Tag Archives: 1989 Topps

Manly, Magical Mustaches – DeWayne Buice

26 Nov

1989 Topps - DeWayne Buice

As the month of Movember continues, let’s highlight another great mustache from the past.

Today’s subject is DeWayne Buice, who actually has a fair bit of history in the baseball card industry, specifically as it involves the Upper Deck Company.  A pretty good article from 2003 on ESPN.com’s Sports Business section explains all the shenanigans and tomfoolery pretty well.

Or, you could ignore the history lesson and just enjoy the mustache.  No worries at all, completely understandable… it is a thing of beauty.

Newsworthy – November 4, 2010 – Sparky Anderson, 1934-2010

4 Nov

1989 Topps - Sparky Anderson

Thanks, Sparky, for all the great years.

And thanks also for looking like you were the same age for 40 years.  I honestly believe Anderson’s birth year could have actually been 1823.  He was timeless.

Cheers to one of the greats.

Too Cool for Cardboard – 1989 Topps, Dave Winfield

4 Oct

1989 Topps - Dave Winfield

Everything about Dave Winfield in this picture is cool.  Let’s examine this more closely:

1. Hat perched on his head.  I get the feeling he could wear it inside out and it would still look cool.
2. No jersey on under that slick Yankees jacket, just a t-shirt.
3. The look.  That look says it all.  “I’m Dave Winfield, I can do anything I want, and I’m definitely better than you.  Probably not just at baseball, but life too.”

Things were shitty with the Yankees for Winfield by 1989, but brighter days were ahead for him, including a World Series win with Toronto in 1992, with Winfield getting the game-winning RBI in the decisive game six.  Maybe that’s why he looked so cool.  He knew things were going to get better.

Two Teams, One Player – 1989 Topps, Jesse Orosco

5 Sep

1989 Topps - Jesse Orosco

1989 Topps Traded - Jesse Orosco

Jesse Orosco signed as a free agent with the Cleveland Indians in time for the 1989 season, but 1989 Topps had already been printed showing him as a Dodger.  So, he cracked the lineup for the 1989 Topps Traded set.

On neither card does it say “Orosco, a nine-year veteran, plans to play professional baseball for the next one hundred years,” even though he almost did.  Well, he retired in 2003 at the age of 46, but impressive all the same.

Turns out, baseball cards can’t predict the future.

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