Monday, June 8, 2020

HOF Tony Perez

Do you like 1986 Topps? I do. More and more. I liked it as a 12 year old and I really like it now. I think it's a fun design; the player name and position are in crystal clear font as if to juxtapose against the full bold and blockish team name in strong color against a black ground. The diamond in the corners on the card back are symmetrical and the layout is very beautiful.

This is Tony Perez's final Topps card, photo-bombed by 1985 Rookie star Eric Davis. Perez play for four team in his 23 year career: 16 with the Reds, three with Boston and Montreal, and 1 with Philadelphia. He was a two time World Series champion and a seven time All-Star, winning the MVP in one of those All-Star appearances. He averaged just over 2 stolen bases a year for his career. But I'm not sure how much that weighed on his Hall of Fame candidacy.

Perez was elected into the Hall of Fame in 2000. This was his 9th year of eligibility. His standard batting stats are largely bereft of the expected league leading italics (on the baseball card) and bold (on Baseball Reference). Although in 1980 he lead the league in ground into double-plays.

In fact, looking into his stats he seems largely a very average player who played for a long time.

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  1. Yup, I like '86 Topps a lot. It's mysterious and odd and seemed even more so when it was released. Unlike seemingly everyone on the internet, I was not a kid when '86 Topps came out, I was in college. So I didn't pay much attention to it until later.

  2. I've never seen that Tony Perez card before. Very cool Eric Davis cameo though!

  3. Had you asked that question back in the ten to twelve years ago, I probably would've said "not really". But much like the 1991 Fleer set, I've warmed up to this design with each passing year. I think the main reason I enjoy this set's design is the fact that they look really nice signed.

  4. I like '86 Topps too. It's a simple design, but with really standout elements to it.