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Reggie Jackson 2001 Topps Traded – 50 Years Of Topps

Reggie Jackson 2001 Topps Traded – 50 Years Of Topps

The ‘Traded’ baseball card has always given us some pretty neat and wanted cards.

The 1982 Topps Traded set is no exception as it gives us one of the greatest rookie baseball cards of the last 50 years with Cal Ripken.

The ’82 set also brings us Reggie Jackson’s first card from Topps as a member of the California Angels.  And while the card does not offer a great image for us to enjoy, it does give us Reggie (and for me, that is enough).

With Topps’ 2001 product, they recognized their 50th anniversary and gave us a reprint set from the last 50 years.  Within that set is a reprint card of Reggie Jackson from the 1982 Topps Traded set.

Have a look:

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The lone difference between this one and the original is that ’50th Anniversary’ set logo in the upper-left corner.

Billy Williams Has Been Traded?? – You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me!!!

Billy Williams Has Been Traded?? – You’ve Got To Be Kidding Me!!!

Sad but true.  On this day back in 1974 Billy Williams was traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Oakland Athletics for Darold Knowles, Bob Locker, and Manny Trillo.

It was a sad day in Chicago as one of the Cub’s all-time greatest players was shipped away during a rebuilding process.  The man that had occupied left field for the Cubs for the last 16 seasons was gone.  Billy Williams’ 16 year career as a Chicago Cubs player was over!!!

Williams played the final 2 years of his career with Oakland and still put up respectable numbers for the A’s.  He batted just .230 but was able to hit 34 home runs and drive in 122 runs.  It wasn’t until this trade to the A’s that Williams was able to make the post-season.  In 1975 the A’s lost to the Boston Red Sox in the ALCS while Billy Williams went 0-for-7 in the series.

Personally for me, it is very hard to see Williams wear anything other than ‘Cubbie Blue’.  Although I never got to see him play live, I have seen plenty of highlights and have read books and articles about his amazing career and it always feels strange to me that his career ended in Oakland and not in Chicago.

But, as we all know, baseball is a business and players are treated as assets and not humans.  So, although I am saddened by how his career ended I am happy that Billy Williams was able to finally make it to the playoffs.

But this does look a little strange to me still…

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Mini League Leaders

Rickey Henderson 1988 Topps Mini League Leaders

Gotta love me some Rickey!

And by the looks of his swing and his head positioning, it looks like he really got ‘good wood’ on this hit.

Check it out:

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This card comes from the 1988 Topps ‘Mini League Leaders’ set.

I quickly looked at Rickey’s numbers from the 1988 baseball season.  And yes, he was certainly a league leader.

Can you guess which statistical category Rickey led the AL in?

Come on now, that could be one of the easiest questions ever asked at 30-YOC…

It was stolen bases, of course.  Henderson paced the AL with 93 steals at the conclusion of the 1988 season.

Rickey being Rickey.

Reggie Jackson 2010 Topps Peak Performance

Reggie Jackson 2010 Topps Peak Performance

When I hear the phrase ‘Peak Performance’ my mind tends to get sent into a bit of a whirlwind…

With current players, I go to Aroldis Chapman throwing the ball 106 miles per hour or Adam Jones covering 30 yards in the outfield while making a diving catch.

As for vintage players, I tend to go to Rickey Henderson swiping bases and Wade Boggs pounding another double off of the Green Monster.

As you can see, my mind takes me to very specific moments that I believe are the player’s ‘Peak Performance’ levels.

So, when I hear see that Reggie Jackson has a card in the 2010 Topps ‘Peak Performance’ checklist, I immediately get taken to his performance in the 1977  World Series, or maybe his MVP seasons, or when he connected for home run number 500.

I don’t go here:

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Topps, the style is flawless and the theme is superb.  The execution on this card of #44 is not what it should have been.

Maybe next time…

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Bellbottomed Bashers’

Reggie Jackson 2001 Upper Deck UD Decades ‘Bellbottomed Bashers’

The 2001 Upper Deck ‘Decades’ set has given us some brilliant baseball cards.  And for as stale and sterile as their base set of cards is from that set, the inserts and subsets take the complete issue to a whole new level.

And it is Groovy!

Among the many subsets issued as a part of that 2001 product, UD gave us ‘Bellbottomed Bashers’.  And as you can expect with a name like that, it has a very 1970’s vibe.

Here is the card of Reggie Jackson from that set:

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The border is great.  The font for the subset name is perfect.  And the image of Reggie is his vintage 2-pc A’s jersey is spot-on for that time period.

Yeah Baby!!

Lot Of 2 Reggie Jackson 2003 Topps Gallery Cards – Red & Green Backgrounds!!

Lot Of 2 Reggie Jackson 2003 Topps Gallery Cards – Red & Green Backgrounds!!

These are neat.  And they are so nice, that I could see enlarged versions of them hanging in ‘man caves’ all across the US.

Have a look:

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Coming from the 2003 Topps Gallery set, these cards fit the ‘Gallery’ theme perfectly.

I wish Topps would bring these back – even if it was just once every five or ten years.  These cards are certainly worth keeping in the public eye.

I’m hooked!

Reggie Jackson 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic

Reggie Jackson 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic

WOW!

Look at that smooth and power-packed swing by Reggie on this shot used for his 2005 Upper Deck SP Authentic baseball card:

 

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Full of power and speed, Reggie could mash with the best of them!

This card is neat in that the colors work well together.  However, I do find all of the random graphic elements to be a bit of a distraction.  I like the border on the left side, and the nameplate is fine (though a bit irregular).  The part that disturbs me is the graphic that runs horizontally right behind Reggie.  What is that supposed to be?  Personally, I would have liked to have seen a muted backdrop of Yankee Stadium behind #44 – keep it light and clean allowing Reggie’s image to stand out and be the centerpiece.

Instead, I feel like I am looking at an ink-blot, trying to find the butterfly…