Tuesday, July 31, 2018

How many cards can you get on a tank of gas?


Last month, amid all of the work tasks performed in those 30 days, I found myself driving about 70 miles to talk to someone for a part-time job opening.

Why I had to drive that far for a part-time job candidate doesn't matter -- well, it does matter but if I think about it too much, I'll get upset. What matters is this person decided right during my talk with him that he had no interest in the job. He kind of had an attitude about it, too. So, that was fun, 140 miles total for no damn reason.

Later in the month, I drove about the same number of miles for another work function, an annual dinner, the organization of which I'm sure takes months, if not years, off my life.

But now the payoff.

I received a gas reimbursement check a couple of weeks later for 80 bucks. Oh, boy, cards here I come.

I usually don't reserve my gas reimbursement for cards. I don't travel all that much for my job anymore, so there's no need to create that kind of budget (when I did travel a lot for my job, I wasn't collecting -- again, if I think about that too much, I'll get upset). So, this was a special treat. And, a way for me to see how many cards I can get on a tank of gas -- which was about how much I used on those two round trips.

One COMC order later, I had my answer.

However, it wasn't a question of "how many," it turns out but a question of "what kind?" (I'm steering more and more toward quality instead of quantity).

What kind of cards can you get on a tank of gas reimbursement money?


Well, you can get four more 1975 Topps buybacks for the project. Note that they are all different buyback stamps, although that doesn't matter to me at all. What matters is I now have 241 cards from the '75 Topps set in buyback form.

To my surprise, I was also able to land a bunch of 1976 Kellogg's cards with my gas money. I had considered some '76 Hostess cards but the Kellogg's cards were much more snazzy in my eyes as a kid. And look what I found!















Outstanding.

Every one of these players is a key figure from my childhood. I read about them, saw them play (even one or two in person), saw movies made about them, marveled over them. They were and always will be larger than life.

Most are in fantastic shape, which is a little amazing to me considering how cheap they were. Only the LeFlore and Munson have some nicks.

With these additions, I have about one-third of the set complete. It's time for me to put a want list up to go with the Hostess one. Also, I will be putting these in top loaders with the rest of the '76 Kellogg's I own. Man, do they look great that way.

So, there was still quite a bit of gas money left over after those pickups.

I nabbed the Cody Bellinger Finest "Sitting Red" card because Finest designs some cards that I absolutely can't resist.

And I also found these two cards:



Wow.

I didn't do any kind of tricks with the scanning and cropping. Both of these cards do have sharp corners (and have not been trimmed).


Well, relatively sharp anyway.

The point is, I never imagined getting a '57 Hodges and especially a '57 Campanella that look like this for the prices I paid with a portion of a month's worth of gas reimbursement money. Sure, they're a little off-center. DO YOU THINK I CARE?????

No.

With the addition of those two Brooklyn heavyweights, all that I need to complete the 1957 Topps Dodgers set is one Mr. Koufax.

I don't expect to be buying that with a couple hour trips in the car.

But who knows? It's obvious this hobby is full of surprises.

When I was all done with this purchase, I had 3 dollars left over.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

The most hall of famers, update 8


When Alan Trammell was selected for the Hall of Fame last December, it solidified this card as one of a kind.

This card is the first and only multi-player rookie prospects card to feature more than one Hall of Famer. Trammell joins Paul Molitor in the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown on Sunday and is also immortalized in collecting history.

There is also another member of this year's Hall induction class that appeared on a rookie prospects card in the 1978 Topps set. He happens to have been a teammate of Trammell's.


Jack Morris will be making an induction speech Sunday afternoon, too.

Both Trammell and Morris are part of a massive Hall of Fame class this year, with Vladimir Guerrero, Trevor Hoffman, Chipper Jones and Jim Thome also being inducted today. I won't be able to watch the ceremonies tomorrow and I'm kind of glad about it, because that's a lot of speeches to sit through.

Also, like I mentioned last year, the 1990s guys don't interest me much. Like Tim Raines last year, I'm there for Trammell and Morris, guys from when I was growing up watching baseball. As for the rest? My favorite memory of Trevor Hoffman is his contribution to this.

But there must be a record of all the Hall of Famers and their impact on Topps baseball card sets. I have been occasionally posting updates as I try to find out the Topps flagship set with the most Hall of Famers. Periodically, I add a few more sets to the group and then update the sets I've already compiled with the new Hall of Famers.

That's what I'll do now. In honor of Trammell and Morris, I'm going to add 1978 to the pile. I'm also going to add 1993 Topps, which is the set that featured five of the new Hall of Famers -- Trammell, Morris, Hoffman, Jones and Thome -- for the first time. (Guerrero didn't show up until 1996).

As always, I am counting only cards of Hall of Famers from when they were active in the majors (for managers, that's active managing only, not playing).

Here we go:


1956 (34): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Luis Aparicio, Richie Ashburn, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Roberto Clemente, Larry Doby, Bob Feller, Whitey Ford, Nellie Fox, Warren Giles, Will Harridge, Monte Irvin, Al Kaline, George Kell, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax, Bob Lemon, Mickey Mantle, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Pee Wee Reese, Phil Rizzuto, Robin Roberts, Jackie Robinson, Red Schoendienst, Enos Slaughter, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Hoyt Wilhelm, Ted Williams, Early Wynn


1960 (39): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Sparky (George) Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Luke Appling, Richie Ashburn, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Jim Bunning, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Bill Dickey, Don Drysdale, Whitey Ford, Nellie Fox, Joe Gordon, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax, Bob Lemon, Al Lopez, Mickey Mantle, Bill Mazeroski, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Stan Musial, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Red Schoendienst, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Casey Stengel, Hoyt Wilhelm, Dick Williams, Carl Yastrzemski


1963 (35): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Luis Aparicio, Richie Ashburn, Ernie Banks, Yogi Berra, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Don Drysdale, Whitey Ford, Bob Gibson, Whitey Herzog, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Sandy Koufax, Mickey Mantle, Juan Marichal, Bill Mazeroski, Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, Stan Musial, Robin Roberts, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Ron Santo, Duke Snider, Warren Spahn, Willie Stargell, Joe Torre, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Carl Yastrzemski



1968 (42): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Luis Aparicio, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Don Drysdale, Bob Gibson, Jim Hunter, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Tony LaRussa, Mickey Mantle, Juan Marichal, Eddie Mathews, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Carl Yastrzemski


1969 (47): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Luis Aparicio, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Bobby Cox, Don Drysdale, Leo Durocher, Rollie Fingers, Bob Gibson, Joe Gordon, Jim Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Mickey Mantle, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Earl Weaver, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski


1970 (43): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Ernie Banks, Johnny Bench, Lou Brock, Jim Bunning, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Leo Durocher, Rollie Fingers, Bob Gibson, Jim Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Earl Weaver, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski


1972 (47): Hank Aaron, Walter Alston, Sparky Anderson, Luis Aparicio, Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, Lou Brock, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Orlando Cepeda, Roberto Clemente, Leo Durocher, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Bob Gibson, Jim Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Tony La Russa, Bob Lemon, Juan Marichal, Willie Mays, Bill Mazeroski, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Gaylord Perry, Tony Perez, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Pete Rose, Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Earl Weaver, Hoyt Wilhelm, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Ted Williams, Carl Yastrzemski 


1975 (43): Hank Aaron, Walt Alston, Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Yogi Berra, George Brett, Lou Brock, Bert Blyleven, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Bob Gibson, Rich Gossage, Jim "Catfish" Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins; Al Kaline, Harmon Killebrew, Willie McCovey, Joe Morgan, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice, Brooks Robinson, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ron Santo, Mike Schmidt, Red Schoendienst, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Earl Weaver, Billy Williams, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount

   
1978 (44): Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, Lou Brock, George Brett, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Bobby Cox, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Rich Gossage, Whitey Herzog, Jim Hunter, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Tom Lasorda, Bob Lemon, Willie McCovey, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Jim Rice, Brooks Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Willie Stargell, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Joe Torre, Alan Trammell, Earl Weaver, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount


1982 (36): Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, George Brett, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Rich Gossage, Rickey Henderson, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken (future stars), Nolan Ryan, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Willie Stargell, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Alan Trammell, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount
 


1983 (47): Sparky Anderson, Johnny Bench, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Rod Carew, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Bobby Cox, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Rollie Fingers, Carlton Fisk, Rich Gossage, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Whitey Herzog, Reggie Jackson, Fergie Jenkins, Tony LaRussa, Tom Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Joe Morgan, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Jim Palmer, Tony Perez, Gaylord Perry, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken, Frank Robinson, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Don Sutton, Bruce Sutter, Joe Torre, Alan Trammell, Earl Weaver, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield, Carl Yastrzemski, Robin Yount



1987 (38): Sparky Anderson, Yogi Berra, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Steve Carlton, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Rich Gossage, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Whitey Herzog, Reggie Jackson, Barry Larkin, Tony LaRussa, Tom Lasorda, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Phil Niekro, Kirby Puckett, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Cal Ripken, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Mike Schmidt, Tom Seaver, Ozzie Smith, Bruce Sutter, Don Sutton, Alan Trammell, Earl Weaver, Dick Williams, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount


1990 (36): Roberto Alomar, Sparky Anderson, Craig Biggio, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Whitey Herzog, Randy Johnson, Barry Larkin, Tony LaRussa, Tom Lasorda, Greg Maddux, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Kirby Puckett, Tim Raines, Jim Rice, Frank Robinson, Cal Ripken, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Frank Thomas, Alan Trammell, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount 


1992 (38): Roberto Alomar, Sparky Anderson, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Tom Glavine, Rich Gossage, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin, Tony La Russa, Tom Lasorda, Greg Maddux, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Kirby Puckett, Tim Raines, Cal Ripken, Ivan Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, Joe Torre, Alan Trammell, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount


1993 (39): Roberto Alomar, Sparky Anderson, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Bert Blyleven, Wade Boggs, George Brett, Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Carlton Fisk, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin, Tony LaRussa, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, Paul Molitor, Jack Morris, Eddie Murray, Mike Piazza, Kirby Puckett, Tim Raines, Cal Ripken Jr., Ivan Rodriguez, Nolan Ryan, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Alan Trammell, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome, Dave Winfield, Robin Yount



1996 (29): Roberto Alomar, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Wade Boggs, Andre Dawson, Dennis Eckersley, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Vladimir Guerrero, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin, Greg Maddux, Pedro Martinez, Paul Molitor, Eddie Murray, Mike Piazza, Kirby Puckett, Tim Raines, Cal Ripken, Ivan Rodriguez, Ryne Sandberg, Ozzie Smith, John Smoltz, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome


2000 (22): Roberto Alomar, Jeff Bagwell, Craig Biggio, Wade Boggs, Tom Glavine, Ken Griffey Jr., Vladimir Guerrero, Tony Gwynn, Rickey Henderson, Trevor Hoffman, Randy Johnson, Chipper Jones, Barry Larkin, Pedro Martinez, Greg Maddux, Mike Piazza, Tim Raines, Cal Ripken, Ivan Rodriguez, John Smoltz, Frank Thomas, Jim Thome


The '90s foursome of Jones, Guerrero, Hoffman and Thome added a little punch to the previously meager totals for 1996 and 2000.

But the big news is that with the addition with Alan Trammell and Jack Morris, the 1983 Topps set has now tied the 1969 and 1972 Topps sets as the ones with the most Hall of Famers with 47 apiece. Obviously, there are many sets still to tabulate, but I've always suspected 1983 Topps to be one of the most Hall of Fame heavy.

Both 1978 and 1993 made out pretty well with Hall of Famers. Each set featured managers, which is a good way to boost totals.

As always, if I missed anyone, please point it out to me. This is a tedious exercise and my mind sometimes tends to wander while doing it. It's always possible I skipped someone.

I'd like to compile 1971 and 1973 Topps next just to see how close they get to 1969 (I have my doubts). But I haven't done very well with writing more than one of these posts a year, so we'll see.

Congrats to all the new Hall of Famers. Even that Padres guy.