|1987 Burger King All-Pro Panel, cards #13 and 14|
Well, I like oddball cards. But also, the guys you're looking at were two of my favorite players when I was a kid. I'll explain this way:
The mitt I used for most of my Little League years was a Rawlings Ozzie Smith signature model. And my favorite bat? A Louisville Slugger Don Mattingly signature model.
So, this Burger King panel spoke to me. It said, Have it your way. (With baseball cards. About 30 years later.)
Like many oddball sets, the quality of the design and photography can vary. However, I think this panel is better than average. Even with the team logos having been airbrushed from the player caps, I like it.
Here's the back:
Also better than average. Nice job on the write-ups, I say.
And here's the complete list of players in the 20-card set, by panel:
1-2 Wade Boggs / Gary Carter
3-4 Will Clark / Roger Clemens
5-6 Steve Garvey / Ron Darling
7-8 Pedro Guerrero / Von Hayes
9-10 Rickey Henderson / Keith Hernandez
11-12 Wally Joyner / Mike Krukow
13-14 Don Mattingly / Ozzie Smith
15-16 Tony Pena / Jim Rice
17-18 Ryne Sandberg / Mike Schmidt
19-20 Darryl Strawberry / Fernando Valenzuela
Mostly predictable choices, but some unexpected ones too. What I find interesting is that the cards almost run in alphabetical order. But not quite. If they had, Don Mattingly would have been paired with Tony Pena instead of Ozzie Smith. So, due to a clerical error it seems (or maybe removing a player at the 11th hour and replacing him with another?), two of my childhood favorites appear on the same panel. Bonus.
Now here are some questions for you:
(1) Which two players from your childhood would you want to appear side by side on a Burger King panel?
(2) Should I go with the Croissan'wich for 99 cents, or the free Whopper?
Oh, and if any of you are wondering about the "have it your way" reference, here you go: