I'm a total sucker for oddballs. If you've ever gotten a trade package from me, you know I like to stuff those oddballs I have for your collection. So, when I ran across an unopened box oddball at the card show, I had to get it.
The massive 2011 Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards describes these as follows:
These 4-1/4" x 6" cards were something new. Printed on plastic, rather than paper, the player picture on the card is actually raised above the surface much like might be found on a relief map; a true 3-D baseball card.At my local card show, I started talking to one of the guys who is a vendor there. Turned out he and I had graduated from college a year apart at the same school, though I didn't play the name game too much with him. But, he sold me a completely unopened box of these 3-D Stars -- 24 packs in total -- for $5.
I wasn't really familiar with this set before buying it, and one look at the checklist told me why:
No Brewers. That explains a lot. But it's a very good checklist for a 1985 set. Outside of perhaps a few guys (maybe Mike Boddicker -- who, in fairness, was coming off two seasons in which he went 16-8 for the World Series Champion 1983 Orioles and 20-11 and an AL ERA Title in 1984, or Dave Kingman) -- the checklist is fairly packed with stars and superstars.
I have only opened a few of these so far -- I found my Gary Carter in the first few packs I opened -- and unsurprisingly they don't really scan all that well. But, here are a couple of examples.
Cal Ripken Jr.
Boy, is that Strawberry scan an unflattering view.
Like I said, when it comes to oddballs, I just can't help myself sometimes.
I've also opened packs containing Jim Rice, Pete Rose, and Don Mattingly in addition to Carter.
So, anyone want one of these?