Monday, November 28, 2016

1990 Topps #813 Buddy Bell

Buddy Bell was a decent player, and his skills kept his in the Big Leagues for 18 years. He played with the Cleveland Indians from 1972-1978, the Texas from 1979- the middle of the 1985 season. He was traded to the Cincinnati Reds, and stayed with them until the middle of the 1988 season when he was released. The Houston Astros picked him up for the rest of the season, and he played his final season in 1989 with the Rangers. After his playing career, he coached for many teams. Wikipedia says he coaches with the Reds for many years, but I have checklists made for every coach for the 1989-1992 seasons, and I don't see Bell anywhere for the Reds. He coached the Indians from 1994-1995. In 1996, he became the manager of the Detroit Tigers. He got fired from them in 1998, then became manager of the Colorado Rockies from 2000-2002. He coached the Cleveland Indians again from 2003-2004. He managed the Kansas City Royals from 2005-2007 before retiring.

Buddy appeared in every Topps set from 1973-1989. He also got into the 1988 Topps Traded set. His only missing card from his playing career is his sunset 1990 Topps card, so with this custom, his complete playing career Topps run is finished. Buddy has manager cards from the 2001, 2002, 2005 Update, 2006, and 2007 Topps sets. He is missing cards from the 1995,1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2008 Topps sets.

I've been working on a few templates lately, and have actually made some cards. I keep telling myself that once the rest of the templates are done (1989-2001), that it will be worth it and I can just crank out customs, but it is nice to actually make customs and not templates every once in a while. I also have some cards fro Richard that I need to post one of these days, so I'll have a busy week with stuff to do with customs, but it will be fun, especially if I can finish the 1994 set.
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