Cards from GCRL

I recently sent GCRL a few Dodgers and double play cards, and he sent back a few Reds cards. Three I needed, and one I could never have enough off. The latter first…

Davis 1987

1987 Topps Eric Davis. A classic card, a card every kid in Cincinnati owned and wanted more of. Of course, since 1987 Topps was so abundant, it wasn’t difficult to stock up on these puppies. I can just imagine Kal Daniels standing next to Eric the Red, with #44 explaining, “This is a baseball, Kalvoski. If you hit it, they pay you lots of money and the people love you. If you go into a slump, Cincinnati will hate you and demand that you be traded.”

We go next to 1970, and another card crossed off my wantlist…

Jackson 1970

1970 Topps Al Jackson. The famous (infamous?) 1970 set with all the hatless and black-hatted dudes and hideous gray borders. Seriously, who thought this was a nice design? Jackson didn’t play in 1970; his career ended in 1969 after appearing in 33 games for the Redlegs. He also played for the Pirates, Mets, and Cardinals.

The third card looks like 1972, but is actually 2003…

1972 Morgan 2003

2003 Topps All-Time Fan Favorites Joe Morgan. These things are getting more and more difficult to keep up with. You can’t just look at the last year of stats on the back anymore; now you have to get out your magnifying glass and find the copyright date. I love retro cards, but maybe Heritage is enough? I don’t know.

Finally, speaking of retro…

Latos 1990

2013 Topps Archives Mat Latos (1990 style). I’m a 1990 Topps apologist. I think it is the best looking set of that year (not that the competitors were very good). Sure, it could have been better (check out Uncle Doc’s Redefine the Design post), but I liked it back then and I still like it today. I like the color coordination on Latos’ card with the red border. That was probably the thing that bugged me the most. Chris Sabo shouldn’t be on a purple-bordered card. He just shouldn’t.

All in all great selection of cards. Thanks Jim!

About JT

Christian. Husband. Dad. 911 dispatcher. Baseball fan. Horror nut. Music nerd. Bookworm. Time Magazine's 2006 Person of the Year.

Posted on July 19, 2013, in baseball, baseball cards and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Fordman (Mick)

    I love the Topps Archives sets as well. I have the complete 2013 base set with a few of the short print high numbered cards.

    1990 is when collectors quit buying mass amounts of any brand of card because of the glut of cards but the price was getting out of hand. Upper Deck was king at the time and was getting $2-$3 per pack while Topps was retailing for $0.99. Topps still had the kraft paperboard cards while UD used bleached white thick paper stock. 1990 Donruss and Fleer were basically sideliners.

    • 1990 was probably my last huge year, with 1991 a little less and in 1992 I almost quit altogether. 1993 may have been the first year I didn’t buy any new cards. It was until the late 90s that I got back into it, and then quit again for about a decade after all the steroid scandals.

  2. Glad you liked em! It at least needed some.

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