1986 Topps parallels – Mike Schmidt

25 04 2016

1986 Topps

Card I selected:  #200 – Mike Schmidt

In 1985, I picked Gary Mathews for my parallel.  In 1986, I’m back on the Hall of Fame train.  I went with my personally deemed “best card” from the 1986 Topps set – Mike Schmidt.  The 1986 set is not one known for great action shots, or great anything shots for that matter.  But this is a really good one, and it’s of Mike Schmidt.  It looks like he just went yard.

# of cards (including the Topps card):  4

The parallel sets in 1986 include:

  • O-Pee-Chee
  • Tiffany
  • Super


1986 Topps #200

86 Topps Schmidt

1986 Topps Schmidt back

1986 O-Pee-Chee #200

1986 OPC Schmidt

1986 OPC Schmidt back

The Canadian version was, as always, half the size of the Topps set.  Since Schmidt was in the first half of the set, his OPC card has the same number.

Here are the differences for this card:

  • The “O-Pee-Chee” logo on the front replaces the Topps logo in the top right. It has a yellow box as background that’s not on the Topps version.
  • On some of the cards (not this one), the card number is different.
  • The copyright on the bottom of the back says O-Pee-Chee and notes the card was printed in Canada.
  • The card is printed on white card stock.
  • Any wording on the back is in both English and French.
  • It says O-Pee-Chee on the back instead of “Topps”.

1986 Topps Tiffany #200

1986 Topps Tiffany Schmidt

1986 Topps Tiffany Schmidt back

For the 3rd time, Topps issued a Tiffany variation in factory set form, printed on white cardstock with glossy coating on the front.  The 1986 Tiffany set had the same production run as the previous year – limited to 5,000 sets.

1986 Topps Super #49

86 Topps Schmidt

1986 Topps Super Schmidt back

Also for the 3rd year, Topps also made a set that was much larger (4-7/8 x 6-7/8) than the base, again with 60 cards.  The numbering is obviously different from the base set.  Topps “Super” cards came in 1-card packs, 36 per box.  Other than the size and numbering difference, these cards have an extra bit of write-up at the bottom, highlighting the player’s team leading stats.

The “Rainbow”:

1986 Topps Schmidt rainbow

86 Topps Schmidt

Any sets I didn’t get:  There’s no others that I know of.

Other cards I would have liked to do:

I would probably have picked the Tony Perez card, which has Eric Davis on it.  But he didn’t have a card in the Topps Super set.  Pete Rose has a really notable card, Rod Carew has a nice last card in this set, and Bo Diaz was one of my favorite pictures.  Only Rose has a card in the Super set, and while card #1 of the set would have been a good pick, I just like the Schmidt card better.


Completed set & master set – one last look at 1986 Topps

3 03 2011

Since I have now completed the 1986 Topps and Traded set (my first year completed!), I wanted to do a “look back” at the set.  I’ll do this for each set as I complete a set, and each time I complete a “master set” – which I’m defining as the set and the insert sets I’m collecting from that set.  For any readers out there – if there’s any other information regarding these sets that you’d like to include – feel free to comment and let me know. I’ll be happy to add it – I’d like these pages to be a good place to come back to see random information about these sets.

Info about my set:

How I put the set together:

  • 385 cards from the wax box
  • 12 cards from a rack pack
  • 380 cards I already had from back in the day
  • 15 cards from trades

Card that completed my set: #500 – Rickey Henderson (1 of 5 cards I got in a trade that completed the set)

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1986 Topps Glossy Sets

2 02 2011

As they’d done the past 3 years, Topps issued 2 Glossy All-Star sets in conjunction with its base set in 1986.

The 22-card set commemorating the 1985 All-Star game was inserted 1 per rack pack and contained the manager, the 9 starters, and a card with the team picture for each league, which was different than the previous years when they’d had a card for the Honorary Captains. (Harmon Killebrew & Sandy Koufax were the “snubs” for this year’s card set).

10 Hall of Famers:     S. Anderson, E. Murray, G. Brett, C. Ripken, J. Rice, R. Henderson, D. Winfield, C. Fisk, D. Williams, O. Smith, T. Gwynn (down from 12 from the year before – which can be directly attributed to removing the honorary captains)

Sparky, managing the team as the defending AL/WS champ manager, is the lone Big Red Machine representative. Pete Rose is the lone Big Red Machiner in the send-in set.

The send-in set increased from 40-cards to 60-cards, and it was now called “All-Stars and Hot Prospects”. This time collectors could obtain it in 6 different 10-card portions by sending in 6 of the “Spring Fever Baseball Game” cards that came 1 per wax pack. The players were generally either previous years’ All-Stars and up-and-coming prospects who’d had break out 1985 campaigns.

18 Hall of Famers:     R. Jackson, R. Henderson, C. Ripken, R. Carew, M. Schmidt, G. Brett, T. Seaver, G. Carter, W. Boggs, C. Fisk, E. Murray, R. Sandberg, J. Rice, D. Winfield, N. Ryan, O. Smith, R. Gossage, T. Gwynn (up from 12 in ’85)

Finally, this set also has a Hall of Famer from a different sport. Yes, if you thought MJ’s stint with the Birmingham Barons in 1994 was his first try at baseball – well, take a look. Apparently, the years he was torching the NBA for 37 points a game, he was also doubling as San Francisco Giants outfielder under the alias of Chris Brown.

Johnny Kilroy

I bought a bunch of these sets (this and future years) on eBay. The rack pack insert set was part of a 4-set lot that I paid around $12 total for. So pretty good deal. The ’86 Send-In set I found on a random website, and paid $2.5o (good deal) plus $6.00 S&H (total rip). I didn’t even realize that was the shipping until I had already clicked purchase and was going into paypal. Oh well, I wanted to get each of these sets, and wanted to check this one off my list now and not later. As in previous years, the send-in sets tend to be in worse condition – the way the cards were cut tends to be pretty poor, leaving some of the sides looking like it good give you a hell of a paper cut.

1986 Topps Traded

21 01 2011

Topps again issued a 132-card “Traded” set in 1986 in the same fashion as previous years; cards were numbered in alphabetical order, separately from the base set with a “T” suffix as #1-132. The set again contains XRC’s of players who didn’t have a card in the base set, players who signed with or were traded to new teams, and new managers. The design was the same as the base set, and the cards were again printed in Ireland on white cardstock.

Topps only issued the set in factory form this year; in 1985 Topps ran a test issue of releasing the Traded cards in wax packs as well as the factory set. Apparently, this test didn’t convince Topps to keep up with this idea.

Dealers who ordered cases of the Topps Traded set also received a miniature Bronze Card – though this time the bronze card was not a replica of a current year base card. Instead, dealers received a bronze replica of the iconic 1952 Mickey Mantle Topps card. For the 3rd year, Topps also issued a Tiffany set that had a glossy picture on the front.

Ken Griffey is the lone Big Red Machiner in this set; in June of 1986, he was traded from the Yankees to the Braves for Claudell Washington. As a result, he got this airbrushed card in the 86 Topps Traded set.

There are 2 members of the 1990 Reds World Champion team in the set. Billy Hatcher was traded by the Cubs to the Astros after the 1985 season, and Lou Piniella was hired as Yankees manager, replacing Billy Martin. Piniella would be promoted to general manager before the 1988 season, and Martin would in turn replace Piniella. BUT!!! Then Martin would again be fired less than halfway through the 1988 season, and Piniella would then replace Martin for the remainder of that season. It’s all quite confusing.

There are three Hall of Famers in the set:

  • Tom Seaver traded his White Sox for some Red ones in June when Chicago traded him to Boston for Steve Lyons. Because of this, he got one of the worst airbrushed jobs I’ve ever seen. This one has to take the cake.
  • 47-year old Phil Niekro signed as a free agent with the Indians in April
  • After a winning record but a 3rd place finish, Dick Williams was let go by the Padres just before the 1986 season commenced. He was hired by the Mariners to manage their ballclub after a Chuck Cottier was fired 28 games in.

The MLB owners were found to be colluding during the 85/86 offseason, so there aren’t a lot of big name veterans who left via free agency. Niekro may have been the biggest free agent name to switch teams, and though he’d won 16 games the year before, he left because the Yankees didn’t want to re-sign him. Most of the veterans in this set switched teams via trades, and unlike the year before, this set has quite a few high-profile Rookie Cards. 

The biggest is the all-time Home Roid King, Barry Bonds – Bonds wasn’t in any 86 base sets, but was included in all 3 manufacturers Update sets. Also joining Bonds was his “Killer B” compatriot, Bobby Bonilla, who was still in the White Sox minor league organization. At the time this set was released and through the early 90’s, Jose Canseco’s card was even more recognizable than the Bonds card. That’s 2 of the 4 members of the 40-40 club (the other 2 were traded for each other at one point – can you name them?). Canseco bashed over 30 homers and was the Rookie of the Year in 1986, and his cards were the hottest in the hobby. Now it can be had for a few bucks, though it’s still the 2nd most valuable card in this set.

On top of that, you had future Giants great Will “the Thrill” Clark, who probably should have been the 1989 NL MVP, and at one point was arguably the best player in baseball. And “The Big Cat”, who hit 399 career homers, and along with Bonds is one of the few hitters in baseball history who has won all 3 jewels of the triple crown without ever winning the triple crown (so is one of those mystery 40-40 men, and so is Babe Ruth). And finally, the Heisman Trophy winning, NFL first overall draft pick. On top of these 6, there’s still a few more good RC’s in this set:

Bonds and Bonilla’s soon-to-be manager. Will Clark’s future teammate – who beat him out for that 1989 MVP award. And future Phillies All-Star / ESPN analyst John “I’m not an athlete” Kruk. All in all, this is a very solid set!

1986 Topps Scans

19 01 2011

I’ll start off my ’86 Topps (non-Reds) scans with some of the best players of the mid-late 80’s and (aside from maybe Stewart) the biggest hobby stars of this time period. Gooden and Strawberry would lead the Mets to a World title over the young Rocket’s Red Sox. Mattingly may have been the biggest hobby star of the mid 80’s. His ’84 Donruss card seems like one of the cards that started the Rookie Card craze. Sandberg was a great player, though like Mattingly his career didn’t see a lot of postseason success. Finally, I included Stewart. He certainly had some battles with Clemens later in the 80’s (and early 90’s), but – more importantly – I’d have bet the house that Dave Stewart had NOT every pitched for the Philadelphia Phillies! Oakland, obvious. Toronto, the Dodgers, even Texas; I would know. Could not have told you he played for the Phillies. There was a 4 year stretch for the A’s where Stewart was as good as any AL pitcher out there.

Even younger than this group are the rookie cards from this set. I don’t have the Lenny Dykstra, but honestly, it’s just Lenny Dykstra. The Razor Shines card is much more interesting – Shines is a bit of a minor league legend from Indianapolis, and he has a really cool name. This is one of 2 mainstream cards he has (the other being 1985 Donruss). This is Vince Coleman’s first base set Topps card, and he certainly burst on the ML scene the year before. Reading the back of his card – he had 145 steals one year in the minor league. Cecil Fielder’s RC shows him before he played in Japan, and when he still carried at a normal weight. Ozzie Guillen looks quite a bit thinner as well, though his infectious smile was there back then. And he was probably good for a few quotes even back then. I think Guillen was the only risk to Cal Ripken’s 19 game all-star starting streak; if I remember right, in 1988 (the 1 All-Star game I’ve attended), Guillen was voted to start over Ripken, but was replaced due to injury***.

*** – OK, after I initially wrote this, I did some more research – I had the wrong guy, right idea. Alan Trammell was voted to start in 1988, but was replaced by Ripken due to injury. Guillen was selected, but as a reserve, and also couldn’t play due to injury – his spot was taken by Kurt Stillwell.

Speaking of Ripken, here’s 5 members of the 3,000 hit club.

And here’s some Hall-of-Fame pitchers and one of the pitcher’s brother. Didn’t know they were teammates with the Yankees – they had been teammates for a couple of years in the 70’s with the Braves. Also included is the newest Hall-of-Fame hurler, Bert Blyleven. And so is Nolan Ryan, shown camping in the woods with his Astros uniform on.

I also wanted to show some of the subsets. In addition to the Rose hit-record, there were some “youngest ever” type records in this set. Gooden was the youngest pitcher to win 20 games, and Vince Coleman became the first rookie to steal 100 bases in a season. Along with those, was tribute to a much bigger record. The Turn Back the Clock subset wasn’t new in 1986, but it was the first I’ve seen because I started in 1980. And this one commemorates Maris passing the Babe 25 years earlier.

Finally, here’s some additional cards I like from the set. When I first became conscious of sports, Dave Parker was a Red. I know he had his best years, and most of his career, with the Pirates, but I’ll always remember him as a Red. This is a good shot; I’m guessing he just hit a foul ball. Willie McGee looks positively perplexed. “Huh – they gave me the MVP over Gooden?”. Brett Butler shown doing what he could do as well as anyone. Tekulve shown with his trademark shades, but even cooler is the background shot of the Vet. How can you not like the picture of Tony Phillips – do you think he’s about to sign all four of those items? And I always liked this photo of Steve Yeager. As a 6 or 8-year-old, I didn’t know about spring training, so I wondered which park had trees in the outfield. Also, we had neighbors with the last name “Yeager”, and I was convinced they were related.

Finally, I need to show my obligatory Rickey cards. I’m actually missing his base card, though I have his All-Star card. I forgot to scan the one I had, so I just got both of these from the world-wide web as opposed to the others above, which are scans. I’m ticked I don’t have this card! Rickey is cool! Even Rickey says Rickey is cool!


1986 Topps – ’90 Reds cards

17 01 2011

Out of the 15 cards I’m missing to finish up this set, 3 of them are ’90 Reds, 2 of them are Pete Rose subsets, and 1 of them is Rickey Henderson’s base card. 6 out of 15 out of 792 are cards I want to scan in!

Anyways, the 8 players that had cards in either 1985 Topps or XRC’s in Traded – Rick Mahler, Tom Browning, Jose Rijo, Ron Oester, Mariano Duncan, Bill Doran, Eric Davis, Herm Winningham – are all back. Manager Lou Piniella will be back in the 1986 Traded, but is MIA for now. The one new player is Billy Hatcher (1 of the 3 I don’t have, along with Davis and Rijo).

1986 – Rick Mahler, Tom Browning, Jose Rijo, Ron Oester, Mariano Duncan, Bill Doran, Eric Davis, Herm Winningham, Billy Hatcher

1986 Topps Cards – Big Red Machine

16 01 2011

Joe Morgan’s last Topps card was the year before, so the only BRM players left were Perez, Concepcion, Rose, Griffey and Foster. I believe this is Foster’s last card; he was released by the Mets in the middle of 1986 (but I think that means he would still qualify for a World Series game). The Rose card is card #1 in the set. I used to love that Perez card when I was younger – it shows him high-fiving Eric Davis. Beckett used to list it as “Tony Perez w/ Eric Davis”! A cool card, freezing the moment in time, veteran with Rookie, an aging Hall-of-Famer-to-be was playing with the most celebrated prospect the Reds had since Pete Rose and until Aroldis Chapman.

This is the last set that has more than a handful of Big Red Machine cards – though they went out with a bang, as you have 2 record breakers, Concepcion pictured on the Reds leaders card, the Rose manager card, and an entire subset of cards devoted to Pete Rose. The first record breaker is a big one – depicting the moment Rose passed Ty Cobb on the all-time hit list, with a single (naturally) off of San Diego’s Eric Show at Riverfront Stadium. The other card honors Perez for becoming the oldest player to hit a grand slam.

The Rose subset follows his player card, numbered 2-7. Each card depicts 4 of Rose’s Topps card, beginning with his 1963 rookie card, al the way through to his 1985 card back with the Reds. Because of this set, I always knew all of Rose’s Topps cards by memory. I’m sure many others my age were the same way. The back of the cards talk through his accomplishments from each of the 4 years shown on the front of that card. I’m down to about 15 cards to complete this set, but two of them are cards #2-3. I sniped a picture off the internet to show them all together.