Tuesday, February 28, 2017

1992 Topps #898 Cliff Young

Cliff Young pitched in the Majors for 3 seasons. He came up with the Angels in 1990, and pitched for them in 1991. He spent 1992 in the minors, and pitched in 1993 for the Cleveland Indians. Sadly, Young was involved in a car accident in shortly after the 1993 season and lost his life.

Young never appeared in any regular Topps issues, but did appear in the 1991 Bowman, 1991 Topps Debut, and 1992 Stadium Club sets. He is now just missing cards in the 1991 and 1994 Topps sets to complete his career Topps run. This 1992 Topps customs I made would've been Young's final Angels card and middle Topps card of his career.

Looks like my order from COMC should be coming in the next week. As soon as I get them, I'll take pictures and show off what I got and post it on my other blog, and I'll probably post a link here too. I've started doing customs in the 1989 Topps set of the Detroit Tigers, and I think I'm going to try to work on each Tigers team set for a while, and also try to knock out some favorite player cards. I'm also working on the 1996 Topps checklist, and Paul is working on some other ones. Stay tuned for more customs and checklists.
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Friday, February 24, 2017

1992 Topps #897 Darnell Coles

Darnell Coles played in the Majors from 1983-1997. He played for the Mariners from 1983-1985, the Tigers in 1986 and part of 1987, the Pirates for the rest of 1987 and part of 1988, and then came back to Seattle for the remainder of 1988. He played 1989 with the Mariners and split 1990 with the Mariners and Tigers. He played 11 games with the Giants in 1991, and played for the Reds in 1992. He spent 1993 and 1994 with the Blie Jays, winning a World Series title in 1993. He played 1995 with the Cardinals, spent 1996 and part of 1997 in Japan playing ball, and finished out his playing career with the Colorado Rockies in 1997. He became a coach after he retired, and coached with the Detroit Tigers in 2014 and the Brewers from 2015 through the present.

Darnell appeared on a few sets during his playing career, with his first Topps card coming in the 1985 set. He got into the 1986 regular and Traded set, and then appeared in the 1987-1991 Topps sets, with the '91 version being his final one. Coles is missing cards from the 1984, 1993-1996, 1998, and 2015-2018  Topps sets to finish his career Topps run. This 1992 Topps custom was a little tricky to make since I was unable to find a photo of Coles in a Giants uniform. I took the photo from his 1991 Score card picturing him with the Tigers, and was able to take the Detroit logo off and paste a Giants one in its place. I think it came out pretty good, and certainly one of the better ones in my custom '92 set.

I finalized my COMC order yesterday night, so now I'm patiently waiting for it to be shipped, and I hope to post about it soon on my other blog. I also hope to add the final 1995 Topps checklist that Paul helped me finish. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Sunday, February 19, 2017

1992 Topps #896 Dave Hansen

Dave Hansen played in the Majors from 1990-2005. He made it back to the Bigs as a coach in 2011, and he is still coaching as of 2017. Dave played for the Dodgers from 1990-1996, played for the Cubs in 1997, spent 1998 in Japan, came back to the Dodgers from 1999-2002. He played for the Padres from 2003 through mid-season of 2004, and spent the rest of 2004 and all of 2005 with the Seattle Mariners, retiring after the season. He set a Major League record with 7 pinch-hit Home Runs in 2000. In 2011, Dave started his coaching career with the Dodgers. He stayed with them through the end of the 2012 season. He spent 2013 with the Seattle Mariners, and has been with the Angels from 2014 through the present.

Dave only appeared in 4 Topps sets, 1993, 1994, 1995, and 2001. He is missing cards from the 1991, 1996-2000, and 2002-2006 Topps sets. This 1992 Topps custom covers his 2nd Topps card. For his coaching career, Dave is missing cards from the 2012-2017 Topps sets.

I have the longer version on my other blog, so here is the short version of what I've been up to. Ordered a bunch of cards online, will post about them when I get them all. My boss has been giving me a bunch of junk wax cards. The 1995 Topps custom checklist is almost done. Things are busy at home, but blogging, customs, and real cards keep me sane sometimes. Thanks for checking out my latest post.

Monday, February 13, 2017

1992 Topps #895 Lance Blankenship

Card #895 in the 1992 Topps set is Lance Blankenship. Lance appeared in the 1992 O-Pee-Chee set, and replaced the Will Clark All-Star card in the '92 Topps set. I don't see O-Pee-Chee didn't just copy the All-Star cards just like with the regular ones in the set. It's nice that they gave new players cards in the OPC set, but if they wanted new players in the OPC set, why not do it in the Topps set by expanding the set. That was 25 years ago, and now it's even worse.

Lance played his entire career (1988-1993) with the Oakland Athletics. He was part of the 1989 World Championship team. He was on the disabled list for the 1994 season, so without doing too much research, I would assume that the injury was the reason his career ended.

Lance appeared on his first Topps card in 1990. He was in the 1991 set, missed 1992, and got 1993-1995 Topps cards. It's interesting that he got the '95 card after being on the DL the whole year. The '95 Topps set was only 660 cards, so it's surprising that a player who didn't play in 1994 got into the set. Lance is missing just a 1989 Topps rookie to complete his career Topps run, and is in my 1989 Topps checklist of cards that need to be made (card #1002). The 1989 Topps A's template is up on the page if anyone feels like making it.

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

1992 Topps #894 Jim Austin

Jim Austin played 3 seasons in the Majors, all for the Milwaukee Brewers. He played from 1991-1993, posting a 6-4 record with a 3.06 ERA and 48 Strikeouts.

Jim only has 1 regular Topps card, in the 1993 set. This 1992 Topps rookie leaves Jim only needing a 1994 Topps card to complete his career Topps run.While researching Jim's cards, I found his 1994 Team Stadium Club card which lists him as a New York Yankee, and actually pictures him in a Yankee uni on the front (he is pictured as a Brewer on the back).  Never would've known that.

I worked on a partial 2017 Topps checklist on my other blog. Not too many cards, but coaches and managers need to be done. Once the Series 2 and Update checklist are done, I will start on listing actual player cards.

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