many moons ago, mr. haverkamp commented on a blog post somewhere that he had access to a purveyor of mother's cookies cards. issued in team sets as stadium giveaways in the 1980's and 1990's, these card sets are good (and sometimes the only) ways to get cards of lesser known players in your favorite team's uniform, provided that your favorite team was one of the subjects of these sets. for the dodgers, they weren't included until 1987, but had sets produced from then through 1998. keebler picked up the production in 1999, and issued sets through 2003 as far as i can tell.
anyway, i inquired with mr. haverkamp, and knowing that i already had the 1989 set, commissioned him to pick up as many of the other sets as he could. he delivered.
the 1987 set came with a nice surprise - a card featuring dodger stadium.
the sets were consistent in their inclusion of a manager card, even as topps seemingly vacillated about their inclusion in the '90's. here's tommy lasorda's card from the 1987 set.
the sets also gave some love to the coaches, which is fantastic. here we have tommy's 1987 staff
here's tommy in 1988
on the way to winning his fourth pennant and second championship,
tim crews memorial patch,
and in 1995
as i mentioned above, mr. haverkamp couldn't get his hands on a '96 set which features tommy for the last time. in 1997, bill russell took over the manager's card.
and the sets lost their full bleed photo design. that's ok, i'm just happy that the shortstop of the team of my youth actually had a manager card made by someone.
i'll show a bunch more of these mother's cards throughout the day. they're great.
thanks for the help with these sets, mr. haverkamp - you (along with arpsmith and matt r) are giving giant fans a good name in these parts!