I have had The Colla Collection Will Clark Limited Edition Set on my radar for some time and decided it was time to add it to my collection. I found this set on eBay for $5.00 and is #’d 14,635 of 15,000.
Sports photographer Barry Colla began printing and selling licensed photo postcards of popular players from 1989 through 1993. Starting in 1990 through 1992 he was also licensed to print 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 sized trading cards featuring high-gloss borderless photos on a basic front. The back featured stats, career notes, personal data and team logos.
The 12-card sets were sold in small decorative cardboard boxes (pictured on the left). In 1990, there were 15,000 Will Clark Limited Edition sets produced along with three other sets that I know of, Jose Canseco (20,000 sets), Kevin Maas (7,500 sets), and Don Mattingly (15,000 sets). He also printed All Star team boxed sets of 24 cards in 1992 and 1993.
Check out the 12-card set below:
The backs are white but some for some reason a few of them came out looking gray on my scans.
There aren’t any card shows around where I live that I know of. I checked out a few yard sales over the summer, no baseball cards were found. I was able to score a box of baseball cards in sandwich style bags at a local antique store though! Each bag had 50-70 cards in it and there were about 20 or so bags in the box for $20.00. I brought them home and put them in my closet and forgot all about them until the other day. I pulled out a bag and took a look through it. It was mostly Fleer from mid-eighties through mid-nineties with a few other random sets and years thrown in. Here are some of my highlights –
1990 Fleer – Robin Ventura #550
Robin Ventura’s first regular issue Fleer card, he had a card in the 1989 Fleer Update set. He spent 10 seasons with the White Sox (1989-98) and batted .274 with 171 home runs and 741 runs batted in.
2000 Fleer Tradition – Corey Lee and Doug Davis Team Prospects #359
Reading the back of this card it said Corey Lee made his major league debut on August 24, after making the jump from Double-A. I cannot remember ever seeing him pitch so I did some research on him and according to baseball-reference.com he made his Major League debut on August 24, 1999 for the Texas Rangers. In that game he gave up three earned runs in one inning pitched in a 10-7 loss to the New York Yankees. He was traded to the Chicago White Sox in 2001, and was signed by a few other teams as a free-agent but never played another game in Major League Baseball. The other top prospect on the card fared a little better. Over a 14 year career, Doug played for five teams and compiled a 92-108 win-loss record with a 4.44 earned run average. In 2005, he finished third in the National League with 208 strikeouts.
1989 Fleer Roberto Alomar #299
Roberto Alomar was voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2011. In three seasons with the Padres (1988-90), Alomar had a .283 batting average with 22 home runs and 157 runs batted in.
1991 Fleer Ultra – Dave Winfield #54
Dave Winfield was voted into the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2001. In two seasons with the Angels (1990-91), Winfield had a .268 batting average with 47 home runs and 158 runs batted in.
2007 Ultra – David Ortiz #24
David Ortiz is entering his 13th season with the Boston Red Sox in 2015. He is 34 home runs away from joining the 500 HR Club (and getting his card added to my 500 Homerun Club Milestone Collection). Since joining the Red Sox he has averaged 34 home runs a season, which would mean he would join the club late in the 2015 baseball season.
1996 Fleer – Randy Johnson #240
Future Hall of Famer, Randy Johnson spent 10 seasons with the Seattle Mariners. He compiled a 130-74 win-loss record with a 3.42 earned run average in his time in Seattle. While playing for the Mariners he was voted to the American League All-Star team five times and won the American League Cy Young Award in 1995.
2005 Fleer Showcase – Pedro Martinez #67
Pedro Martinez compiled a 117-37 win-loss record with a 2.52 earned run average in his time in Boston. While playing for the Red Sox he was voted to the American League All-Star team four times and won the American League Cy Young Award in 1999 and 2000.
Nothing too spectacular but I enjoyed seeing Robin Ventura, Roberto Alomar, Randy Johnson, and Pedro Martinez, as I collected them when I was younger.
All stats courtesy of www.baseball-reference.com.
I have quite a few Will Clark cards to sort out and I am hoping to finally get my collection organized. What better way to move the project along then post about it. So I will start with my Will Clark cards from 1986 and a little on how he performed in his first year.
Will Clark made his Major League debut on April 8, 1986 with the San Francisco Giants on the road against the Houston Astros. In his first at-bat off the legendary Nolan Ryan, he hit a solo home run (see video below). At the time he was the 53rd player in history to achieve that feat. Clark played in 111 games during his rookie season, batting .287 with 11 home runs and 41 runs batted in. He finished 5th in the National League Rookie of the Year voting behind Todd Worrell (St. Louis), Robby Thompson (San Francisco), Kevin Mitchell (New York), and Charlie Kerfield (Houston) and just ahead of Barry Bonds (Pittsburgh). The San Francisco Giants finished third in the National League West with a 83-79 record (52-47 in games he started and 57-54 in games he appeared in).
1986 WILL CLARK CARDS
1984-1989 O’Connell and Son Ink #208 (Need for my collection)
There is some question as to what year the 1984-1989 O’Connell and Son Ink #208 Will Clark was actually produced. It is part of a 244 card set put out by artist T.S. O’Connell in the 1980’s. I read that he produced about one series a year starting in 1984 and the Will Clark was part of Series #7 which would put it in 1991. If anybody out there could clear up this confusion that would be great!
Topps Replica 1984 USA Baseball Olympic Team Promo Card
Despite batting .393 with 13 home runs and 35 runs batted in for the U.S.A. Olympic baseball team in 1984 he was not included in the 1985 Topps set with other Olympic standouts like Oddibe McDowell, Mark McGwire, and Cory Snyder.
1986 Broders #37 (Need for my collection)
1986 Donruss Highlights #1
1986 Donruss The Rookies #32 (XRC)
1986 Fleer Baseball’s Best Sluggers vs. Pitchers #6 of 44
1986 Fleer Update #U-25 (XRC)
1986 Mother’s Cookies San Francisco Giants #7 of 28
1986 Sportflics Rookies #6
1986 Topps Traded #24T (XRC)
1986 Topps Traded – Tiffany #24T (Need for my collection)
If you have any of the missing cards I have listed above I would love to hear from you – firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 1986 Donruss The Rookies set was a 56-card set that focused on players who made their Major League debuts during the 1986 season. The design was similar to the 1986 Donruss base set except for the placement of “The Rookies” logo in lower left hand corner and a bluish green border.
Will Clark is card #32 in the set, which also featured other key XRCs (eXtended Rookie Card) such as Wally Joyner (#1), Barry Bonds (#11), Bobby Bonilla (#30), Bo Jackson (#38), and John Kruk (#42).
Career Highlights (from the back of the card) – Made the jump all the way from Class A ball to the big leagues in 1 season…Won the Giants’ first base job in spring training ’86, batting .297 with 5 HR and 16 RBI in 20 games…Named winner of the Golden Spike Award as best collegiate baseball player in the country in ’85 after batting .420 with 25 HR and 77 RBI in 65 games for Mississippi St…Homered on his first swing as a professional, 6/21/85 for Fresno vs. Visalia…NCAA All America in ’84 as well, batting .386 with 28 HR and 93 RBI in 61 games for Miss. St…Hit .393 with 13 HR and 35 RBI in 35 games for U.S. Olympic team in ’84.
I spent the last few days anxiously waiting to get home from work (I work away from home 4 days at a time) and when I got home today my first stop was the mailbox. In it I found a package with my Topps San Francisco Giants Team Sets (1975-2014) . . . 900+ plus cards to add my collection.
In addition I bought a 1974 (the year I was born) San Francisco Giants Team set on eBay from another seller.
Time to start sorting my cards and getting them into page protectors and into folders. I think I will start featuring some of the San Francisco Giants teams of the past through their Topps cards starting with 1974 (1973 season) soon.