Thursday, June 19, 2014

Completely Red: 1985 Topps/Topps Traded

This set came out 6 years before I started collecting, so I didn't have a lot of it. But what I did have is one of the most iconic rookie cards of the era: 1985 Topps Eric Davis. Oh man, what a sweet card. This, and the '87 Topps Jose Canseco were freakin' boss. It really isn't much to speak of in general. Just a dusk portrait of our man near the batting cage. But the 5-tool upside of Davis was immense, so this card was high society, man. He was great for bit, good for a while, but nowhere near where we'd thought he'd be. Ah well. It's still a page-stopper for me. And nowadays? Eighteen cents on Sportlots. Such is this silly little world.

As far as the set design, I'm a fan. Big, imposing team nameplate, made even more apparent by the mere 4 letters of 'REDS' forced to fill the whole space. Throw Mr. Redlegs in there on the right, and we have precious little room for the actual name and position of the player, crammed into the gray in a boring font. Whatever. Still sweet. We have an excellent Father-Son subset, which was fortunate enough to feature a Reds Hall of Famer, Gus Bell, and his son, Buddy, who would actually join the Reds midway through the '85 season. We're also blessed with three big Pete Rose cards (record breaker, manager, base). Nice.


Cards - 32

RC's - 2 (Eric Davis, Tom Browning)

All Stars - 11 (Pete Rose, Cesar Cedeno, Gus Bell, Dave Parker, Tom Hume, John Franco, Mario Soto, Dave Concepcion, Eric Davis, Jeff Russell, Tom Browning)

Reds Hall of Famers - 8 (Gus Bell, Tony Perez, Dave Concepcion, Mario Soto, Eric Davis, Tom Browning, Dave Parker, Ron Oester)

Spectacles - 2 pair

The 70's Called, They Want Their Mustache Back - 1 (Andy McGaffigan)


6 Pete Rose RB
28 Dann Bilardello
54 Cesar Cedeno
82 Joe Price
107 Tom Foley 
131 Buddy Bell - Gus Bell FS 
146 Gary Redus
175 Dave Parker
198 Eddie Milner
223 Tom Hume
251 Brad Gulden
314 Ron Oester
323 Andy McGaffigan
342 Ted Power
367 Keefe Cato
417 John Franco RC
441 Duane Walker
468 Wayne Krenchicki
495 Mario Soto
515 Dave Concepcion
547 Pete Rose MG/TC
573 Jay Tibbs
597 Brad Lesley
600 Pete Rose
627 Eric Davis RC
651 Jeff Russell
675 Tony Perez
727 Frank Pastore
752 Bob Owchinko 
779 Nick Esasky
11T Tom Browning XRC
68T Alan Knicely

Go Reds.

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