Will Clark Card Spotlight – 1986 Donruss Highlights
Every so often I will highlight a Will Clark card from my collection. It will usually be a card that I just received or bought but will also highlight some of the cards I already own. I have had this card in my collection since around 1987, almost 30 years.
From the back of the card – The San Francisco Giants had great expectations for Will Clark when the 1986 season began. They had after all, selected the strapping 6-1, 185-pound lefty-hitting first baseman No. 1 in the June ’85 free agent draft. Clark, an All America selection at Mississippi St. where he hit .420 with 25 homers and 77 RBI in 65 games in ’85, spent just 65 games with the Giants’ Class A Fresno farm before convincing the brass he was ready for the big time. After a productive spring training in which he hit .297 with 5 homers and 16 RBI in 2 games, Clark was in the Giants’ opening day lineup against the Houston Astros, April 8. On his first at-bat against Houston’s legendary fireballer Nolan Ryan, Clark hit a home run and the Giants went on to win 8-3. Clark thus became only the 53rd player in history to hit a homer in his first big league at-bat.
ABOUT THE SET (www.baseballcardpedia.com) – 1986 Donruss Highlights is a 56-card set released late in 1986. Like the previous year’s set, Highlights commemorates the events of the 1986 MLB season, as well as players and pitchers of the month from each league. The set was distributed in its own red, white, blue, and gold box along with a small Hank Aaron puzzle. The design is identical to that of the 1986 Donruss set except that the borders are in gold instead of blue, and the fronts of each card has a glossy coating. Some cards exist that have the word Highlights written in white instead of yellow. No further information about these white-letter variations is available at this time, however, they appear to be rare.