Fun Cards: 1988 Topps All-Star Gary Carter
The starting catcher for the 1988 National League All-Star squad was Gary Carter of the New York Mets. Carter was past his prime by this point, but was still a very popular player. According to players surveyed, however, Carter should have been third in line behind the Phillies’ Lance Parrish, who was a reserve, and the Dodgers’ Mike Scioscia, who was left off the roster.
Topps assigned the catching position to Benito Santiago of the Padres, who had an excellent rookie season in 1987 and capture the National League Rookie of the Year Award. He did not start as strong in 1988 and did not make the All-Star team.