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The 1989 Topps Design Is Really Starting To Grow On Me…

I’ve always liked the look of this card, but as I search through Ebay for player lots or cards to add to my player collections, the 1989 Topps issue looks better and better to me each time I pass one by.

As a kid, I probably had 2 or 3 complete sets of these.  And I probably had countless other rookie and star cards from the set in my albums.

But the impact of the overall design has not hit me until very recently.  I believe that the 1989 Topps set could pass as a vintage set from 20-30 before it’s release date.

Check out how well Topps incorporated the team colors of the player’s team with the trim and team logos on the card.

 

Now, here is an example of a close-up shot we would have expected to see back in the 60’s or 70’s.  A nice close-up shot of a player getting ready to take a practice swing.  Although the photo does not appear to be staged, it reminds me of the many images from the 60’s and 70’s of players mimicking what they do in a game.

Here is a great shot of the player at bat anticipating the pitch.  Although it is not an action shot since he is not swinging the bat, it reminds me of so many attempts Topps made in the 1970’s as they tried to provide real action shots when there was nothing really happening.

Lastly, the All-Star card.  This would have looked great as an issue from the 1960’s.  Imagine this card with a close-up of Frank Robinson or Hank Aaron.  This card’s design can withstand the test of time.

Is it just me, or does anyone else reading this have similar feelings about the 1989 Topps product?  As a player collector with no real interest in set building, I think that if I were to attempt a set it would be this one.  I love the look of the cards and being that this set is over 19 years old it could be considered vintage.  Hell, the look kind of gives it that feel too…

Let me know your thoughts?  Am I alone on this or do you agree as well??

Cast Your Vote: Best Baseball Card Design From the 80’s

That’s right.  2 weeks ago we looked at the worst designs that the 80’s had to offer so it is now only fair to do the opposite and praise the best looking cards from the 80’s as well.

So here we go.  I have selected what I consider to be the cream of the crop from this group.  Leave a comment on this post to cast your vote!

I have intentionally left Score and Upper Deck products out of this category as their quality for their first issues in the late 80’s was superior to what Donruss and Fleer introduced in the early 80’s.

The contenders are:

1980 Topps

1980 Topps

 

1983 Topps

1983 Topps

 

1985 Topps

1985 Topps

 

1987 Fleer

1987 Fleer

 

1988 Donruss

1988 Donruss

 

1988 Fleer

1988 Fleer

 

1989 Topps

1989 Topps

Why No Love for Randy Johnson???

Look, I will be the first one to admit that Randy Johnson does not come across as a nice guy.  And to be honest I am not a fan of his.  I enjoyed watching him win the World Series in Arizona but that was more of a celebration for Mark Grace than anyone else.  But that shouldn’t effect the value of his cards should it?  I could totally understand why a player collector would not be a fan of his, but his stats are pretty solid and he will go down as one of the most dominant pitchers from the last 20 years.

Check out these career stats:

Wins 294
Loses 159
Complete Games 99
Shutouts 37
Strikeouts 4,772
ERA 3.26

I don’t know how much longer the ‘Big Unit’ will pitch, but if he makes it through one more season after this one he is a lock for 300 career wins and if he can hold on for 2 more years he has an outside shot at 5,000 strikeouts too.

Even though the probability of him pitching until he is 46 years old is not very likely, it does display how solid of a performer he has been throughout his career.  Had it not been for the 2003 and 2007 seasons in which he was injured, he would easily have captured the 300 win and 5,000 strikeout milestones already.

So why no love for ‘The Big Unit’??  You can find some pretty nice sized lots on Ebay of his rookie cards for well under $1.00 per card.

Why not invest a little money in a 1st ballot Hall of Famer, that should have 300 career wins and is 2nd in all-time strikeouts??  A pitcher like this will not come around too often…

That Guy!!

Every collector has a ‘That Guy’.  The guy that was going to make you a genius amongst your fellow collectors.  The guy that was going to come in and dominate the game.  The guy that nobody else heard of but you knew he had ‘the stuff’.

My guy was Keith ‘Kiki’ Jones.  Kiki was a pitcher drafted very highly in 1989 by the Los Angeles Dodgers.  Kiki was a ‘fire-baller’ who was throwing in the high 90’s with extreme accuracy.  I had first read about him in ’90 after he struck out 100 batters in just 61 innings as a high school senior.  Kiki was being touted as the next Dwight Gooden and I ran with that.

Every card shop, card show dealer, and friend that had Kiki’s cards soon became my prey.  I attacked and when I was done I owned roughly 400 of these beauties.  Luckily for me at the time I was able to grab most of these for a quarter or less, but again I was thinking of the end reward and all of the ‘You The Man’s’ I was going to get once he debuted in the majors and kicked baseball’s ass.

1989 Score Rookie Card

1989 Score Rookie Card

That smile just reeks of confidence and I was just waiting for the baseball world to be in awe of Keith ‘Kiki’ Jones. 

Too bad it didn’t work out that way.  Kiki never did reach the majors, and sadly enough ‘My Guy’ was tagged by the baseball media as a bust.  Kiki bounced around the minors for a few years while dealing with injuries to his pitching arm and never regained what had made him the 15th pick in the draft.  After 12 years in the minor leagues, Kiki officially left the game of baseball in 2001.  No Rookie of the Year awards, No Cy Young awards, No World Series rings…

So, who is your ‘That Guy’???

Cast Your Vote: Ugliest Card from the 1980’s

I’ve wanted to do this for a while now.  Most of the stuff I am trying to collect is from my favorite baseball stars from the 80’s.  Obviously this has led me to find some unbelievably ugly cards.

So now I turn this over to you.  I have presented 8 cards from the 80’s below and want you to vote on which is the ugliest from that decade.  I have limited this to just the major brands.  You will only find base cards here, no inserts or secondary sets.

To vote, simply add a comment to this post and I will then take the 2 cards getting the most votes and have a final competition to crown “The Ugliest Card from the 1980’s”.

And the nominees are(in year order):

1981 Donruss

1981 Donruss

1982 Fleer

1982 Fleer

1983 Fleer

1983 Fleer

1984 Fleer

1984 Fleer

1984 Donruss

1984 Donruss

1986 Topps

1986 Topps

1987 Topps

1987 Topps

1989 Fleer

1989 Fleer