Today's post will be featuring the Chuck Cunningham of Greg Maddux rookie cards.
In 1987, Sportflics was in their sophomore season and were still trying to find their own niche in the card collecting industry. That year, their first release was a special boxed set of Team Preview cards. Using their Triple Action Magic Motion technology, they previewed 12 players on each team before the start of the season.
And just like Chuck, the Team Previews disappeared after one season.
I'll go ahead and assume that these weren't very popular, which is why they didn't produce a 1988 set. These days, I'll see singles sitting in a dime box from time to time. But unless you're a big fan of oddball issues, I'm sure most collectors flip through these like they're 1988 Topps or 1990 Fleer base cards.
1987 Sportflics Team Preview #22
But there are a couple of cool cards within this set. The Atlanta Braves Team Preview card features Tom Glavine a full year before Donruss, Fleer, Topps, and Score issued their first cards of him. And Maddux appears on the Chicago Cubs Team Preview card.
Now I totally understand that most collectors don't consider these to be true rookie cards, because they weren't distributed in packs.
But some of us accept first appearance cards from the Donruss Rookies, Fleer Update, and Topps Traded sets of the 80's and 90's as rookie cards or XRC's.
Why can't we open our hearts and accept these too?
If you can, then consider this my Day #4 submission to Tony's 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge.
If not, here's one of his "official rookie cards"...
1987 Donruss #36Well that's it for today.
As a bonus... here's a rookie year oddball issue to wrap up this post...
1987 David Berg Chicago Cubs #31
Happy Maddux Monday and sayonara!