Thursday, July 9, 2020

1992 Topps card #951 Jeff Shaw

Jeff Shaw pitched in the Majors from 1990 to 2001. He pitched his first 3 years with the Cleveland Indians. He spent 1993 and 1994 with the Montreal Expos. He split 1995 with the Expos and Chicago White Sox, before leaving for the Cincinnati Reds. He spent 1996 and 1997 with them, before being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers during the 1998 season. He spent the rest of his career with them before retiring after the 2001 season. His baseball life doesn't end there, as his son Travis now plays for the Blue Jays.

Jeff got his first Topps card in the 1994 Topps set. He appeared in the 1998 through 2002 Topps sets, and that was it for him. Jeff is missing cards from the 1990 Topps Traded, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1993 Topps Traded, 1995, 1995 Topps Traded, 1996, 1996 Topps Traded, 1997, 1997 Topps Traded, and 1998 Topps Traded sets. Besides the 1992 Topps custom, I have also made Jeff's 1993 Topps card.
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Monday, July 6, 2020

1992 Topps #950 Rick Dempsey

Been awhile since I've posted here, but I'm still plugging away. Here's the latest 1992 Topps custom.

Rick Dempsey was one of just a handful of people to play in the Majors in 4 different decades. He came up in 1969 with the Minnesota Twins. He played with them through the 1972 season. He played with the New York Yankees from 1973 to June 1976 when he was traded to the Baltimore Orioles, the team he is most famous for playing with. He was with them for a decade, staying with them through the 1986 season, and winning World Series MVP in 1983 during their World Championship season. He was with the Cleveland Indians for the 1987 season, spent 1988 through 1990 with the Los Angeles Dodgers, serving as the backup catcher in 1988, when they won the World Series. After spending the 1991 season with the Milwaukee Brewers, he returned to the Orioles for the 1992 season, his last. After playing, he got into coaching, serving with the Dodgers for the 1999 and 2000 seasons, and with the Baltimore Orioles from 2005 to 2006.

Rick got his first Topps card in the 1972 set. He was left off of the 1973 set, but then appeared in the 1974 through 1987 Topps sets. He got a 1987 Topps Traded card, was missing from the 1988 set, and then got into his last 3 Topps series in the 1989, 1990, and 1991 Topps sets. He is missing cards from the 1969, 1970, 1971, 1973, 1973 Traded, 1988, 1988 Traded, 1991 Traded, 1992 Traded, and 1993 Topps sets from his playing career, and the 1999 Traded, 2000, 2001, 2005 Traded, 2006, and 2007 Topps sets from his coaching career.
There are still a ton of Dempsey cards to be made, but I have finished his 1993 Topps playing sunset card, and his 2000 and 2001 Topps coach cards.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2020

1992 Topps #949 Bill Long

Bill Long pitched in the Majors from 1985 to 1991. He came up to the Big Leagues in 1985 with the Chicago White Sox. He spent 1986 in the minors. He spent 1987, 1988, and 1989 with the White Sox, and started 1990 with them, but was traded to the Chicago Cubs in April of that year. He finished the season with them and played the final season of his MLB career, 1991, with the Montreal Expos.

Bill got his first Topps card in the 1987 Topps Traded set. He got cards in the 1988, 1989, 1990, and 1991 Topps sets in his career. He is missing cards from the 1985 Topps Traded, 1986 Topps, 1990 Topps Traded, and 1991 Topps Traded set.

This 1992 Topps card is Bill's sunset card, and I would love to find a good picture of Bill with an Expos uniform on to try to remake this card with. Until then, this will do.

I have been trying to go hard-core on checklists, and have finished the 1951-2001 Topps checklists. Just 18 more to go and I will be caught up. Once they are done, I will probably work on the 1995 Topps checklist to add all of the replacement players to it, and then get back to working on customs, specifically the 1993 Topps set.

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Tuesday, February 4, 2020

1992 Topps #948 Rico Rossy

Rico Rossy spent 4 years in the Major Leagues. He came up to the Majors in 1991 with the Atlanta Braves, spent 1992 and 1993 with the Kansas City Royals, and stuck around to play his final season with the Seattle Mariners in 1998.

Rico never got a major Topps card, and is missing cards from the 1991 Topps Traded, 1992 Topps, 1992 Topps Traded, 1993 Topps, 1994 Topps, 1998 Topps Traded, and 1999 Topps sets.
I made his 1994 Topps card as part of that set, so along with that card and my 1992 Topps custom, it crosses 2 off of his career Topps run.

Just wanted to mention that at my other blog, Topps Cards that Never Were, I have finished the complete checklist of missing players for the 1979 Topps set. That set now gives me complete missing player checklists (yearbook style and traded) of all of the Topps sets from the decades of the '50's, '60's, and '70's. Just the '80's (which is close to halfway there with the '83, '84, '85, '86 and others being done), '90's, '00's, and '10's, and I will be finished (unless I don't get done by the time 2020 Topps Update comes out). If you like making customs, check out the site. There are pages for each years' Topps set (on the right sidebar of the desktop version of the site), and on each page is whatever I have done for the missing player checklist, any templates I have, and a picture with the correct fonts for the set (along with a link to download each font).
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Sunday, January 26, 2020

1992 Topps #947 Dmitri Young Draft Pick

Dmitri Young was a decent hitter, who I actually got to meet a few times.
He came up to the Majors in 1996 with the St. Louis Cardinals, and played with them through 1997. He was traded to the Reds, and spent 1998 through 2001 with them. He got his big break and was traded to the Detroit Tigers, and spent 2002-2006 with them, hitting 3 HRs on Opening Day in 2005 and making the All-Star team in 2003. He played 2007-2008 with the Washington Nationals, making the All-Star team and winning Comeback player of the Year in 2007.

He appeared on his first Topps card in 1997. He appeared in the 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002 Topps regular sets, and the 2002 Topps Traded set. He got into the 2003, 2004, 2005, and 2006 Topps sets, the 2007 Topps Update, and 2008 Topps sets.

He is missing cards from the 1996 Topps Traded, 1998 Topps Traded, 2001 Topps Traded, 2006 Topps Traded, and 2009 Topps sets.

I met him in Spring Training a few times, and he was quite the character. Didn't like to sign autographs, but he did one time for me and a few others. He kind of got on to us for not asking him how his day was and only wanting autographs. After one of us asked him how he was, he was a little happier. His brother Delmon also played in the Majors, and I got his autograph in Spring Training in about the same area as where I got Dmitri's.

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Monday, December 2, 2019

1992 Topps #946 Tony Castillo

Tony Castillo played in the Major Leagues from 1988 to 1998, with a season spent in the minors in 1992. He came up with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1988, played part of 1989 with them until being traded to the Atlanta Braves with future playoff hero Francisco Cabrera. He spent 1990 with the Braves, and was traded to the New York Mets in 1991 for Alejandro Pena. He signed with the Detroit Tigers for 1992, spending all of it in the minors. 1993 found him back in Toronto, and he spent 1994, 1995, and most of 1996 with them until being traded to the Chicago White Sox. The last 2 years of his career (1997 and 1998) were spent with the Pale Hose.

Tony got his first Topps card in the 1990 set. His next card would come in the 1991 set, and he would be out of the Topps radar until his final Topps card, in the 1996 set. Tony is missing a slew of cards, those being from the 1988 Topps Traded, 1989 Topps, 1989 Topps Traded, 1991 Topps Traded, 1993 Topps Traded, 1994 Topps, 1995 Topps, 1996 Topps Traded, 1997 Topps, 1998 Topps, and a 1998 Topps sunset card.
In addition to the 1992 Topps custom, I also have created customs for Tony's 1994 and 1998 Topps cards.

I am dangerously close to finishing all of the missing player checklists from every Topps regular set ever made. Just 2/3 of the 2018 set and all of 2019 to go. Once that is finished, I will go back and update the Traded sets. After that, customs, baby!

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Friday, November 15, 2019

1992 Topps #945 Brad Komminsk

Brad Komminsk played in the Majors from 1983-1991, spending the 1988 season in the minors. He played with the Atlanta Braves from 1983 to 1986, spent 1987 with the Milwaukee Brewers, 1989 with the Cleveland Indians, 1990 with the San Francisco Giants and Baltimore Orioles, and his final season with the Oakland Athletics in 1991. There are some interesting things about his career after he was in the Majors, but we will get to that later.

Brad got his first Topps card in the 1985 set. He got in the 1986 set, then was in the 1990 regular Topps set, and 1990 Traded set. He is missing card from the 1983 Topps Traded, 1984 Topps, 1987 Topps Traded, 1988 Topps, 1989 Topps Traded, 1991 Topps, and 1991 Topps Traded sets to complete his career Topps run. I actually have finished his '83 Topps Traded and '84 Topps cards when I completed those sets, so here they are.
On to the interesting things after his Major League career. Brad is technically missing another Topps  card. According to some of the records I have from Spring Training of 1995 when the replacement players took part in games, Brad suited up for the Minnesota Twins in 1995 as a replacement player. I have a team photo of the replacement Twins, and Komminsk is in it, so it should be easy enough to make him a 1995 Topps card.
I also found out from his BBRef page that Brad played 1 game in AAA for the Detroit Tigers in 1997, 6 years after his last Major League game, 2 years after he suited up as a replacement player, and 4 years after playing his last minor league game. He went 2 for 3 with a double. Pretty good for not having played regularly in 4 years. 
One last thing, I actually met Brad in 2002 or 2003 when I was living in Lakeland, Florida. A golf course near my house had a tournament every spring where you could pay however much it was, and spend a morning playing golf with players and coaches from the Cleveland Indians and Detroit Tigers. Well, a friend of mine was playing on his company's team, and he had an extra spot in his foursome, and he knew I liked baseball, so he invited me. I had no idea which player I would be paired up with, so I stuffed my 5-6 binders of Indians and Tigers in my trunk and went to the course. Soon, I found out I would be golfing with Brad Komminsk, so I went to my car, got the cards of him that I had, and went to play some golf. I don't think I really asked him that many questions. He talked a little about Pascual Perez, Garry Maddox, but it's been so long that I don't remember too much of it. I think I made a nice chip or putt at some point. Brad was nice enough to sign the cards for me, and I have a picture somewhere of our foursome, but after spending about 30 minutes looking for it, I still haven't found it. If I run across it, I will put it up. Later that year, when I went to an Indians practice in Spring Training, Brad spotted me, and he was with pitcher Jason Davis (who I didn't have any cards of), and he introduced him to me like I didn't know who he was (I did). If only I was a little more internet savvy back then, I would've probably had a few Davis cards and been able to get an autograph. It was cool to do. Probably the closest I'll get to hang out with a Major Leaguer unless I go to a fantasy camp or something. One day.

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