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Will Clark Player Collection

Came home today to find some cards in my mailbox.  I ordered a some cards from Burbank Sportcards in Burbank, California for my Milestone Collections and needed to order a few extra cards to save on some shipping charges.  So I picked up 5 Will Clark cards I was missing from collection.

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1986 Sportflics Rookies Will Clark #6

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1987 Fleer Baseball’s Exciting Stars Will Clark #10

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1987 Fleer Star Stickers Will Clark #22

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1987 O-Pee-Chee Will Clark #361

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1987 Sportflics Tri-Stars Will Clark #195

So I am 5 cards closer to finishing the collection but still have a ways to go!  Here is my updated Will Clark Player Checklist (1986-1992).  Stay tuned for an update on my Milestone Collections.

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Will Clark – 1986 Donruss Rookies

1986_donruss_the_rookies_32_will_clarkThe 1986 Donruss Rookies was Donruss’s first such set (1986-’92 and 2001-’03) focusing exclusively on players who made their Major League debut during the 1986 baseball season.  It was similar to the 1986 Donruss set except for the placement of “The Rookies” logo in the lower left hand corner of the card and a bluish green border instead of the blue.

During my childhood/teenage days of collecting cards the 1986 Donruss Rookies Will Clark (#32) was part of my collection.  Over the years it disappeared and I was on the lookout for another one.  The search wasn’t too hard once I clicked on eBay.  I found an auction for two of them, made a bid and they arrived today.

Other notable players in the set include Wally Joyner (#1), Andres Galarraga (#7), Barry Bonds (#11 – $12.00), Kevin Mitchell (#17), Jose Canseco (#22 – $4.00), Bobby Bonilla (#30), Bo Jackson (#38 – $5.00), John Kruk (#42 – $1.50), and Ruben Sierra (#52 – $1.50).  I think at one time or another I collected all these players!

Here is my current Will Clark Player Collection Checklist, which I am still building!

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Will Clark Player Collection

1988_donruss_21_will_clark_dkI have started to inventory my Will Clark collection.  Looking at the plethora of cards in my Will Clark box (soon to be my Will Clark binder) I thought I had a lot of them.  But after an inventory of 1986 and 1987 I realize I don’t have as many as thought and have some work to do.  Now I am pretty good on base set cards in his early years, it is the oddballs I am lacking.  That just means I am going to have some fun tracking them down right?  Like I mentioned I have just completed the inventory on 1986 and 1987, will work on more tonight.

Update (June 3, 2013) – Inventoried all the way up to 1992.

Will Clark Player Collection

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The Will Clark Project

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1986 Fleer Update Will Clark

I am taking a little break from the 2013 Topps Gypsy Queen box break!  So you may have read in a previous post that my all-time favorite player when I was younger was Will Clark.  I had a pretty good collection of Will Clark cards in my younger card collecting days.  When all my cards were packed away I assumed my Clark cards ended up in one of the boxes I used to store all my cards in.  When I dug those boxes out a few weeks ago I noticed my Clark collection was a little thin.  That needed to be fixed so I logged into eBay and started searching for some deals.  I found, bid, and won a few auctions.  In total I was able to secure 19 cards from the 1986-1987-1988 time period for around $6.00.  It comes out to about .30 cents a card when you do the math.  Well a few days after I won the eBay auctions and prior to the cards arriving in my mailbox I got a call from my mom.  She saw a post on Facebook about me purchasing some cards and said she found a binder full of cards in her closet a while back and asked if I wanted it.  Well of course I do!  I asked what were some of the names of the players in the binder.  Her reply was, “it’s full of a guy named Will Clark”.  I had to chuckle a little because the cards I just purchased are in the binder I am pretty sure!  So my Will Clark cards should be arriving in a few days and I will embark on what I am calling The Will Clark Project.  Just my fancy name for collecting as many cards as possible from my favorite player!  I will create a page just for TWCP so everyone can see how I am coming along.

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Will “The Thrill” Clark

1986_donruss_highlights_1_will_clarkGrowing up in Southern California I should have been a Los Angeles Dodgers fan or a California Angels fan and my favorite players should have come from those teams.  Now I can still remember watching alot of Dodgers games with my grandparents, players such as Steve Garvey, Steve Sax, Davey Lopes, Ron Cey, Mike Scioscia, Pedro Guerrero and Ken Landreaux just to name a few but as a young pre-teen I started to follow the San Francisco Giants and in particular a player named Will Clark.  So as a young card collector it was only natural I would try and collect as many cards of my favorite player as I could.  Somewhere from the time I stopped collecting and now, many of the cards I had back then are no longer in my collection, only a few remain.  Here comes the fun part, I get to acquire them all over again just like when I was kid!

One of his first cards was from the 1986 Donruss Highlights Set (#1) which highlighted his first at bat with the San Francisco Giants –

The San Francisco Giants had high expectations for Will Clark when the 1986 season began.  They had , after all, selected the strapping 6-1, 185-pound lefty-hitting first baseman No. 1 in the June ’85 free agent draft.  Clark, an All America selection at Mississippi St. where he hit .420 with 25 homers and 77 RBI in 65 games in ’85, spent just 65 games with the Giants’ Class A Fresno farm before convincing the brass he was ready for the big time.  After a productive training in which he hit .297 with 5 homers and 16 RBI in 20 games, Clark was in the Giants’ opening day lineup against the Houston Astros, April 8.  On his first at-bat against Houston’s legendary fireballer Nolan Ryan, Clark hit a home run and the Giants went on to win 8-3.  Clark thus became only the 53rd player in history to hit a homer in his first big league at bat.


So one of my goals for 2013 is to acquire as many Will Clark baseball cards as I can and build my collection up again.  If you have this card and are interested in selling or trading it please contact me at jlculley@gmail.com.  The checklist of what I have and what I need will be posted soon!

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