Friday, June 7, 2019

1992 Topps #937 Roy Smith


Roy Smith pitched in the Major Leagues from 1984 to 1991. He played with the Cleveland Indians in 1984 and 1985, he played for the Minnesota Twins from 1985 to 1990, and spend his final year in MLB with the Baltimore Orioles in 1991. He was on the 1987 Minnesota Twins World Championshp team. After retiring, he worked as a scout, assistant general manager, and vice president for scouting and player development.
Roy got his first Topps card in the 1985 Topps set. He got into the 1986 set, but went missing from the 1988 and 1989 sets. His last 2 Topps cards came in the 1990 and 1991 Topps sets, leaving him a missing 1992 Topps sunset card, which I made.  He technically also needs a 1986 Topps Traded and 1991 Topps Traded card with the missing 1987 and 1988 regular Topps cards to complete his career Topps run.
It's been a while since I updated this site, but I hope to keep doing a monthly 1992 Topps card, and maybe eventually finish in 2073.
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-Jeremy

Friday, April 26, 2019

1992 Topps #936 Stan Royer


Stan Royer played in the Major Leagues from 1991 to 1994. He was selected by the Oakland Athletics as the 16th pick in the 1988 MLB draft. He got swapped to the St. Louis Cardinals in the Willie McGee deal in 1990, and made his MLB debut with them in 1991. He played for the Cards in 1992 and 1993, and split 1994 with the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox.

Royer only has 1 Topps card, a 1993 Topps Coming Attraction card. He is missing cards in the 1992, 1994, and 1995 Topps sets. I have also added him to the '89 Topps set as part of the Draft Picks subset. This 1992 Topps custom takes care of his '92 card, and I have also made his 1994 Topps card while finishing that set a while back.
I may have actually saw Stan play in Spring Training of 1993. I was 10, and my dad took me to a Tigers-Cardinals game in Lakeland, FL where we lived. I don't remember who pitched or anything about who appeared in the game, but it was preseason, and many of the stars don't make road trips, so there was a decent chance that Stan appeared in the game at some point.

Things have been kind of crazy in my life lately, but perhaps, they are getting back to normal. I just got 200 9-page pockets, and will be putting in my loose cards of the last 4 important teams in the AL (Oakland, Seattle, Texas, and Toronto), then the loose Detroit Tigers and Tampa Bay (Devil) Ray cards, then my Favorite Players (been waiting about a year to do so), then a few other special binder cards (Highlights, rookies, sunset cards, shiny cards), and maybe if there are enough pages left, the New York Yankees. You should be seeing some of this reflected in my other blog, as I will be updating my Favorite Player pages with pictures of all of the cards, as well as lists of what I have, to make trading easier. This may take a while, but stay tuned.

Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

1992 Topps #935 Keith Comstock


Keith Comstock played in the Major Leagues from 1986-1991. He appeared first in 1986 with the Minnesota Twins, spent 1987 with the San Francisco Giants and San Diego Padres, 1988 with the Padres, before finishing up his career in 1990 and 1991 with the Seattle Mariners. 

He is only appeared on 2 Topps cards, his first being in the 1988 Topps set, and his last being in 1991. He is missing cards from the 1985, 1989, 1990, and 1992 Topps sets, with this card crossing off his sunset 1992 one. 

Keith is kind of a baseball card legend, as he is featured on 2 error cards (in his only 2 Topps cards ever made), and 1 goofy photo in a minor league issue.
His first error card was in the 1988 Topps set. It features the Padres name at the top of the card in white instead of blue. Here is the error card and the corrected one.
1988 Topps #778 Keith Comstock Front1988 Topps #778 Keith Comstock Front
His 1991 Topps card comes with a correct Mariners version, and an error listing him with the Chicago Cubs. Here is the error and corrected version.
1991 Topps #337 Keith Comstock Front1991 Topps #337 Keith Comstock Front

This is the minor league card I was talking about.
1989 ProCards #14 Keith Comstock Front
Ouch. 
In spite of all of these crazy cards, I always thought his 1991 Donruss card was weird. When I would go to my endocrynologist as a kid, every time they had to draw my blood in the lab, I wouldn't really care, because they would give me a 3-card '91 Donruss pack afterwards. I pulled the Comstock card out of one of the packs, and I just thought it was crazy how it looked like there were bumps on Comstock's glove just like a basketball instead of being smooth like all of the other gloves I had seen on cards. Take a look for yourself.
1991 Donruss #246 Keith Comstock Front
If all of those crazy facts weren't enough, while researching for the back of the customs '92 TOpps I made, I discovered that Keith played an inning in Right Field for the Giants in 1987. Add that to the many interesting things I have discovered while researching things for the 1992 Topps set.

I have finished the 1984 Topps set, am a team or two away from finishing the checklist for the 1981 Topps set, and am making progress on making cards in the '93 Topps set. With all that being done, I am thinking about adding another thing to my plate by creating a Twitter account, mainly for all of the Topps cards that never were, not just the 1992 set. I just don't want to mess up if I do create the account and do everything professionally and not appear like a noob. So, a few questions...
First, what should I post? A random card? Groups of cards? A card of the day? What would attract people to follow my account?
Second, I notice there are a number of baseball players who I have made customs of that own Twitter accounts. Should I try to add them as followers first, and them post customs of them and tag them? Should I just post, and see if I can get the players as followers if these customs spread by word of mouth?
Third, should I add all of the MLB team accounts? Would Topps kill me if I added them and they saw that I was making customs using their designs?
I'm probably forgetting a few other questions, but these were the main ones. I don't even know if anyone would want to follow a Topps Cards that Never Were Twitter page, but if there is enough interest, I could create one. #ToppsCardsthatNeverWere.

Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

1992 Topps #934 Doug Strange

Doug Strange played in the Majors from 1989-1998. He came up with the Detroit Tigers in 1989, spent 1990 in the minors, and got back into the Bigs with the Chicago Cubs in 1991. He played with them in 1992, and spent 1993 and 1994 with the Texas Rangers. For 1995 and 1996, he played with the Seattle Mariners, then he spent 1997 with the Montreal Expos before finishing his career in 1998 with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Doug's first Topps card came in the 1989 Topps set. He is missing a card in the 1992 set, which I fixed. He got in the 1994 set, and then is missing cards for the rest of his career. I made him a 1998 Topps card as an Expo, and Mark from Battlin' Bucs gave him a 1998 Topps Traded card as a Pirate.

On my other blog, I have been working on finishing the 1984 Topps and 1984 Topps Traded sets.  I have finished the Traded set, and am done with the NL in the regular set, as well as the Orioles and Red Sox. That leaves about 10 teams to go (the checklists says a little less than 200 cards, but a number have been done, so I think it's closer to 150 or less). I hope to finish that in a few months. I finished the 1982 Topps checklist, and am working on the 1981 checklist, bringing me steps closer to having missing player checklists from every set from 1978 to 2001. Eventually, I will work my way down through the '70's and '60's and down to 1951. Patience. Patience.
Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy

Thursday, December 6, 2018

1992 Topps #933 John Orton


John Orton played in the Majors from 1989-1993 with the California Angels. He only appeared on 1 Topps card, coming in the 1991 Topps set. He is missing cards from the 1990, 1992, 1993, and 1994 Topps sets. This card crosses off the '92 card, and I also made his 1994 Topps card while finishing that set.
As for the '92 card, John was left off of the 1992 Topps set, but got a card in the 1992 O-Pee-Chee set, which is the same design as the '92 Topps set, just with the OPC logo. O-Pee-Chee would always choose not to copy the All-Star and Record Breaker cards for their sets, instead choosing to add more Montreal Expos, Toronto Blue Jays, and random other players in their spots. Orton got a card in the '92 OPC set because of this, so all I had to do to make his card was to take off the OPC logo, and add a Topps one. The back was a little difficult, but I think I did ok. 

It has been a long while since I've posted on this blog, but having a 2-year old can take up most of your time. Probably since my last post here, I have finished the 1998 Topps set, started working on the 1984 Topps/Topps Traded sets, added a few checklists for '70's sets on my other blog, as well as start the 1993 Topps set until the '84 Topps set came up with a deadline of February. I will still keep posting on here every now and then, so check back, and you never know, you could see a new card up.

Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy

Saturday, August 25, 2018

1992 Topps #932 Kevin Ritz


Kevin Ritz played in the Majors from 1989 through 1992, and 1994 through 1998. He played for the Detroit Tigers during the first peroid, didn't play anywhere in 1993 (perhaps he was injured), and then played for the Colorado Rockies during his second period in the Majors.
He got his first Topps card in the 1990 set, missed the 1991 and 1992 set, got in the '93 set as a Rockie, was in the 1995 Topps Traded set, and got in the 1997 Topps set. He is missing cards from the 1991, 1996, 1998, and 1999 Topps sets. Technically, he is also missing a 1993 Topps card showing him as a Tiger, so I made him one. I also got his 1998 Topps done.

I have got a ton of cards in the '98 set done lately, and now am about 250 cards away from finishing the set. I might just finish it before the end of the year. Thanks for checking out my latest post.
-Jeremy

Monday, July 23, 2018

1992 Topps #931 Kenny Williams


Kenny Williams played in the Majors from 1986-1991. He played for the Chicago White Sox from 1986-1988, spent the entire 1989 season with the Detroit Tigers, split 1990 with the Tigers and Toronto Blue Jays, and spent his final season in 1991 with the Blue Jays and Montreal Expos.  After his MLB career, he got involved in scouting, and eventually the front office, becoming the Chicago White Sox GM in 2000, and putting together the 2005 Chicago White Sox World Championship team.

Kenny first appeared on a Topps card in the 1988 set, got into the 1989 set and 1989 Traded sets, had a 1990 Topps card, and a 1991 Topps card. This 1992 Topps card covers his sunset card, and a 1987 Topps rookie card is now the only one he is missing.

I haven't posted much, and I probably will stick to this snail's pace of posting for a while, but keep checking back, I will eventually get through the whole 1992 Topps set, even if it takes me the rest of my life.

Thanks for checking out my latest card.
-Jeremy