Let’s face it: Jose Canseco will likely never appear on a licensed trading card ever again. While other retired players get the Topps special treatment, I am stuck with old releases and any upcoming, non-licensed cards that hit the Hobby.

Thankfully, there are still hundreds, if not thousands of “Broder” cards out there to chase down. While many collectors and hobby publications look down on these releases (and for good reason), to a guy who collects a pariah like Jose, they are the next best thing to new cards.

As for those unlicensed “Broder” cards that were just about everywhere in the 80’s and 90’s, most of the time they didn’t feature the best design (or any at all). This one here, supposedly from 1987, looks fantastic and actually features some really good-looking artwork.

What an improvement over the Diamond Kings created by legendary sports cards artist Dick Perez and released by Donruss Trading Cards in 1987. Don’t believe me? See for yourself. Both cards are worthless today but this unknown copy looks so much better. If only we knew what other players were produced.

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