This is a pretty neat gimmick! Every player in the starting lineup of 1987’s Opening Day gets a card! And it’s an honest-to-God 1987 picture, and the stats include a recap of that player’s opening day performance (0-4! Killing it C$.) Heck, they even capture that our famous catcher was playing Designated Hitter that day! (high quality trivia because our wearer of the Tools of Ignorance started 1986 in Left Field). There’s A LOT to unpack here, people. This is uncharted territory. This card is the lie.
First, the card has its own lie. Every other 1987 Carlton Fisk card uses a picture from 1986 (or perhaps, earlier). This card, celebrating 1987’s Opening Day uses a picture from 1987. How do we know? He’s rocking the aggressively forgotten 1987–90* White Sox uniform (more on this in the 1988 articles). With “OPENING DAY” stats on the back, you might think Donruss acquired photos from all 13 stadiums that day. This would be a lie. And this card proves it.
*The White Sox switched to their current uniform September 28, 1990.
Take a look at the box score from the White Sox Opening Day game in 1987. Anything stick out? Royals and White Sox, a typical American League West showdown. Check it out, here’s the Royals’ George Brett on his card from the same card set.
Anything fishy? Yes. They’re both wearing their home uniforms despite the game having been played in Kansas City. Nope. Not gonna fly, Donruss.
OK, so the card (and that title). It’s 1987 Donruss with a new (maroon) coat of paint. That’s kind of neat (and shares the terrible cutting/centering of the standard 1987 Donruss), and it shows the same player in two different uniforms in the same (by year) set without one being a throwback (which the White Sox would literally invent in 1990. Really.). Notice that the White Sox kept the previous logo, but nothing of the uniform except the hip-numbering.
The colorblocking behind the nameplate varies as shown below.
More info here. Long story short, it was only sold as a complete set (on-display in the image above), and like everything else from the area, it’s effectively worthless, except for some choice trivia.