Daily Archives: August 12, 2009

1989 Topps – Pack #6

Here is what I pulled from pack #6 of the 6 that I will be opening today:

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pack 6b

Notable:  A Gregg Olson rookie card.  The ‘Cobra’ Dave Parker.  Kelly Gruber was a tough third baseman.  And Wally Backman was a fun guy to watch play.

Pick of the Pack:   The Phillies Team card featuring Michael Jack Schmidt.  It would take a lot for any card in a pack of ’89 Topps to surpass the great Mike Schmidt.

1989 Topps – Pack #5

Here is what I pulled from pack #5 of the 6 that I will be opening today:

pack 5a

pack 5b

Notable:  Wow, Brady Anderson from way back, huh?  And check out Steve Sax and Bob Horner too!!

Pick of the Pack:  This one is a tie.  I like Tim Raines, and I love Rock Raines.  And then there is good old Don Zimmer.  Zim was the manager of the Cubs during the first year that I moved to Chicago – it was also the year that the team won the division.

1989 Topps – Pack #4

Here is what I pulled from pack #4 of the 6 that I will be opening today:

pack 4a

pack 4b

Notable:  This pack had a nice selection of semi-stars and HOF’ers.  Julio Franco and Darren Daulton fall into the semi-star category.  And it’s always nice to grab any Wade Boggs card that I can.

Pick of the Pack:   The Tom Glavine card reminds us of an up-and-coming player that was on the verge of doing some amazing things with the Atlanta Braves.  Back in ’89, who would have thought Glavine would become one of the game’s best pitchers for the next 20 years…

1989 Topps – Pack #3

Here is what I pulled from pack #3 of the 6 that I will be opening today:

pack 3a

pack 3b

Notable:  Hall of Fame manager Sparky Anderson and power slugger Don Baylor.

Pick of the Pack: The Kirk Gibson All-star card was a hit in 1989.  Gibby was riding a huge wave of popularity after possibly the greatest home run in baseball history during Game 1 of the 1988 World Series.

1989 Topps – Pack #2

Here is what I pulled from pack #2 of the 6 that I will be opening today:

pack 2a

pack 2b

Notable:  Benes was a rookie card that everyone wanted in 1989.  That feeling did not last too long though…  Chili Davis put up some incredible numbers for a ‘non-star’ player.

Pick of the Pack:  The Mike Greenwell All-Star card is the highlight of the pack.  Had it not been for Mr. 40/40 in 1988, it’s very likely that Greenwell would have been the AL MVP that year.

1989 Topps – Pack #1

Here is what I pulled from pack #1 of the 6 that I will be opening today:

pack 1a

pack 1b

Notable: That Frank Viola card comes after his Cy Young award winning season in which he was 24-7; I guess he has reason to smile.  I love that Lou Whitaker card too; what a great pose.

Pick of the pack:  The Orel Hershiser card is tops!  Hershiser came off of an incredible ’88 season in which he won the Cy Young award, the National League Championship Series MVP, and the World Series MVP.  When the ’89 cards came out there was no better pitcher to pull than Orel Hershiser.

Wow, the 2 Cy Young award winners from 1988 in the same pack – Cool!!

Tearing Through Some 1989 Topps Wax!!!

You may recall that I picked up a box of 1989 Topps from a baseball card show that I attended a few weeks ago.

The first 10 packs from this box went to Drew who won my ’30-YOC 1-Year Anniversary’ contest.

Well, now it is my turn.  I want to get in on the fun and see if ripping through a few of these packs has the same effect on me that it did some 20 years ago(WoW – I feel old!!).

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I’ve decided to cap the number of packs I will open today at six.

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No matter how good or bad my pulls are, I will be a good boy and stop when I am supposed to.

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And away we go…  Stay tuned to ’30-YOC’ all day long as I will share each and every card I pull with you.

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And if anyone wants the gum, just let me know.  I collect vintage cardboard, not vintage sugar!!!!