‘Million Dollar Question’ – Who Should Topps Commemorate Next??
Two of my collecting focuses this year have been on commemorative sets issued by Topps in 1999 and 2000. The 1999 set honors Nolan Ryan and the 2000 set pays homage to Henry Aaron.
Each set features a single card for every year that the player played in the majors. And each card is a reprint of the Topps base card issued during those years. Of course, the cards use more modern technology and offer higher quality cardstock and a more glossy finish than what they did when originally issued.
For me, the main stand-out feature of the set is the custom player logo that Topps created for the set. And the Gold foil stamp that is used to display the logo definitely adds a sense of royalty to each card.
Here is a look at one of the Nolan Ryan cards:
And here is one of Hank Aaron:
As I continue to peck away at both the Ryan and Aaron sets, I was wondering if Topps had celebrated other players with a similar honor.
And that answer is yes. And the names are grand: Mickey Mantle, Willie Mays, and Roberto Clemente.
So, that leads me to tonight’s ‘Million Dollar Question’ – Who Should Topps Commemorate Next???
For me, it needs to be a player that had a long and strong career. His accomplishments on the field need to mirror what these other elite players have accomplished. And, of course, he needs to be a Hall of Famer.
There are a lot of players worthy of such an honor. But in my opinion, right now there is clearly just one player that I would put into this class – lengthy career, major accomplishments, and elite Hall Of Fame status.
All of this points to Stan ‘The Man’ Musial.
So, Topps, please consider this. Stan Musial deserves the honor. And today’s collectors and fans deserve to learn a little bit more about ‘The Man’ and his stellar career while collecting what would be a fantastic addition to your commemorative lineup.
What do you think of my pick? Would you like to see this set make a comeback? If so, who would you like to see Topps honor with a similar set?
Let me hear it. And thanks for reading.