1988 Fleer Superstar Specials – Card #638 – Matt Nokes & Kirby Puckett
The Twins’ Kirby Puckett and Tigers’ Matt Nokes both played key roles in helping their respective teams win division championships. Such performances was to be expected from a veteran star like Puckett, but was very surprising from a rookie like Nokes.
Puckett’s 1987 season added more fuel to the opinion that he is one of the best all-around players in baseball. He is one of the few players who can hit for both average and power. He tied for the American League lead in hits with 207 and placed fourth in the league with a batting average of .332. He also hit 28 home runs and drove in 99 runs.
Nokes more than adequately filled Detroit’s catching void left by the departure of 5-time All-Star Lance Parrish. He batted .289, smacked 32 home runs, and had 87 RBIs. Matt began the season as the Tigers’ DH, but when given the chance, he proved to be a solid backstopper. My June 1, Nokes was Detroit’s everyday catcher. Matt was selected to play in the 1987 All-Star game – a high honor for any player, most especially for a rookie.