Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Completed Angels Team Set - 1988 California Angels Fire Safety

Issued as a team set on 3 separate stadium giveaways during August and September.
I always called these the Smokey Bear cards.
This set is one of my favorites of these issued between 1984 and 1991.  For a few years after that the team issued Police sets. I like the design because it is similar to the 1988 Score set, which is my favorite Score set.
It's also a standard baseball card size, whereas most of the other sets are oversized.

The back of each cards contains a player bio and a hilarious Smokey Bear cartoon, NOT!
Good thing this card was issued way before the ban on home plate collisions.
Look how scared the little flame boy is.
(personally I think he gets his little lick in under the tag)

Interesting that though the player cards are numbered, the checklist isn't.
And the player order doesn't follow the numbers on the cards.  Seems to be no rhyme or reason for this checklist.
Alphabetical by first name?  Nope.
Last name?  Nope.
Position?  Nope.  Jersey number? Nope.
This would be the numerical order of the names listed on the checklist, left column down, then right:
7, 15, 12, 20, 4, 23, 3, 22, 14, 11, 8, 21, 9, 17, 6, 2, 10, 24, 19, 5, 18, 13, 1, 16.
Any ideas?

Favorite Card.
What better job in life than to hit infield day after day.

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