February 11, 2010

Group of 9: 1987 Topps

Now that I've completed a set I always like to take a good look at it and see the choices the good people at Topps made when putting the cards in a particular order. I also like to find the strongest nine card page in the set.

1987's set has some strong candidates and so let's have a little poll to see what you, Dear Reader, think is the strongest Group of 9. [And P.S., I've excluded the pages with the Record Breaker cards and the All-Star cards. They are too stuffed with stars that it doesn't make it fair for the rest of the pages.]

163-171

Strengths: 1 future Hall of Famer [Piniella] and two solid long-term players in Reardon and Boone. Plus, my favorite 1987 Topps card, Bo Jackson, Future Star is here too.


253-261

Strengths: Three solid players in Samuel, Sierra, and Greenwell. A bonus George Brett in the Royals Leader card and even though it was his last proper Topps base card, a Vida Blue card is always a nice card to pull.


343-351

Strengths: One of the Hall's newest members in Dawson [The Hawk as an Expo adds a few points, right?]. Plus, two solid players in Niekro and Hernandez.


424-432

Strengths: This one is pretty easy. Two hardcore Hall of Famers in Seaver and Schmidt.


631-639

Strenghts: This may prove to be the Fan Favorite as our boy Bip Roberts makes an appearance. We also have Rafael Palmeiro, Darren Dalton, and Sparky Anderson lecturing Willie Hernandez.


766-774

Strengths: We save the best for last as this group gets my vote. Two Hall of Famers in Yount and Winfield. And two more great players in Ron Cey and Harold Baines. And although I've talked some shit recently about Steve Sax, it is his card that pushes this group above the rest in my opinion.

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