Cal Ripken Jr. 1986 Topps All-Star
Even as a kid, I did not know why Topps gave us such boring cards of their All-Stars. As someone who built sets, collected specific players, and ripped open tons and tons of packs, I always found the Topps All-Star card from the mid-1980’s and into the 1990’s a bore.
Proof is below as this is Cal Ripken Jr’s All-Star card from the 1986 Topps set.
Personally, I would prefer a card that displays an action that made Cal’s selection to the All-Star team a worthy one. Give me him playing defense at shortstop. Show me a shot of him rounding first and heading to second base with a full head of steam. Give me a shot of him sliding at the plate as he scores a run.
Give me anything except for something that is so boring it could induce a coma!
Today, I am happy to see that they have put more emphasis on celebrating the stars. While some of the number of cards of today’s players in a single set may be overkill, at least they offer good images and action.