‘Million Dollar Question’ – Which Rookie Card Is The Standout Rookie Card From The 1983 Topps Baseball Card Set
Last week’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ was a lot of fun! I asked for great feedback, and great feedback was given.
The theme of my post circled around the great rookie cards that can be found in sets issued during the 1980’s. Specifically, I asked for votes as to which base set from the 80’s contained the best rookie cards. If you’d like to re-visit, or visit for the first time, that story, you can do so by clicking here.
This week I want to dig into the set that I chose – 1983 Topps.
I chose that set as the one issued during the 1980’s that featured the greatest crop of rookie cards that are still as meaningful in the hobby today as they were thirty years ago.
And that set stands out for three very good reasons – Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg, and Tony Gwynn!
All HOFers, all legendary and beloved players, the rookie cards of Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg, and Tony Gwynn are still popular with collectors today. At baseball card shows, I find them in glass display cases, and on Ebay there are hundreds being bought and sold every month.
But, which one is the superior card? Which one is the ‘Must Have’?? When you think 1983 Topps, which one of these three great cards is the first one you think of??
That is tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’.
And here is my answer:
No disrespect meant towards Mr. Gwynn or Mr. Sandberg, but for me, when I think 1983 Topps, the card I most associate the set with is Wade Boggs’ rookie card.
I was a big fan of Boggs as a kid, and I tried my best to be a right-handed Boggs while playing third base and batting third for my Little League team. For me, Boggs was the best hitter in baseball – and for a very long time, I thought if anyone could challenge Pete Rose’s all-time hits record it would be #26.
For either my 11th or 12th birthday my parents gave me a Wade Boggs 1983 Topps rookie card. At the time, it was a gem in my collection. And while I no longer have that specific card in my collection today, I do have another ’83 Topps card of Boggs. And it is still a gem of my collection today!!
So, what card is it for you – Ryne Sandberg, Tony Gwynn, or Wade Boggs???
Let me know. And as always, ‘Thanks for reading’!!!