Thursday, September 14, 2017

John Kruk Come to Life

Bo from Baseball Cards Come to Life sent me the following 1988 Topps Mini Leaders of Mr. John Kruk. In exchange, I was able to unload some cards on him for which I am quite grateful.

I remember being obsessed with the mini leader cards that Topps put out, particularly in 1987 and 1988. I love the 1988 design; it matched that years "Team Leaders" card but was totally different in design from the base cards. Whereas the 1987 set had the double wood-grain & white border frame. I just really liked the ghostly fogging (particularly on the 1987 Team Leaders, regular sized cards. It's interesting to see how the 1987 design was full scale in 1988 being sans linear/edged borders. I think 1989 by contrast was a let down as it was essentially the same design as the 1988. And then 1990 was back to a colored border and some white frame, too. Maybe this is why I stopped collecting around that time and it had nothing to do with getting older and a shifting of priorities?

Thanks Bo!

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  1. Glad you like it! If you like the mini league leaders cards I've got lots more I can send your way.

  2. I loved these cards as a kid! Never cards for anything larger than standard (like Topps Big or 1989 Bowman), but smaller was always fine by me!