My judicious spending the last few months gave me some money to play with, so I scored this '98 Topps Series I set on eBay last week. I don't recall seeing these in retail stores around me, but I do remember other boxes being packed this way.
Ok, enough about that, let's talk about the set:
he's been appointed the new head of the MLBPA since the unfortunate passing of former leader Michael Weiner (cancer). Clark wasn't universally loved in Detroit because some thought he never reached his lofty potential, but I remember him fondly and think he did about the best he could on some abysmal 90s Tigers teams. I wish him well in his new position, where I anticipate some success since he seems to have been a well-liked guy.
I wanted to include one card back for completeness' sake, so I went with Eck's card #200 since it shows stats from the career of a pitching legend. By the way, Eck would pitch one more season in '98 with the Red Sox, then call it a career with 197 wins and 390 saves in 24 seasons en route to the Hall.
'98 Series I isn't a huge set by any means, but I was surprised it only included one card for my Michigan Baseball PCs, that of Hal Morris. Hal signed with the Royals at the end of '97 before heading back to Cincy in '99.
Ok, if you've made it this far, you're probably like "Hey, what about those four bonus cards!" Or maybe not, since my blurry photo of the box makes it kind of hard to read that note. In any event, this box comes with four bonus cards! I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but was pleasantly surprised by ending up with these four regular inserts:
All in all, this is a set I remember fondly back when Topps didn't suck at everything, so I'm not so annoyed by having to spend a bit to reclaim it. It takes another item off my baseball wantlist, too! On a related note, I'll shortly have a few more additions to make that list even shorter, so stay tuned.