Monday, March 29, 2010

1986 Kay-Bee

In 1986, Kay-Bee toy stores put out its first baseball set. It featured 33 cards of young "superstar" players. While the definition of superstar is debatable in sets like these, this set did feature a decent selection of talent or what was considered talent at the time.

In hindsight, was Brian Fisher really that much of a superstar? How about a Yankee-clad Dan Pasqua? Besides chain store sets, did anyone equate Jeff Stone with superstar?

The White Sox had one card in this set.

16 - Ozzie Guillen

This set is typical of chain store card sets of the eighties. A minimal design. Leftover early Fleer type photography and a glossy front. While the card itself will win no prizes for originality or design, there is something unique to these cards.

It brings me back to a simpler time, where cards were everywhere. You could supplement your collection with fringe sets, after collecting the big three sets each year.

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