Updating for 2018 and 2019 – Hall of Famers in Topps sets

15 01 2020

I’ve always listed the number of Hall of Famers in the posts I do for sets, and while I’ve been a mostly non-blogger the past few years I didn’t do that.  So I need to make up for some lost time before the 2020 HOF announcement later this month.

I need to update for the following 2018 inductees:

  • Chipper Jones
  • Vlad Guerrero
  • Jim Thome
  • Trevor Hoffman
  • Jack Morris
  • Alan Trammell

I need to update for the following 2018 inductees:

  • Mariano Rivera
  • Edgar Martinez
  • Roy Halladay
  • Mike Mussina
  • Lee Smith
  • Harold Baines

The number of Hall of Famers in a given set has always been something that intrigued me.  It took some work updating these numbers – since you have guys as recent as Halladay (1998 MLB debut) and as old as Trammell or Morris (1977 debut) – every year I’ve done on this blog is influenced.

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 12 new Hall of Famers to account for, I need to go back and update those posts.  In showing this stuff below, I will show the cumulative total as well.

First, some reminders.  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).  If you have a bronze plaque in Cooperstown, I’m including you.

1980 Topps – 43 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, Jack Morris, 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, Alan Trammell, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount, Earl Weaver (manager), Tommy LaSorda (manager), Dick Williams (manager), Sparky Anderson (manager), Joe Torre (manager), Bobby Cox (manager), Tony LaRussa (manager), Lou Brock (HL)

  • The inductions of Morris and Trammell increased this number by 2.

1981 Topps – 44 Hall of Famers

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

New (+3):  Whitey Herzog got a manager card when he was hired by St. Louis.  Rock Raines and Harold Baines got cards in the 1981 set as part of the Future Stars triple player cards.

  • The induction of Baines, Morris & Trammell increased this number by 3.

1982 Topps – 38 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 (+2):  Cal Ripken Jr. and Lee Smith both have rookie cards in this set.

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris & Trammell increased this number by 4.

 

1983 Topps – 49 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.

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris & Trammell increased this number by 4.  This is still the set with the most HOF-ers in my Lifetime Topps Project.

 

1984 Topps – 48 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.

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris & Trammell increased this number by 4.

 

1985 Topps – 44 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.

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris & Trammell increased this number by 4.

 

1986 Topps – 44 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.

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris & Trammell increased this number by 4.

 

1987 Topps – 42 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!

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris & Trammell increased this number by 4.

 

1988 Topps – 40 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.

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris & Trammell increased this number by 4.

 

1989 Topps – 41 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)

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris & Trammell increased this number by 4.

 

1990 Topps – 42 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 Jr had his first regular Topps card.  Like Junior, Edgar Martinez also had his first Topps card – but Topps was a bit late to the game as his rookie card had been in some earlier products.  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 induction of Smith, Baines, Morris, Trammell & Martinez increased this number by 5.

 

1991 Topps – 40 Hall of Famers

Gone (-5):  Rice (retired), Herzog (retired), Schmidt, Bench, Koufax (the TBC set had ended its 5-year run)

New (+3):  Torre and Cox, both of whom got back in the managing saddle.  Chipper Jones had his first card via the 1st Round Draft Pick subset.

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris, Trammell, Martinez & Jones increased this number by 6.

1992 Topps – 44 Hall of Famers

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

New (+5):  Gossage (back after a stint in Japan).  Pudge and Bagwell are in this set – true rookies were in the Traded set from 1991, but for both these guys this is their first base Topps card.  Thome and Mussina are also in this set – they had cards in other products (not Topps Traded) in previous years, so this isn’t their rookie card.

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris, Trammell, Martinez, Jones, Thome & Mussina increased this number by 8.

1993 Topps – 47 Hall of Famers

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

New (+4):  Tony Perez (Reds manager), Pedro Martinez (first Topps card), Mike Piazza (on a Prospects card), Trevor Hoffman (first Topps card – making it in the set as one of those first Marlins players)

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Morris, Trammell, Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina & Hoffman increased this number by a whopping 9 players – the largest increase from this post.  This year’s set is now second behind 1984 as having the most HOFers from my Lifetime Topps collection.

 

1994 Topps – 38 Hall of Famers (a mass exodus!)

Gone (-10):  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. Jack Morris didn’t have a card despite pitching in both 1993 and 1994.  He did have a card in 1994 Topps Traded, and some cards in a few 1995 sets.

New (+1):  Hank Aaron (tribute)

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Trammell, Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina & Hoffman increased this number by 8 players.

 

1995 Topps – 33 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 induction of Smith, Baines, Trammell, Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina & Hoffman increased this number by 8 players.

 

1996 Topps – 34 Hall of Famers (an actual increase!)

Gone (-3):  Winfield (retired), Trammell (not included despite playing both 1995 and 1996), Ruth (tribute)

New (+4):  Mickey Mantle (tribute), Dawson (back after ’95 snub), Sandberg (back in baseball after a year-plus hiatus), Vladimir Guerrero (via a prospect card)

  • The induction of Smith, Baines, Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina, Hoffman & Guerrero increased this number by 8 players.

1997 Topps – 31 Hall of Famers

Gone (-5):  Dawson, Puckett, Ozzie Smith (retired), Mantle (tribute), Lee Smith. Topps didn’t include Lee Smith in the flagship set after 1996 despite him pitching for 2 teams in 1996 and pitching in 25 games in 1997.

New (+2):  Jackie Robinson (tribute), Mariano Rivera (first Topps card)

  • The induction of Baines, Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina, Hoffman, Guerrero & Rivera increased this number by 8 players.

 

1998 Topps – 28 Hall of Famers

Gone (-5):  Murray, Sandberg (retired), Robinson (tribute), Henderson (snubbed – he even has an insert card in the product), Raines (also snubbed).

New (+2):  Roberto Clemente (tribute), Roy Halladay (first Topps card via the prospects set).  Halladay is now has the latest first Topps flagship card of any HOFer .

  • The induction of Baines, Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina, Hoffman, Guerrero, Rivera & Halladay increased this number by a whopping 9 players!

 

1999 Topps – 26 Hall of Famers

Gone (-4):  Molitor, Eckersley (retired), Clemente (tribute), Baines (snubbed)

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

  • The induction of Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina, Hoffman, Guerrero, Rivera & Halladay increased this number by 8 players.

 

2000 Topps – 28 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Nolan Ryan (tribute)

New (+3):  Hank Aaron (tribute), Raines & Baines (back with regular cards!)

  • The induction of Baines, Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina, Hoffman, Guerrero, Rivera & Halladay increased this number by a whopping 9 players!

 

2001 Topps – 36 Hall of Famers

Gone (-2):  Wade Boggs (retired), Tim Raines (temporarily retired – but this was his last base Topps card)

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 induction of Baines, Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina, Hoffman, Guerrero, Rivera & Halladay increased this number by a whopping 9 players!

 

2002 Topps – 26 Hall of Famers

Gone (-11):  Cal Ripken & Harold Baines retired, and the Golden Moments subset was gone, which meant those cards of Mazeroski, Jackson, Robinson, Clemente, Ryan, Brock, Fisk and Aaron were gone.  Roy Halladay does not have any 2002 Topps cards except for Topps 206 – so there must have been some sort of contract dispute over his likeness that was resolved in time for 2003.

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

  • The induction of Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina, Hoffman, Guerrero & Rivera increased this number by 7 players.

 

2003 Topps – 26 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 (+2):  Frank Robinson became the Expos manager in 2002, and got a card in this set.  Halladay was back in good graces with the card folks in Philly in 2003.

  • The induction of Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina, Hoffman, Guerrero, Rivera & Halladay increased this number by 8 players.

 

2004 Topps – 26 Hall of Famers

Gone (-1):  Rickey Henderson retired.

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

  • The induction of Martinez, Jones, Thome, Mussina, Hoffman, Guerrero, Rivera & Halladay increased this number by 8 players.  This would end up being Edgar’s last Topps card, so I’ll update that in 2005 whenever I get to that set!

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2 responses

15 01 2020
nighttimeowl

I’m charting Hall of Famers per set, too. For some reason I was unaware you were doing this. You have more charted, although I’m going back to the first days of Topps. I think you might total yours differently, too. When I have a chance I’ll compare.

6 02 2020
chuckneo

Yeah, I also think I need to go back and double check. When I was updating the blog nearly every day I had a much better handle on this! There’s definitely different ways you could track it – active players only? include Managers?, etc., etc.

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