Monday, February 24, 2014

Completely Red: 1989 Topps Mini Leaders

Take your modern minis and shove em. Take your vintage minis and shove em. We're talking junk era minis, baby. This 77 card set got its own release in wax packs in '89. By the looks of it, if you were in the top 5 in almost anything, you got a card. For instance, Eric Davis lead the league in game-winning RBIs and Chris Sabo was 3rd in doubles and tied for 4th in stolen bases. My Reds got the largest partition by far, with 8 cards (ahead of the Cardinals, Mets, Red Sox, and Twins with a paltry 5 each).

I like the faded border (as opposed to the crisp borders on the main set) though the thickness of the border shrinks an already small photo (but boy, it's just RIPE for 20 different color parallels, ain't it?). Mayhaps Topps should have used this design for the full-size and the full-size design for the minis. Credit to using fresh photos for the set. It would have been quite easy to just shrink the flagship photos.


Cards - 8

RC's - 1 (Chris Sabo)

All Stars - 6 (Tom Browning, Chris Sabo, Barry Larkin, Danny Jackson, John Franco, Eric Davis)

Hall of Famers - 1 (Barry Larkin)

Reds Hall of Famers - 5 (Eric Davis, Jose Rijo, Tom Browning, Barry Larkin, Chris Sabo)

Bouncing Around the Page Sleeves - All of em


6 Tom Browning
7 Kal Daniels
8 Eric Davis
9 John Franco
10 Danny Jackson
11 Barry Larkin
12 Jose Rijo
13 Chris Sabo


  1. It's amazing what a quarter of a century can do. Even as a Dodgers fan I kinda like these guys now...

  2. I always thought Kal Daniels was going to be a superstar

    1. At least he went to LA, where we could hear Vin Scully refer to him nightly by his full name: Kalvoski Daniels.