Million Dollar Question – ‘When I Say 1984 Topps, You Think What Card’???
So far, we have covered the 1981 Topps and 1988 Score baseball card sets. This is going well, and I have a mental list of sets that I cannot wait to discuss with you.
This week, it is all about the 1984 Topps baseball card set.
And while this set selection may be easier, and more obvious, than the others we’ve chatted about previously, I can guess pretty comfortably that nobody will come up with the same card as me.
This set boasts some pretty well known and popular rookie cards: Mattingly, Gooden, Strawberry. It also offers up some pretty nice cards of some of the legends from the 1980′s: Henderson, Ripken (batting cage card), Brett, Boggs, and others. The set also contains the last Topps cards of both Fergie Jenkins and Jim Palmer – my two favorite pitchers of all-time!
But, none of these cards are the first card that I think of when I hear the term ’84 Topps’.
But, this card is:
This is the base card of Milt May from the 1984 Topps set. Yes, Milt May.
When I ran into this card as a kid, almost 30 years ago, I was very shocked at how close the photographer zoomed in to get the shot. I remember being astonished at how big and heavy that catcher’s mask that May is wearing looked, and being a little leaguer myself, I was even more surprised to see that May was not wearing a helmet while catching!
Today, I understand that May is not catching in a game environment and that he is most definitely in a practice setting. But, the image is still very unique in my eyes. Catcher’s equipment has come a very long way in the last 30 years – something that someone like Milt May would surely appreciate today.
So, what card do you choose? When you hear the set ’1984 Topps’ mentioned, what is the first card that you think of??