This is the first set of cards that I began buying a lot of when I was little. The packs cost 40¢ each and I always dreamed of (but could never afford) buying a whole box for about $15. I can finally afford it, and a box still costs about $15 on eBay, even including shipping costs. This is one set of cards that actually devalued over the years. However, several key rookie cards make this set one of the stronger ones of the late 80′s.
The box comes with 36 packs with a whopping 17 cards per pack.
The 1987 Topps set totals 792 cards and was issued in wax, rack, and jumbo packs or factory sets. Subsets include Future Stars, Topps All-Star Rookies, Record Breakers, Turn Back The Clock, All-Stars, Team Leaders, Checklists and Manager cards. Each card had a wood grain background, and player cards had a team logo within a circle in the upper-left corner, the player name within a colored box in the lower-right corner and the Topps logo in the lower-left corner. For the first time since 1972, the player’s position did not appear on the front of the card. Size: 2-1/2 X 3-1/2 in.
The bottom of the box says:
SAVE THIS BOX!
There are 2 of a Limited Edition of 8 exclusive Baseball Cards printed on the back of this box (inside and out). Stock Topps Baseball Cards and collect the full Set; or save them for your customers who collect Limited Edition Sets.
BOX 1-(A) Don Baylor, (B) Steve Carlton
BOX 2-(C) Ron Cey, (D) Cecil Cooper
BOX 3-(E) Rickey Henderson, (F) Jim Rice
BOX 4-(G) Don Sutton, (H) Dave Winfield
My particular box has Don Baylor and Steve Carlton on the side of the box.
Key rookie cards in this set are: John Kruk, Bo Jackson, Jamie Moyer, Ruben Sierra, Barry Bonds, Will Clark, Rafael Palmeiro, and Barry Larkin.
Other key cards include: Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Jose Canseco, and Nolan Ryan.