1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #624 – Mark McGwire & Jose Canseco
“Oakland’s Power Team”
There will be no power shortage in the city of Oakland as long as Mark McGwire and Jose Canseco are employed there. In 1987, these powerful youngsters combined for 80 home runs and 231 runs batted in and helped keep the Oakland A’s in the American League West pennant race until the final week of the season.
After a brief appearance in 1986, McGwire burst onto the baseball scene in his rookie season. Mark slammed a rookie record 49 home runs, shattering the mark of 38 set by Wally Berger in 1930 and later tied by Frank Robinson in 1956. Mark also knocked in 118 runs, third highest in the American League last season.
Jose Canseco’s sophomore season was just as impressive as his Rookie of the Year season of 1986 when he batted .240 with 33 home runs and 117 runs batted in. He almost duplicated those splendid numbers with a .257 batting average, 31 home runs, and 113 runs batted in in 1987. With back-to-back seasons like that, Canseco proved that he was a legitimate superstar of the future.