Updating for 2016 – Hall of Famers in Topps sets

7 01 2016

1989 Upper Deck Ken Griffey Jr

Yesterday was a big day for my sports fandom!  I’m shocked – pleasantly shocked – that Ken Griffey Junior got the top percentage of all time!  I thought he’d be close, but figured he’d be more like 98%.  Glad he made it, though I wish Tim Raines or Jeff Bagwell had made it as well.  I think a few more guys should be in, and the “rule of 10” is causing a backlog that already cost Jack Morris (which is fine by me), and could cost Raines (though he looks good for next year) or some other deserving players a shot to get in the Hall.

I’m attending the induction weekend this year, and I’m really excited about it.  But more on that in future posts.

The number of Hall of Famers in a given set has always been something that intrigued me.  I count the number of Hall of Famers for every new set I start, and post about it in my overview.  So, since there are now 2 new Hall of Famers to account for, I need to go back and update those posts.  In doing so, I will show the cumulative total as well!  I’ve got to put Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza into the list.

1998 Topps Interleague Griffey Piazza

First, the ground rules.  I include all Hall of Famers from the set.  That includes someone like Johnny Bench who had a Turn Back the Clock card in the 1990 set.  I also include managers who were Hall of Fame players (Frank Robinson in 1984 Topps, or my personal favorite – Yogi Berra as an Astro coach on their 1987 Topps team leader card).  I also include player cards of guys who made the Hall of Fame as a manager (i.e., 1969 Topps Bobby Cox).

Since only Griffey was in the decade of the 1980’s, but his was a Topps Traded card from 1989, so that’s not even the base set.  Because of this, I’ll do the 80’s and 90’s together.  A lot of this is just copied from when I did this last year, but I want to walk through the changes year over year.

1980 Topps – 41 Hall of Famers

Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, George Brett, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Goose Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Willie McCovey, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Eddie Murray, Jim Palmer, Phil Niekro, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice, Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Willie Stargell, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount, Earl Weaver (manager), Tommy LaSorda (manager), Dick Williams (manager), Sparky Anderson (manager), Lou Brock (HL)

 

1981 Topps – 40 Hall of Famers

Gone (-2):  McCovey and Brock were gone after retiring

New (+1):  Whitey Herzog got a manager card when he was hired by St. Louis

 

1982 Topps – 33 Hall of Famers

Gone (-8):  There was no manager subset in 1982, which accounts for the big drop – Weaver, LaSorda, Williams, Herzog, Anderson, Torre, Cox and LaRussa aren’t in this set.

New (+1):  Cal Ripken Jr. had the first new guy in this set.

 

1983 Topps – 44 Hall of Famers

This is the peak of HOF-ers in my Lifetime Topps project.

Gone (-1):  Willie Stargell retired and had his last card in 1982 (-1).

New (+12):  The manager subset came back, which led to 9 new cards of Hall of Famers – Weaver, LaSorda, Williams, Sparky, Herzog, Cox, Torre, LaRussa and Frank Robinson.  Additionally, Wade Boggs, Ryne Sandberg and Tony Gwynn entered the fray.

 

1984 Topps – 43 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Earl Weaver had retired after the 1982 season, with no new Hall of Fame blood in this set.

Bench, Perry and Yastrzemski were only included in a subset card.

 

1985 Topps – 39 Hall of Famers

Gone (-6):  Robinson was gone after his stint as the Giants manager was over, while Bench, Yaz, Perry, Palmer and Jenkins had also had their last player cards.

New (+2):  Kirby Puckett’s rookie card is in this set, and Yogi Berra had a card for his second (and controversial) stint as Yankee manager (+2).  When I started this blog, Puckett was the most recent rookie card of any Hall of Famer!  That claim now belongs to Piazza.

 

1986 Topps – 39 Hall of Famers

Gone (-3):  Torre was fired as Braves manager in 1984 and wasn’t gone until this set.  Berra was fired as well, and Joe Morgan retired.

New (+3):  Earl Weaver was back as the O’s manager, and we had a Turn Back the Clock subset that got Willie Mays and Frank Robinson into the mix.

 

1987 Topps – 37 Hall of Famers

Gone (-6):  Cox was no longer the Blue Jay skipper at this point, and Carew, Fingers and Tony Perez all retired. Robinson and Mays were gone from the TBC subset….

New (+4):  But Clemente and Yastrzemski replaced them.  Barry Larkin had his first card in this set, and Yogi Berra had the awesome TL card I mentioned earlier as coach of the Astros!

 

1988 Topps – 35 Hall of Famers

Gone (-7):  Mr. October, Lefty and Tom Terrific and Earl Weaver all retired at this point.  Clemente, Yaz and Berra were gone from subsets .  

New (+5):  Maddux and Glavine had their first base Topps cards, and the subsets were a wash due to 3 new Cardinals – Bob Gibson and Stan Musial from the TBC subset, and Red Schoendienst being featured on the Cards Team Leader card.  

Phil Niekro made it only on the Record Breaker subset with his brother in this set.

 

1989 Topps – 36 Hall of Famers

Gone (-6):  Sutton, Niekro (RB), Williams (mgr), Schoendienst (TL), Musial (TBC), Gibson (TBC)

New (+7):  Roberto Alomar RC, Randy Johnson RC, Craig Biggio RC, John Smoltz RC, Hank Aaron (TBC), Brock (TBC), Frank Robinson (back as a manager)

 

1990 Topps – 36 Hall of Famers

Gone (-2):  2 relievers exited the set – Bruce Sutter and Goose Gossage (who would be back)

New (+3)  Frank Thomas had his RC in the set, and Griffey Junior had his first regular Topps card.  The effect of the TBC subset was a wash, it went up 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 2016 induction of Griffey increased this number by 1.

 

1991 Topps – 33 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

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey increased this number by 1.

 

1992 Topps – 33 Hall of Famers

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

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

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey increased this number by 1.

 

1993 Topps – 35 Hall of Famers

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

New (+3):  Tony Perez (Reds manager), Pedro Martinez (first Topps card), Mike Piazza (on a Prospects card)

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

1994 Topps – 27 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)

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

1995 Topps – 22 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)

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

1996 Topps – 23 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)

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

1997 Topps – 20 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)

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

1998 Topps – 17 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)

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

1999 Topps – 16 Hall of Famers

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

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

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

2000 Topps – 16 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Nolan Ryan (tribute)

New (+1):  Hank Aaron (tribute)

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

2001 Topps – 25 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Wade Boggs (retired)

New (+10):  The manager subset was back, which meant new cards for Torre, Cox and LaRussa.  There was also a Golden Moments subset, which had new cards of Bill Mazeroski, Reggie Jackson, Jackie Robinson, Roberto Clemente, Nolan Ryan, Lou Brock and Carlton Fisk.

Hank Aaron’s Tribute card was gone in 2001, but he was still in the Golden Moments subset.

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

2002 Topps – 17 Hall of Famers

Gone (-9):  Cal Ripken retired, and the Golden Moments subset was gone, which meant those cards of Mazeroski, Jackson, Robinson, Clemente, Ryan, Brock, Fisk and Aaron were gone.

New (+1):  Tony Perez managed the Marlins at the end of 2002, and got a manager card in this set for it.

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

2003 Topps – 16 Hall of Famers

Gone (-2):  Tony Gwynn had retired in 2001, but still got a 2002 card.  He was gone from the set in 2003.  Perez was no longer a manager, so his card was gone as well.

New (+1):  Frank Robinson became the Expos manager in 2002, and got a card in this set.

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.

 

2004 Topps – 16 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Rickey Henderson retired.

New (+1):  Mike Schmidt was included in a subset card along with Jim Thome.

  • The 2016 induction of Griffey & Piazza increased this number by 2.
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2 responses

7 01 2016
matthewturnage

Awesome that you’re going for induction weekend. I’m hoping to make it myself some day.

Bagwell was so close this year, I’d have to imagine he gets in next year. Raines should also make it (finally!) with a “last year of eligibility” bump. Hoffman may have to wait another year, with Pudge Rodriguez and Vlad Guerrero adding to the list of deserving candidates who will probably get significant consideration. I also expect another bump for Schilling next year, but it feels like his year might be 2018.

7 01 2016
chuckneo

Yeah, I’m excited. 2017 will be interesting. There aren’t any surefire candidates like Griffey next year. But there are 4 guys who sill get a decent amount of votes – Vlad, Pudge, Manny, Posada.

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