Almost a month-long gap between Four Topps posts, but today we're back with a bang! The magic of Random.org had me rifling through my binders in search of card No. 770 from my four favorite childhood sets -- 1987 through 1990 Topps, of course.
Let's cut right through the chit-chat and see what we've got...
Welp, we knew any card ending in a five or zero was bound to be a power player, and 1987 Topps didn't let us down. Perennial all-star and HOFer Dave Winfield in all his pinstripe glory. It's a great-looking card, even if his front foot got cropped off. Hey, Stat Man: Dave's 104 RBIs were second-most on the '86 Yankees (Mattingly, 113).
Another star of his era, Whitaker's 1988 Topps card is a thing of beauty The former AL Rookie of the Year is perfectly framed in this photo showing off his 'sweet' swing. A great example of the allure of the '88 set. Hey, Stat Man: Whitaker set a career high with 110 runs for the Tigers in 1987 and made his fifth consecutive All-Star team.
Just like his Detroit teammate, Alan Trammell took card No. 770 for a late '80s Topps set. Ya know, I don't consider Trammell to have an unusually long last name, but look at how the lettering on the back of his jersey is essentially spilling into his armpit. Big font, I guess. Then again, guys wore their uniform tops kinda snug in 'nem days. Hey, Stat Man: Finished seventh in MVP voting in 1988 after crafting a .311 average with 15 homers as Detroit's everyday shortstop.
If you don't love 1990 Topps, I don't know if we can be friends. Okay, maybe that's a bit strong, but cards like this Cory Snyder take me back to my boyhood days of collecting. How great it was to break open a wax pack of '90 Topps to see all the crazy color combos on the borders of each card. This set had a lot of lame photos, yes, but this isn't one of them. Oh, and by the way, why did Cory Snyder get such a badass card number?? Hey, Stat Man: Despite a .215 batting clip, Cory swatted 18 homers for the Tribe in 1989
And the Winner Is: A great selection of cards making for a very tricky call. One the one hand, the Winfield seems to be the obvious choice since he's the lone Hall of Fame representative of the quartet. But, I think the Whitaker and Snyder cards each have better photos. So, my selection for the 770 slot? I'll go with the man who resides in the hallowed halls of Cooperstown.