As I mentioned in my previous post – 1987 Topps Baseball was a landmark moment for me and collecting. I was 12 years old, had made a little bit of money mowing grass, shining shoes, cleaning dusty storage rooms at the little college my parents worked at, etc. I had finally earned my own money and I was going to invest it in my future. A box of 1987 Topps Baseball Wax or a set of 1987 Fleer Opening Day – I went with the box because what kid doesn’t love opening packs of cards. It was great. I have no idea how many Canseco, Bonds of McGwire rookies came out of that box but I was certain that one day it would pay for college, a new car or a trip to Europe. Shockingly I still have college debt, have owned exactly one new car and had to get married to finally make my way to Europe.
Anyway – those cards are long since gone. Maybe a few were sold in my early shot at selling what I thought would still have value on eBay however the bulk were donated or sold at a garage sale at some point.
I have longed for a return to the 1980’s cards over the past few years but have really struggled with what to do. Clearly putting together a 1987 Topps baseball set is one of the easiest/cheapest hobby goals a person can have – either spend $4 for one on eBay or see if you can find the packs cheap enough to build it yourself. Nothing real satisfying in that endeavor.
After some thought and a number of conversations with fellow hobbyists (is that a word?) I have slung myself down this path. The goal was to find a box of 1987 Topps Wax – while it isn’t was what I did find is a box of 24 cello packs of 49 cards each – and yes, they do have the All-Star Game Commemorative card inserts you have all been looking for!
Step one complete – more cards that I can ever figure out what to do with.
Step two – start sending these suckers out TTM and see what kind of response I can get.
Obviously this is going to be a huge undertaking an awful success rate so I figure I better make some rules for myself. They are as follows:
1 – these are more guidelines that rules, my collection, I can change as I see fit (bit of an out clause isn’t it).
2 – Open Cello Pack – 49 cards, 49 letters, SASEs and envelopes headed out before the next pack can be opened.
3 – Every player/manager will get a letter regardless of the successes of the past. I understand that Bonds, McGwire, Clemens etc will likely pitch the notice but I really want to see what comes back from this so no one is being scratched. Note: No letters to checklists (weird) or the deceased (just in case you were going to ask).
4 – Goal will be to get one pack put together and sent out each week. Not sure I can pull this one off but we will give it a shot and see what happens.
5 – All successes big and small will be posted here in timely fashion (certainly a mushy deadline there) as well as all colossal failures and cease and desist orders.
6 – SCF and Startiger will be where I start my data mining for addresses but any help is appreciated (but please don’t give me the “This dude is never going to sign” spiel – I really don’t care). I am happy to share any and all addresses with everyone but I will not be posting them in the thread. Shoot me an email or contact me on twitter @lumberjackcards and I will help you out.
That’s it – pretty straightforward. I sent out a bunch of these cards in 1988 now it’s time to relive that fun 25 years later, I wonder if Tito Landrum still signs TTM…or if he’s still alive…we shall find out. I have no goal in mind here but to send out a ton of mailers and find out exactly how much comes back my way. There may be a few here and there that have a couple extra cards thrown in but largely 1987 Topps is going to be the focal point of this effort. I truly wonder what the heck is going to come back.