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:
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.