Million Dollar Question – ‘When I Say 1981 Topps, You Think What Card’???
For the next several weeks, I am going to run a series of this theme for my ‘Million Dollar Questions’ posts.
And since this blog primarily focuses on the baseball stars and baseball cards that filled my collection as a kid, most of the questions will follow suit and stick with a 1980′s theme.
The thought is simple – when you hear a specific baseball cards set’s name, what is the first card that you think of? It could be a classic rookie card. It could be a card of your favorite player that offered up a spectacular image. It could be a card of a player that stood out for featuring an unusual image. And so on….
First up is 1981 Topps.
When I hear the name ’1981 Topps’, I think of the Kirk Gibson rookie card.
This set is littered with some solid rookie cards – like Tim Raines, Fernando Valenzuela, and Harold Baines. But, for me, it is the Kirk Gibson card that I think of first for that set.
Like many young baseball fans, my first memory of Kirk Gibson was his heroic home run that came during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Sure, I had heard of him before, and even had cards of him prior to that historic moment. But, it was that game in 1988 that took my interest in Gibson to another level. I immediately wanted his rookie card – had to have it!!!
The card does not feature anything special. As a matter of fact, the subject and resulting image are actually quite boring. But, when I hear the name ’1981 Topps’, I immediately jump to this baseball card.
How about you???