Monday, January 27, 2014

Four Topps, #35

In the last edition of Four Topps, I let 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.



  1. Decent group of four there actually, I'm partial to the Bream myself but they're all nice in their own way...

  2. That Bream card is a pretty decent one! Glad to see that the Order of the Shinguards prevails. Shinguards were actually the best gift that I ever gave my little brother. Found 'em at the Salvation Army for less than $10 bucks. He's 15 years younger than me, and he thought they were cool, though they were a little too big for him at the time. He ended up being a first baseman anyways, since my dad and I taught him to throw and hit left handed.