For the next installment of my virtual Allen & Ginter hobby box I decided to expand my Will Clark player collection. For just over $20, I hand picked more than 125 Clark cards for the personal collection. I tried to focus on odd sets from the junk wax era, but have some newer cards thrown in as well. We've got cards released by the big three manufacturers, retail outlets, fast food joints, and junk food companies in this bunch. I've scanned in a whole slew of them for your viewing pleasure in chronological order, in fact I think this post contains by far the most scans in any single post since I started the blog. So sit back and get ready for a scroll down memory lane, if you're like me you've never seen some of these sets before:1986 Donruss Highlights
I'll try to keep the commentary to a minimum and let the cards do the talking. This first card is one I've wanted for a while though, as it commemorates the home run that Will hit in his first Major League at bat. I'm sure you already know this, but he hit it off of Nolan Ryan too. Not too shabby a start...
1986 Fleer Baseball's Best
I think this is the very last 1986 Clark card I didn't have. I miss the days when it was actually reasonable and possible to accumulate every single card of a player from a given year.
1987 Toys 'R' Us Rookie
This is another one I've wanted for quite a while. You may recognize the photo from Clark's 1986 Topps Traded rookie.
1988 Donruss Baseball's Best
Normally I think these cards look hideous but they kind of match the Giants jerseys a bit.
1988 Fleer Award Winner
One thing that surprised me when picking out my cards was the sheer amount of sets Fleer released in the late 80's. There are plenty more to come...
Long before their discounted $10 blasters, K-Mart would release their own card sets, produced by Topps.
1988 MSA Jiffy Pop Disc
One of two discs that were part of my order. I'm not sure how one obtained one of these back in the day, anyone know?
1988 Topps UK Minis
First time I had seen these as well, but I think they have a great design. They're roughly the same size as your standard 80's Topps mini cards (like the League Leaders sets they released).
1989 Classic Travel Edition
What kid didn't have Classic baseball sets back in the day? I know I did. I think they released somewhere around a dozen baseball cards sets. I never played the game though, has anyone tried it?
1989 Fleer Box Panel
Looks like Clark's standard '89 card, but is cut from the bottom of a wax box. It still has a back which is nice, but it's numbered C-6. Whoever cut mine did a pretty decent job.
I really liked this one as well. Kay-Bee always seemed like the red-headed stepchild compared to Toys 'R' Us. I remember walking into Toys 'R' Us as a kid and getting the sensation that it stretched on forever. Kay-Bee on the other hand was about the size of my closet. They're still around though as far as I know. The design's not half bad on this card either, seems inspired by various 70's Topps releases.
1989 King-B Disc
These came in packages of beef jerky, as Thorzul recently pointed out.
1989 Cap'n Crunch
I loved the cereal but don't ever remember them having cards in the boxes. This one's kind of bland. If you're not licensed and have to air-brush logos out, you may want to choose a photo that's not 50% hat. What's with the mustache?
1990 Bowman Insert
This one's not actually numbered or anything, but has some giveaway instructions on the back. I think most people, including myself, probably threw them out. I definitely dig the early 50's Bowman inspired artwork.
Ah, Collect-a-Books, I definitely had a few of these way back when. I may have to do a separate post on this where I scan in the entire booklet...
1990 Fleer World Series
This was a card I had never seen before. If anyone knows anything about this set please leave a comment!
1990 Mother's Cookies Will Clark
The Mother's Cookie cards are fantastic, and I'm now half-way to completing the 4 card 1990 Will Clark set. Anyone have cards 1 or 2 for trade?
1990 Topps Ames All-Star
There were a few Ames in my area when I was growing up. They were like a step below even K-Mart. I could be wrong but I believe the company went bankrupt or something. Haven't seen one around in years.
I think I grabbed the '91, '92, '93 and '94 Post cards. I'm pretty sure that gives me the complete Post Clark run when combined with what I already had.
1992 Donruss Diamond King
Recently featured on Waxaholic.
1992 Donruss McDonald's
First of a couple cards endorsed by the fast food giants (yes, I know, and ironic term in this case).
1992 Leaf Black Gold
This is probably one of my favorites. The border and horizontal photo are great. Look at the bend in that bat!
1992 MooTown Snackers
Distributed by early '90's portable snack makers.
1992 Stadium Club Dome
One of these days I need to pick up the Dome set. I always see it for 5 or 6 bucks but for some inexplicable reason have never pulled the trigger.
1992 Upper Deck Team MVP Holograms
Nothing illustrates how badly you need to clean your scanner like a hologram.
1994 Donruss Special Edition
I think these were like a 1-per-pack insert or something, they look just like the base cards except all of the info is in obnoxious silver foil.
1994 Topps Stadium Club Golden Rainbow
1994 Stadium Club is definitely on my list of sets to complete one day.
1995 National Packtime
Based on the other images I saw of National Packtime cards it appears to be a small set consisting of a few cards each from various manufacturers. I'm not sure how or where it was distributed though.
1996 Leaf Preferred Steel
I've never seen these before but was surprised at how heavy this card was. It's really got some weight to it.
2005 Donruss Greats
I think this set looks impressive. Tons of great veteran stars in the checklist. I would consider busting a box of this.
Well there you have it. I more than doubled the size of my Clark collection and this was more fun than a blaster would've been for about the same price.
Running Total: $55
Some great cards! Hard to believe you got them all for just $22 bucks.
That's a crapload of Clark cards. I lost count after 5...
I was surprised at how many I got for that price as well. They were almost all 18 cents a piece and I got a volume discount since they all came from only two sellers...
A lot of those cards bring back memories. Especially the Giant ones. I had a lot of these cards myself. I sort of miss those fringe sets like the KMart sets. Yes, Woolworth's was a department store (now I feel old..)
Terrific cards of 'the Thrill'. Like Will Clark, I am from New Orleans and went to an all-boys high school, though he's a few years older. [He went to Jesuit while my younger brother and I went to Brother Martin.] The two schools were rivals, but we loved collecting his cards. My brother probably had hundreds including duplicates.
Will's father used to drop off signed memorabilia at a local card store with the instructions that it be given to young kids (I can't imagine that today). My mother and I were there one day when he dropped some things off, so we mentioned how big a fan my brother was. He wrote down our address, and a few days later an autographed baseball showed up personalized for my brother, who was 9 or 10 at the time. It was awesome....
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