04 November 2008

more score and 19 years ago...

in the last post, i extolled the virtues of the 1988 score steve garvey and the fact that it was his only regular issue 1988 card – the bookend to his career. he’s not alone.

enter garvey nemesis don sutton, who was unceremoniously cut by the dodgers in august of their 1988 campaign, and mario soto who was signed by the dodgers in mid season 1988 but got hurt and never pitched for them in a game.

in 1989, score issued cards for both of them, with their final career stats on the back. now, to be fair, topps did issue a 1989 don sutton card as a box bottom card, but not a regular base set card with the career stats on the back.

and aside from the comprehensive 1990 target set, i believe this is the only mario soto card featuring him in a dodger uniform. for that, i am grateful. i also like how score did not use the same color palettes for all players from the same team. it makes my dodgers page that much more colorful.

4 comments:

night owl said...
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night owl said...

Mario Soto was a major Dodger killer. That card distubs me to this day. Kind of like if a card of Juan Marichal in a Dodger uniform ever saw the light of day.

thewritersjourney said...

Comprehensive 1990 target set?

Please tell me of what you speak. I am a huge Soto fan, but have no knowledge of any cards beyond the '89 Score other than a playing card from a deck of Reds cards released in 2005.

gcrl said...

in 1990, target sponsored a series of card giveaways at dodger stadium. there are over 1100 cards in the set, one for each player in dodger history.
i assumed soto was in the set, but now i am not so sure since he didn't actually appear in a game. i'll have to check my set...