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The top 2 vote-getters were incredibly close, and the vote seemed to break down by collecting interest. In groups that were more strongly-associated with vintage card sets, 1987 finished 2nd, while in more modern-focused groups it was the leading vote-getter. This seems to correlate with the memories collectors have of the set; one voter included a photo of the B.J. Surhoff Future Stars card and noted, “I was 7 years old and spotted this card. 1987 Topps for Life!” The ’87 set was almost certainly a nod to the 25th anniversary of the 1962 set’s borders, but the two are very different. The wood in 1987 was light and had so much texture it looked unfinished — in the wrong light, you could have convinced me that handling the cards would give me a splinter.
IN THE annals of baseball-card design there is nothing more discordant—and amazing—than the 1987 Topps Future Stars. Wood-grain borders clashing with a starburst of rainbow-gradient script! I was certain that the artist's dual influences were my Wisconsin basement and the logo for PSA series The More You Know. But How Little I Knew, as a six-year-old Brewers fan, about having reasonable expectations for catching prospects. Upon acquiring B.J. Surhoff's Future Star, I believed that the No. 1 pick from the 1985 draft was destined for a place on Mount Bratmore. (Source: vault.si.com)
For collectors of a certain age, there was a time in our youth when there were a few rules about Topps cards. I’m referring here to later end of the “single-series” era of 1974-1992, when a rookie card meant one line of MLB stats on the backside, off season transactions waited until the Traded set, and 792 was a sacred number.
This was, for the most part, not an issue. Certainly Topps had an eye on the trading deadline, when a few big names were likely to change clubs, after which they could get to work unimpeded. But September trades were rare and usually inconsequential. Between 1980 and 1984, only two players important enough for cards the following year changed teams in September. On September 13, 1980, Sparky Lyle was traded from the Rangers to the Phillies and appeared in the 1981 set in an airbrushed Phillies cap. Doug Bair joined the Cardinals on September 10, 1981 and got a similar treatment in the 1982 set. And then, for two years, nothing of note to Topps happened late in the summer. (Source: sabrbaseballcards.blog)