Sunday, July 14, 2013

The revised best Dodger cards ever made countdown

This card no longer makes the top 100 of the best Dodger cards ever made.

Neither does this one.

And this one has never cracked the top 100.

I told you this was a cutthroat operation.

So, here is an update of the top 100 that I gave you in piecemeal fashion about eight months ago. This is the file that I will update in the future as new cards arrive.

I'm going to show all the cards on this post and I'll add it to the sidebar when I have time. I'll also add commentary when I have time. But for now you'll have to be happy with pictures.

Here it is, the Revised Top 100 of The Best Dodger Cards Ever Made:

100. Chan Ho Park, 1999 Topps Stadium Club

99. Maury Wills, 1977 Topps Turn Back The Clock subset

98. Raul Mondesi, 1992 Leaf

97. Steve Finley, 2004 Fleer Ultra

96. Johnny Podres, 1994 Upper Deck Heroes

95. Dennis Reyes, 1998 Fleer Tradition

94. Jim Wynn, 1975 Topps

93. Pedro and Ramon Martinez, 1993 Fleer SuperStar Special subset

92. Mike Piazza, 1993 Upper Deck SP diecut

91. Jeff Shaw, 1999 Fleer Ultra

90. Orel Hershiser, 2005 Topps Pristine refractor

89. Bill Buckner, 1972 Topps

88. Darryl Strawberry, 1992 Topps

87. Steve Garvey, 2002 Topps Traded Who Would Have Thought subset

86. Gino Cimoli, 1958 Topps

85. Mickey Hatcher, 1991 Upper Deck

84. 1974 World Series Game 2, 1975 Topps

83. Hideo Nomo, 1996 Topps

82. Eric Davis and Darryl Strawberry, 1993 Upper Deck

81. Dave Stewart, 1982 Topps

80. Adrian Beltre, 1997 Bowman's Best

79. Pedro Martinez, 1991 Upper Deck

78. Rickey Henderson, 2003 Topps Traded

77. Jim Gilliam, 1993 Ted Williams Company Barrier Breakers subset

76. Don Sutton, 1978 Topps

75. Eric Karros, 1992 Upper Deck Walter Iooss Collection insert

74. Carl Erskine, 1956 Topps

73. Steve Garvey/Ron Cey, 2004 Donruss Elite dual autograph

72. Billy Ashley, 1993 Upper Deck

71. Tom Lasorda, 1988 Topps

70. Wally Moon, 1963 Topps

69. Maury Wills, 1970 Topps

68. Clayton Kershaw, 2006 Bowman Heritage

67. Hideo Nomo, 1995 Topps Stadium Club

66. Maury Wills, 1993 Ted Williams Company

65. Duke Snider, 1959 Topps

64. Ron Cey, 1976 Topps

63. Steve Garvey, 1978 Topps

62. Hideo Nomo, 1996 Upper Deck V.J. Lovero insert

61. Frank Howard, 1960 Topps

60. Duke Snider, 1961 Topps

59. Russell Martin, 2008 Topps Stadium Club

58. Orel Hershiser, 1989 Donruss 59 and Counting

57. Kirk Gibson, 1988 Topps Traded

56. Dodgers Prospects, 1979 Topps

55. Walt Alston, 1962 Topps

54. Matt Kemp, 2005 Bowman

53. Dynamic Dodgers, 1996 Pinnacle

52. Manny Ramirez, 2008 Topps Stadium Club

51. Russell Martin, 2008 Upper Deck Masterpieces

50. Dodgers Future Stars, 1981 Topps

49. Dee Gordon, 2001 Topps Traded

48. Jackie Robinson, 2008 Topps Gypsy Queen, bat relic

47. Sandy Amoros, 1955 Topps

46. Manny Ramirez, 2008 Topps Traded

45. Orel Hershiser, 1985 Topps

44. Dave Lopes, 1976 Topps

43. Don Newcombe, 1956 Topps

42. Bob Welch, 1979 Topps

41. Ralph Branca, 1951 Bowman

40. Clayton Kershaw, 2009 Topps Allen & Ginter

39. Carl Furillo, 1957 Topps

38. Steve Garvey, 1972 Topps

37. Kirk Gibson, 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces

36. Fernando Valenzuela, 1981 Topps Traded

35. Fernand(o) Valenzuela, 1981 Fleer

34. Don Drysdale, 1961 Topps

33. Sandy Koufax, 1966 Topps

32. Hitters Foes, 1959 Topps

31. Charley Neal, 1957 Topps

30. Steve Garvey, 1975 Topps mini

29. Steve Garvey, 1971 Topps

28. Sandy Koufax, 2007 Upper Deck Masterpieces

27. Johnny Podres, 1957 Topps

26. Ron Cey, 1974 Topps

25. Duke Snider, 1956 Topps

24. Pee Wee Reese, 1957 Topps

23. Tom Lasorda, 1992 Topps

22. Gil Hodges, 1954 Topps

21. Kirk Gibson 1988 World Series, 1989 Upper Deck

20. Frank Robinson, 1972 Topps Traded subset

19. Rich Allen, 1971 Topps

18. Mike Piazza, 1992 Bowman

17. Duke Snider, 1967 Topps

16. Johnny Podres, 1956 Topps

15. Sandy Koufax, 1956 Topps

14. Ron Cey, 1975 Topps

13. Sandy Koufax, 1961 Topps (autographed)

12. Sealing Yanks' Doom 1963 World Series Game 4, 1964 Topps

11. 1964 N.L. ERA Leaders, 1965 Topps

10. Mike Piazza, 1996 Upper Deck V.J. Lovero insert

9. Brooklyn Dodgers team, 1956 Topps

8. Jackie Robinson, 1955 Topps

7. Andy Pafko, 1952 Topps

6. Steve Garvey, 1974 Topps

5. Dodgers' Big Three, 1963 Topps

4. Sandy Koufax, 1955 Topps

3. Roy Campanella Symbol of Courage, 1959 Topps

2. Dodgers Sluggers, 1957 Topps

1. Pee Wee Reese, 1953 Bowman Color

How about that? A new No. 1.


  1. Glad to see Charlie Neal made it. There is just something about those '57s shot at Ebbetts Field that make them special in my eyes.

    Some wonderful cards in there.

  2. Trade ya. What do you want for 'em?

    Seriously, that's a whole lotta Sweet Dodger Blue! Just to pick out one, I was glad to see the '76 Lopes. Might be one of the best cards of the decade. The turning-two icon Topps used for second baseman, the great blue & red (no pink!) of the card design, plus that great heroic shot of Lopes and his magical mustache equals perfection. Thanks for sharing!

  3. #28 surely is a Masterpiece. Maybe I should become a Dodger collector. Kidding...only kidding.

  4. If anyone in the blogosphere holds a '2013 Best Single Post' competition, this post is getting my vote. I may even stuff the ballot like Giants fans did for the ASG last year...

    A simply stunning group of cards, Greg. Fantastic stuff!

    Nick J

  5. Fantastic list!
    If I had to pick a favorite, I'd have to say #90. That just can't be unseen.

  6. Lookin' good, chief, though damn it, '56 Gil needs to sneak in somehow. Lose that Piazza at 92 or one of them no-good Russell Martins! It's *GIL*. I know the main pic got used 3 years in a row! It's still one of the best damn cards ever.

  7. One helluva list... there are a few cards I'm definitely going to track down for my collection. Two of my favorite Dodgers cards are the 56T Jackie Robinson (actually my favorite card all-time) and 2010 Chicle Jackie Robinson (your header inspired me to pick one up).

  8. Regarding the 1962 Wills card, sliding into 3rd base. #42 of giants has to be pitcher Bob Bolin. but he never played 3B. So I wonder how Bolin could be covering 3rd base? Maybe the photo did not fit the actual 104th stolen base but just used as an action shot??

    1. I actually covered that in this post (I thought it was Bolin, too):

      It's not a 42 but a 12.

  9. Fun list! For sheer aesthetic beauty, it's hard to leave either the 1953 Bowman Campanella or the 1956 Topps Furillo off any list. I also like the 1954 Topps Gilliam (with colorized blue eyes) and the 1960 team-issue postcard of Duke Snider in a right-handed batting pose. As for the Wills stolen-base card, that's clearly Jim Davenport (#12)at third. Somehow, the shadowing on the photo only makes it look like #42.

  10. I love that Topps 1974 Steve Garvey card. I remember when I got it as a kid. Loved it back then and it still brings back good memories today.