‘Million Dollar Question’ -‘What Rookie Card From The 1985 Topps Set Has Had The Most Staying Power’??
One of the many fun parts about blogging is the interaction between the writer and the reader.
I like to get other opinions on matters that I enjoy reading and writing about. And as much as I like to be told that I am right, I am often more interested in the varying opinion as I may learn something that I either did not know or had forgotten.
This week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ can be one of those times.
Last week, I told you that if I was able to rip open any box of cards that represented my youth, I would go with 1985 Topps. ’85 Topps was the first set that I put together, by hand, from start to finish. I ripped a ton of packs of ’85 Topps as a kid. I learned how to organize my cards and formulate a ‘Need List’ for the set. And I also learned at that time that card shops and sellers at shows would offer their ‘commons’ with the goal of helping set builders knock cards off of their ‘Need Lists’.
I have very fond memories of the 1985 Topps set.
The set was packed with great Record Breakers cards, a fantastic #1 Draft Pick subset, and some thrilling action photography.
The ’85 set also boasted some incredible rookie cards. And there were points after the debut of the set that many of these rookie cards took ‘center stage’ as the must have card of the set.
So, now that we are 28 years removed from the debut of that set (wow, I feel old), my question is this – ‘What Rookie Card From The 1985 Topps Set Has Had The Most Staying Power’?? Which card still makes you smile when you come across it? Which one have you held onto for 28 years because you could just not get rid of, sell it, or trade it away?
Which card is ‘The One’ that if you had to select a single card to represent the whole set, you would choose ‘it’???
I believe that I have narrowed this down properly to the top four rookie cards found in the 1985 Topps set.
There you have it – what I would call the four most prominent and important rookie cards to come out of the 1985 Topps baseball card set.
But, which one is the most important? The most relevant?? The most desired??
Good question, right?
Well, for me, the answer is simple. I’ll break it down like this:
Clemens, Puckett, and Gooden all had cards issued in 1984 Traded and/or Updated sets. Yes, the cards were only found in complete factory-sealed sets, but those are the cards that I consider their true rookies.
And while each of their 1985 Topps cards are their first ‘True’ cards from a Topps base set, the cards also had competition from Fleer and Donruss.
Meanwhile, the McGwire is very unique. First, is the obvious affiliation with team USA Baseball, and not a major league squad. This card was part of an in-set subset, and it was not highly sought after until Big Mac started hitting home runs at a rampant pace in 1987. Back then there was no internet, so research on this kind of stuff was either from print publications or word of mouth dialogue, but while many and most collectors were gobbling up 1987 Topps and Donruss rookie cards of McGwire, the big spenders were seeking his 1985 Topps Team USA card.
To this date, this is the ‘True’ Mark McGwire rookie card. And while it is still great to have the 1985 Topps cards of Roger Clemens, Dwight Gooden, and Kirby Puckett in my collection, they do not have the same appeal or staying power that this card of Mark McGwire does.
What do you think? Did I hit this one out of the park or did I swing and miss? Did I omit any other rookie cards from the 1985 Topps set that belong in the discussion? Would you rank any of these as ‘more sought after’ than McGwire’s card?
Let me hear it. And as always, Thanks For Reading!!!