Wednesday, October 8, 2008

1987 Fleer

I won't bore anybody with my critique of these cards. They're awful. I will however bore anybody with my tale of the best game of the 1987 season.

I was a sophomore at the University of Maine when the Tigers and Blue Jays came into the final game of the year with the Tigers sporting a one game lead over the Jays. We had a room full of guys who were all rooting for the Tigers since I was the lone Tigers fan in Knox Hall. Despite a fantastic game where Frank Tanana and Larry Herndon were the heroes, and all my buddies and me jumping up and down at the end of the game, and way too many beers to remember much more, the highlight for me was getting a call from my dad after the game and recapping the great game we had just seen. 

The 1987 Fleer Detroit Tigers:
144 Dave Bergman
145 Tom Brookens
146 Bill Campbell
147 Chuck Cary
148 Darnell Coles
149 Dave Collins
150 Darrell Evans
151 Kirk Gibson
152 John Grubb
153 Willie Hernandez
154 Larry Herndon
155 Eric King
156 Chet Lemon
157 Dwight Lowry
158 Jack Morris
159 Randy O'Neal
160 Lance Parrish
161 Dan Petry
162 Pat Sheridan
163 Jim Slaton
164 Frank Tanana
165 Walt Terrell
166 Mark Thurmond
167 Alan Trammell
168 Lou Whitaker
655 Team Checklist

The Update set featured sort of soon to almost be a great Tiger for a couple of years Matt Nokes. 

42U Mike Heath
44U Mike Henneman
69U Bill Madlock
90U Matt Nokes
105 Jeff Robinson

If only I'd known that day that it would be 19 more years until I was jumping up and down at the end of a Tigers game again. Hell, if only we'd all known.....


Jon said...

About a dozen box sets, let's get to them...

1987 Fleer Award Winners
28. Lance Parrish

1987 Fleer All-Stars
Not to be confused with the 1987 Fleer All-Stars inserts from the base set (which feature no Tigers)..they had so many box sets, they ran out of names. These are a hideous red with white stripes.
28. Jack Morris

1987 Fleer Baseball's Best
Again also know as "Sluggers vs. Pitchers", almost identical to the '86 version.
27. Jack Morris

1987 Fleer Exciting Stars
These stars are exciting, not hot.
26. Willie Hernandez

1987 Fleer Hottest Stars
These stars are hot, not exciting.
40. Frank Tanana
41. Alan Trammell

1987 Fleer Game Winners
These stars are neither hot nor exciting, but they win games.
17. Kirk Gibson
20. Willie Hernandez

1987 Fleer League Leaders
These stars are not hot, exciting, or game winners, but they lead leagues.
16. Darrell Evans

1987 Fleer Record Setters
These stars are not hot, exciting, game winners, or league leaders...but they are record setters.
38. Alan Trammell
41. Lou Whitaker
Wait..Trammell is also in the hottest stars. He must be a hot record setter. The best part of this set is no indication is given as to what actual record the featured player set. That's probably a good thing, since it has Joe Orsulak, Floyd Youmans, and something called Rich Gedman.

1987 Fleer Limited Edition
17. Kirk Gibson
28. Jack Morris

1987 Fleer Star Stickers
These stars are sticky.
47. Kirk Gibson
59. Willie Hernandez
80. Jack Morris
118. Alan Trammell
122. Lou Whitaker

1987 Fleer Mini
Again...little teeny cards, same design as base set, different photos.
44. Kirk Gibson
54. Willie Hernandez
70. Jack Morris
107. Alan Trammell
112. Lou Whitaker

I'm pretty sure that's all of them...I'm exhausted.

robbyt said...

If you click on my Fleer link, I did about 10 or so of those Fleer Box sets. I picked up something like 17 different sets at The National for $1 each.