Updating for 2016 – Hall of Famers in Topps Traded

8 01 2016

89 TT Griffey Jr

Now it’s time to do the same thing for the Topps Traded sets.  I’m just going to focus on the years that have changed with the new 2016 inductees.  This is a much easier (shorter) exercise than the previous post.

  1. Ken Griffey Jr. – 1989 Topps Traded was his rookie card.  He’s also in the 1995 Traded for the At-the-Break subset and the All-Star subset alongside Tony Gwynn.  They reprinted his rookie card as part of the 2001 Topps Traded set, and he’s in 2002 Traded set via the “Who Would Have Thought” subset.  He’s in some additional Traded/Update sets, but they are all after 2004, which means I haven’t posted about them yet.  I was surprised Griffey didn’t get a Traded card in 2000 when he signed for the Reds, but he had a card in series 2 for that.
  2. Mike Piazza – He was in 1993 Topps Traded, but it wasn’t a rookie card since he had a prospect card in the regular Topps set that year.  He was also in the 1995 Traded set in the same 2 subsets as Griffey.  And Topps reprinted his 1993 card in 2001 Topps Traded.

I mentioned this was an easier exercise – for determining the sets to update, that’s true.  But updating my Topps Traded posts will not be such an easy exercise!  I scanned the cards of each HOF-er for the Traded posts, and OCD will make me update those pictures at some point!

Here are update Topps Traded numbers for reference.  If there’s an asterisk, it’s because it went up due to Piazza / Griffey.

1981 Topps Traded – 8 HOF

Bert Blyleven, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Joe Morgan, Gaylord Perry, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Dave Winfield

1982 Topps Traded – 5 HOF

Reggie Jackson, Ferguson Jenkins, Perry, Cal Ripken, Ozzie Smith

1983 Topps Traded – 3 HOF

Morgan, Tony Perez, Tom Seaver

1984 Topps Traded – 7 HOF

Yogi Berra (mgr), Dennis Eckersley, Goose Gossage, Morgan, Phil Niekro, Perez, Seaver

1985 Topps Traded – 5 HOF

Gary Carter, Rickey Henderson, Sutter, Sutton, Earl Weaver (mgr)

1986 Topps Traded – 3 HOF

Niekro, Seaver, Dick Williams (mgr)

1987 Topps Traded – 5 HOF

Steve Carlton, Andre Dawson, Eckersley, Reggie Jackson, Greg Maddux

1988 Topps Traded – 3 HOF

Roberto Alomar, Gossage, Frank Robinson (mgr)

1989 Topps Traded – 6 HOF*****

Blyleven, Henderson, Eddie Murray, Nolan Ryan, Randy Johnson, Ken Griffey Jr.

1990 Topps Traded – 4 HOF

Carter, Red Schoendienst (mgr), Bobby Cox (mgr), Winfield

1991 Topps Traded – 2 HOF

Alomar, Carter

1992 Topps Traded – 3 HOF

Carter, Murray, Winfield

1993 Topps Traded – 4 HOF*****

Wade Boggs, Dawson, Paul Molitor, Winfield, Mike Piazza

1994 Topps Traded – 4 HOF

Henderson, Murray, Ryne Sandberg, Pedro Martinez

1995 Topps Traded – 9 HOF*****

Dawson, Boggs (subset), Tony Gwynn (subset), Kirby Puckett (subset), Cal Ripken (subset), Frank Thomas (subset), Smith (subset), Johnson (subset), Craig Biggio (subset), Griffey Jr. (subset), Piazza (subset)

1999 Topps Traded – 0 HOF

2000 Topps Traded – 0 HOF

2001 Topps Traded – 16 HOF*****

Rickey Henderson, Carlton Fisk, Juan Marichal, Dave Winfield, Reggie Jackson, Cal Ripken Jr., Ozzie Smith, Tom Seaver, Gary Carter, Greg Maddux, Dennis Eckersley, Joe Morgan, Roberto Alomar, Nolan Ryan, Ken Griffey Jr., Mike Piazza

(other than Rickey – the rest are from the reprint subset)

2002 Topps Traded – 7 HOF*****

Rickey Henderson, Frank Robinson (mgr), Nolan Ryan (subset), Reggie Jackson (subset), Wade Boggs (subset), Roberto Alomar (subset), Ken Griffey Jr. (subset)

2003 Topps Traded – 2 HOF

Rickey Henderson,  Roberto Alomar

2004 Topps Traded – 1 HOF

Greg Maddux




4 responses

4 03 2016
john okeefe

I just picked up a 1986 set in a white 1985 Copy right factory box from a man who’s Dad worked at topps in Brooklyn N.Y.. The 86 set that’s in this 85 box is in mint factory condition. I see that e-bay has one on there that is the same. The guy picked it up in a storage locker. I also see e-bay has 1985 topps set in a white box with added design on the box that states, The Original 1985 Topps set. Do you know anything about how these sets hit the market back in the day. The man’s Father has passed on, so I can’t get any information from him on this. These sets could be rare. Thanks for your time. John

7 03 2016

I think there were 2 types. The more colorful “holiday” (retail) factory set, which in 1986 was in yellow, and the white factory set. I’m not sure exactly what you’ve got – the one thing I can think of, is that Topps used to release its product in November of the previous year. So the copyright could be different because of that, but I think in 1985 they wouldn’t have done so. Otherwise, not sure.

7 03 2016
john okeefe

Thank you for your reply. I have the white that is inside a brown box. The Copy right is on the white box itself. Like I said, I see that a listing on E-Bay from a storage locker has the same. Just dosn’t seem to be something topps would do. The 87 white box has 87 copy right on it with 87 topps cards in it. Again thanks for the reply. I also have the 86 holiday factory color box. Didn’t look at the copy right on it. Maybe I should. Will do that when I get home today. John

7 03 2016

yeah the thing is that I think Topps was releasing cards in February or March in 1986, not the previous year. They started doing that around 1993 when they went to 2 series. Interesting find, for sure.

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