The 1984 All-Star Program Inserts have haunted me for years. Every time I browse the Tony Gwynn checklist over on Beckett, it's the seventh card listed. The thing that has bothered me the most about this card was the fact that I had never seen one in person and (outside of what's written on Beckett) I knew nothing about it. Finally I broke down and found a cheap copy of the program on eBay and added it to my collection.
1984 All-Star Game Program Inserts #52
The good news is I'm able to cross off this mysterious Tony Gwynn card. The bad news is that it's not really a card. It's part of an insert page (hence the name) in the program that includes other MLB players on the all-star ballot. I decided to put the entire set of uncut sheets in my Gwynn binder, instead of taking my chances with my sub-par scissor skills.
Now this set isn't for everyone. There's nothing special about the design. The uncut sheets pose a storage issue. And should you decide to cut them up, you risk damaging the cards... or should I say "pieces of paper".
However fans of oddballs might be able to appreciate that it's not your everyday set. And if you collect rookie cards, the checklist includes a pair of famous Mets:
#77 and #69
Donnie Baseball was also featured on a separate sheet that included write-in candidates:
Now remember... it's an all-star game program, so the set is loaded with some of the biggest names from the 1984 season:
#143, #113, and #86
And I'll wrap things up with my personal favorite (outside of the Gwynn):
I absolutely love seeing Pete representing Montreal and hope to one day own every card of him featured in his Expos uniform.
Happy Wednesday and sayonara!