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1986 Mets Documentary Gets a Baseball Card Set

The new ESPN documentary on the 1986 New York Mets is coming with a set of baseball cards.

Topps unveiled a 40-card set in conjunction with Tuesday night’s premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Queens.” The four-part set is being offered via an online exclusive, with each ten card grouping associated with one of the four parts of the show. 

The cards were not surprisingly designed in the same style as the 1986 Topps set.

1986 Mets Documentary Gets a Baseball Card Set

Each ten-card pack sells for $19.99 but there are randomly inserted autographed cards (on stickers) and parallel cards numbered to 86 (Blue/Orange) and 1 (Gold).

1986 Mets Documentary Gets a Baseball Card Set

The cards will chronicle the history of the players who combined to lead the Mets to a dramatic World Series victory and were sometimes newsworthy off the field as well.

1986 Mets Documentary Gets a Baseball Card Set

Part 1 Checklist:

1.) Darryl Strawberry introduced – 1980 #1 overall Draft Pick

2.) Keith Hernandez introduced – 1983 arrival

3.) Davey Johnson named manager – 1984 arrival

4.) Dwight Gooden arrives from minors

5.) The Magic of Doc – 1984 ROY Campaign

6.) Gary Carter introduced – 1985 arrival

7.) Lenny Dykstra introduced – 1985 arrival *Autograph Subject

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8.) Mookie Wilson – Mets speedy veteran – part of club since 1980

9.) Dwight Gooden – 1985 NL Cy Young Award winner*Autograph Subject

10.)Frank Cashen Building a contender

Part 2 Checklist:

11.) Bob Ojeda added to the mix – 1985 offseason & “These guys are nuts”

12.) 1986 Mets Spring Training – “Expectations”

13.) Davey Johnson – Predicts Mets will “dominate” *Autograph Subject

14.) April sweep of St. Louis – Whitey Herzog says “It’s over”

15.) “America’s Team” – Mets appearing in commercials & tv

16.) “On the Town” – Keith and Darryl at nightclub

17.) “Plane Society” – Artwork by Joey Paints Petruccio

18.) Gary Carter takes a “curtain call”

19.) Ray Knight “waves” out HR on July 3 *Autograph Subject

20.) Lenny Dykstra & Wally Backman – a “wild boys” style of play

Two additional 10-card sets will be released Wednesday to complete the 40-card issue.

1986 Mets Documentary Gets a Baseball Card Set

Part 3 Checklist:

21.) Mike Tyson visits the Mets

22.) Keith Hernandez takes time for a crossword puzzle *Autograph Subject

23.) “Let’s Go Mets!” Mets human pyramid

24.) Strawberry swing for the fences *Autograph Subject

25.) NL East Clincher – September 17 – Fans storm Shea Stadium field

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26.) NLCS Game 2 – Bobby O.’s complete game

27.) NLCS Game 3 – Lenny’s walkoff homer in the 9th

28.) NLCS Game 5 – Doc vs. Nolan

29.) NLCS Game 5 – “The Kid” walks it off in the 12th

30.) NLCS Game 6 – Mets win the pennant

Part 4 Checklist:

31.) WS Game 3 – Ojeda comes up clutch again

32.) WS Game 4 – Gary slugs a pair of homers; all tied up

33.) WS Game 6 – Stanley’s wild pitch, Mitchell scores

34.) WS Game 6 – Mookie & Buckner – baseball history

35.) WS Game 6 – Pandemonium in Queens

36.) WS Game 7 – Ray’s HR locks up WS MVP

37.) WS Game 7 – The Last Out and celebration

38.) WS Game 7 – Players embrace

39.) WS Parade – Canyon of Heroes

40.) Team Photo – A Year to Remember

The cards are available through September 21 (parts I and II) and September 22 (parts III and IV) via this page on Topps’ website. 

Artist Joe Petruccio, a.k.a Joey Paints, has also partnered with Topps to release a four-card set to commemorate the documentary’s screening.  Those are also available on the page.

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