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Reliving childhood memories at Dollar Tree

By now, most of you know that Dollar Tree carries sports cards. Most of the stuff they sell isn’t highly sought after.  In fact, it’s downright junk.  I mean why would someone pay $1 for 2010 Topps Update pack containing 5 cards and no shot at any hits or parallels when you can spend $2 at Target or Walmart and get twice as many cards and have a shot at inserts?

But on occasion I find something worth while.  In this case, I found a little piece of my childhood.

The year 1988 was a special year for me as a collector.  It was my first true year of collecting.  Sure, I bought some packs in 1987, but it was in 1988 that I really got hooked on cardboard.  I loved Donruss for the Rated Rookies, and had fun finding odd-ball packs at random convenience and grocery stores throughout the area

At Dollar Tree last week, I found a sealed Cello Pack of 1988 Donruss … one featuring new HOF Roberto Alomar on the top.  Under normal circumstances I would have just chucked the pack to the side as this product is the epitome of junk.  But there was no way I could pass up on this pack given the card showing on top.

Truth be told though, that find was not as exciting as unearthing these two packs: 1988 Fleer Star Stickers and 1988 Sportflics.

The Star Stickers set is one that always intrigued me because in 1988 I could only find these packs at one store — a 7-Eleven near my grandfather’s house, which seemed worlds away at the time. I bought a handful of packs back in the day, hoping to pull any player from the Oakland A’s, probably the hottest team in the sport at the time. I didn’t have very good luck.

But on this day, I struck gold in the form of a Carney Lansford card — who ironically is from the area where I live.

Like the Fleer Stickers, packs of Sportlics were only available at one store in my area — a grocery store across the street from my house.   If memory serves me right, these packs were about 50 cents for a pack of three cards.  In 1988, this was pricey. Needless to say, I only bought a few of them when I was a kid.  So I was excited to unwrap one the other day.  Unfortunately the results were typical for what I would have pulled 23  years ago.

Dollar Tree Packs: Prove He Could Pitch

In his first full season in the majors in 1982, Charlie Puleo was looking to impress.

By late June, Puleo was 6-4 and he and his Mets had just beaten the Expos. Puleo went 8.1 innings, giving up seven hits and striking out eight, The Associated Press wrote.

“It is nothing special,” Puleo told The AP about the win. “All I’m trying to do is prove I can pitch in this league.”

Puleo could pitch. He went on to pitch in a total of eight seasons in the majors. But 1982 was his last for the Mets. That off-season, the Mets sent Puleo and two others to the Reds in exchange Hall of Famer Tom Seaver.

Puleo’s 1988 Topps card came in my latest Dollar Tree pack. This pack, unlike others, was a true repack. It was all 1988 Topps, but was 14 cards put in a plastic pack.

Coming in the pack was Puleo, who was in a trade involving a Hall of Famer. The pack itself had only one direct Hall of Famer, Ozzie Smith All Star card.

The back of the card has the 1987 National League stolen base leaders. Smith was seventh on the list, with 43 steals. On July 9, 1987, the card back reads, Smith swiped his 200th career base.
There was also one CMC set member, Jay Aldrich. I covered Aldrich back in June. Aldrich was coming off his first major league season in 1987. He didn’t see any major league time the year his first Topps card came out. My June post covered what happened in his next year, when he returned to the majors.

In 1988, Mike Felder was in his fourth major league season when his 1988 Topps card came out. But that summer, he was also unhappy. That was because he was demoted in August, The Milwaukee Journal wrote. It was the third year in a row he’d been sent down.

“I’m tired of this bull,” Felder told The Journal. “I know I haven’t played a whole lot. I know I haven’t done much. I’m just tired of this situation. Three years in a row, same thing.”

Felder wasn’t traded. He stayed with the Brewers through 1990. His 50 games played in 1988 turned into 117 in 1989 and 121 in 1990.

Don Carman picked up his third-straight double-digit win season in 1988. He won 10 in 1986 and 13 in 1987 and 10 more in 1988. But his losses were growing, from 5 in 1986 to 14 in 1988. The next year he led the league in losses, with 15.

But, that year he had five losses and 10 wins, in 1986, Carman was almost perfect. On Aug. 20, 1986, Carman took a scoreless game into the ninth. He also took a perfect game into the ninth.

The leadoff batter, Bob Brenly, lifted a double. But it first looked like something different, Carman told reporter later.

“When it was first hit, I was sure it was going to be a home run. I was thinking about going from a perfect game to a loss in one pitch,” Carman told reporters afterward. Carman finished the ninth, his Phillies and Carman getting the win in the 10th.

Dollar Tree Packs
1988 Topps
152 Jody Reed
179 Charlie Puleo
204 Paul O’Neill
259 Ron Kittle
272 Steve Ontiveros
400 Ozzie Smith All Star
415 Don Carman
423 John Smiley
616 Jay Aldrich
651 Mike Jackson
702 Mike Gallego
718 Mike Felder
734 Craig Lefferts
741 Mike Easler

Dollar Tree Packs: Starting Hot

Terry Leach started off 1987 hot. Mainly a reliever, he hadn’t won more than six games in four prior seasons – total.

But in 1987, he switched to starting in early June, already with three wins, and by early July he had won his seventh game. All of that against no losses.

“I’m just happy to be where I am right now,” Leach told The Associated Press after that game. “Things couldn’t be better. I didn’t think it (the winning streak) would last as long as this.”

Leach went on to post an 11-1 record with the Mets that year, with a 3.22 ERA. His career would continue through 1993, playing with the Mets, Royals, Twins and White Sox in a career that spanned a total of 11 seasons.

Leach’s 1992 Upper Deck card came in one of my Dollar Tree repacks I picked up a few weeks ago. I figured I’d go back to a Dollar Tree pack after a few days of Christmas ’86 Topps and ’87 Donruss packs.
Leach’s Upper Deck card shows his side-arm pitching motion, his right knee almost hitting the mound after release.
This Dollar Tree pack didn’t uncover any members of the CMC set, but there was a player who was traded for two members. There was also just one Hall of Famer, appearing on a Topps archives quadracard from Bazooka. The card itself appears to be from 1992.

The Hall of Famer was Duke Snider. Snider appeared on the card, along with fellow 1953 Topps set members Monte Irvin, Bobo Newsom and Wes Westrum.

Irvin played eight seasons in the majors, mostly with the Giants, previously playing in the Negro Leagues and served in the Army during World War II, according to his Baseball-Reference Bullpen page.

Newsom is described on his Bullpen page as “one of baseball’s colorful characters.” He also played until he was 45. Westrum played 11 seasons for the Giants, going on to manage the Mets and the San Francisco Giants. Westrum was also the subject of a Night Owl post last month related to Westrum’s 1956 Topps card and a note written on the card front.

Snider, of course, played for the Dodgers for 18 seasons, making the Hall of Fame in 1980.

The guy traded for a couple CMC set members was Harold Baines. Baines was sent to the Athletics in August 1990 for two players to be named. Those players were CMC set members Joe Bitker and Scott Chiamparino.

Baines’ card back notes his uniform number was retired by the White Sox in 1989 after 10 seasons. He played until 2001.

Mike Jackson and Joe Hesketh just have interesting blurbs on the backs of their cards. On the back of Jackson’s 1988 Topps offering we learn that his hobbies included swimming, dancing and fishing.

Hesketh’s blurb on his 1991 Topps card shows his dedication to his family and his team. According to Topps, Hesketh flew to Florida for the birth of his son Aug. 3, 1988. He then flew back to Pittsburgh, where his Expos were playing the Pirates. Hesketh pitched the eighth inning.

I’ve gotten two of these particular repack packs, a foil pack containing 15 mixed up cards. I’ve gotten one of these Baseball America prospect cards in each. Apparently, they’re the “Rookie minor league cards in every pack” referenced on the wrapper.

This guy, Ryan Anderson, was selected in the first round of the 1997 draft, his card back reads. He also reached 99 mph on the radar gun in his first season in the minors. Anderson reached AAA for the Mariners in 2000, but didn’t reach the majors.

According to USA Today, in an article linked off of Baseball Reference’s Bullpen, shoulder injuries ended his bid for the majors. Anderson instead brought his heat elsewhere, the paper wrote, to the Scottsdale Culinary Institute, a cooking school.

“This is the Harvard and Yale of culinary, and I’m loving it,” Anderson told USA Today in June 2006. “My focus isn’t on baseball anymore.”

Dollar Tree Packs – Locker Room Floor

DeWayne Buice spent 10 years in the minors, endured two broken arms, returned from those and spent two seasons in Mexico, The Los Angeles Times wrote in 1987.

What could get a pitcher to keep going that long? The Times asked.

“This right here kept me going,” Buice told The Times while pointing at the major league locker room floor. “I have friends who have been here. I got people out who made it here. That’s what kept me going. I love this game.”

The comments came in a Times article marking Buice finally arriving in the majors. Buice’s path to the majors is outlined on the back of his 1988 Topps card. The back includes his entire path, including his time in Mexico.

There wasn’t even room for a blurb about how long he waited. The 15 lines in tiny type, apparently was enough to get the point across.

Buice’s 1988 Topps card came in my latest Dollar Tree pack. This pack was a little different, it was actually a repack with 15 cards wrapped in a foil wrapper.

This was a rather successful pack, as far as my aims go. Of the 15 cards in the pack, three of them were members of the CMC set. Buice, while not an actual member, with his long wait to get to the majors, might just have to be an honorary member.

There was also a player I got an autograph of back in the day, when he played in the Midwest League, and a player that keeps showing up in these packs.

The three actual CMC set members were Ryan Klesko, Kent Mercker and Donald Harris. Klesko I’ve covered, the other two are still to come.

The Klesko card the came was this 1996 Leaf card. Klesko was coming off a 1995 where he hit 23 home runs and had 70 RBIs. His Braves had also just won the World Series. I covered Klesko back in May, leading off with Klesko trying to get one of his post-season home runs to his mom.

Here’s Mercker on his 1992 Upper Deck entry. Mercker played in parts of 18 seasons, debuting in September 1989. He also pitched in two no-hitters in his career, one a combined effort in 1991 and another a solo effort in 1994.

Then there’s Donald Harris. Harris made the majors in September 1991, the first of three years where Harris would see time in the bigs. Harris made the 1990 Topps set as the first-round draft pick of the Rangers. Topps did their research with the card back, offering up a large paragraph of collegiate accomplishments, including his stat lines from his freshman and sophomore years.

Here are Steve Bedrosian and Jeffrey Leonard, on their 1988 Topps and 1991 Topps entries respectively.

In December 1990, Bedrosian was traded for two CMC set members, Johnny Ard and a player to be named later that turned out to be Jimmy Williams. I’ve covered both Ard and Williams. Ard was one of my earlier posts, making him due for a more in-depth treatment at some point.

I’m including Leonard, because he seems to show up a lot in the packs I’ve been getting. He was in my 1984 Topps pack and in one of my 1981 Fleer packs. Now’s he’s been in a repack.

The last two entries from this pack are Ben Grieve and Fletcher Bates. Bates is here because he played a decade in the minors, making this Baseball America top prospects card in 1999. But he never made the majors.

Grieve I’m including because back when I went to Midwest League games with my dad in Cedar Rapids. Grieve was a member of the West Michigan Whitecaps in 1995. I remember he was one of the bigger guys to come through town and I was excited to get his autograph.

I got this 1995 Upper Deck Draft Class card signed, one that the Sharpie apparently didn’t like too well.

And this Upper Deck prospects card.

Grieve did go on to win Rookie of the Year honors in 1998, and went on to play parts of nine seasons in the majors, but he never really lived up to the expectations.

Dollar Tree Cards: Ken Phelps’ All Stars

It took Ken Phelps five seasons to make the majors, making his brief debut in September 1980. He made the majors each of the next 10 seasons, but it took him a while to gain a solid foothold. That was despite putting up years like he did in 1982 at AAA Wichita, where Phelps hit .333 with 46 home runs.

It was Phelps’ troubles in getting to the majors to stay that led baseball writer Bill James in 1987 to create a list for Baseball Abstract dubbed the “Ken Phelps All-Star Team.”

James made the list for Baseball Abstract and it was made to mark those players who were great in the minors, but hadn’t gotten the shot at the majors that they deserved. Baseball Prospectus has a good writeup on the subject in a 2001 article.

I mention Phelps because he was one of the players included in the third Dollar Tree pack I opened, the 1989 Donruss pack. In running the players through Baseball-Reference’s Bullpen, I came across Phelps’ account and his honor with his own named team of minor leaguers trying to find a home in the majors.

But that’s Phelps up top. Next to him is another player that took time to make the majors, Oswald Peraza, seven seasons to be exact. He had one year in the majors, 1988, pitching in 19 games, but injuries prevented him from getting back.

There were no Hall of Famers in the pack, though there was one player that was once thought of as a Hall of Fame possibility, this guy, Rafael Palmeiro. My wife and I attended one of the games where he had a chance to hit his 3,000th hit. He didn’t get it that game, he got it a few days later. That game was also just a few weeks before “id” was added to his last name.

There were two CMC players in that pack, and a couple other players that had CMC connections.

Andy McGaffigan was with the Expos on his Donruss card. He wound down his career in 1990 with the Royals system at Omaha, with a few last looks at the majors in Kansas City. I previously picked up another McGaffigan card over the summer, his 1990 Upper Deck entry, in one of the Cooperstown packs.

Speaking of players that toiled in the minors, this is Terry Clark. Clark first made the majors in 1988, after a decade in the minors. He returned for brief stints each of the next two seasons. Then he hung around in the minors for four more seasons, then getting back to the majors in 1995, the first of three consecutive seasons.

He didn’t pitch his final game until 1999, his 21st season in professional baseball.

I haven’t gotten to McGaffigan or Clark, I’ll definitely be looking forward to Clark’s.

Rounding out the notible cards in this pack are Mike Stanley and Jerald Clark. Neither are CMC set members, but they have some connection to CMC set players, one closer than the other.

The closer one is Jerald Clark. Clark played parts of seven seasons in the majors. His brother, Phil Clark, played parts of five. Phil Clark was also a member of the CMC set. Phil Clark was one of my earlier features. He’s also one of the ones due to be revisited if the randomizer picks him again.

The other one, Stanley, has a more distant connection with a CMC set member. He’s really in the same club as a set member. On May 1, 1991, Stanley was behind the plate when Nolan Ryan threw his seventh and final no-hitter.

A year earlier, on June 11, 1990, behind the plate for Ryan’s sixth no-hitter was John Russell, member of the CMC set.

Dollar Tree Cards: 1989 Fleer, Near Misses

Today’s player: Joe Law, Good Enough – 587

I opened this first baseball pack from my stack of Dollar Tree Cards a couple days ago. At first glance, it was kind of a boring pack. There was no Billy Ripken, but that was fine. I have two more 1989 Fleer packs to go.

But it’s funny how players and cards can get more interesting with time and research. Namely, had I done this post right after I opened it, that Dave Stewart up there likely would have been left off the pack review.

Now, thanks to last night’s player feature of Joe Law, Stewart’s right here at the top, right next to Law. That’s because Stewart was right at the top of Law’s feature. Law was brought up to Oakland on July 5, 1988, to help give the regular bullpen a rest.

But Stewart did that for him, giving the bullpen a rest while pitching a complete game in a loss. It was one of 15 complete games Stewart had in 1988, according to the card back. Meanwhile, Law didn’t get in any games on the year or ever, a near miss, he was sent back down after the game, The South Florida Sun-Sentinel wrote.

There were no Hall of Famers in the pack, helping make the pack less interesting at first glance. There was one CMC set member, another player I’d referenced in a player feature and an error card I nearly missed myself.

The CMC set member was this guy, Ozzie Virgil. Virgil was going into his 10th major league season in 1989. He was coming off a season where he played in 107 games for the Braves. He’d played in over 100 each year since 1984.

But in 1989, Virgil ended up with Toronto. He also ended up with far fewer than 100 games played. He got in just nine games in 1989 then three games in 1990, his last games in the majors.

Geno Petralli was the player I’d referenced earlier, in Scott Champarino‘s feature back in July. It was Petralli who got into a scuffle with Champarino in 1992 over an April Fool’s joke gone bad.

I included the other card there, the Andres Galarraga and Gerald Perry card because of the card back. I didn’t include the back because basically it is all text. I’ve gotten to read card backs more now that I have the blog. But back when I was a kid, I hardly read one line of text on a card, let alone a card back that was all text. Figured I’d point that out.

It was while scanning these two cards that I got a whole new section of this post, the error card. But first, the reason why I scanned these cards. One has time as a major league manager, the other is seen as a possible future manager.

Dave Clark managed the Astros for 13 games at the end of 2009, taking over for Cecil Cooper. Clark got four wins to nine losses. Tom Brookens is there because, according to Wikipedia, he could be a future manager, of the Tigers, that he is being groomed to eventually replace Jim Leyland.

It was that dichotomy that got me to scan these two cards, a former manager and a future manager. But it was after I scanned them that I noticed something else. As I went to pull the cards off the scanning bed, it appeared I didn’t scan a Tom Brookens. I’d scanned a Mike Heath. But I didn’t get a Mike Heath in the pack.

Upon closer inspection, it wasn’t my error, it was the card’s error. This was a wrong back, with Brookens on the front and Heath on the back.

When I opened the pack, the Brookens stood out, obviously not because of the error, I didn’t notice that. It was because I remembered that I already had a 1989 Fleer Brookens card, one of about two I had overall. I think I got it in one of those Ultimate Super Jumbo Packs I picked up on our vacation. Figured that I’d get a double in my first pack.

But it turned out to be really cool in the end. See, these are the two fronts. The one I just got is the one with the ink blotch on the Brookens R. Other than that blotch, they’re the same.

Now, look at this. Different backs. The one I got earlier, that was the corrected version. Now I got the error. Note the number. The number is the same on both. Just the name and other info are different.

That is too cool. I did a quick search. First question, this is no Billy Ripken error. You could have gotten three on ebay for a buck. The other question, what about Mike Heath? Apparently there is a corresponding Mike Heath front, Tom Brookens back card.

I’ve got two more 1989 Fleer packs to go. Maybe I’ll get that card in there.

Dollar Tree Cards: Baseball Security, Klingon Style

My wife and I are Trek fans. We’ve watched all the episodes on DVD. We’re currently in season 7 of Voyager, having completed the original series, Next Generation and Deep Space Nine.

We’ve never collected much Trek-related stuff. We did pick up a phaser for a dime once at a flea market. Or I did, my wife was looking at beads.

But when I was there at the Dollar Tree, I couldn’t pass up trying out a pack of Star Trek The Next Generation Customizable Card Game.

The cards are what you’d expect in a customizable card game, playing card backs and game information on the fronts. Think Star Trek: Attax.

In the pack there was a mix of everything, from devices to phenomena to characters. Before anyone asks, I ran them all through Baseball-Reference. Turns out none of them made the majors. In fact, B-R has no record of any of them.

If only I’d pulled a Buck Bokai.

But in this pack there were these three: Gorath, Ocett and Jaron. I’d never heard of any of them either. That’s why Star Trek Memory Alpha is there. I run through the site when we watch episodes. They’ve usually got some interesting episode-related trivia.

Back to the cards. Ocett is actually a Gul. Gul is a rank, pretty high up with the Cardassians. Maybe it could be compared to the Cardassian majors, maybe AAA. That’s Ocett up top. To spare the details, she got faked out in one episode by Picard and the Enterprise, sort of like the hidden-ball trick, duped off in the wrong direction through misinformation.

Then there’s Jaron, who worked with Spock on Spock’s return to the show. Jaron tried to help Spock unify the Romulans and Vulcans, sort of like two teams contracting into one.

And it’s not entirely accurate that Baseball-Reference hadn’t heard of Jaron, or a Jaron. They actually have a Frank Jaron as playing 10 games for the Class D North Atlantic League’s Nyack Rocklands in 1948.

There isn’t really anything on Memory Alpha on the other guy there, Klingon Gorath. Memory Alpha actually has Gorath as a place, not a person. Anyway, his card describes him as “trained in the field of security.” He guarded the Klingon High Council Chamber in the year of Maktag. That certainly was a crazy year, that Maktag.

The obvious anology for Gorath is another “field of security” that of field security. You know, those guys who watch for those other guys who run onto the field then chase them down, tripping them or taking them out with Tasers?

Think of one of them as a Klingon. Think of a Klingon working field security. There wouldn’t be anyone running onto the field, especially if the Klingon were armed, not with a Taser, but one of these:

Dollar Tree Cards: Not Ultimate, Not Jumbo

My birthday was Friday and my wife got me a festive Chia Hillary Clinton planter, marked as the 67th Secretary of State. It was a great gift. The only gift that I think could have been greater would have been a Chia of the 59th Secretary of State, a Chia Alexander Haig.

So I got the Chia Hillary going Sunday. I thought about trying to give her some Chia eyebrows, but thought better of it. Anyway, we went grocery shopping Sunday, as well, and I suggested we stop by the Dollar Tree to pick up some birthday cards. Yes, birthday baseball cards.

That’s what I got up there. Five cheap of the cheapest repacks and an unopened pack of Star Trek The Next Generation Customizable Card Game.

I say these are the cheapest of the cheapest repacks because that’s what they are. They’re literally unopened packs, wrapped in plastic and sold for a buck.

On our August vacation, I picked up six Ultimate Super Jumbo Packs, each with a good mix of 50-plus cards. At least those took some effort to package up. I’ve gone through four of the Ultimate Super Jumbo Packs. I’m saving the last two for rainy days.

We got into the Dollar Tree, my wife went to look for something and I stood at the card display. The display was right next to the register and I had to tell several people that, no, I wasn’t in line.

The most interesting ones were these repacks. I stood there going through them for the most interesting packs. I knew whatever I was buying I was paying too much for. So I went through them looking for the most interesting packs.

In doing so, I kind of felt like a pack searcher, but the front window on the plastic is designed as a large window, showing what pack is inside. So I assured myself that I wasn’t a searcher.

What I decided on were three packs of 1989 Fleer, one of 1989 Donruss and a genuine repack of 1988 Topps. When I saw one 1989 Fleer pack, that turned into what I was searching for.

There were other packs, like 1989 Score, 1990 Upper Deck, and 1990 and 1991 Fleer, but the 1989 Fleer was the most interesting. It also came with the highest potential reward, namely the famous Billy Ripken card.

I picked up the 1989 Donruss pack because I hadn’t opened one of those up since 1989. I’m not sure why I picked up the actual 1988 Topps repack. Maybe just because it was different and not an actual pack.

I have the recounting of the first pack all done up for tomorrow afternoon. It’s the Star Trek pack. By the way, if anyone is ever doing a group break of the Star Trek game cards, sign me up for the London Kings.

You May Have Been Looking In The Wrong Place For Those Panini World Cup Stickers

The game plan today was to find the Panini World Cup stickers or die trying..and with temperature in the 90s in Lawrence dying wasn’t out of the realm of possibility. I know I’m not the only collector out there who can’t find these anywhere or, like Bigfoot, possibly saw them once and then they were gone forever.

Well, may I suggest that you may have been looking in the wrong place. Forget Walmart, Target, or K-mart…I walked into my Dollar Tree this afternoon and saw the world’s largest World Cup sticker display you could imagine.

Who knows if they are at your local Dollar Tree but I would suggest you try there pronto.

I picked up the Sticker book and three packs. Here’s what I pulled:

Pack 1

I found two of these hologram-like stickers in this pack and they are by far the best stickers I’ve seen from these packs so far. They scan even better than they look in person.

#5 FIFA World Cup Soccer Ball [from above]

#164 Hellenic Football Federation [Greece]

At this point I should say I know nothing about the current state of soccer and who is good vs. who is great. I’m hoping to use this year’s World Cup to help me with that so I won’t get too detailed as to who I’ve pulled.

#480 Marek Hamsikk [Slovakia]
#478 Miroslav Karhan [Slovakia]
#367 Dennis Rommedahl [Denmark]
#320 Eric Addo [Ghana]
#143 Yakubu Aiyegbeni [Nigeria]
#152 Oh BeomSeok [South Korea]

Pack 2

#513 Ji Yun-Nam [North Korea]
#74 Martin Caceres [Uruguay]
#583 Diego Benaglio [Switzerland]
#35 Matthew Booth [South Africa]
#359 Michael Jakobsen [Denmark]
#424 Mauro Camoranesi [Italy]
#167 Vangelis Moras [Greece]
#308 Nenad Milijas [Serbia]

Pack 3

#101 Sidney Govou [France]
#171 Vassilis Torosidis [Greece]
#402 Jean Makoun [Cameroon]
#435 Julio Cesar Caceres [Paraguay]
#160 Seol Ki-Hyeon [South Korea]
#272 Mesut Ozil [Germany]
#512 Nam Song-Chol [North Korea]

And last but not least my favorite sticker so far:

#50 Federacion Mexicana De Futbuol [Mexico]

I really had no idea there would be 637 stickers in this set and so it will take quite a bit of work to complete this…so maybe buying a box of these for about $40 might be the way to go.