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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