It's funny how many other collectors I've interacted with also list 1987 Topps Baseball as the first set they tried to put together. 1987 would mark the year I officially became a baseball card collector. Before that I had dabbled with a pack here and there and of course I was all in with Garbage Pail Kids. But the 1987 set is the first set I built. I'm sure I've still got the original set somewhere.
And I chose a card of a player I really liked and still like, one of the last two sport players and a guy who's career got cut way to short.