The 1984 Topps baseball set is a prime example of cards that I loved to collect as a kid. I remember running down to Long's to buy packs of this stuff looking for Ozzie Smith, Rickey Henderson, Rollie Fingers, and other childhood favorites.
It's my second favorite Topps' set from the 80's (1983 Topps is my favorite). I just love the dual picture design on the front, along with how the team name runs down the left side of the card. It also includes rookie cards of Don Mattingly and Darryl Strawberry... two hitters who made a huge impact on the hobby. There are also 2nd year cards of three hall of famers... Tony Gwynn (my favorite player), Ryne Sandberg, and Wade Boggs.
So... when I stumbled across a rack pack box of this stuff a few months back at the flea market, I swooped it up. I was able to pull the three most expensive cards from the box, so I decided to go ahead and build it.
#490 Cal Ripken Jr.
#182 Darryl Strawberry
#8 Don Mattingly
Then last Sunday, I came across this post over at Lifetime Topps Project. A few messages to each other and voila... I'm 21 steps closer to completing my set. Here are a couple of the highlights from the trade:
#259 Sparky Anderson
#391 Dale Murphy
In addition to the Topps cards, he threw in these three Tony Gwynn cards:
2009 Upper Deck 20th Anniversary #1305
2000 SP Authentic "Supremacy" #S5
2000 SP Authentic "Midsummer Classic" #MC8
Twenty-one cards down... seventeen cards to go. Thanks for the great trade Charles... I'm glad we were able to help each other out.
If you happen to have any 1984 Topps baseball singles, please email me. I'm still looking for the following cards:
123, 271, 300 (Pete Rose), 450, 521, 632, 710, 725, 748
Today's question of the day:
What's your favorite Topps' baseball card set from the 80's?
Darn... my last day off, before I head back to the classroom. I hope everyone enjoys their Sunday.