Mars, Inc. & Mike Schechter and Associates
M & M's STAR LINEUP ~ Set of 24 cards on 12 panels
Issued in 1987 and featuring the top baseball players of the day
In 1987, Mike Schechter and Associates, in cooperation with Mars, Inc., (the candy maker) issued this set of 24 baseball player trading cards. All 24 players pictured were all-stars at one time or another (most multiple times) and 10 have been selected for the National Baseball Hall of Fame with others likely to follow.
The set was produced in standard 2-1/2" by 3-1/2" size although, since these are still in panel form, the size for two cards is 5" by 3-1/2". (If desired, cards may easily be separated along the perforation line.)
Each card features a full-color portrait of a uniformed major league baseball player. M & M's and Major League Baseball (MLB) logos further adorn the front side along with distinctive graphics, the card number, player name and position, and set title, "Star Lineup".
The reverse side carries over much of the front's design but in a red-on-white color scheme. Basic vital statistics, abbreviated major league baseball statistics and Career Highlights complement the back.
Condition is Excellent-Plus to Mint with most cards Near-Mint or better. A complete set is pictured in the scans.
The complete set checklist follows with Hall of Fame members noted in boldface type:
#1 Wally Joyner, California Angels ~ #2 Tony Pena, Pittsburgh Pirates ~ #3 Mike Schmidt, Philadelphia Phillies ~ #4 Ryne Sandberg, Chicago Cubs ~ #5 Wade Boggs, Boston Red Sox ~ #6 Jack Morris, Detroit Tigers ~ #7 Roger Clemens, Red Sox ~ #8 Harold Baines, Chicago White Sox ~ #9 Dale Murphy, Atlanta Braves ~ #10 Jose Canseco, Oakland Athletics ~ #11 Don Mattingly, New York Yankees ~ #12 Gary Carter, New York Mets ~ #13 Cal Ripken, Jr., Baltimore Orioles ~ #14 George Brett, Kansas City Royals ~ #15 Kirby Puckett, Minnesota Twins ~ #16 Joe Carter, Cleveland Indians ~ #17 Mike Witt, Angels ~ #18 Mike Scott, Houston Astros ~ #19 Fernando Valenzuela, Los Angeles Dodgers ~ #20 Steve Garvey, San Diego Padres ~ #21 Steve Sax, Dodgers ~ #22 Nolan Ryan, Houston Astros ~ #23 Tony Gwynn, Padres ~ #24 Ozzie Smith, St. Louis Cardinals
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