10-15-88: Kirk Gibson did something big. I don’t quite recall, but that’s not important. Blah.
Earlier in that game, the legend of Jose Canseco grew when he hit his first ever grand slam on the biggest stage in the world of baseball: Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.
The Home Run wasn’t run of the mill, either. It was a 400ft line drive missile to straight away center field, and actually dented the NBC camera it hit! (Here’s a video of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxLrDqpwYn8 )
In 2003, Topps commemorated this missile grand slam by creating a Canseco card for it. Shown below is the rarest version of it, which is numbered to 25 and autographed on card.
Next to it is a 2014 Strata custom I created years ago – I actually forgot about it until I was photographing the 03 Tribute Gold! I created it because I held a redemption for the “real” card that was supposed to be made, but never was. That was a major disappointment, so I ended up creating my own (that’s why it says PROXY at the top)
The relic contained in it is a jumbo piece of a game used bat that I had Jose sign in red “88 WS Grand Slam 10/15/88”.