A Topps Super Mailday

A recent mailday arrived from Loren in Colorado. Loren and I have conducted a few trades this year, and his return to baseball card collecting story is a must read.


Loren’s box of Cubs consisted mostly of cards already in my collection. Still, some of these cards I just have to show off because they are unique. Unique like the image used for Ed Lynch’s 1987 Topps baseball card.

I’ve talked about 1989 Topps ad nauseum, so I’ll save you that story today. But, dang. That 1989 Topps rookie gold cup Mark Grace is one of beauty. Just looking at the card takes me back to the summer of 1989 riding my bicycle up to my small town IGA to buy a 35-cent pack of baseball cards.

Speaking of Topps rookie gold cups. The following year it was Jerome Walton getting the gold cup treatment. Walton was the 1989 National League Rookie of the Year edging out teammate Dwight Smith for the award.


Jerome Walton was my favorite baseball player in 1989 and 1990, and stat you could find on the back of my own Little League rookie baseball card.

Sportflics. I don’t hate them….but I highly dislike them. I think it’s because just looking at the front of Sportflics cards makes every hair on my body stand up hearing and feeling the sound of scratching your fingernail over the card. Worse than nails on a chalkboard.

Topps Heritage in 2007 paid homage to the 1958 Topps set. All Star cards are, in my opinion, an amazing subset. Among my favorite All Star cards in Topps history are from 1988 and 1958. Here’s an Alfonso Soriano in the 1958 design.

While all the previous cards were already in my Cubs collection, there was one card that was not. In fact, this is the first from the set in my collection.


Topps made a Supers set in 1971. The cards were larger than a standard baseball card (both wider and taller) and had rounded corners. This Fergie Jenkins is a beauty.

Another great trade with Loren! In return I sent off some 1970’s Hostess baseball cards and a random assortment of other 70’s cards and oddballs.

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