Thursday, July 11, 2013

Revisiting the best Dodger cards ever made countdown

You may remember last fall when I did a countdown of the 100 greatest Dodger cards ever made, also known as The Best Dodger Cards Ever Made (That Are In My Collection) Countdown.

It was a rollicking good time and people seemed to enjoy it.

I vowed to update the list as my collection grew. I don't want this list to go out of date. It should be eternally filled with the greatest Dodger cards ever.

Well, in the first six months of 2013, I've acquired a good lot of Dodger cards, and I was amazed at how many could potentially show up on the countdown.

Then I remembered that I still had not made any place on the sidebar or in the tabs to reference the Best Dodger Cards Ever Made. That had to change.

So with that in mind -- and still without a cooperative scanner -- what better time to update the list and then post it on the sidebar?

So that's what I'm going to do.

It's going to take two posts covering two or three days (again, the uncooperative scanner coming into play). Tonight's post will show off the new candidates for the list, like Mr. 1953 Bowman Billy Loes here. The second day will display the entire updated list. Whether you'll see the second day on Friday or over the weekend will depend on my schedule.

Feel free to give me your opinions on whether the following cards should make the list. They're all pretty good. But remember, that was a pretty tight 100 in the first place.

Here are the upstarts:

Dennis Reyes, 1998 Fleer Tradition

Chances of making the top 100: 15 percent

There are scenic Dodger Stadium cards like this on the original top 100. But I don't know if another one will fit, especially with the other cards up for contention.

Charley Neal, 1957 Topps

Chances of making the top 100: 50 percent

If this was the only card of a player posing in front of the old Schaefer scoreboard in Ebbets Field, it would make the countdown easily. But not only is there another card featuring that scoreboard, but it is also in the 1957 set, and it features a player that's a little more prominent -- named Johnny Podres.

Steve Garvey/Ron Cey dual autograph, 2004 Donruss Elite

Chances of making the top 100: 75 percent

There's not a lot of room for mojo in this countdown. But there are some hit cards in the existing countdown and probably none of them are as impressive or nostalgic as this card. So it'll probably show its fancy face in the updated list.

Duke Snider, 1958 and 1959 Topps

Chances of making the top 100: 60 percent

This is a problem with these countdowns. No one would argue that these are great cards. And there are two cards of Snider already in the countdown -- from 1957 and 1961. So how many Snider cards do I put in the top 100? Why do I put these two in over two other cards? Is '59 Snider more deserving that '61 Snider or '58 Snider? These are the questions that keep bloggers up nights. Oh, the pressure.

Gil Hodges, 1955 Bowman and 1956 Topps

Chances of making the top 100: 50 percent

Same problem here. 1954 Topps Hodges is already hanging out in the countdown. 1956 Hodges doesn't look a lot different from '54 except he's horizontal. 1955 Bowman has a little something extra going for him, though.

Sandy Koufax, 1956 Topps

Chances of making the top 100: 65 percent

More of the same. 1955 Koufax is firmly entrenched in the top 10. 1961 Koufax is autographed. 1966 Koufax is the last from his playing days. Where does '56 Koufax fit in? Does it fit in? Do I dare boot a second-year Koufax from the top 100? Why am I putting myself through this?

Andy Pafko, 1952 Topps

Chances of making the top 100: 100 percent

Pafko's got to be on the list. How high is the question. It's an iconic card. But it's not iconic because of the player pictured on the front. So that will knock it down a spot or two.

Pee Wee Reese, 1953 Bowman

Chances of making the top 100: 100 percent

The only question here is "does it make No. 1?" I don't know. It seems silly not to put it at No. 1, but on the other hand, I can see reasons not to put it there. You'll just have to tune in tomorrow ... or on the weekend.

By the way, I didn't put a percentage on the '53 Billy Loes at the top. It's a terrific card and '53 Bowman is a great set. But again, we're not discussing the Marlins here. Only so much room.


  1. I set a two-card-per-player limit when I did the "Top 100" on my blog, and it was incredibly tough in a lot of cases.

    Still, I'd be in favor of the '56 Koufax making the list somewhere. And probably the Snider cards. The Pafko definitely, also.

    I'd probably have to put Pee Wee at #1. I'm not sure a greater card has ever been made.

  2. As they say in Chicago, vote early, vote often. Vote Charlie Neal.

    I'm the official bandwagon leader for the '57 Neal card. You can't beat it, you can only hope to contain it.... in the binder.

  3. good golly that reyes card is fantastic. it's going on the nefarious 9 stat!

  4. Dude, that Reyes card should be able to make the back end of your Top 100. It is not at the same level as the Pafko or the Pee Wee but, is a fine photograph from Reyes' debut. You gotta love a curtain call for a rookie with scenic Dodger Stadium in the background.

  5. Wow... love those vintage cards... especially the 52T Pafko and 56T Koufax. Amazing!