Kicking off today's "Gems of Junk Wax" festivities is a card that's #1 in more ways than one.
True, Mr. Mattingly here is the initial card in Score's 1988 release, which makes him a viable candidate for today's theme.
However, what sets this one apart from many other standard "number ones" is the fact that what you see above is the very first card in the history of Score.
If you ask me, Score is one of the more underrated brands of all-time. Their initial checklist was a sign of things to come in that regard. The set's ever-changing colored borders is something that has always appealed to me.
After all, I can't say I've seen many other magenta-themed cards. (I see a hint of pink in there, too.)
Plus, getting off the topic of design for a moment, '88 Score granted a much-needed true "sunset" card for Steve Garvey, something none of the other major brands did that year.
At the time, "Donnie Baseball" was a perfect fit for the brand's first foray into the cardboard market.
Even twenty-five years later, it's safe to say that Score made a terrific choice in that regard.