1988 Smokey Bear Royals Caricatures #20
This was a recent pickup at the bimonthly card show at the local Hampton Inn. It had been quite a while since I had seen one of the sets. The price had come down significantly from what I had remembered. I was able to pick it up in a bundle for less than 10 bucks.
If you went to watch the Royals game on August 14, 1988, was 14 years and younger, you would have received this Royals Caricature card as a part of a 28 card giveaway. On that day you would have seen Kansas City defeat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-0. Luis Aquino threw a 6 hit shutout and stymied the Toronto lineup which included George Bell, Fred McGriff, and Jesse Barfield. Kansas City countered with a lineup that included Bo Jackson, Danny Tartabull and Bill Buckner. However, George Brett did not play, being given the day off after a 3 for 24 slump.
The card back features Brett's biographical statistics along with a cartoon of Smokey Bear letting kids know that they should "Know Your Home Fire Safety Rules".