Cal Ripken Jr. 1986 Topps All-Star – Back When All-Star Cards Were Boring…

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.

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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.

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4 responses to “Cal Ripken Jr. 1986 Topps All-Star – Back When All-Star Cards Were Boring…

  1. I have to agree with you! They could have done so much better.

  2. Base cards designs with a small AS notation (think 1978 Topps AS notations) and a picture of the player at the game would’ve been great! Pictures from Spring Training should not be allowed when making AS cards.

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