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1975 Topps Set Card 167/660 – #93 – Dave Lopes, Dodgers

1975 Topps Set Card 167/660 – #93 – Dave Lopes, Dodgers

Progress: 167/660

Player Name:  Dave Lopes

Team:  Los Angeles Dodgers

Position:  2nd Base

Image Style:  Posed Batting

Years In The Major Leagues:  16 seasons, 1972-87

Notes From His 1975 Season:  Davey Lopes played in 155 games for the Dodgers in 1975.  He paced the NL in steals with 77 by the end of the year en route to scoring 108 runs.  Lopes hit .262 on the year and had an on-base percentage of .58 for the club.

Notes From Career:  During his 16-year major league career, Davey Lopes swiped 557 bases, good for 26th on the all-time list.  He was a lifetime .263 hitter with 1,671 hits in 1,812 games played.   Lopes was a 4-time All-star and captured a Gold Glove for defensive excellence at second base in 1978.  He captured a World Series championship with the Dodgers in 1981.

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1976 Topps Stolen Base League Leaders Card Featuring Joe Morgan

1976 Topps Stolen Base League Leaders Card Featuring Joe Morgan

Joe Morgan ruled the baseball world during the 1975 and 1976 seasons.  Heck, he has two trophies in his possession that state he was the best player in the National League during that time.

And then there is this card below.

From the 1976 Topps baseball card set, this cad pays homage to the top three base stealers from the 1975 season.  And there is Joe, rounding out his incredible offensive resume as he lays claim to 67 stolen bases – good for second place.

A great addition to my Joe Morgan collection!!!

My 1987 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ Set Is Now Complete!!!

My 1987 Topps ‘Record Breakers’ Set Is Now Complete!!!

Well, it didn’t take long and it was fairly easy, and now I can proudly say that I have put together the 1987 Topps Record Breakers subset.

The set boasts some of the sports biggest stars from that era while also celebrating some of the baseball history that was created during the 1986 baseball season.

From rookie phenoms to veteran runners and everything in between – this set brought back a ton of memories for me.  And the fact that it is one of my favorite designs from the 1980’s doesn’t hurt either…

Here is a peek at the completed set:

What subset is next?  You’re going to have to stay tuned to find that out…. But I won’t keep you waiting too long!!  🙂

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Dave Lopes

1987 Topps Record Breakers – Card #4 – Dave Lopes

Headline – ’40-Year Old Lopes Steals Bases At A Record Pace’

The Story – Houston, TX, October 5, 1986:  Astros’ Dave Lopes has achieved 25 stolen bases in 1986, a major league mark for age 40.  The former record was the 23 swipes compiled by Pirates’ Hall of Famer Honus Wagner in 1914.  Lopes turned 40 on May 3, 1986.

My take – A truly remarkable feat!  And of course the first place I went when reading the back of this card was Rickey Henderson.  Rickey eclipsed the 25-steals mark 3 times after his 40th birthday.  He stole 37 at 40, 36 at 41, and 25 at 42.  As I have stated more than once on this blog, Rickey is truly 1 of a kind!!!

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #43

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #43

1973 Topps – Card #609 – AKA – ‘The Davey Lopes Rookie Card’

Larvell Blanks – A 9-year veteran, Blanks started and ended his career in Atlanta with stops in Cleveland and Texas in between.  A solid defender with a fair bat, Blanks spent time in the majors as both a starter and reserve.  He has a career batting average is .253 and other notable stats include 57 doubles, 20 home runs, and 172 RBI.

Pedro Garcia – Garcia’s career in the big leagues lasted just 5 seasons, but he got regular work in that time.  A low .220 hitter, it was Garcia’s defense and ability to score runs that kept him in the rotation.  In 558 career games, Garcia scored 196 runs, drove in 184, and hit 37 home runs. 

Dave Lopes – The speedy Lopes was a terror on the base paths.  Stealing bases and scoring runs was something that Lopes did very well during his 16 years as a major leaguer – even past his 40th birthday!  A 4-time All-star, Lopes scored 1,023 runs during his playing days along with stealing 557 bases, which is good for 25th on the all-time list.  He recorded at least 40 or more steals in a season 7 times.  Lopes was a member of the 1981 World Series championship LA Dodgers.