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My 1987 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ Set Is Now Complete!!!

My 1987 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ Set Is Now Complete!!!

Well, it didn’t take long and it was fairly easy, and now I can proudly say that I have put together the 1987 Topps Record Breakers subset.

The set boasts some of the sports biggest stars from that era while also celebrating some of the baseball history that was created during the 1986 baseball season.

From rookie phenoms to veteran runners and everything in between – this set brought back a ton of memories for me.  And the fact that it is one of my favorite designs from the 1980′s doesn’t hurt either…

Here is a peek at the completed set:

What subset is next?  You’re going to have to stay tuned to find that out…. But I won’t keep you waiting too long!!  :)

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #7 – Todd Worrell

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #7 – Todd Worrell

Headline – “Todd Worrell Destroys The First Year Mark For Saves”

The Story – Chicago, Il.  October 5, 1986:  Cardinals’ Worrell has recorded 36 saves in 1986, a major league record for rookies.  The former standard of 23 saves in initial campaign was set by Twins’ Doug Corbett in 1980.  Todd had save in 1985 World Series.

My take – I remember this record-breaking season vividly.  Had Worrell done this twenty years later he could have earned a nice seven-figure contract…

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #6 – Ruben Sierra

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #6 – Ruben Sierra

Headline – ‘Sierra Slugs From Each Side At The Youngest Age’

The Story – Minneapolis, Minn.  September 13, 1986:  Rangers’ Ruben Sierra became the youngest player to belt homers both lefty and righty in the same game.  Orioles’ Eddie Murray was 21 years, 5 months, 10 days old when he achieved the feat on August 3, 1977.  Sierra turns 21 on October 6, 1986.

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #5 – Dave Righetti

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #5 – Dave Righetti

Headline – ‘Big League Save Standard Is Shattered By Righetti’

The Story – Boston, Mass.  October 5, 1986:  Yankees’ Righetti completed the 1986 season with 46 saves to establish a new major league record.  The former mark of 45 was set by Royals’ Dan Quisenberry in 1983 and tied by Cardinals’ Bruce Sutter in 1984.

My take – Beaten many times since, the mark 46 now ranks Righetti’s 1986 season leaves him tied with 6 other closers for 24th place on the all-time list.

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Dave Lopes

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Dave Lopes

Headline – ’40-Year Old Lopes Steals Bases At A Record Pace’

The Story – Houston, TX, October 5, 1986:  Astros’ Dave Lopes has achieved 25 stolen bases in 1986, a major league mark for age 40.  The former record was the 23 swipes compiled by Pirates’ Hall of Famer Honus Wagner in 1914.  Lopes turned 40 on May 3, 1986.

My take – A truly remarkable feat!  And of course the first place I went when reading the back of this card was Rickey Henderson.  Rickey eclipsed the 25-steals mark 3 times after his 40th birthday.  He stole 37 at 40, 36 at 41, and 25 at 42.  As I have stated more than once on this blog, Rickey is truly 1 of a kind!!!

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Evans

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #3 – Dwight Evans

Headline – “Dewey Connects On First Offering Of The Campaign”

Story – Detroit, Michigan, April 7, 1986:  Red Sox lead-off batter Dwight Evans hit years first pitch for HR, the earliest HR in history.  The former mark was held by Cubs’ Bump Wills who hit the second pitch for a home run 4-5-82.  Astros’  Terry Puhl hit third pitch for a home run on 4-10-80.

My take – More amazing than this neat fact is that the Sox had someone with 385 career home runs hitting lead-off!!!

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #2 – Jim Deshaies

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #2 – Jim Deshaies

Headline – “Deshaies Fans First 8 To Set New Modern Criterion”

Story – Houston, Texas, September 23, 1986.  Jim Deshaies set modern standard by fanning 1st 8 men he faced.  The old mark of 7 was set by White Sox’ Joe Cowley, Mat 28, 1986.  New York’s Hall of Famer Mickey Welck fanned the 1st 9, August 28, 1884.

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #1 – Roger Clemens

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #1 – Roger Clemens

Headline – “The Rocket Throws Smoke Past 20 Baffled Batters”

Story – Boston, Mass., April 29, 1986:  Red Sox Roger Clemens tonight became the 1st pitcher ever to record 20 strikeouts in a 9-inning game.  He had at least one strikeout in each inning and fanned the side three times.  Of his 138 pitches, 97 were fastballs.

My take - Clemens was able to dominate so many hitters over the course of his length career.  But dominating teams is completely different.  And for me personally, it was on this night, very early in Roger’s career, that I knew he was different from most pitchers in the game.

New Subset To Collect – 1987 Topps ‘Record Breakers’

New Subset To Collect – 1987 Topps ‘Record Breakers’

I picked up this set a few weeks ago while shopping on www.sportlots.com.  As I was searching for a few more cards to fill some needs on my ‘needs list’, I found a seller that had each of the cards in this 7-card set and for just $0.18 a piece. 

Personally, I thought that the investment was well worth the cardboard I was getting back.

This set was issued right around the time that I became a serious collector.  Baseball and baseball cards meant the world to me back then, and I look forward to sharing each card from this series for you on Mondays until the set is complete.

Enjoy!!!