'86 Topps is my ugly duckling set, meaning that it's kind of neat in an ugly sort of way. Ugly is probably even too harsh a word to describe the design, but to say that the '86 Topps set is one of their more notable designs would be overstating things.
OK...time to show off the cards...first, the basics
|Love the DeJesus stache...|
Now, some cards that were interesting, and also stirred up some memories.
First, Juan Samuel
Next up, a couple of pitchers that will stand the test of time.
I love when cards make me look at statistics. Did you know that Vida Blue wore five different uniform numbers while he was with the A's? I also remember him pitching for the A's and Giants, but for the life of me can't remember him pitching in Kansas City in 82 & 83!
Dennis Eckersley, yep I remember him with all the teams he played for. Cleveland, Boston (twice), Cubs, Oakland and St. Louis. I remember him being lights out against my Jays in the '89 ALCS, and then the Jays got their revenge in the '92 playoffs against him. I remember him giving up the HR to Kirk Gibson in the '88 World Series. But what I do really remember the most, is the absolute dominance for 3 years between 89-91. Walked only 16 batters total over those 3 years. 1.74 combined ERA, including a 0.61 ERA in 1990. If there was a period when a reliever was as automatic for such an extended period of time as Eckersley was, I would love to know.
Where's the guy who I hold the grudge against? After all these years, this guy's name still brings a grumble when I say it.
Sundberg hits a triple off of the top of the right field fence, clearing the bases, and then scores on a single by Frank White to turn a 2-1 close game into a 6-1 lead that was insurmountable.
It was tough to say the least. I was one of many fans who thought the Jays that year had a legitimate shot of winning it all. They had won 99 games in the regular season, and had come home for games 6 & 7 with a 3-2 series lead.
Damn you Jim Sundberg.
Oh yea, by the way Tom, thank you very much for the cards...only 600 to go to complete the set!!
Thanks for reading, Robert