I completed this set a long time ago, but wanted to wait to post it in honor of the biggest blockbuster of my lifetime. Ken Griffey Jr. to the Reds was the best day of my sports fan life. The 98-win Reds were getting my favorite player – and the consensus best active player in the game.
It didn’t turn into a championship, but I wasn’t overly concerned with that. Yeah, would another World Series have been nice? Sure – but it would have been gravy for me. I’d take the ~9 years of Griffey any day. I got season tickets in 2005 – even though I lived 2 hours away. It was a cool thing when I was a few years out of school and could afford things like that.
Info about the set:
Set description: “Cards featuring the biggest trades and signings in Baseball history.” About what you’d expect based on the name. The design is made to look like a newspaper, with the set title at the top akin to the Newspaper name. The headline is at the bottom. As often as possible, the set has the player shown at the presser for the trade / signing – which is really cool. The back has a write-up describing the trade or free agent move.
Set composition: 30 cards, 1:4 hobby odds (2012 Topps Update)
Hall of Famers: 12 – Frank Robinson, Gary Carter, Ken Griffey Jr., Nolan Ryan, Rickey Henderson, Tom Seaver, Babe Ruth, Catfish Hunter, Carlton Fisk, Ryne Sandberg, Steve Carlton, Bruce Sutter
How I put the set together:
- 9 cards from my Hobby box
- 1 card from a retail pack
- 11 cards from trades
- 6 cards from Sportlots
- 2 cards from the 2013 NSCC
- 1 card from COMC
Thoughts on the set: Honestly, I can only find one fault – and that’s with the headline. They are all the same “Reds© Get Griffey”, “Yankees© Get Ruth”. It’s always the same line, which is fine, but the copyright just stands out so much.
Aside from that, this is a great set. It’s a great idea, period. It’s great to put it in Topps Traded. Making it a newspaper headline is creative and appropriate. They have really good selection. Frank Robinson. Ken Griffey. Babe Ruth. Tom Seaver. There may be a few other trades on the level of those 4 – but honestly if I picked a list of the top 10 for sheer notoriety, those would be on it.
Card that completed my set: #BB-15 – Babe Ruth
Best card (my opinion): #BB-15 – Babe Ruth
I got this card 2 Black Fridays ago, so I’ve been sitting on this for a while! How can you go against the biggest trade in any sport’s history? You can’t…
My Favorite Reds card: #BB-7 – Ken Griffey Jr.
Even though I’d want to with this card! Tom Seaver was pretty cool, too.
My least favorite card (special for this set only): #BB-3 – Frank Robinson
Trade a guy who you think is too old, and he wins the Triple Crown.
Any other tidbits: Some of the ones that aren’t on here that I would include:
- Jimmie Foxx and Lefty Grove – sold to Boston from the Philly A’s when Connie Mack gutted his roster to make ends meet. Though I guess it didn’t lead to a title – which is shocking.
- Pete Rose leaving his hometown Cincy to go to Philadelphia. Led to the first championship for the Phillies.
- Joe Morgan to the Reds – taking the Big Red Machine to the next level.
- Randy Johnson to the
- Babe Ruth could have had a 2nd card – the Yankees not re-signing him and him going to the Boston Braves was a worthy footnote for a set like this.
- Honus Wagner from Louisville to Pittsburgh. This is like the Griffey trade – a guy sent to his hometown team. And it led to one title in 1909.
- Greg Maddux signing with the Braves.
That’s just some – any others you can think of?