As a team, the Edmonton Trappers didn’t accomplish a great deal in 1986.
The Triple-A Pacific Coast League (PCL) squad went 68-73 in front of 229,682 fans at John Ducey Park that season, falling short of a postseason berth.
That said, the primary purpose of minor-league baseball teams has never been about winning championships. Player development and converting young athletes into Major League Baseball (MLB) talent has always been the underlying goal of these feeder squads. In that regard, this Trappers team had plenty of success stories.
Before we look at some of those notable graduates, we should mention a few things about this set of cards. The design and posed photos on the front are very basic, but there is something endearing about those Trappers caps, jerseys and the logo, so keeping it simple works here.
The back of this ProCards collection, however, is weak. First off, it’s not a numbered set and there’s no checklist, so here’s hoping we’re actually playing with a full deck here. Second, it’s a bit too basic and light on information. Some cards include nothing more than a name and position, giving the item the look of a name tag more than a baseball card.
Let’s break things down a bit further in this edition of our In The Cards series:
Thanks for looking through the cardboard collectibles with us! We invite you to leave a comment about the players and cards below.
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