In the last edition of Four Topps, I let Random.org take a sabbatical and selected the card number myself. This time around, I put the little buggers back to work and made them do their arbitrary magic. And here's what we've got for ya today: card No. 35. We should see some all-stars or at least some noteworthy vets with a number like this.
But, there's only one way to find out, so let's go...
Because I readily associate Sid Bream with the 1992 Atlanta Braves, I kinda forget that he had a whole 'nother baseball life prior to that with the Cubs and Bucs. I love the old Pirates logo and the old Pirates cap, and this card has both. And they just look so right within the '87 Topps motif, no? Hey, Stat Man: Sid established career bests with 16 homers and 77 RBIs for Pittsburgh in 1986.
This is a card I most definitely remember from my early collecting days. I recall being confused about the number on Baines' pants. I mean, what's it doing there? It's almost as confounding as the green and pink color combo Topps used for their White Sox cards in '88. Hey, Stat Man: Pounded 20 home runs and collected 93 RBIs during an all-star season for the ChiSox in 1987.
Tudor joined the Dodgers in August of '88, as the Cardinals sent him to Hollywood in exchange for Pedro Guerrero. He made a pair of postseason starts for the eventual World Series champs, including Game 4 of the Fall Classic. I've always liked this card because it appears to feature some nighttime baseball action. Something I'm sure this guy appreciates. Hey, Stat Man: Finished the '88 season with a 2.32 ERA, good enough for fourth in the NL.
I was a catcher for pretty much every year I played Little League ball, so naturally I loved any card of any catcher. This is one that I remember from the summer of '90, when 10-year-old me begged my mom for packs of cards every time we went to Caldor or Thrift Drug or, well, anywhere that sold cards. I really liked this card back then, and I still like it now. Hey, Stat Man: Won his 2nd of three straight Gold Gloves and made his first All-Star Game for the Padres in 1989.
And the Winner Is: Oof, this is a tough call. But, I'm gonna go with my brother from the Order of the Shinguards and give the cookie to the '90 Santiago. Bream finishes a close second.