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1984 Topps – 1983 Highlights With Johnny Bench, Gaylord Perry, And Carl Yastrzemski

1984 Topps – 1983 Highlights With Johnny Bench, Gaylord Perry, And Carl Yastrzemski

I already owned this baseball card, but I needed a second one. 

The first time I scooped this one up it was because I was building the 1984 Topps Highlights set.

And since I am a dedicated, and sometimes obsessive collector, I cannot pull from one set to add to another.

So, I bought another one.

Here it is:

This one will rest comfortably within my Johnny Bench collection.


Did You Know…

From his retirement in 1927 until the end of the 1982 season, Walter Johnson was the all-time strikeout leader, but a year later he was bumped to fourth on that list.  By the end of the 1983 season, Steve Carlton(3,709), Nolan Ryan(3,677), and Gaylord Perry(3,534) had all passed Johnson’s 3,509 career strikeouts.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Big League Trivia’

My take – While I am surprised that it took almost 60 years for Johnson’s record to fall, I have to believe that Nolan Ryan’s current record of 5,714 will never be eclipsed…

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #39

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #39

1963 Topps – Card #169 – AKA – ‘The Gaylord Perry Rookie Card’

Dick Egan – A 4-year veteran, Dick Egan made just 27 appearances in the big leagues.  Playing for 3 different teams in 4 years, Egan pitched a total of 101 innings.  He has a career record of 1-2 with 2 saves along with an ERA of 5.15.  In 101 innings of work, Egan gave up 109 hits while allowing 66 runs.

Julio Navarro – Navarro enjoyed six seasons in the major leagues, but he was used sparingly.  Pitching a total of 212 innings, Navarro appeared in 130 games for the Angels, Tigers, and Braves.  He has a career record of 7-9 with 17 saves and an ERA of 3.65.  Navarro allowed 191 hits and 97 runs while also striking out 151 batters and walking 70.

Gaylord Perry – Hall of Famer Gaylord Perry played 22 seasons in the big leagues.  He is a 2-time Cy Young Award winner as well as a member of the ‘300 Wins Club’ and 3000 Strikeouts Club’.  Perry amassed 314 wins during his career and pitched an amazing 303 complete games, 53 of which were shutouts.  Gaylord Perry is a 5-time All-star.

Tommie Sisk – A 9-year veteran, Tommie Sisk suited up for the Pirates, Padres, and White Sox during his playing days.  He has a career record of 40-49 with 10 saves.  40 of his wins include 19 complete games and 4 shutouts.  In 928 innings of work, Sisk allowed 937 hits while giving up 57 home runs.

The 1984 Topps ‘1983 Highlights’ 6-Card Subset – Card #6

The 1984 Topps ‘1983 Highlights’ 6-Card Subset – Card #6

Headline – ‘Superstars Bench, Perry, and Yastrzemski Retire’

Text on the back – Career stats from Bench’s 17, Perry’s 22, and Yaz’s 23-year careers

25 years later – 3 Hall of Famers honored on one card – SWEET!!!

The 1984 Topps ‘1983 Highlights’ 6-Card Subset – Card #4

The 1984 Topps ‘1983 Highlights’ 6-Card Subset – Card #4

Headline – ‘Ryan, Carlton, And Perry Surpass Walter Johnson’

Text on the back – Montreal, Quebec, April 2, 1983: Astros’ Nolan Ryan fanned his 3,509th batter breaking mark of 3,508 K’s by Walter Johnson, 1907-27.  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, May 20, 1983: Philles’ Steve Carlton’s 3,509th strikeout has exceeded lifetime total of Walter Johnson.  Boston, Massachusetts, August 13, 1983: Royals’ Gaylord Perry has recorded his 3,509th strikeout to surpass Walter Johnson’s 3,508.

25 years later – Sine 1984, Johnson’s mark has been passed by 5 more pitchers.

The 1984 Topps ‘1983 Highlights’ 6-Card Subset


I love everything that they represent.  While a 792-card set issued by Topps on an annual basis back in the 1980’s was a nice way to get prepared for another baseball season, it was the subset that gave you the history, the special moments, the memories we will cherish!!

The 1984 Topps ‘1983 Highlights’ set focuses on just that – baseball highlights from the 1983 season.

I picked up this 6-card doozie for just $1 on Ebay.  I am happy to own it, and I will share it with you all day long.  And while doing so, I thought it would be fun to reflect back on this set 25 years after its release.

Enjoy the ride – I will too!!!

Fergie Jenkins And The Hall Of Fame Class Of 1991

Fergie Jenkins was elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1991.  Sitting alongside Rod Carew and Gaylord Perry, Jenkins was a very proud man as he was the first ever Canadian-born player elected into Cooperstown.

Jenkins had a marvelous 19-year career in which he compiled a 284-226 record.  He started 594 games in his career and went the distance in 267 of them – AMAZING!!!  Fergie struck out 3,192 batters and walked just 997.  His career ERA is a solid 3.34.  Sadly, Fergie Jenkins never made a post-season appearance.

Did You Know…

Gaylord Perry became the first pitcher to win the Cy Young Award in both leagues, with the Cleveland Indians(American League) in 1972 and the San Diego Padres(National League) in 1978.

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

Did You Know…

The only two brothers to ever win the Cy Young Award are Jim Perry in 1970 and Gaylord Perry in 1972 and 1978. 


** factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’

My take – I did not know that…

1983 Topps Super Veteran Set Update

30 down and just 5 to go. 

This set has been a blast to collect and I have learned quite a bit about these guys as I have shown them off to you.  I am eager to obtain the last 5 cards of this set so I can mark off another piece to my collection as being complete.  And I am sure that I will learn more about Tug McGraw, Nolan Ryan, Tony Perez, Kent Tekulve, and Sparky Lyle in the process.

Stay tuned – the final 5 cards should be all mine in the coming weeks!!!