Mets Baseball Cards of the Day: 1988 Star Darryl Strawberry set
They would usually have about 10 cards. One would be a checklist. Others would include the players major and minor league stats, All-Star and playoff performances, and career highlights.
They were sold as complete sets, and depending on the player they went from $5-$15 at the local card shows. (Some of the later sets were limited to 1,000 copies or less and were more expensive.)
Now, the common 1980s ones are nearly worthless — I bought Darryl Strawberry’s 1988 set for $1 at this month’s card show. The later, limited ones are priceless because there’s not enough demand to bring them into the marketplace in any number. If you see one and you want it for your player collection, pay the asking price — who knows when you’ll see it offered again.
The player selection is a bit strange. For the Mets, Darryl Strawberry, Dwight Gooden, Gary Carter and Keith Hernandez all had sets. So did Gregg Jefferies, which seems a bit odd now but back in the late 1980s he was a can’t-miss future star. Then there’s Kevin McReynolds — even in his MVP-caliber 1988 season, I just don’t remember him being all that popular.
If you were a player collector, you needed to get the Star Co. sets for your favorite player’s collection. They were an interesting novelty in an era when players had three regular cards, plus whatever All-Star, League Leader or Diamond Kings type cards they might appear on each year. (And the requisite oddballs, but I’ve always had a hard time with sets that weren’t standard card size.)
It was always a stretch to fit them in my budget as a teen — it was so much more tempting to buy packs of regular cards and have a huge stack to look through. I did end up getting the Carter set (and the Jefferies ones), but I passed on Doc & Darryl. I was happy to finally make up for one of those lost opportunities a couple of weeks ago.