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.
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.
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.