The 1986 Topps sets are full of strange images: poor lighting, bad angles, unsuspecting subjects, compromising poses, greasy faces. Often, the players appear steeped in the awkwardness of adolescence, and the photographers, equally awkward in their amateurishness, seem to have snapped off unconsidered shots with disposable cameras.
The following spread of cards should illustrate what I mean, providing, to start with, with some
Great Moments in Duh
Conroy‘s mom might have tucked his jersey in for him, while Stillwell might have admonished his mother, “Don’t button my chin!” Andy Allanson has been encouraged by prickish classmates to shave for the first time; Ken Dixon is trying, but just doesn’t get algebra. Perhaps he will eat some chalk.
Akin to this, consider these
Great Moments in ¡Surprise!
I love Rafael Ramirez‘s t-shirt jersey (it was a different time, you understand), Sarge‘s utter bewilderment [at the phenomenon known as flight]. Tony Phillips is just darling, and does anyone think that Duane Walker looks a little bit like Emilio Estevez in The Breakfast Club? OMG.
And finally (for today, anyway), remember yearbook picture days in high school photos you forgot a comb? Or, when you over-combed? Had “hat head”? Or, perhaps you blow-dried your locks for the first time, shooting for a sexy Patrick Swayze but ending up with an electrocuted Marv from Home Alone? Well, allow the 1986 Topps sets to jog your memory with these
Great Moments in Coiffure
That’s all for today. Check in tomorrow for more Great Moments in 1986 Topps, including Great Moments in Look-Alikes, Moustachios, Smiles, and Loutishness.