2001 Topps cards – Big Red Machine

14 05 2015

I also missed doing a Big Red Machine post for 2001 Topps.  There aren’t any Big Red Machine members in the base set, but in 2001 Topps celebrated its 50th anniversary with a number of sets with retired players.  And of course there were a few cards with the 2 most famous Hall of Famers from the 1975-76 World Champions.

Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan were both on a Topps Combos card with the Reds’ Moeller connection, Ken Griffey, Jr. and Barry Larkin.  Bench had a 2nd card in that set – he was featured with Pudge Rodriguez.

2001 Topps Combos Big Red Machine

2001 Topps Combos Bench Pudge

Bench was also in the Golden Anniversary set.

2001 Topps Golden Anniversary Bench

And both players were in the Noteworthy set as well.  It appears Topps’ problems with re-using the same photo goes back at least to 2001.

2001 Topps Noteworthy Johnny Bench

2001 Topps Noteworthy Joe Morgan

They both also had an insert in the Through the Years reprints – Bench with his 1970 Topps card.  Morgan has a blown up piece of his part of his 1965 rookie card.

2001 Topps Through the Years Bench

2001 Topps Through the Years Morgan

Morgan and Bench (2 cards) also had cards in the Team Topps Legends autographs – which were inserted across multiple Topps products.

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