Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Completely Red: 1988 Score

With Topps, Donruss, and Fleer producing cards by the literal millions, Pinnacle decided to join the fun in 1988 with their Score brand. In-your-face color (on the front AND back) would define this set. It's kind of garishly hideous, honestly. I like how, in order to force some symmetry with the 'Score' logo, someone decided just to throw some stars on the card, because, why not? The full color backs which included a color head shot and a nice bio would help push the Big Three to eventually do the same (though it would take a few years). A huge positive is that every regular card is an action shot. Plus, they were nice and cheap.

Including the Traded set, we have 33 Reds, including a solid 16 All Stars, an Eric Davis/Tim Raines duo for no real reason other than they were both similarly good, and a Tom Hume in a Phillies jersey (though a Reds logo on the back, so it counts). In addition, they spelled Terry Francona 'Terry Franconia' in early editions, so that's included as a bonus at the end.


Cards - 33

RC's - 5 - (Jeff Montgomery, Jeff Treadway, Jack Armstrong XRC, Rob Dibble XRC, Chris Sabo XRC)

All Stars - 16 (Eric Davis x2, Dave Parker, Barry Larkin, Buddy Bell, Tom Browning, Bo Diaz, Dave Concepcion, Kurt Stillwell, Paul O'Neill, Tom Hume, Jeff Montgomery, John Franco, Danny Jackson, Jack Armstrong, Rob Dibble, Chris Sabo)

Hall of Famers - 1 (Barry Larkin)

Reds Hall of Famers - 6 (Dave Concepcion, Eric Davis, Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo)

Colors of the Rainbow - 7
Spectacles - 7 pair


10 Eric Davis
17 Dave Parker
72 Barry Larkin
86 Kal Daniels
99 Buddy Bell
132 Tom Browning
163 Nick Esasky
183 Ron Oester
206 Bo Diaz
210 Dave Concepcion
221 Kurt Stillwell
242 Ted Power
281 Terry McGriff
297 Terry Francona
304 Paul O'Neill
317 Frank Williams
326 Tracy Jones
371 Dave Collins
476 Ron Robinson
494 Tom Hume
497 Jeff Montgomery
535 John Franco
557 Pat Perry
559 Rob Murphy
560 Dennis Rasmussen
609 Guy Hoffman
646 Jeff Treadway RP
2T Danny Jackson
27T Jose Rijo
43T Herm Winningham
78T Jack Armstrong
86T Rob Dibble
100T Chris Sabo 

Go Reds.


  1. 1988 Score is one of my favorite sets of the Eighties. One man's "garishly hideous" is another man's "Hey, have you SEEN 1988 Donruss and 1988 Fleer?"

    It's funny, I had hardly noticed the three stars when I was collecting the cards... that eventually changed to 'What's up with the stars?", which ultimately ended up as "Couldn't they have put the team or the year there instead of the stars????"

    1. well i'm being tongue-in-cheek a little i suppose. and who's to say garish is a bad thing for cards?

      and yeah, i never noticed the starts til this post, honestly.

  2. I never noticed the stars either!

    Great to see all those Reds from 1988 in one place. Even if one is Tom Hume with an asterisk!