Sunday, May 10, 2009

Pack Four

Pack 4 +14
313 Bruce Ruffin
119 Lloyd Mosbey
167 Steve Kiefer
204 Pat Clements
328 Mike Dunne
20 Jeff Reardon
AS7 Eric Davis
660 Checklist
105 John Cerutti
266 Jamie Quirk
29 Bill Dawley
361 Jim Rice
194 Jeff Reed
95 Don Robinson
423 Greg Maddux

Packs of 1988 Fleer randombly included two insert sets that weren't numbered as part of the base set. They were the Fleer All Star Team (12 cards) and Fleer Headliners. Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I read somewhere that the Headliners were exclusive to rack packs, so I shouldn't be running across any in this box.

The numbering convention used by Fleer for the inserts was the typical 1-XX, but just for the sake of keeping everything in order, I'm numbering this insert as ASx. So in this case we have AS7.

It's been said that these All Star cards aren't the most exciting cards in the world. Well, they're not. But they're no less exciting than Topps' All Stars. The Fleer cards do however look like mug shots.

Moving right along.

There's one soon to be inducted Hall of Famer in this pack, and one future first ballot Hall of Famer:

1988 would be Greg Maddux's second full year in the Major Leagues. After going 6-14 with a 5.61 ERA in '87, Greg turned it around and had an outstanding 1988 and made his first trip to the All Star game.

Twenty years later, his stat line reads: 355 victories (8th all time) against 227 losses, a 3.16 ERA, 3371 strikeouts (10th all time), 999 walks, 1.143 WHIP and an ERA+ of 132.

Don't forget his four straight Cy Young awards (1992-1995) and eighteen Gold Gloves.

He was the best. There are some great pitchers around right now, but it'll be a long time before we see another Greg Maddux.

The checklists for this set are interesting. Like the 1989 Bowman set we just saw, the checklist is divided into teams, this time based on their finish in 1987.

And finally, today's sticker is the Atlanta Braves.

I wonder when that picture was taken? You'd think that even in the off season there'd be a few cars here and there in the parking lots. I count seven cards and a few on the street next to the stadium.

I've made a few trips to Turner Field, but only went to Fulton County once. It looked nothing like that picture because when I was there it was 1996 to see a game at the Olympics. So by the time I was there, the Olympic Stadium (now Turner Field) was taking up most of the parking.

Turner Field is beautiful and a great place to watch a ball game. And while Fulton County lacked a lot of the nice comfort features that Turner has, it was still a good place to see a game and much nicer in person than any picture ever made it look.