I was pretty late to the Starting Lineup craze. I think the first time I picked one up was in 1997, just a few short years before they were discontinued. And of course by that time they were releasing fewer and fewer figures. When I discovered Ebay though I was able to go back and get a bunch of figures that I never was able to get before.
I liked the figures themselves, but it's the fact that they included cards that really sold them for me. I could add a card to my collection and display a figure.
So without further ado, these are my Top 15 Red Sox Starting Lineup figures.
15. PEDRO MARTINEZ (1999)
14. MO VAUGHN (1998)
13. NOMAR GARCIAPARRA (2000)
12. CARL YASTRZEMSKI (1998 COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION)
11. JOHN VALENTIN (1996)
10. SCOTT COOPER (1995)
9. MIKE GREENWELL (1989)
8. NICK ESASKY (1990)
7. WADE BOGGS (1990)
6. CY YOUNG (2000 ALL CENTURY TEAM)
5. TED WILLIAMS (1999 COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION)
4. ELLIS BURKS (1990)
3. BABE RUTH (1994 COOPERSTOWN COLLECTION)
2. NOMAR GARCIAPARRA (1998)
1. LEE SMITH (1989)
I have just a couple of disappointments from these. One, they stopped making them. Two, Boston never got a catcher. There was a large team piece that had Rick Cerone, but no individual pieces. And I don't think the team piece had any cards. If it had gone longer, we might have gotten a Carlton Fisk Cooperstown collection or a Jason Varitek. It would have been nice if Tony Pena had gotten a piece, but no. So no catchers, and that is a shame. It also would have been nice if the Bruce Hurst figure had been released. Prototypes exist but are hard to find. That was the only southpaw SLU made for the Red Sox.