Next up comes from the 1986 Topps set. Nothing too special here: a simple (in a good way, I think) front with the team name across the top, player name on the bottom, and position in the lower left corner. It's a good thing there weren't any truly valuable rookie cards released in this set, because the black upper border on cheap card stock has been nearly impossible to keep pristine through the years.
If I were a professional sports photographer, I'd do the exact same thing the guy who captured this particular shot did, which is take all my pictures during batting practice and warm ups, and then watch the rest of the game from the field. A bit lazy, and I find it hard to believe this was the best Strawberry picture Topps had on file.
On to the back:
While not the prettiest card back I've ever see, the red is definitely better looking than the green backs Topps had been using in previous years. It's got the personal biography, it's got the stats, and best of all... Talkin' Baseball!!!
I'd never, ever heard of Harry Chiti before this card. Traded for himself? Very nice. I find it strange, however, that he was listed as only the first player in Mets history... not all of baseball history, just Mets history. Did this happen all the time before 1986? It certainly doesn't happen now, unless you count a player being traded at the deadline and being resigned by his original team in the off-season.
I own eight of these cards.