Author Archives: JT

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Walter Payton (NFL, baseball-style)

Payton Knows Football Cards

Walter Payton retired in 1987, but he was requested by a Twitter user. Consider this a “career capper” card.

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Jim McMahon (NFL, baseball-style)

McMahon Knows Football Cards

NFL players don’t have the swagger of Jim McMahon nowadays. I miss Mad Mac.

Fun Cards: 1988 Donruss Highlights Award Winners

Sabo Rookie of the Year

During a Twitter discussion earlier tonight, the topic of year-end highlights baseball sets came up. I immediately thought of the Donruss Highlights sets which were issued from 1985-1987. I’m disappointed this set did not continue beyond 1987, and wondered what a 1988 edition might look like. I tried to go with a gold border with silver in place of the red gradient. It is similar to the “Baseball’s Best” set, but not quite as orange. Since I don’t have the font Donruss used in 1988, I simply copied-and-pasted the nameplate from an actual 1988 release.

Here are the 1988 Award Winners: Chris Sabo, Walt Weiss, Kirk Gibson, Jose Canseco, Orel Hershiser, and Frank Viola.

Weiss

Gibson

Canseco

Hershiser

Viola

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Vinny Testaverde (NFL, baseball-style)

Vinny Knows Football Cards

Vinny Testaverde led the NFL in interceptions four times. I don’t think he’ll be getting a Hall of Fame bust any time soon.

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Thurman Thomas (NFL, baseball-style)

Thurman Knows Football Cards

The Buffalo Bills were such a powerhouse. Thurman Thomas was a rookie running back in 1988 and started an eight-year streak of 1000 rushing yards in 1989.

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Mark Duper (NFL, baseball-style)

Super Duper Knows Football Cards

Add Mark Duper and Mark Clayton‘s talents together, and Dan Marino had a couple really good receivers.

Still not as good as Jerry Rice.

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Webster Slaughter (NFL, baseball-style)

Webster Knows Football Cards

Webster Slaughter was a Pro Bowler for both the Cleveland Browns and conference rival Houston Oilers.

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Tim Harris (NFL, baseball-style)

Moon Knows Football Cards

I remember a little hype about Tim Harris, but not much. The 1986 fourth-rounder made the Pro Bowl in 1989.

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Warren Moon (NFL, baseball-style)

Moon Knows Football Cards

Warren Moon played 17 seasons in the NFL. That, in and of itself, is impressive. But add another six years playing in Canada before that and…whoa. Dude might have been the greatest all-time and we just didn’t know it.

Fun Cards: 1988 Topps Randall Cunningham (NFL, baseball-style)

Randall Knows Football Cards

I don’t care what his stats look like. Randall Cunningham should be in the Hall of Fame.

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