Without further ado, here’s the post where I go through a boatload of scans of cards from my Topps boxes. This is the 1995 version. I’ll start off by saying, this isn’t my favorite Topps set by any means. The design isn’t my favorite, and it seems like they started trying too hard with the photography. There’s some good ones, for sure. But there are some ham-handed ones, too.
First off, there’s a tribute card. Like the Hank Aaron card the year before, Topps followed up with a card honoring the 100th “birthday” of Babe Ruth.
With that theme, there’s some guys who aren’t 100, but were much closer to it than some others. There are some guys in uniforms you’re probably not used to – like Bo Jackson in an Angels uni, Darryl Strawberry in a Giants outfit. Kirk Gibson is in the uniform I’d most associate him with, but this is his last Topps card.
After that, on to some of my standard card scans. Here’s the Ken Griffey card. It’s card #397, or the first card in series 2 (Frank Thomas is #1 – I’ll show that one later). I also figured I’d show two other cards. Eduardo Perez is the other son of a Big Red Machine member, and Griffey has an All-Star card where he’s combined with Barry Bonds. I have an autographed lithograph back at my parents of Griffey and Bonds together – there’s something cool about a card or some sort of memorabilia with the two of them on there. Best players of the 90′s, sons in the two best father-son combos.
And here’s one of my other favorite players – Rickey is back with Oakland for the 3rd of 4 stints.
And here’s another group I’ve posted on occasion – the trio pitching staff from the Braves. This is their World Series winning year, I guess. Zero HOF-ers at the moment in this group, but 3 future HOF-ers.
This is the set of some weird pictures. Here’s the first of those. Two Milwaukee Brewers. Clearly taken on the same day, from almost exactly the same position with the same pose. But a different uniform they’re “modeling”. Cirillo seems to be slightly earlier time of day.
There’s some other funny photos, too. There’s plenty of very “staged” pose photos. Enough that I could scan a full set of vertical ones and a full grouping of horizontal ones. Some are well done (Piazza, Hershiser), but some go well beyond corny (Daulton, Walker).
This set has quite a few cards with some weird photography tricks – for lack of a better term. None of them are exactly the same – they tend to involve multiple shots of the sequence of a play. Interesting that Royce Clayton is featured in 2 of these. And then there’s the O’Neill, which is just kind of weird with the fans in the background and the Cleveland outfielder (is that Manny?).
OK, all that is kind of some weird stuff. I don’t love most of that. But there are some good action shots in this set – in fact, some of the better action shots I’ve seen so far:
Topps also put some good shots of guys not in action, but in either the dugout or signing autographs. I like these cards.
After showing off some of the better shots – here’s some of the younger stars. There aren’t really any notable rookie cards in this set, but there are some very young guys who’d go on to some serious production in the big leagues.
Next up is some more scans of the game’s best in the mid-90′s. There were some serious offensive numbers put up in 1994.