Tuesday, November 27, 2012

2013 Hall of Fame Ballot: Jack Morris

Jack Morris will be in his 14th year on the Hall of Fame ballot in 2013.  Shown below are all of his regular issue Topps cards between 1978 to 1987.  In 1987 Morris helped his team to the ALCS but the series would be lost to the Twins.  Four years later, Morris would then help the Twins to a World Series Championship in 1991 after beating the Blue Jays in the ALCS.  The next year, he would help the Blue Jays to a World Series Championship versus the Braves.   He played 18 seasons from 1977 to 1994. Morris holds a total of 3 WS rings ('84,'91,'92).

1986 Topps

1985 Topps

1984 Topps.  This was Jack Morris' 1st World Series Championship season.


1983 Topps

1982 Topps

1981 Topps

1980 Topps

1979 Topps


1978 Topps #703.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

1987 Topps: Turn Back the Clock (Reggie Jackson '77)

Ten years after Reggie Jackson hit four consecutive World Series HR's, Topps dedicated one of their five 'Turn Back the Clock' cards to R.Jackson in 1987.  Babe Ruth hit 3 HR's in a single World Series game twice before Jackson.  Albert Pujols and Pablo Sandoval each hit 3 HR's in a single World Series game recently.  I'm not sure that anyone's hit four consecutive World Series HR's though--and all on the first pitch.  At the end of his career, Reggie Jackson was still a big name in 1987.  He had helped his team to seven League Championship Series appearances ('71, '72, '73, '74, '75, '77, '78) and five World Series victories ('72, '73, '74, '77, '78) during the 1970's.  He also appeared in four  LCS's ('80, '81, '82, '86) and another World Series ('81) during the 1980's.  His career began with the Kansas City Athletics during their final year in 1967, and would end with the Oakland Athletics after 21 seasons in 1987.     

1987 Topps Traded.  This is Reggie Jackson's final Topps player card as shown below wearing the uniform of his original team.

1987 Topps.  After losing the '81 World Series, R.Jackson was traded to the Angels.  He would eventually help the Angels get to the ALCS in '86, but lost the series to the Red Sox.  This is R.Jackson's last card in an Angels uniform.

1975 Topps.  R.Jackson won the A.L. MVP award in 1973 after leading the A's to their second of three consecutive World Series Championships. 

1972 Topps.  This was Jackson's first year as a World Series champion, beating the Reds team in '72. 

1971 Topps.  In only his 5th year with the Majors, Reggie Jackson would help his team to the first of five consecutive playoff appearances.  The Athletics lost the '71 ALCS to the Orioles.

 1970 Topps.  This was Jackson's 2nd regular issue Topps Card.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

1987 Topps: Turn Back the Clock (Roberto Clemente '72)

The following 1987 Topps 'Turn Back the Clock' card represents part of a 5-card subset commemorating 5-, 10-, 15-, 20-, and 25-years ago in baseball and Topps card production.  It was the closest thing to a reprint card a 10-year old kid could find in 1987, and partially explains why the '72 Topps set has become one of my all-time favorite card sets.   

1975 Topps.

1973 Topps.  Although he did not play in '73, Topps did produce one final card of Roberto Clemente containing his entire career statistics.

1972 Topps.  It was a momentous event to finally obtain an original version of the '87 TBC card.

1971 Topps.

1970 Topps.

 1969 Topps.


1966 Topps.  Clemente won the NL MVP in '66.