Updating for 2015 – Hall of Famers in sets from the 90’s (and 2000)

8 01 2015

Continuing my last post – here are Topps Hall of Famers in sets from the 1990’s.  The numbers sure look different in this decade than the previous one.  Some of that is just purely the fact that it’s later and these guys aren’t all eligible yet.  Plus, the way the elections work, time helps.  Every player who played in the 1960’s and 70’s is eligible and has been for quite a while, but there are more guys from the 20’s and 30’s because they’ve just had more chances on veteran committees and such.

Here’s HOF ers from the 1990’s.  Until last year, this decade had no “new” players.  Frank Thomas was the first player inducted to have his first baseball card (and start his career) in the 1990’s.  Pedro Martinez joins Thomas as players with rookie cards in the 90’s – he is now the player with the latest “first Topps card” to make the Hall of Fame.  His first Topps card was in 1993 – though his rookie card was actually 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition.

For sake of continuity – 1989 had 36 Hall of Famers, which included 5 managers and 2 Turn Back the Clock subsets of retired players.  I included the year 2000 since that’s the only set in that decade I’ve done.

1990 Topps – 35 Hall of Famers

Roberto Alomar, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Tom Glavine, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Barry Larkin, Greg Maddux, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Kirby Puckett, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, Frank Thomas, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount, Tommy LaSorda (manager), Sparky Anderson (manager), Tony LaRussa (manager), Whitey Herzog (manager), Frank Robinson (manager), Mike Schmidt (TBC), Johnny Bench (TBC), Sandy Koufax (TBC), Craig Biggio, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz

The reason for the decrease of 1 HOF-er is basically attributable to 2 relievers exiting the set – Bruce Sutter and Goose Gossage (though the Goose would be back), offset by Frank Thomas having his RC in the set.  The effect of the TBC subset was a wash, it went from 2 to 3 HOFers from the previous year, but one of them was Mike Schmidt who didn’t actually have a base card after retiring mid-1989.

  • The 2015 inductees increased this number by 3 – Randy Johnson, John Smoltz & Craig Biggio.

1991 Topps – 32 Hall of Famers

Gone (-5):  Rice (retired), Herzog (retired), Schmidt, Bench, Koufax (the TBC set had ended its 5-year run)

New (+2): Torre and Cox, both of whom got back in the managing saddle

  • 3 of the 4 2015 inductees are in this set – again it’s Johnson, Smoltz and Biggio.

1992 Topps – 32 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Robinson (fired as Oriole manager)

New (+1): Gossage (back after a stint in Japan)

  • Again Johnson, Smoltz and Biggio are 2015 inductees in this set

1993 Topps – 33 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Gossage (retired for good this time)

New (+2): Tony Perez (Reds manager), Pedro Martinez (first Topps card)

  • All 4 2014 inductees are in this set – and the rest of the decade

1994 Topps – 25 Hall of Famers (a mass exodus!)

Gone (-9):  Topps did away with manager cards in 1994, which meant no cards for Torre, LaRussa, Cox, Sparky, Perez and LaSorda.  Additionally, Blyleven, Carter and Fisk all retired.

New (+1): Hank Aaron (tribute)

1995 Topps – 20 Hall of Famers (further depleted!)

Gone (-6):  Brett, Ryan and Yount (all retired for good).  Sandberg (retired temporarily).  Dawson (left out of the set, though he is in ’95 Traded).  Aaron (tribute)

New (+1): Babe Ruth (tribute)

1996 Topps – 21 Hall of Famers (an actual increase!)

Gone (-2):  Winfield (retired), Ruth (tribute)

New (+3): Mickey Mantle (tribute), Dawson (back after ’95 snub), Sandberg (back in baseball after a year-plus hiatus)

1997 Topps – 18 Hall of Famers

Gone (-4):  Dawson, Puckett, Smith (retired), Mantle (tribute).  Puckett was the first HOF player to start in my

New (+1): Jackie Robinson (tribute)

1998 Topps – 15 Hall of Famers

Gone (-4):  Murray, Sandberg (retired), Robinson (tribute), Henderson (snubbed – he even has an insert card in the product).

New (+1): Roberto Clemente (tribute)

1999 Topps – 14 Hall of Famers

Gone (-3):  Molitor, Eckersley (retired), Clemente (tribute)

New (+2): Nolan Ryan (tribute), Henderson (back after snub)

2000 Topps – 14 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Nolan Ryan (tribute)

New (+1): Hank Aaron (tribute)


Since I’ve only gotten through 2000 posts for my Lifetime Topps project, I haven’t figured all this stuff out for any years after this.  I can still update Topps Traded – which will be my next post!




2 responses

2 07 2015
Matt Johnson

This is a great resource. Thanks.
But you left Gwynn, Ripken and Sandberg off of ’90 Topps

2 07 2015

Thanks – my math didn’t work, had 30 players shown but knew it was 35 players. Also had Puckett and Boggs left off.

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