876, 1901, and 1897.  A notable attempt at .400 of my youth was George Brett's 1980 campaign, which Baseball Reference lists to a fourth decimal place as .3898, in 48th place overall.
Lloyd Waner.
5611 career hits by brothers, with Paul Waner.
Lloyd Waner, or Little Poison, if you will, is featured for combining with his brother (Big Poison) for 5611 career hits.  Odd that Paul Waner isn't also in the set, then.  Lloyd's modern record for singles in a season has been eclipsed, twice, both times by Ichiro.
Rudy York.
18 home runs in August.
Then, we have Rudy York of the Tigers, featured for some very particular records, like 18 home runs in August and 3 grand slams in a month.  Three grand slams in a month is still the record, according to Baseball Almanac, but has been matched many times: Mike Blowers, Jim Northrup, Larry Parrish, Shane Spencer, Carlos Beltran, Eric Davis, Mike Piazza, and Devon White share the record with York.  Same for home runs in August, but with more limited company -- Baseball Almanac says the feat has been matched just once, by Giancarlo Stanton in 2017.

I do have one more of these, of Rickey Henderson for stealing 130 bases in a season, which I posted earlier.

Other than the Henderson, which I bought recently, I don't know where I ever got these, but I do have a theory.  I was reminded of this when Toys'R'Us went out of business recently.  I think I used to buy repacks there.  They would have a few baseball card items on a shelf, including, I'm sure, Classic sets, since Classic was a game, and their own branded boxed sets.  I think they would have blister packs or something similar proclaiming 100 baseball cards for $3, or something like that (I'm just guessing about the price).  That would be a possible place to pick up odds and ends like a handful of cards from a boxed set.  Anyway, thanks for reading!

Postscript:  In the first few months of this blog, I showcased all of the old boxed sets like this that I own.  I've only bought one more of the kind, the 1985 Circle K Home Run Kings set.  I decided to try to make a list of all the 80s boxed sets like this that I don't own.  It's kind of depressing how many of them there are, not because I'd like to have them, but just because they're all so repetitive.  Here's the list, as far as I can tell, of 80s Fleer and Topps boxed set that I do not own, through 1989 (it looks like 1988 was the peak of this genre, although they did keep making a few into the 90s).

Fleer: 1985 Fleer Limited Edition, 1986 Fleer Baseball’s Best Sluggers vs. Pitchers, 1986 Fleer League Leaders, 1986 Fleer Limited Edition, 1987 Fleer Baseball’s Best Sluggers vs. Pitchers, 1987 Fleer Exciting Stars, 1987 Fleer Hottest Stars, 1987 Fleer League Leaders, 1988 Fleer Award Winners, 1988 Fleer Baseball All-Stars, 1988 Fleer Exciting Stars, 1988 Fleer Hottest Stars, 1988 Fleer League Leaders, 1988 Fleer Record Setters, 1988 Fleer SuperStars, 1989 Fleer Baseball All-Stars, 1989 Fleer Baseball MVPs, 1989 Fleer Exciting Stars, 1989 Fleer Heroes of Baseball, 1989 Fleer League Leaders, 1989 Fleer SuperStars.

Topps: 1985 Topps Woolworth All-Time Record Holders, 1986 Topps Woolworth Super Star Collectors’ Series, 1987 Topps Boardwalk and Baseball, 1987 Topps Kay-Bee Superstars of Baseball, 1987 Topps Toys’R’Us Rookies, 1989 Topps Ames 20/20 Club, 1989 Topps Hills Team MVPs, 1989 Topps Woolworth Baseball Highlights, 1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team, 1989 Topps Kay-Bee Superstars of Baseball, 1989 Topps Toys’R’Us Rookies

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Recently acquired unopened 80's Topps odd stuff

At some point in the early 90s, I started keeping some of my collection unopened.  I had an occasional dream back then of someday -- when I had a real job and my own home -- buying unopened cases, putting them away, and just letting them appreciate.  These were the boom years, and judging by what you can find on eBay, a bunch of people did that actual thing back then, but it turns out the cards didn't appreciate.  When I left for college I stopped collecting, and never thought again about the idea of buying cases.  Anyway, this post isn't about unopened cases, but about much smaller stuff, a few odd packs I just bought for the unopened portion of my collection.
1984 and 1985 Topps Rub-Downs.
I posted before that I have a small number of the Topps Rub-Downs, that I have no idea where I got.  I thought I'd augment my Rub-Downs collection, then, with a few unopened packs.  I got a few packs from 1984 and a few from 1985.  In the end, I suppose these aren't very interesting, but they also cost next to nothing.  Maybe when my son gets a bit older (he's 3 years old now), we might open some of these up and apply them to something.
A box of 1987 Topps Mini League Leaders.
I have a soft spot for the Topps Mini League Leaders sets.  I have a lot of the 1986 and 1990 versions, and only a few from 1987, 1988, and 1989.  For me, 1987 Topps is what got me into the hobby, so these wood-grained minis are something I wanted a few more of.  So I just got an unopened box, which I'll leave unopened for now.  Like I said above, maybe at some point my son and I might open some of my old packs.
A pack showing Steve Bedrosian.
A pack showing Wade Boggs.
You can see the player on the front through the wrapping, and here we have a Steve Bedrosian and a Wade Boggs.  Since Boggs played in the AL, I only knew of him by reputation, as a premier hitter and a perennial high-value card.  Steve Bedrosian, though, for a couple of years was a local star.  As the Phillies relief ace, I'm sure I saw him pitch in person a number of times, at some of all those games that Dad and I went to at the Vet.  Bedrosian had 29 saves in 1986, and then led the NL with 40 saves in 1987, winning the Cy Young.  He stayed in Philadelphia through midway in 1989, and went on to be part of the 1991 championship Twins team.

I just placed an order for a bunch more unopened 80s stuff, which should just about wrap up my purchases on that front.  I'll post on it in due course.  Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sets I considered but won't be buying, mostly from the '80s.

I've said that I'm winding down my card purchases.  I've enjoyed adding to my original collection over the past year, but I've discovered that I don't care much for modern cards, and while I enjoy older cards, I have just about enough at this point.  I've been closing out this phase of my collection by buying some small 80s sets, and in this post I'm featuring some sets I have definitely decided against pursuing.  So, here we go, with sets I won't pursue:
  • More odd Donruss sets.  I posted before that I never knew exactly what some of my Donruss cards were, and it turns out they were 1988 and 1989 Baseball's Best.  I followed up on that revelation by purchasing the 1990 Donruss Best of the National League set, which (in my mind) in my collection serves in a way to commemorate those early 1990s Pirates NL East winners.  One of the pictured Tony Pena cards is from the 1987 Donruss Opening Day set; I bought the Pena for my small player collection of him.  I've ruled out buying those three sets, 1987 Opening Day, 1988 Baseball's Best, and 1989 Baseball's Best.  I have a few of the small Donruss sets, like Rookies, Traded, and Highlights, and have decided not to get any more of those as well.
  • 1987 Donruss Opening Day and 1989 Topps K-Mart Dream Team Tony Pena cards.
  • More K-Mart sets.  I have the 1982 K-Mart 20th Anniversary set of league MVPs, the 1987 K-Mart 25th Anniversary set of stars of the 60s, 70s, and 80s, and also the 1988 K-Mart Memorable Moments set.  It could be kind of natural for me to add the 1989 K-Mart Dream Team and the 1990 K-Mart Superstars.  I decided to just add a few of these to my player collections, such as the Tony Pena Dream Team, and the Rickey Henderson Super Star.
  • 1989 Sportflics and 1990 Topps K-Mart Super Stars Rickey Henderson.
  • More Sportflics.  I have the 1988 Sportflics complete set, I have a bunch of 1990 Sportflics, and I have a small number of their cards from '86 and '87.  I was surprised to learn that I didn't originally have any 1989 Sportflics in my collection.  Small oversight, I guess.  So I bought a few for my player collections, and I think that's enough for me; see the Rickey Henderson card above.  I considered getting a complete set of some of those other years, or the smaller sets like the Sportflics Rookies or Sportflics Team Previews, but for something of a novelty, I think I have enough already.  
  • Our Own Tea discs.  I posted the three I have from the 1987 set.  I considered getting more, or the whole set, of both the 1987s and the follow-up, the 1988 set.  At the time I had no idea what Our Own Tea was.  Thanks to the internet, I've finally been able to sort out that it was the store brand of tea at A&P supermarkets.  We had an A&P in Newark, DE when I was little.  It changed to one of their other banners, Superfresh, and we also had another of their stores, PathMark, for a long time.  They're all gone now, with A&P just recently having gone out of business.
    Ron Darling on an Our Own Tea disc.
    The back of the Ron Darling Our Own Tea disc.
  • Ames and Hills boxed sets.  We had Ames stores in Delaware when I was growing up, until they went out of business in 2002.  We didn't have Hills, and I haven't ever been in a Hills store.  I did see one from the outside, though, since I went to college in Pittsburgh and they had Hills there.  Ames had a 1989 Topps boxed set (20/20 Club) and a 1990 Topps boxed set (All-Stars).  Hills also had a 1989 Topps boxed set (Team MVPs) and a 1990 Topps boxed set (Hit Men).  I decided to settle for adding a couple of these cards to my player collections, so Ames and Hills are represented in my binders.
    1990 Ames All Stars Dave Parker.
    1990 Hills Hit Men Harold Baines.
  • 1987 Kraft Home Plate Heroes.  I posted the two of these from my original collection, Tony Pena and Ozzie Guillen.  I since have also acquired the Mike Schmidt, and that is in the player collections section of my binder.  I considered getting the whole set, but instead I'll leave it at these three.
    Tony Pena and Ozzie Guillen Kraft Home Plate Heroes.
  • Jiffy Pop discs.  I don't have any of these.  We used Jiffy Pop when I was little, heating it over our gas stove.  I thought that was a real blast.  Jiffy Pop issued disc sets in 1987, 1988, and 1989, it turns out.  I don't have any memory of these from when I was originally collecting, although it's certainly possible that I knew about them.  I bought the Fantastic Sam's disc set recently, and I think that, and the few Our Own Tea discs I already had, will satisfy my need to have any of the 1980s MSA discs.
    Mike Schmidt on a Fantastic Sam's disc.
  • Topps Major League Debut sets.  I don't recall knowing about these at the time.  There was a set of 1989 debuts in the 1990 design, and a set of 1990 debuts in the 1991 design, as far as I can tell.  I think I like the idea of the sets much more than the actual sets, after looking around at them online.
    1984 Ralston Purina Rickey Henderson.
    1987 Ralston Purina Gary Carter.
    1987 Ralston Purina Nolan Ryan.
  • 1984 Topps Ralston Purina.  I bought the 1986 Burger King set, the 1987 M&M's set, the 1988 Chef Boyardee set, the 1984 Milton Bradley set, and the 1987 Fantastic Sam's disc set, so why not get one more?  I do have a couple from the 1987 Ralston Purina set already, and I don't know, I guess I don't like the logo in the corner.  I did pick up the 1984 Rickey Henderson, though, for my player collection.
  • 1986 Fleer minis of Juan Samuel and Mike Schmidt.
  • 1986 Fleer, 1978 Topps, and other base sets.  I had mentioned in earlier posts that I might buy a complete set of 1986 Fleer or of 1978 Topps.  I've scaled back, and decided I have enough things like these already.  I did buy a complete 1979 Topps set, fulfilling a childhood dream, and I feel like the 1986 Fleer mini set satisfies my need for 1986 Fleer.  Out of the blue one day decided to pick up a 1981 Topps set, which was available cheap on eBay, and I also got a 1991 Score factory set, which complements my already-owned 1988, 1989, and 1990 Score sets.  I do like the 1978 design, and they are some of the earliest cards I ever saw, but I recently bought the 1978 Topps Zest 5-card set, and the 1978 Topps Burger King Yankees set.  At some point enough is enough, and I don't think I need more base sets.
    Some of the key 1979 Topps cards from my complete set.
  • 1982 Topps Coca-Cola Reds and 1982 Topps Brighams Coca-Cola Red Sox. I have had for many years the 1981 Topps Coca-Cola Phillies in my collection, as part of my commemoration of the 1980 World Champion Phillies of my youth. I don't necessarily remember ever knowing about any other Coke teams back in the 80s, but in the past year I picked up the Dave Parker of the 1981 Coca-Cola Pirates for my player collection. I considered buying some or all of the 1982 Topps Coca-Cola cards, but I just don't feel any connection to those Reds at all, and while I like a few of the Red Sox players (Eckersley, Rice, and Evans, for example), it's just not enough reason for me to add this set to my collection. I actually did bid on the Red Sox on eBay recently, but I felt relieved when I was outbid, so that tells me that I shouldn't pursue this. Having never heard of Brighams otherwise is another reason to leave this set behind. 
    1981 Topps Coca-Cola Phillies Bob Boone, Larry Bowa, and Steve Carlton.
There are of course many more sets from the 80s, but these are the ones I considered buying and rejected.  For all the others, I either own them already, or never seriously considered getting them.  Thanks for reading!

Update: I can think of more, I suppose.  1988 Fleer Mini: I bought the 1986 and 1987 Feer mini sets, but I hardly had any regular 1986 or 1987 Fleer.  I already have a lot of 1988 Fleer, including an unopened wax box.   Fleer tin sets: I guess these were Fleer's version of Topps Tiffany, and they were expensive back in the day.  Not so much anymore, but just not that compelling, although I did consider it.  Star player-centered sets: I never had any cards made by Star originally; I thought about getting some, but settled for a single card (of Dale Murphy and the Phillie Phanatic) so that they're represented in my binder, and it also puts the Phanatic in my binder, for an added plus.

Friday, September 14, 2018

July 1991 Baseball Cards Magazine

I'm currently sitting in a hotel room in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; I travel a lot for work.  I decided to take along one of my old Baseball Cards Magazines with me as reading material this time.  It's the July 1991 issue, featuring Darryl Strawberry on the cover.
Darryl Strawberry on the cover of the July 1991 Baseball Cards Magazine.
That 1984 Fleer Darryl Strawberry on the front cover was listed in the price guide in the magazine at $30.  You can get it on COMC now for $1.99.  Accounting for inflation, $30 in 1991 would be $54 now.  So one could say the card is worth less than 4% of what it was at the time.

Looking at these old magazines brings up a lot of thoughts and feelings.  In July 1991, I was between 10th and 11th grades.  Collecting cards was originally a very positive thing for me growing up, but my family moved when I was in 8th grade, and we left behind my card-collecting friends.  I remember buying some odd issues like a Topps UK set, Topps coins, old Donruss All-Stars and other things after we were in the new house, and thinking they were cool, and then just putting them away because there was no one to talk to about them or share them with.  I made some new friends, but they were into comics, not cards, and around the time this magazine came out, I started switching to collecting comics.  I kept buying some cards through the end of my first year of college, in the summer of 1994, but 1991 was the last year I bought any factory sets, for example.  I can say exactly when I started with comics because it was just before Infinity Gauntlet #1 came out, in the summer of 1991.

I won't post a picture of the ads from this magazine, but I have done so for a bunch of the other old magazines I've shared (links at the bottom of the post).  I struggle with the question of what I'm doing in restarting collecting, and I think I just want to get a few more things that I didn't manage to get back in the 80s and 90s.  The old ads help me figure out what those things are that I still want to pick up.  The old ads helped with the idea to pick up the 1987 M&M's set, the Fantastic Sams discs, and some others that I've recently featured or acquired.  And I think I'm about done.  My primary current goal is to finish the 1972 set I'm working on, and which is about 45% complete at present.  Even though I've enjoyed my buying spree in the past year, there's not much else in sight for me as far as further acquisitions goes, I think.
Ken Griffey, Jr., Royals Rookies, and Roger Clemens.
I'll just show a few more things from the magazine: the cards.  These Baseball Cards magazines typically did feature five or six "cards," which I put in quotes here because they're uncut.  My attempts to cut them out were never very good, and I eventually stopped trying.  Also leaving them uncut meshes with the idea of keeping your collectibles pristine.  Here we have Ken Griffey Jr., Roger Clemens, and Royals Rookie Stars (Sean Berry and Brian McRae).  I have no memory of Berry, and only a vague memory of McRae.  Remembering McRae is easier because he's the son of Royals alum Hal McRae, who was on the 1980 Royals that lost the World Series to my Phils (when I was 4 years old).
Ellis Burks, Robin Yount, and Frank Thomas.

The other group is Ellis Burks, Robin Yount, and Frank Thomas.  Robin Yount was a superstar I knew nothing about, because he was a star in the Midwest and in the other league, a literal and figurative long way away.  Ellis Burks was one of many, many, many of the 1987 rookie cards, and he ended up having a very solid career.  Frank Thomas was rising to prominence when I was starting to check out of baseball, being a 1990 rookie, and went on to make the 500 home run club and the Hall of Fame.

Thanks for reading!  We've previously featured some other old magazines:
  1. My First Beckett: September 1987, (Andre Dawson Front Cover)
  2. November 1990 Baseball Card Price Guide Monthly (Michael Jordan Front Cover)
  3. June 1988 Baseball Card Price Guide Monthly (Matt Nokes Front Cover)
  4. July 1991 Baseball Card Price Guide Montly (Barry Bonds Front Cover)  
  5. October 1988 Baseball Cards Magazine (Mike Greenwell Front Cover)

Monday, September 3, 2018

1988 Pittsburgh Pirates Negro League Stars (Part 4 of 4)

Happy Labor Day!  I hope everyone is enjoying some time with their family and celebrating things like the weekend, overtime pay, and other things brought to us by the labor movement.  We have had a family cookout (just me, my wife, and our 3-year-old son), involving hamburgers, hot dogs, and kicking around a soccer ball.  Now with our guy taking his nap, I am watching the Bucs game and writing this long-planned post, finishing out my series on the 1988 Pirates team-issued set of Pittsburgh Negro League stars.

Previous posts in this series:
  • Part 1 (Cards 1-5) (Rube Foster, 1913 Homestead Grays, Cum Posey, 1926 Pittsburgh Crawfords, and Gus Greenlee).
  • Part 2 (Cards 6-10) (John Henry "Pop" Lloyd, Oscar Charleston, Smokey Joe Williams, Judy Johnson, and Martin Dihigo).
  • Part 3 (Cards 11-15) (Satchel Paige, Josh Gibson, Sam Streeter, James "Cool Papa" Bell, and Ted Page).

#16.  Walter "Buck" Leonard.
Buck Leonard is one of the Negro Leagues players inducted long ago to the Hall of Fame, in 1972.  His mention on the Cooperstown website starts off saying that he was a key part of the Homestead Grays dynasty, as a gifted hitter.  Leonard played 1934-1948 with the Grays.  He played in Mexico afterwards, but declined a major league contract feeling that he was too old (according to Wikipedia).  He and the late Josh Gibson entered the Hall together.
#17. Ray "Hooks" Dandridge.
Ray Dandridge, similarly to Buck Leonard, was too old to play in the majors by the time of integration, although he did keep playing into the 1950s.  He was a great third baseman, sometimes credited as the best defensive third baseman of his generation.  He made the Hall in in 1987.
#18.  Willis Moody and Ralph "Lefty" Mellix.
Here we have two players, Willis Moody and Ralph Mellix.  There isn't much information available for either, so I'll say what the card back says: both played for the Grays, Moody as an outfielder and Mellix as a pitcher.  But their greater contribution is in the community as organizers of a sandlot team, 18th Ward, in the black neighborhood of Beltzhoover in Pittsburgh.  The 18th Ward team played for 33 seasons.
#19. Harold Tinker.
There is similarly little information on Harold Tinker, and I'll again go with what is said on the card back.  Tinker did play for the Pittsburgh Crawfords, in center field.  He is remembered in this set for his work in the Pittsburgh sandlot teams, leading a racially integrated team for the Terrace Village housing projects.
#20. Monte Irvin.
We close out the set with another Negro Leagues great who did make the transition to Major League Baseball, Monte Irvin; he made the Hall in 1973.  On my want list is a good card of Irvin with the Giants, for my small PSA-graded subcollection.  Irvin passed away fairly recently, in January 2016.  I can't tell that Irvin had a Pittsburgh connection, as he appears to have played with the Newark Eagles before integration, and with the New York Giants and the Cubs after.  I guess they wanted to include another star in the set, whether or not their was a Pittsburgh connection.

This set is one of the best things by far I've picked up since resuming my collection.  I'm glad to have been able to acquire it, and to have showcased all the cards here.  Thanks for reading!

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Recent Acquisitions: A Few 1960s Cards

My recent COMC box contained cards for most of my different goals, and some goals I didn't know I had until I bought the cards.  A main goal, though, is adding a few cards to fill out the front of my binder.  When I was a kid, the other kids I knew and I all had one binder that we put our best cards in.  At some point I started a second binder for my best (then)-current year cards.  But my main binder is where I have my favorite cards.  When I resumed collecting last year, I added a few more pages to the front of the binder for the oldest cards, and I'm now filling in the last slots.
Bill Bruton.
I had one 1962 Topps card before, of Robin Roberts, who was Dad's favorite growing up.  Since the whole 1987 Topps set is imprinted on me, I also have fond memories of the 1962 Topps "card that never was" featured on the Maury Wills turn-back-the-clock card.  I thought I would double the number of cards I had from 1962, and decided to get a standard-sized Bill Bruton.  I have two other Bruton cards, the 1953 Topps that I believe I pulled from a "grab bag" at Stale Gum, an old card shop in Newark, DE, in my very early collecting days, and a 1962 Post card I got several months ago.  The 1953 Topps doesn't fit in the pages at the front of the binder, and the 1962 Post is an oddball, so it doesn't fit thematically at the front of the binder. 

Bruton is a favorite for a few reasons: like me, he's a Delawarean.  He was one of MLB's early black players.  I've always been a fan of the base stealers, and he led the NL in steals his first three seasons.  And his personal story is interesting, that he got into playing ball late, and left early: he might have been able to keep playing a while longer, but retired when he got an offer to be an executive at Chrysler.
Hank Aaron.
Al Kaline.
Man, these 1967 Topps cards are beautiful.  This is my first good Al Kaline card.  I'm not an American League guy, but I did want to get some decent representation of the legendary Tiger into my collection, other than things like Baseball Immortals.  It's not my first good card of Aaron, but this is now my oldest card of him. 
Lou Brock.
And I'll close this out with another of the base stealing kings, the former career record holder, the great Lou Brock.  I have a handful of 1969 Topps in the binder already, but they're mostly standard cards (of Bob Gibson, Harmon Killebrew, and Juan Marichal), and also Al Oliver's rookie card.  I wanted to mix it up a little and got this, an All-Star card. 

Thanks for reading!  My posting is fairly infrequent these days as work is busy.  But I do enjoy when I have the time for a post.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

From My Collection: Some Score Young Superstars

I really liked Score when it debuted in 1988.  I forget for sure how I heard about it, but I think it might have been when Dad surprised me with a complete set one morning.  The gas station near his office had a big card section (it was the 80s, and that's what it was like), and he probably bought it there.  I got up one morning and there he was with this long box of baseball cards for me.  I guess the card guy at the gas station told him Score was this new big thing, and Dad thought it was a good buy.
Mike Aldrete.
Mike Aldrete card back.
Of course, despite having the complete set from the start, I still bought lots of packs of 1988 Score.  Mylar packs, as they were called at the time, and rack packs.  And it was only natural that the rack packs included a special glossy card, just like Topps rack packs did.  Topps had their glossy rack pack All-Stars, and their related glossy jumbo pack Rookies.  Score chose to go with the more nebulous concept of Young Superstars.  It's a nice enough design, I suppose, but somehow leaves me feeling flat.  I guess I like the card backs fine, but the front doesn't quite work for me.  Maybe there's too much real estate dedicated to the geometric elements at the bottom. 
Jose Canseco.
Mark McGwire.
I don't recall ever seeing it back in the 80s (which doesn't mean I didn't see it, but only that it didn't make a strong enough impression on me to be remembered 30 years later), but you could also buy a boxed set of these cards.  They come in two series, and I only appear to have Series I.  Maybe that's all that came in the rack packs.  Like all of these sets from back then, you can buy a complete boxed set on eBay now for little more than the cost of shipping.  Or you can buy a whole case of the boxed sets for not very much.  What you'd do with a case of them I have no idea.  As I've started collecting again after about 25 years out of the hobby, I have struggled sometimes with the question of which of these old sets I want to buy.  But there's no question that this one doesn't interest me -- the set is represented in my collection through these cards that I pulled from rack packs, and also by a few unopened rack packs, and that's it.
Terry Steinbach.
Matt Nokes.
For the rest of these, I think I might say something about the players instead, then.  Above we had Jose Canseco, the 1986 AL Rookie of the Year, and Mark McGwire, the 1987 AL Rookie of the Year.  They were followed of course by teammate Walt Weiss, the 1988 AL Rookie of the Year.  While he wasn't a Rookie of the Year like those guys, another important young player with that A's near-dynasty was catcher Terry Steinbach, who debuted in 1986 and who "exceeded rookie limits" in 1987.  Steinbach played with the A's through 1996, and then with the Twins through 1999 before retiring.  I've mentioned Matt Nokes a few times on the blog; he was a big deal when he debuted, but his rookie season was the best of his career.
Mike Dunne.
Mike Greenwell.
A similar thing can be said of Mike Dunne of the Pirates -- his 13-6 rookie season in 1987 was very good and got him some Rookie of the Year votes, but it was downhill from there.  Dunne was out of the majors by 1992.  Mike Greenwell was also a big deal at the time, probably on the strength of his RBI numbers, with 89 in 1987 and 119 in 1988, and batting average, which was .328 and .325 in those years, respectively.  He finished fourth in the 1987 AL Rookie of the Year vote, and second in the 1988 AL MVP vote.  His whole career from 1985-1996 was with the Red Sox, and he finished with 130 home runs, 726 RBI, and a .303 average.
Al Leiter.
Mark Grant.
Then I have a couple of cards from the 1989 Score Young Superstars (Series I) set.  I remember Leiter primarily from his 1988 Topps Future Stars card, which it turns out didn't even have the right picture.  Leiter had a long, solid career, playing through 2005 and compiling a lifetime record of 162-132 with a 3.80 ERA and 1,974 strikeouts.  He won the World Series with the Blue Jays in 1993 and with the Marlins in 1997.  I don't remember relief pitcher Mark Grant, but looking him up now, I see that he played from 1984 through 1993 and put together a career record of 22-32 with 8 saves in 233 games.  I'm not sure why you'd call him a Young Superstar in 1989 based on his 1988 season in which he went 2-8 with 0 saves, unless it's just to fill out the set to sell more Young Superstar baseball cards.

Thanks for reading!