1989 Topps – ’90 Reds Cards

7 04 2011

19 out of the 25 players from the 1990 World Champions had cards in the 1989 Topps set.  Lou Piniella was the Yankees general manager in 1988, and managed the club the second half of the season after firing Billy Martin.  I’m not sure what Piniella did in 1989, but he was neither the manager (Dallas Green) nor the general manager (Bob Quinn) of the Yankees that year.  The Reds would hire Quinn as general manager and Piniella as manager for the 1990 season.

Both Chris Sabo and Jack Armstrong had cards in the ’88 Topps Traded set, and 1989 was their first year in the flagship set.  Nasty Boys Norm Charlton and Rob Dibble both had rookie cards in the 1989 set.  However, Mariano Duncan and Luis Quinones were not featured in this set after being included in the ’88 set. Duncan only played in the minors in 1988;  I’m assuming he was injured, because he only played a total of 56 minor league games that year.  Kind of stinks, I guess – play 4 years for the Dodgers, the year you’re sent down, they win the World Series.  Quinones was traded to the Reds at the beginning of the ’88 season, but he spent the majority of the season at AAA Nashville.  He had a cup of coffee in late May and then made the 40-man roster toward the end of the season.

Eric Davis was also featured on the Reds Team Leaders card, and Jackson was featured in the All-Star subset.

1988 – Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Danny Jackson, Rick Mahler, Randy Myers, Norm Charlton, Rob Dibble, Jack Armstrong, Jeff Reed, Todd Benzinger, Ron Oester, Bill Doran, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo, Eric Davis, Billy Hatcher, Herm Winningham, Glenn Braggs, Paul O’Neill


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