Do you know what set I think is really boring looking? 1987 Topps. For some reason, it seems like I keep seeing blogs that write about how great it is, but I just don't get it. Maybe it's because they were collectors during that time, so there's a nostalgic quality to it. Maybe people just like the look of wood.
Whatever it is, I don't get it. '92 and '93 Topps are some of my all time favorites because that's when I got really interested in baseball cards, but I know that they're not great or iconic sets. I just like 'em.
Anyways, here is a look at all of the 1987 Topps cards in my collection.
Can't go wrong with The Bipper.
I just like the look of McCullers' stirrups and the "RAK" on the sleeve. Ray A Kroc saved baseball in San Diego, so I give him a pass for starting McDonalds.
These mustachioed pitchers have made their way into the "W" archives of my Miscellaneous Padres binder as well. I don't know exactly why, but I just like Eddie Whitson. Gene Walter is only here because of his mustache.
Can't go wrong with Padres catchers, so they're in as well.
Of course, every single Tony Gwynn card is assured a place in the collection. I actually like the All-Star card, but the base card isn't anything great.
For a while, I thought that this Goose Gossage card was easily the best card of the Padres set. Can't go wrong with the Goose, right?
But the "Best Of" award goes to Benito Santiago's rookie card. Easily one of the best Padre cards from the 80's. It was included in the Traded set, as was the Gene Walter card. While not a great shot of Benny, it's still the second best Padre rookie card of the 80s (behind somebody named Gwynn).
Anyways, speaking of wood, there's a band that I've been listening to for about a week straight called Red City Radio. No baseball connection as far as I'm aware, but they're a punk rock band from Oklahoma City and they're pretty good, if you're into that kinda stuff. Loud guitars, singer that sounds like he gargles thumbtacks.
This is a song called "The Sons and Daughter's of Woody Guthrie". See? Connection to the wood paneling of the '87 Topps set? Too much of a stretch? Whatever.
Here's another song if that first one wasn't enough for you. I like it better, and the video deals with important issues like open mic nights and cannabalism.