We're going from one of the most visually appealing Strawberry cards in my collection to something definitely not so visually appealing: 1988 Score.
I'm sorry, but the green just doesn't work for me. Why couldn't Score have color coded this set with colors more appropriate for the player pictured? Topps did, so it couldn't have been that difficult. They captured a nice enough action shot of Straw, taken just a fraction of a second before the ball was launched in to the grand stands, but the green is soooo ugly. It completely ruins the card.
Things aren't any better on the back:
Red, green, blue... I don't get it. But if there was ever a writer who knew how to talk up a player, it was the guy who wrote the copy on the back of Darryl's card.
"Darryl has so much natural talent that it would not be surprising if he someday won the Triple Crown, stole over 50 bases and gained a Gold Glove, all in one season."
Woah, easy there. Wouldn't be surprising? I think that sort of year would turn a few heads, don't you? Continuing to get carried away, the writer describes Strawberry as "the first player picked in the entire nation in 1980." Technically, yes, Strawberry was the first player picked in the entire nation in the 1980 draft, but that's a flowery way to put it. The sentence describing Darryl has having "prodigeous power, terrific speed and a cannon for an arm" is yet another reminder of how great Strawberry could've been.
The way Score chose to display each card's number was a little strange. Notice that it's displayed as 360 of 660 as if it was serial numbered. That'd be an absurdly small print run for a card of the '80s! 360 of 660 thousand, maybe.