1998 Topps ’90 Reds Cards

11 09 2013

After going up to 9 of the 25 1990 World Series team members in the 1997 Topps set, there was a decrease of 4 players represented in the 1998 set – down to only 5 players (but no subset cards).

There were 5 players gone from after having cards in the 1997 set:

  • Jose Rijo didn’t have a card in the set as he was out of baseball for five years.  He would get one again in 2002 – he was the second player in baseball history to play in a game after receiving Hall of Fame votes.
  • Eric Davis was not in the 1998 Topps set even though he was in a bunch of other sets in 1998 – including Topps Gallery.  Davis played for Baltimore in 1997, but was diagnosed with colon cancer and only played about 40 games.  He would be back in the base set in 1999.
  • Mariano Duncan’s last Topps card was in 1997.  He helped the Yankees to their first World Series title in nearly two decades in 1996.  He was decent for the Yankees and Blue Jays in 1997, and he did have some cards in 1998 from Pacific.  He played his last baseball in Japan in 1998 for the Yomiuri Giants.
  • Norm Charlton had his last Topps card in 1997, and like Duncan did have a card in some Pacific sets in 1998.  He actually pitched through 2001, but was largely ineffective for 5 different teams.
  • Randy Myers had also had his last Topps card in 1997.  This is kind of shocking – he led the AL in saves and won the Rolaids Relief award in 1997 while pitching for the Baltimore Orioles.  He had cards in other sets, just not in any Topps products.  Myers would be out of baseball soon thereafter, though.  He saved 28 games for the Blue Jays in 1998, but had an ERA over 4.  He was picked up off waivers by the Padres in one of the biggest waiver blunders – the Padres claimed him to block him from the Braves getting him, and thought the Jays would pull him back.  But they just let San Diego have him.  He did pitch for the Padres in the World Series, but did not pitch well.  He was injured and never pitched after the 1998 season.

Lou Piniella was manager of that Mariners team – but Topps still didn’t have manager cards for the fourth straight year.  He’d be back in Topps sets in the future, though.

There was 1 player back after not having a card in the 1997 set:

  • Joe Oliver was a bit of an alternator.  He was in the ’94 set, then gone from the ’95 set after injuries basically eliminated his 1994 campaign.  He was back in 1996, but kept out of the ’97 Topps set despite playing over 100 games the season before.  He was back in 1998 – with the Reds!

There were no subset or insert cards other than the Printed in Cooperstown parallel that each base card had.

1998 – Jeff Reed, Hal Morris, Barry Larkin, Paul O’Neill, Joe Oliver

1998 Topps Reds

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