Daily Archives: February 13, 2010

New Subset To Collect – 1985 Topps ‘Record Breakers’

New Subset To Collect – 1985 Topps ‘Record Breakers’

It has been well documented on this blog that the very first set I built as a kid was the 1985 Topps set.  And that is probably why, some 25 years later, that I still hold that set and its 792 cards in very high regard.

And while I have no interest in going after the complete set again, the ’85 issue did offer some great subsets.  And those, I will try to collect over time.

First, I went after and completed the ‘1st Draft Pick’ set. 

So now, I will attempt to add the ‘Record Breakers’ subset to my collection.  This little subset is a 10-card doozie that celebrates many of the baseball milestones accomplished during the 1984 baseball season.  Full of All-stars and Hall of Famers, this one is going to be fun to go after!!!

Stay tuned as I will be bringing you each and every card from the 1985 Topps Record Breakers set!!!  Thanks.

Greg Maddux 1989 Donruss – Baseball’s Best

Greg Maddux 1989 Donruss – Baseball’s Best

With just slight coloring differences between the base set and this ‘bouns’ set, this 1989 Donruss ‘Baseball’s Best’ card is a nice pick-up for me.

Here we have a young Greg Maddux doing what he does best – dominating hitters.  Still developing his skill, it wasn’t until the very early 1990’s that Maddux became one of the best active pitchers in the game.  But living in Chicago and enjoying the Cubs during the 1989 baseball season, we saw something special in Maddux, yet none of us knew how great he would become.

1 step closer to conquering my Greg Maddux player collection – YES!!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #41

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #41

1973 Topps – Card #614 – AKA – ‘The Dwight Evans Rookie Card’

Alonza Bumbry – More commonly known as ‘Al’, Alonza Bumbry enjoyed a 14-year major league career, primarily as a Baltimore Oriole.  A skilled outfielder that could play all 3 spots, Bumbry’s impact was felt upon his arrival into the league as he won the AL Rookie of the Year award in 1973.  In that year, Bumbry hit .337 while also collecting 120 hits, scoring 73 runs, and stealing 23 bases.  His major league career culminated with a .281 batting average, 1,422 hits, 778 runs scored, 254 stolen bases, and 1 All-star game appearance in 1980.  Bumbry was a member of the 1983 World Series championship Baltimore Orioles. 

Dwight Evans – Evans wore the Boston Red Sox uniform for 20 years!  And in that time, he became known as one of the sport’s greatest defensive outfielders of all-time.  The winner of 8 Gold Glove awards, ‘Dewey’ was a fan favorite due to his desire to stop the other team from collecting hits and runs.  A 3-time All-star, Evans was also known for his power at the plate.  During his career he crushed 385 home runs – good for 4th place in Red Sox history.

Charlie Spikes – A 9-year veteran, Spikes wore some of the game’s most legendary jerseys – Yankees, Indians, Tigers, and Braves.  An outfielder, Spikes was a starter during the early phase of his career but became a platoon player over the last few seasons he played in the big leagues.  While playing in Cleveland, Spikes blossomed and found his greatest success with that team.  All of his personal bests came from his 5 years playing for ‘The Tribe’!