19 March 2015

filling the gap in my mother's cookies dodger collection

aside from the 1989 mother's cookies dodger set (and the special mike piazza/tim salmon set) that i already owned, the recent package from mr. haverkamp included the rest of the run of sets produced by the purveyor of bagged baked goodness.  i was a sucker for their iced animal cookies for sure.  anyway, the set that was missing was the 1996 set, which i subsequently picked up on ebay.

here's the manager, tom lasorda
in what would be his final set.

his coaching staff
included holdovers joe amalfitano, mark cresse, manny mota, bill russell, dave wallace, and reggie smith.  russell would assume the managerial position during the season after suffering a heart attack.

this set also includes the five straight rookies of the year for the first time - eric karros
mike piazza
raul mondesi
hideo nomo
and todd hollandsworth
who would win the award in '96.

here are a few other random dodgers from the set - delino deshields,
pinch-hitter extraordinaire dave hansen,
one of the many hot corner stopgaps between ron cey and adrian beltre, mike blowers,
milt thompson,
who spent the first half of the '96 season with the dodgers, and…

…chad fonville
fonville was one of the most exciting players to watch in 1995 after he joined the dodgers in may.  he wound up stealing 20 bases in 88 games during the regular season, and then went 6 for 12 in the three-game loss to the reds in the nlds.  i'll take as many fonville cards as i can get.

this was the last year that the mother's sets used the full bleed photos. i'll show some cards from the '97 and '98 sets in a future post.

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