Wednesday, January 13, 2021

1998 Topps Devil Rays complete set

 Yesterday I was off and decided to put all of the recent Rays pickups I have into my Rays binders. After putting them all in, I am up to about 6 2-3 inch binders. This includes a complete run of Topps/Topps Traded cards (1997-2020). I am really excited and proud of that, as I am a big Topps guy, and because it is covers the franchise in its entirety. If only I could do that for the Tigers. 

I also wanted to pay homage to the first Rays team, so I decided to print out all of the missing Devil Rays Topps cards from the 1998 set. Those customs, along with the Devil Rays from the 1998 Topps set wind up being a stack that looks something like this. 
The team wasn't really good in 1998, finishing last in the American League East. I went to 3 or 4 games that first year, seeing them play the Athletics, and I believe the Red Sox and Twins. So many memories from those games, but I might do a post like Night Owl recently did, and kind of go through an entire year with memories, and card stuff. 
Not many stars on the team. I’ll go ahead and list the guys with each picture. All of these guys either played for the team in 1998, were taken in the Expansion Draft, or were prospects that Topps chose to include in the ‘98 set. From top to bottom, left to right: Scott Aldred, Wilson Alvarez, Rolando Arrojo, Wade Boggs (somehow he got a Yankees card in the ‘98 set, but no Devil Rays one), Cedric Bowers, Rich Butler, Miguel Cairo, Dan Carlson, Dustin Carr, Steve Cox, Luis Cruz, Mike Difelice, Mike Duvall, and Dave Eiland make up the first page in my binder. 


Page 2 is Vaughn Eshelman, John Flaherty, Eddie Gaillard, Orlando Gomez, Rick Gorecki, Toby Hall, Billy Hatcher, Steve Henderson, Roberto Hernandez, Santos Hernandez, Frank Howard, Jason Johnson, Mike Kelly, Brooks Kieschnick (zero year card), Tim Laker, Aaron Ledesma, John LeRoay, and Albie Lopez. 

Page 3 is James Manias, Dave Martinez, Marcus McCain, Scott McClain (always confused those last 2 guys), Quinton McCracken, Fred McGriff, Jim Mecir, Carlos Mendoza, Pablo Ortega (the guy who threw the first pitch in organization history). Jose Paniagua, Herb Perry, Bryan Rekar, Greg Riddoch, Kerry Robinson, Larry Rothschild, Matt Ruebel, Alex Sanchez, and Jared Sandberg (who each get their own card even though it is the same one and they are right next to each other in the binder). 
The last page is Julio Santana, first overall pick of the expansion draft Tony Saunders, Dave Silvestri, Bobby Smith, Paul Sorrento, Dennis Springer (who only pitched 1 year in Tampa, but I swear I saw him pitch like 4 times and saw him give up dozens of Home Runs off of his knuckleball), Jason Standridge, Kevin Stocker, Ramon Tatis, Bubba Trammell, Tropicana Field, Terrell Wade, Jerome Walton, Rick White, Luke Wilcox, Rick Williams, Randy Win, and another guy who gave up tons of Homers that I saw pitch in just about every game I went to, Esteban Yan. A bunch of guys you’ve either forgot about, or never heard of, but many of the names bring back memories of games attended in person, games watched on TV, or baseball cards for me. A special thanks to everyone who has traded with me and helped me add cards to my Rays Topps run (and the ‘98 set in particular). 

Thanks for checking out my latest post. 
-Jeremy

Thursday, January 7, 2021

Who says COMC can't ship quickly?

 I had placed for my COMC order to be shipped back on November 20th of last year. I got a shipping date of the beginning of March, and I was happy with waiting until then, figuring that stuff was going to be delayed becuase of COVID and there wasn't much I could do about it. No big deal. I would just forget about the order, and sometime in March have a ton of cards at my mailbox. Maybe a week and a half ago, I got an e-mail saying that my order was shipping. I didn't let my hopes get high, and still expected to have to wait a while even if it was shipped. Then, I checked 2 days ago, and it had left Washington state. Yesterday, when I checked, it said it arrived in DeLand and was expected to be delivered on the 7th (today). I was super happy to get the news, and didn't even check the tracking number again. Around 6:30pm yesterday, I went out to check the mail, and my COMC package was in my mailbox. You can say what you want to about the shipping at COMC, but they came through for me (or perhaps they hired a bunch of staff recently and my order benefited from it). 

It was what you would figure would come in an order that I placed, with your standard Rays guys, Tigers guys, guys I collect, with versions of autographs, memorabilia cards, and shiny cards thrown in each group. My Rays guys helped me finish my Rays Topps run. The '00 Traded Rocco Baldelli was a hot card back in the first years of the '00's. That '01 Topps Josh Hamilton has been eluding me for a while. The 2002 Topps Gold Label Toby Hall bat card (aparently) was used in a game on September 25, 2001. I didn't know that until I read the card last night. I pulled up the '01 Rays schedule, and the game came in the first week of games played after the September 11 attacks. Kind of cool to think that the bat on the card could've been used during the first games back. Other cool cards in the group are a 2011 Bowman Platinum autograph of Brandon Guyer, a 2011 Leaf Valiant  auto of Hak-Ju Lee, and a 2012 Bowman Platinum autograph of Mikie Mahtook. 
I tried to get some jersey cards from big names on the 2020 Rays team, and the order came through on that with jersey cards of Willie Adames, Tyler Glasnow (shown later), Charlie Morton, Austin Meadows, and Blake Snell. I want to be sore at snell, but it wasn't his choice to be traded. I'll still keep any cards I get of him, but won't actively search for them. Unfortunately for me, many of those 2020 Topps cards ended up being doubles for me as I pulled a bunch of them from hanging boxes in the weeks after my order. I guess I'll put them in my dupes box, try to trade them, or see if some can fit in other parts of my collection. The first part of the Tigers start, and it starts off with a bang, with a 1969 Topps Mayo Smith, the manager of the 1968 World Championship Tigers team. 
The final Tigers page has some autographs of guys I've rooted for (Tony Clark, Chris Gomez, Tony Giarratano), relics of guys I rooted for (Encarnacion, Higginson), Maybin, Bonderman, Granderson), and with some stuff from more current guys, Joe Jimenez, Dawel Lugo, Matthew Boyd, and Jake Rogers. I hope these guys can show up good for the Tigers in 2020. Mike Alstott and Billy Ashley start my favorite player part of the order. 
The Trevor Bauer gives me a jersey card of him, and the Sidney DeJong cards only leave me short a Black, Gold, and Blue version of completing the rainbow of that card. I picked up an autograph of fellow Lakleand High School alumni Carson Fulmer, and also got a jersey of him and Tyler Glasnow. I added an autograph and 2 new cards of Stetson U. alum Logan Gilbert. I was surprised the other day on MLB network when I heard Scott Servias throw his name out. I figured he was still a few years away from the show, but apparently not from what I heard. The '96 Stadium Club John Hudek card mentions on the back that Hudek had surgery on his rib where part of it was removed, and got the rib made into a necklace which is shown on the front of the card. I picked up some Casey Mize cards, including my first jersey card of him. The Tony Saunders card only leaves me a 1998 Topps Chrome Refractor, and a 1998 Topps Inaugural Diamondbacks card from finishing Saunders' run of the 1998 Topps design. The Kohl Stewart patch is really sweet in hand, and the Chuck Tiffany is a Green card. 

A Pat Venditte autograph and Ryan Yarbrough rookie Refractor finish off the Favorite Player part of the order. 
This part may start a new section of my collection. As you might know, I collect most guys  on the Netherlands team (guys from the WBC and the National team). A good number of the guys have cards and have played in the Majors. A few only have cards from WBC sets. Since they don't have many cards, I'm not sure if it would be beneficial to even list that I collect them, and I may just make the end of my Favorite Player binder a part dedicated to Team Netherlands. That would give a nice place to put the 3rd card on the page, which also becomes the oldest card I have, a 1928 Players Flags of the League of Nations Tobacco Netherlands card. The final card is for my son. When we were opening some 1994 Stadium Club cards a few months ago, he pulled a Ken Griffey, Jr. card, and I told him all about Griff and how great he was. Now any time he opens packs or packs of the 2020 Topps Sticker set, he asks if each guy is Ken Griffey, Jr. I figured I would get him a sticker of Griffey to have fun with. If you have any dupes/extras of Ken Griffey, Jr. that you don't want, I would be thrilled if you throw them in a trade so I can add them to Kyler's binder. 
I also finished the 1994 Topps/Topps Traded missing player customs, and will shortly get started on the 1998 Topps (Traded) set. I am working on a project which I will probably finish in a day or 2, and then  I'm going to do  the Rays from the '98 Topps Traded set in order to get them printed out and thrown in my Rays binder. 
I hope everyone's 2021 has started off well and if you've ordered any cards that they come quickly. For the record, I'm still waiting on some cards from eBay that I would've figured have come by now. 
Thanks for taking the time to read my latest post.
-Jeremy

 

Sunday, January 3, 2021

Trade with the Diamond King

 Recently, Kevin from The Diamond King started a project with some of the first popular steroid guys. Basically a career Topps run, a relic or autographed card, and 4 pages of cool cards. Being the Topps guy that I am, I had a good number of cards that he needed, and I got them in the mail about a week ago. Yesterday evening I got what Kevin sent me.
All 9 cards are ones I needed, and they helped me come close to getting some 'rainbows' done, as you'll see in a second. First one is a 2000 Bowman Retro/Future Josh Hamilton. Next is a 2000 Stadium Club Chrome card, which would've been hot freshly pulled from a pack in '00. Next is a 2000 Topps Opening Day card. I never purchased any packs of Opening Day until 2001, so I barely have any 2000 Opening Day cards. The 2014 Elite Dominators Wil Myers is a cool card. I actually purchased an Adrian Beltre from the same set from COMC a few years ago because it looked so cool. The 2020 Yandy Diaz is an On Fire parallel. The Austin Meadows is a 2020 Chrome Prism-Fractor. Kevin sent me 2 Tigers, a 2014 Topps Torii Hunter All-Star, and a 2017 Donruss Press Proof Al Kaline. I've busted a decent amout of Donruss packs over the past 3-4 years, and I think I've only pulled 1 press proof and dozens of other parallels, so it's nice to see one of these. The last card is a cool 1992 Bowman Chipper Jones. 

As mentioned before, a few card got me close to completing some 'rainbows'. The 2000 Topps Opening Day Hamilton and 2000 Bowman Retro/Future Josh Hamilton cards that Kevin sent me were the 2 culprits. If I am correct, I am only missing the 2000 Topps Chrome Refractor, and I will complete all of the 2000 Topps Josh Hamilton cards using that design. As for the 2000 Bowman set, I still have a few left to have all of Hamilton's cards, including the base Gold,  Chrome, Chrome Refractor, Retro/Future Chrome, and an oversized Chrome card. 

Hopefully this will be the first of many trades during the 2021 year. I got an e-mail a few days ago saying that the cards I ordered from COMC in September or so are shipping, so perhaps I'll have those in hand in a few weeks instead of in March. I also ordered the last 8 cards I need to complete the 2020 Topps Update set from eBay, so I should have some fun cards to add to my binders soon. I'm hoping to also print out all of the 1998 Topps custom Rays that I've made so I can see the entire complete team set in it's entirety in my binders. I'd like to do it with the '99 set and the rest of the years, but for now, it will just be the '98 ones.  Maybe I'll do a post showing the cards in my binders. 

Thanks, Kevin, for the awesome trade!

Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy





Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Trade with Johnny’s Trading Spot and some LCS fun

 A few days ago, I received a surprise package from John of Johnny's Trading Spot. Inside were a whole bunch of Rays to help me out with some of my sets. 

The first 2 were from the 1997 Lykes A Franchise is Born set, of which John sent me a ton of the last time he sent me cards. I have a feeling I am really close to finishing that one. 99% of the non-flagship Topps were new ones to me, including the cards from Upper Deck, Stadium Club, and Leaf which you see here. My Topps flaship run of Rays cards are now complete, but I still want to complete as many Rays sets as I can, and I will be really happy to finish off an Upper Deck set sometime. Those sets are bigger than you think. As for the flagship Topps cards, many of those can be moved to my rookie card binder, or like the 2006 Topps team leaders card, can be filed next to the base card of the player as well as at the end of the Rays set as I display them in my binders. I haven't purchased an Allen & Ginter or Gypsy Queen pack in almost a decade, so all oif those card are new. 
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The Bowman's are new to me as well, since I haven't purchased (or see a pack in the wild) any Bowman this year. Haven't seen any Fire, Gallery, or Gypsy Queen in the wild this year either, so most of those are new as well. I love the foilboard Meadows Fire card. I've had good luck with Heritage, but I think 1 or 2 were needs for me. 
It's nice to get spatterings of base cards because for guys who I collect (like Ryan Yarbrough), I put their cards in my Player Collection binder first, but still like to get a 2nd copy of the card to put in my Rays binder. John helped me do that with the '20 Heritage Yarbrough. He also sent some Paul DeJong's to add to his spot in the aforementioned Player Collection Binder. I love the Gold Fire card. Other favorite players represented are Tony Saunders and Ryan Yarbrough. The next 4 cards are ones I have already, but they are lucky enough to go to my rookie card binder. Shout out for sending the '20 Gypsy Queen Randy Arozarena! While I haven't officially started collecting him, I am starting to end up with a ton of his cards, as you will soon see. Thanks, John, for the nice surprise package!  I'm saving up some Braves inserts/parallels, and as soon as I get a decent stack, they will be headed to GA or FL.

I wanted to go to my LCS today because the last time I was there, it taught me a lesson. A few weeks ago, I had some cards I wanted to mail out to some bloggers, and I decided to stop at the post office first, since it would be easier on me while driving (I would be driving past my LCS, but the post office would be on my right, and so would the LCS on the way back, eliminating some left-hand turns into busy traffic). I sent out the packages, and then went to the card shop, digging through 3 .50 cent boxes, and promptly finding a ton of cards I could've added to the packages I had just sent. Today, I decided to go to the card shop first and brave a few left-hand turns in order to add some more cards to stuff I had planned to sent out today. I got there and dug through the usual 3 .50 cent boxes they had, and was able to help out someone with an insert set they are collecting, I found a card for a guy who collects a certain player (which I actually haven't sent out yet), and found a few other cards to add to some envelopes that I have just sent out. A good payoff for deciding to go the the card shop first. 
I even found a few things for me as well. I was hoping to find some Randy Arozarena cards, and I wasn't disappointed. The last time I went, I was mainly looking for refractors and newer Rays cards, so I basically skipped over all of the Prizm stuff, and I missed 3 Randy's. I also missed one from Optic, but I found them today, and I believe I have tapped that .50 cent box out of Randy A. cards, really only skipping over some '18 Topps cards. I was hoping to find some '20 Topps Update cards (I am only 8 cards away from completing the set). I should've looked closer at my list. I picked up the Christian Yelich card, but I didn't need it. Still 8 cards away....I also found some shiny cards for players I collect, and a card of Logan Gilbert that I figured I would get since I don't have many cards of him. 
I'm still on the fence about collecting Randy, just because he is so young and because of the incident he had with his ex. Maybe later this year I'll bite the bullet, but I'll still be on the lookout for his rookie cards just because of how hot they've become.  Here is a picture of all of the cards of him that I've gathered so far.


When you break it down, that’s 4 cards I’ve pulled from packs (Donruss,Red Stadium Club, Topps, and Topps Update), 1 from a Complete set (Topps), 1 from a team set I got on eBay (Update), 9 from the .50 cent boxes at my LCS (Bowman, Optic x2, Optic Lime Green, Prizm, Prizm Red White & Blue x2, Chrome, and Chrome X-Fractor), and 2 sent by nice people in trades (Gypsy Queen x2). 

I would like to point out that it wasn't all luck with these, as if Randy had been a touted prospect like Wander Franco, none of his cards would've got past the flippers, and they wouldn't have found their way into the .50 boxes. I also had the chance to add a dual bat card of Randy in September or so. I was looking at purchasing a few Rays team sets on eBay, and being fairly naive to how eBay works, I was trying to add something from the same seller in order to combine shipping. The seller had a '20 Diamond Kings dual bat card of Randy for 4 bucks, but for some reason, I didn't get it, and it's probably at least 20 bucks now, so I'll have to wait awhile to acquire a memorabilia card of him. 

Before I go, I must say SHAME ON THE RAYS for dumping salary when you were 2 wins away from winning it all!  Stuart Sternberg has the money to spend! After all, he is rich enough to own a baseball team. How can you let down your fans? You put all of the pressure on the GM to make sly trades in order to compete because you won't spend money. You can't expect them to win all of the trades, and eventually, they are going to be cellar dwellers again. Nobody will come to the games, and you are going to be forced to sell the team at a low price, or move them. Everyone loses. The Rays were maybe a #2 starter and a decent hitting catcher away from winning it all and competing for the next few years. If you have someone who isn't a baseball fan who owns a team, they don't care about winning a championship. The team is almost like some idiot who wears the latest Jordan's even though they don't know a lick about baseball. It's just an accessory. Sternberg goes and trades away our #1 pitcher, lets the #2 leave for free agency, and re-signs our weak-hitting catcher. The Rays are never going to compete with Sternberg as an owner, and he needs to sell the team to someone who hopefully keeps them in St. Pete. I'm still going to suupport the Rays, but I won't be expecting them to compete for another 10 years, and I'm counting the days Keven Kiermaier has left with the team. Randy A., you are next...The Tigers will hopefully give me something to watch while Tampa gets it's crap straight. Suck it, Sternberg!!
If you were wondering where the stuff I dropped off at the post office is going, the zip codes they are headed to are 13601, 48105, 61615, 97202, 97230, and 98662. 
Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy

Sunday, December 27, 2020

2021 Baseball Card Goals

I have never made a collecting goals post before, but I figured I would just so I could see how my goals changed over the year and how I actually did at the end of 2021. 

There are a number of things that I can think of off of the top of my head. Some of them are attainable, others might take a little bit of work, and others will just come down to luck. These are in no particular order. 

1. Spend less on retail. 
Even with the flippers and their despicable ways, I have been able to get my hands on a decent amount of retail this year. The beginning of the year, I had a number of hanging boxes that my wife got me of Series 1, Opening Day, Donruss, and Heritage. Once the flippers pulled their crap, I missed out totally on Bowman, and got my hands on 2 hanging boxes each of Big League and Series 2, and 1 of Stadium Club. Once Update came out (which I suspect Topps may have double or triple printed), my wife was able to find a good amount of it at Target, and I got like 6 hanging boxes and a 16 pack box worth, enough to leave me just 8 cards short of completing the set. When I add all of those packs up, sure it was fun to bust all of them and get some inserts, but I ended up purchasing the 2020 complete set, so most of the cards I got in those Series 1 & 2 boxes were just dupes that I wouldn't have had if I had just waited until the complete set came out around July. I will still probably purchase a hanging box of each series just to get a taste, but after that (at least for Topps Series 1 & 2), my money is better spent online or at a card show or my LCS. 

2. Pull a printing plate
I've pulled 2 printing plates in my life. a 2007 Upper Deck Jose Contreras, and a 2017 Topps Mark Canha. The Canha I traded away to a guy who collects him, and the Contreras I still have. It would be cool to pull another one in my lifetime (even if it turns out to be a Yankee).

3. Complete the Rays/Tigers Topps team sets in 2021
Shouldn't be that hard to do, but with flippers, I'm skeptical if I'll even see any 2021 Topps packs on the shelves in retail, and my LCS will probably charge 8 bucks a pack. At least trading and eBay are still around.

4. Add some nice relic cards and autographed cards. For relic cards, I still have some big names I would like to add to my collection (Jeter, Trout, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady, Wayne Gretzky, Mickey Mantle, Randy Arozarena, Ronald Acuna, Ohtani, Pete Alonso, Paul Goldschmidt, Andrew McCutcheon, Joey Votto, and just some of the upper-echelon guys in the past 20 or so years). For autographs, I would love to add some guys to my Rays binder that I don't have, like JP Howell, Carl Crawford, Jorge Cantu, Kevin Kiermaier, Randy Arozarena, Tyler Glasnow, Brendan McKay, Brent Honeywell, Greg Vaughn, Fred McGriff, Scott Kazmir, and Blake Snell). 

5. Pull some Rays postseason Highlights cards
Topps just did 4 World Series cards for the winning Nationals and none for the losing Astros in the 2020 Flagship set, so unfortunately, it looks like I will have to get some from 2021 Topps Heritage. I would love to pull a few Arozarena cards, one of them winning the '20 ALCS. and one from the Brett Phillips/Randy A. game (trades are welcome!)

6. Complete my Rays Topps run with cusom cards. 
This one might take a while. I have all of the missing Topps Rays cards listed out, and I would ultimately like to start printing out the ones I haven't printed yet. I would most likely start from the beginning with the 1998 set. It would be really cool to thumb through my Rays binders and go through each years' Topps set knowing that there are no players/cards missing. 

7. Finish the 1994 Topps Traded, 1998 Topps Traded, 1991 Topps & Traded, and possibly one other complete custom card set

I am almost 1/2 way done with the '94 Traded set, the '98 one shouldn't take too long, and I don't think 1991 will be that difficult with all of the random minor league sets printed in '91. After that, I think 1991 is really calling my name, but with only 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2000 being left in order to finish up anyone who played a season in the '90's, I may just have to go with 1995. We'll see.

8. This isn't really for me, but I would like for my son to pull his first hit.

This one will be tough for me and will really show if I am a decent person or not. I think I'll be excited for him to pull an autographed card or a relic, but I think part of me is going to wish I pulled the card for my collection. Maybe even more if it is a Ray/Tiger or someone I collect. I could go on about personal goals for 2021, but let's just say I hope to grow as a person/husband/father/employee in 2021 as well.

Lesser goals:

I would also kind of like to get all of my loose cards in binders, but with my cards organized by years, it is kind of a problem. I have a few new cards to put in that are before 2018, but the majority is newer stuff. With 28 teams at 2-3 binders per team, is it really worth it to put in a card from 1981, and then more cards over one by one for 10 years of junk wax before finally putting another new one it? 
I also kind of want to organize all of my duplicates by teams and year so I can find stuff for team collectors I trade with more easily.
Finally, I wouldn't mind going through all my basketball and football cards and organizing them by teams. 

I think that about sums it up. What do you think about the goals for 2021? Are they achievable? Is there anything you think I missed? 

The holidays are finally over, and work will finally be slow again for a few months. It will be nice to have a little free time after clocking out and getting to do customs/organize cards again. I'm working tomorrow morning, have a day off, and am working the next 4, so I won't do anything big for new years, but as bad as 2020 is, I'd just rather get ready for bed, and quickly fall asleep, becuase for as long as I usually feel asleep, it will almost go away quicker if I go to bed than waiting 2-3 hours for midnight. Not to mention that I would be a wreck in 4 hours when I would have to get up. 
The new year might not change anything, but I think as a whole that 2021 at least has a shot of being a better year than 2020. If we had another healthy kid in 2021, my wife would slowly get less headaches and not have to have another surgery, or the Rays/Tigers/Auburn football wins a championship, I think that much in itself would do it for me. Whatever situation you find yourself in during 2021, I sure hope your year is better than the last one and that you pull some nice cards for your collection and that I can trade some with you to help it.
Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy

Monday, December 21, 2020

Updating Update

 Just a quick post to try to get some help completing my 2020 Topps Update set. Saturday, while my wife was at Target, she purchased me the complete 2020 Topps set, and what she thought was the 2020 Topps Update set. It turned out that the Update cards were just a 16 pack box, but with the 4-5 hanging boxes that we've found, I am now just 8 cards away from completing the Update set. Those cards are:

43 Alex Blandino Reds
88 Craig Kimbrel Leaders Cubs
89 Brian Johnson Red Sox 
102 Kevin Ginkel Diamondbacks
165 Kyle Wright Braves
185 Max Scherzer All-Star Nationals
234 Gavin Lux Rookie Debut Dodgers
249 Aroldis Chapman Leaders Yankee$

With all of the hanging boxes that I (probably shouldn't have) purchased, I have a good amount of doubles from Series 1, 2, and Update to trade if you are up for trying to help me out and have needs from this year. 

Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy

Friday, December 18, 2020

Career Topps Run: Chris Gwynn

 I haven't done one of these in a while, but I hope to do posts like these more frequently in the future, especially as I get more cards done. The players will be selected as I run across ones I think would be easy to do.

First up today is Chris Gwynn. Chris is the younger brother of the late Tony Gwynn. He attended college at San Diego State University, and played on the 1984 US Olympic baseball team, winning a silver medal. After college, he was drafted by the Dodgers in 1985. He quickly shot through the minors, and got called up to the Bigs in 1987 by the Dodgers, and got into 12 games for the World Champion team in 1988. He stayed with them through 1991, and was traded to the Kansas City Royals in the offseason of '91. He played the 1992 and 1993 season with them, before signing with the Dodgers as a Free Agent. He spent 1994 and 1995 with them, before getting the chance of a lifetime and getting to play with brother Tony and the San Diego Padres in 1996, Chris' final season in the Majors. 

Chris got his first Topps card in the 1989 set, made it into the set in 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, and 1994 sets, before getting on to his last Topps card in 1995. 

By my count, Chris is missing cards from the 1985 Topps Traded card (Team USA), 1987 Topps Traded, 1988 Topps, 1989 Topps, 1992 Topps Traded, 1993 Topps Traded,  1996 Topps, 1996 Topps Traded, and 1998 Topps cards. 

Now, I will show all of Chris Gwynn's Topps cards, including ones made by Topps, giving you a nice look at his entire career Topps run. 

1985 Topps Team USA custom
1987 Topps Traded custom
1988 Topps custom
1989 Topps custom
1990 Topps
1991 Topps
1992 Topps
1992 Topps Traded custom (with back)
1993 Topps
1994 Topps
1994 Topps Traded custom
1995 Topps
1996 Topps custom
1996 Topps Traded custom
1997 Topps sunset custom
Well, there you have it. I hope you have learned a little bit about Chris Gwynn and have enjoyed seeing his career Topps run. 
Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy