On Saturday, Oct. 25, Mets Hall of Famer Rusty Staub and current Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker highlight an autograph slate that also includes former Mets coach and manager Frank Howard, 1969 Mets catcher Jerry Grote, former Mets pitcher Frank Viola, and baseball Hall of Famers Phil Niekro and Andre Dawson. Autograph fees range from $15 for Grote to $49 for Dawson. Howard will sign one item for free with paid admission to the show.
Sunday’s lineup includes five members of the 1986 Mets: Mookie Wilson, Doug Sisk, Rafael Santana, Danny Heep and Kevin Mitchell. Autograph fees are $25 per player, except for Sisk who will sign one free autograph with paid admission to the show.
In 1989, a lot of baseball fans were excited about Will Clark and Kevin Mitchell, who led the San Francisco Giants to a National League title. They finished 1-2 in the NL MVP voting, with Mitchell claiming the award with his league-leading 47 home runs, 125 RBI and .635 slugging percentage.
Star Co., a small baseball card maker in the 1980s and 90s that produced a lot of 10-card sets that focused on one particular player, broke with tradition and paired the two SF Giants stars in one set. So why is this relevant to a New York Mets baseball card collector?
Simple – two of Mitchell’s cards in the set used photos from 1986 when he was a Met.
If you were following the Mets in 1989, how many times did you wonder that year if New York’s season would have been different with Mitchell in left field instead of Kevin McReynolds? (And if I’ve got any San Diego Padres fans stopping by, how many of you wondered how things would have been different for your team if it had kept Mitchell?)
In 2006, Topps produced a five-card set for Hyundai to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1986 New York Mets World Series championship. Until I added these two baseball cards to my collection, I had never seen or heard of the set so I don’t know how it was originally distributed.
The person I bought them from said that Dwight Gooden, Lee Mazzilli and Davey Johnson were the others featured in the set. Odd not to see Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter, but nice to see some others who don’t often get recognition when the 1986 team is remembered.