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My 1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick Subset Is Complete!!!


It took a little longer than I had expected, but I have completed my 1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick subset.  I posted each card individually for you with some insight as to how these guys and their professional careers panned out.  Some were impressive while others did not get the job done…

And even though the ranking of #1 pick connotes greatness, it is very obvious that it takes a very rare player to meet or exceed the expectations of this title.  Of this group of players, only 2 met the expectations – Darryl Strawberry and Harold Baines.  Each had very impressive careers, and were multiple time All-stars.  Of the remaining guys, Shawon Dunston, Bob Horner, and Mike Moore also fared pretty well in the majors yet fell short of what is expected of a player selected first in their draft class.  The rest of the guys may have shown flashes of greatness from time to time, but were definitely not able to achieve what was expected of them.

Here is the complete set:

Draft Set Complete 1

Draft Set Complete 2

And now that this subset is complete, I am ready to take on the next one!!  I have a few ideas…. Stay tuned!!!


1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick Subset – 8 Cards Into It!!!

It’s official!!!  I now own 8 cards of this set and I’m 66% of the way to the finish line!!!

I probably could have completed this set by now, but my strategy while going after this set was a little different from others I have collected in the past. You see, I am collecting these in sequential order(imagine doing that with a base set, no thanks!!).  I could use the card numbers on the back of the card to do this, but for me it has been more fun to focus on the set and what it’s importance is.  On the upper-left hand side of the card along with the #1 Draft Pick logo is the year that the player was drafted.  So my goal when starting this little 12-card subset was to not only get them all and learn about the guys featured but to also get them in the order in which they were drafted.  So that’s what I’m doing…

And now onto the first 8:

Draft Set 8 cards

Just 4 more to go…

1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick Subset – 5 Cards Deep

 I am now 5 cards into this subset, and it has been fun to recap these guys and their careers.

A little less than 1/2 way complete, this set offers a great mix of some of the most talented kids to have ever played the game.  And while not all, or not many, of them reached what was to be their full potential in the major leagues, this set offers a glimpse of the full spectrum of what happens to the players given the tag as the ‘#1 Draft Pick’.

5 down, 7 to go!!!


Draft Set 5 cards

New Subset To Collect – 1985 Topps #1 Draft Picks!!!

The set builder in you never dies!!!

Let me be clear, I have NO intent on ever putting together a 792 card set from Topps or a 660 card set from either Fleer or Donruss.  While these 3 brands remain my flavors of choice for their issues during the 1980’s, I don’t find the thought of searching for commons from that era to be that much fun.

But the subsets issued during those times are amazing to me.  Those little jewels buried in all of that heavy cardboard is what I am after.

One of those new jewels I am going to go after is the 1985 Topps #1 Draft Pick set.  It’s a relatively small 12-card set that features all of the players on a major league roster in 1985 that were the #1 pick in their year’s professional baseball draft.  While some of these guys went on to star in the sport for years on end, some quietly fizzled away and did not reach the lofty goals that are often too burdensome for a kid chosen with the first pick.

So, here is the checklist.  I already own the Darryl Strawberry card but I may decide to pick up another one so I can leave this one with his 1984 Topps rookie and 1985 Topps base card.  We’ll see…

Card # Player
271 Tim Foley
272 Jeff Burroughs
273 Bill Almon
274 Floyd Bannister
275 Harold Baines
276 Bob Horner
277 Al Chambers
278 Darryl Strawberry
279 Mike Moore
280 Shawon Dunston
281 Tim Belcher
282 Shane Abner


Stay tuned as I will present this subset to you as I obtain each and every card!!! 

draft pick