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

18 01 2020

Last thing before I actually can update for this year’s HOF inductees!  Now it’s time to do the same update for the 2018/19 inductees for the Topps Traded sets.  This is a much easier (shorter) exercise than the previous post.

  1. Lee Smith – Smith is in 5 different sets.  He was in the 1988 Upate box set after his trade from the Cubs to the Red Sox in between the 1987 and 1988 seasons.  He was in the 1990 set for his early season trade from the Sox to the Cardinals.   He made the 1994 set after signing as a free agent with the Baltimore Orioles.  He was in the next set after signing with the Angels the following year.  And his 1988 card made the 2001 set as a reprint.
  2. Jack Morris – Morris also had a long line of early 90’s Topps Traded appearances.  He made the 1991 box set after signing for one season with the Minnesota Twins (that worked out well).  He was in the next year’s set after signing with the Toronto Blue Jays (he got 2 rings, but I wouldn’t say it worked out well based on his 2 losses in the ’92 Series). In 1994, he made the set after signing with the Indians, and his 1992 card made the 2001 set as a reprint.
  3. Chipper Jones – Jones was in the 1995 set in the Rookie of the Year contenders subset.
  4. Mariano Rivera – Rivera’s first Topps card was in the 1995 set as part of the On Deck subset that was continued from the regular set.
  5. Jim Thome – Thome was in the 2003 subset for his move to Philadelphia.

Alan Trammell, Edgar Martinez, Roy Halladay, Vlad Guerrero, Mike Mussina, Trevor Hoffman & Harold Baines were never in Topps Traded sets (the latter few are pretty surprising).  Here are update Topps Traded numbers for reference.  If there’s an asterisk, it’s because it went up due to the above 5 gentlemen.

1981 Topps Traded – 9 HOF

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

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 – 4 HOF*****

Roberto Alomar, Gossage, Lee Smith, Frank Robinson (mgr)

1989 Topps Traded – 6 HOF

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

1990 Topps Traded – 5 HOF******

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

1991 Topps Traded – 6 HOF*****

Alomar, Carter, Raines, Jeff Bagwell, Ivan Rodriguez, Jack Morris

1992 Topps Traded – 4 HOF*****

Carter, Murray, Winfield, Morris

1993 Topps Traded – 5 HOF

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

1994 Topps Traded – 6 HOF*****

Henderson, Murray, Ryne Sandberg, Pedro Martinez, Lee Smith, Jack Morris

1995 Topps Traded – 16 HOF*****

Mariano Rivera, Lee Smith, Andre Dawson, Boggs (subset), Tony Gwynn (subset), Kirby Puckett (subset), Cal Ripken (subset), Frank Thomas (subset), O. Smith (subset), Johnson (subset), Craig Biggio (subset), Griffey Jr. (subset), Piazza (subset), Bagwell (subset), Rodriguez (subset), Chipper Jones (subset)

1999 Topps Traded – 0 HOF

2000 Topps Traded – 0 HOF

2001 Topps Traded – 19 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, Tim Raines, Jack Morris, Lee Smith

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

2002 Topps Traded – 8 HOF

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

2003 Topps Traded – 4 HOF*****

Rickey Henderson,  Roberto Alomar, Ivan Rodriguez, Jim Thome

2004 Topps Traded – 1 HOF

Greg Maddux



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