i recently introduced my mini collection focusing on my favorite cards from each year that i've been a collector. the basic gist is that i wanted to create a space for the cards that i most appreciated having in my collection in the year that they were released. these were cards that i acquired in the year that they were issued, and that i considered to be my favorites at the time. i have disallowed (most) cards that are already in other mini collections in order to avoid having a mini collection consisting of more steve garvey, double plays, and dodger stadium cards.
in 1986, fleer went from gray borders to blue, donruss from black borders with red stripes to max headroom, and topps did a black and white play on their 1975 design. i recall that i was most interested in donruss that year, but both of my favorite cards were from fleer. go figure.
favorite non-dodger card: fleer nl west sluggers superstar special dale murphy, steve garvey, dave parker
the photo used on the card comes from the 1985 all-star game that was held in minneapolis (hubert h humphrey metrodome background!), and these three (along with jack clark and ryne sandberg) represented the national league in the first home run derby. the back makes no mention of that, which is probably ok since garvey only hit two homers. murphy hit 4, and parker won the event with 6. i also liked this card because it made it clear that murphy and parker were pretty big dudes.
favorite dodger card: fleer pedro guerrero all-star team insert
just like in 1984 with donruss' living legends cards, my dad and i were perplexed at the 1986 fleer all-star team cards. inserts? what a crazy idea back then. once we saw the first one (dave parker), we were eager to find another one in our box. i believe we wound up with two of the twelve cards - the parker and dwight gooden. i was able to find pedro's card at our card shop later in the year, thankfully. of course, i was hoping that garvey was included in the set, but don mattingly got the nod as the first baseman, and you couldn't argue with that in 1986.
next up, 2014. stay tuned!