2003 Topps Wire-to-Wire Reds Cards

21 09 2015

The number of guys from the 1990 World Series team was at 4 players in the 2002 Topps set.  2 players had their last card that year, though one Reds player came back in 2003.

There were 2 players gone after having cards in the 2002 set:

  • Paul O’Neill played his last game in game 7 of the 2001 World Series.  He was in the 2002 set with his full stat line.
  • Eric Davis also played his last game in 2001, and he pinch-hit in the game where Barry Bonds hit his 71st homer to break the single season HR record.  He also got a full stat line in the 2002 Topps set.

There was 1 player back in the Topps set after a long hiatus:

  • After 5 years out of the big leagues due to injury, Jose Rijo came back to pitch two seasons for the Reds as a reliever.  He is one of two players to play after having received Hall of Fame votes (Minnie Minoso).  This was his first Topps card since 1997.  This was his final Topps card, as he retired after the 2002 season.

Lou Piniella and Barry Larkin were both back in the Topps set – Larkin had one more year after this.  Piniella basically had cards through the 2009 season.

2003 – Barry Larkin, Jose Rijo, Lou Piniella

2003 Topps 90 Reds Rijo Larkin Piniella

Each guy had 3 parallel cards – Topps Gold, Topps Black and HTA.

Larkin and O’Neill were both featured in the Farewell to Riverfront Stadium relic set.

2003 Topps BRM Farewell to Riverfront Larkin

2003 Topps BRM Farewell to Riverfront O'Neill

Larkin also was featured in the 2003 Hit Parade insert set.  At the end of 2002, he was 10th on the active hit list.

2003 Topps Hit Parade Larkin

Piniella was also featured through the buyback promotion.  9 of his old cards were inserted into 2003 Topps and then stamped with buyback embossing.

  • 1971 Topps #/2
  • 1972 Topps #/1
  • 1974 Topps #/2
  • 1974 Topps Traded #/1
  • 1975 Topps #/6
  • 1976 Topps #/8
  • 1977 Topps #/8
  • 1978 Topps #/15
  • 1979 Topps #/10

Larkin was also in the Kanebo Japan set that is kind of ancillary as being related to Topps 2003.  On that note, O’Neill was in the 2003 Topps retired set as well.



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