Completed insert set – 2010 Topps History of the World Series

6 01 2012

Topps History of the World Series is an insert set in 2010 series 1 as part of the “Baseball History” line of inserts.

Info about the set:

Set description: “Explore the major milestones and events surrounding the Fall Classic such as: First walk-off HR, first WS night game, and first World Series.”  Funny, that’s what the sell sheet said – but they literally never put in any of those.  The cards have red arched borders at the top and bottom, with a picture of the player, and a banner with a description of the event and the date of the series at the bottom, just above the player’s name.

Set composition: 25 cards, 1:6 hobby odds (2010 Topps series 1)

Hall of Famers: 15

Christy Mathewson, Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth (2 cards), Rogers Hornsby, Mickey Mantle, Mel Ott, Enos Slaughter, Bob Feller, Whitey Ford, Yogi Berra (2 cards), Jim Palmer, Bob Gibson, Brooks Robinson, Dennis Eckersley, Paul Molitor

How I put the set together:

  • 6 cards from the hobby box
  • 5 cards from trades
  • 5 cards from a Card Show
  • 9 cards from Sportlots

Thoughts on the set:  Like the History of Baseball set that was the counterpart to this one from series 1, I love this set.  I think the first one had a better design, but this one isn’t bad.  I love any type of set like this that celebrates history of the game in a targeted way – which this one does.  I was thinking about what they selected, and I tried to think of what I’d include.  Out of the stuff below, bold ones are included

First, I thought of – what are the top 5 home runs in the World Series history.  I came up with 6 instead:

  • Both walk-off WS winners – Mazeroski and Joe Carter
  • Babe Ruth “called shot”
  • Kirk Gibson’s 1988 walk-off winner
  • Carlton Fisk’s walk-off home run in 1976
  • Jeter’s Mr. November homer

I didn’t include Kirby Puckett’s homer in game 6 of 1991 – because my next groups was the top individual performances I can think of, including one from that series.  I actually thought of 10 big ones:

  • Christy Mathewson throwing 3 shutouts
  • Jack Morris outdueling John Smoltz and the Braves bullpen for a 1-0, 10 inning win
  • Don Larsen’s perfect game in 1956 (though they show Berra, not Larsen)
  • Brooks Robinson defensively shutting down the Reds in the 1970 series
  • Reggie Jackson hitting 3 home runs in 1977
  • Babe Ruth throwing the most consecutive shutout innings
  • Whitey Ford passing Ruth’s record
  • Bob Gibson’s 17-strikeout game
  • The Mets’ game 6 comeback on the 1986 Red Sox
  • Old Pete Alexander shutting down Murderer’s Row to clinch the 1926 World Series

Then, there were 3 top individual plays (not counting the HR above) that I thought of:

  • Enos Slaughter’s “mad dash”
  • Willie Mays over-the-shoulder catch
  • Luis Gonzalez series winning single off Mariano Rivera in 2001

Finally, I thought – what are some of the biggest team wins in history. I thought of 6:

  • The first series featured Boston over Pittsburgh in 1903
  • The Black Sox scandal featuring a Reds victory in 1919
  • Murderers’ Row’s sweep in 1927
  • The first win by the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1956
  • The 1969 Amazin’ Mets
  • The Red Sox ending the curse in 2004

Out of my 25 – they only included 8 – I think most of mine would are much better than what they did include.  I’d also have gone chronologically with the set.  Still, a very cool set either way you look at it.

Card that completed my set: #HWS19 – Boston Breaks the “Curse of the Bambino”

This was one of 3 cards I got in a Sportlots purchase in November.

Highest book value: #HWS6 Mantle – Most career home runs (18) in WS history

Best card (my opinion): #HWS11 – Johnny Podres gives Brooklyn Dodgers 1st WS win

Can’t beat this one.  Though the first World Series in 1903 would be up there – if they’d included it.

Here’s the list of these cards – and the year when the event happened.

  • HWS1 Christy Mathewson throws 3 complete game shutouts
  • HWS2 Walter Johnson leads Senators to 1st WS victory
  • HWS3 Babe Ruth most innings pitched in a WS game
  • HWS4 Rogers Hornsby player/Mgr. for Cardinals
  • HWS5 Babe Ruth has first 3-HR game in the World Series
  • HWS6 Mantle: Most career home runs (18) in WS history
  • HWS7 Mel Ott homers in his 1st World Series at bat
  • HWS8 Enos Slaughter’s Mad Dash
  • HWS9 Bob Feller pick off at second not called
  • HWS10 Whitey Ford: Most career wins in WS history
  • HWS11 Johnny Podres gives Brooklyn Dodgers 1st WS win
  • HWS12 Yogi Berra catches the 1st perfect World Series game
  • HWS13 Yogi Berra: Most career hits in WS history
  • HWS14 Jim Palmer: youngest pitcher w/shutout game in WS
  • HWS15 Bob Gibson sets a record of 17 KO in a WS game
  • HWS16 Brooks Robinson electric 1970 WS performance
  • HWS17 Dennis Eckersley finished off Game 4 to win WS
  • HWS18 Paul Molitor: Highest career BA (.418) in WS history
  • HWS19 Boston Breaks the “Curse of the Bambino”
  • HWS20 Edgar Renteria’s extra-inning Series-winning hit
  • HWS21 Mr. November hits 10th inning blast
  • HWS22 A. Gonzalez ends the second-longest game in WS
  • HWS23 Cole Hamels earns NLCS and WS MVP honors
  • HWS24 Utley ties Reggie Jackson for most HR in single WS
  • HWS25 Yankees usher in new stadium with WS championship



2 responses

6 01 2012
MIlwaukee Southpaw

Nice post! I think you put together a very good list. I’ve always felt that Jack Morris has gotten short-changed by history as far as just how huge his performance was in that game. I mean, a 10-inning shutout in a Game7?? Come on!!

6 01 2012

Thanks! I did shortchange my Reds a bit – the only ones I put in there were 1976 (Fisk HR) and the Black Sox scandal – where they were the “other” team in the “story”.

At least they were the “other” team that won both those series…

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