1988 was also the first year of Panini sticker albums. Topps had been producing similar products years prior to Panini's release, but if they were in stores I never noticed them. Panini's stickers were as much a part of my childhood as Topps cards and Garbage Pail Kids. And so I thought it would be fun to relive my childhood and buy a box of stickers.
Unfortunately a sealed box would set me back about $50 and so I bought this lot of loose stickers instead. I could not tell what % of the set was in this lot, or how many dupes I'd receive - but for $5.40 I took a gamble.
Of course, once I added that to my eBay bDay purchase, I also needed an album:
As you can see, it's a little wider than my 8.5 x 11.5 scanner. I thought I'd scan a couple of the pages and a handful of the stickers before I stick 'em in the album.
Here's the inside front cover. This is how we got our stats 30 years ago:
Some teams had more stolen bases than home runs; the Cardinals had more than twice as many. And look at how many complete games the '87 Red Sox and Royals had.
There's an explanation insert on the opposite page:
Here's a sample team page. They all look the same, no logos or team colors (the stickers provide that):
I only got a few Sox in the box:
In the middle of the book there is a complete stat sheet for every player on every team in 1987. The next page has the '87 All-Stars, but it's covered by this:
This is where you would affix these small, circular logos:
As for the mini-pennants, they have a place at the back of the book:
The inside back cover gives you tips on how to complete your sticker album. You could even trade dupes with Panini (Try doing that with Topps!)
I only got a handful of dupes in the box I bought. However, I didn't realize there were nearly 500 stickers in the set. Not sure if I'll be able to fill the album, but I'm going to try.
Superstars of the 80's:
And some others I thought were interesting - like Lance McCullers (Sr), a baby-faced John Kruk, and the only hatless player in the box Jerry Mumphrey:
The foil stickers were always my favorite as a kid (especially the logos):
I didn't scan the action photos because they are split in half and I didn't have any complete pictures.
Did you collect Panini sticker albums (or any other sticker albums?)