Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #13 – 1980 Topps Design

Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #13 – 1980 Topps Design

One of my 2013 collecting goals was to complete the 1999 Topps Nolan Ryan Commemorative baseball card set. The set features a re-print of each of Ryan’s base cards issued by Topps from his rookie season to his final season.

This is the 13th card in the set, a re-print of Ryan’s 1980 Topps baseball card:

13

The 1980 baseball season found Nolan Ryan in a new baseball home – Houston, Texas.  It also found him as one of the wealthiest players in the sport after signing a six-year deal with the club in the offseason.

Ryan fared rather well in his debut season with the Astros – going 11-10 in 35 starts while throwing 4 complete games and 2 shutouts.  In 232 innings of work, he struck out 200 batters.

2 responses to “Nolan Ryan 1999 Topps Commemorative Set – Card #13 – 1980 Topps Design

  1. Saw the first game he pitched at home that season, his local debut, He hit a home run and the place went nuts. Game went into extra innings (17?) and we were long gone by the time it ended. We had tickets for a show at Gilley’s that night. Ended up sharing a table with Kenny Stabler. That was fun and we didn’t have to pay for our beers, either. 😉

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