Wednesday, March 12, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: PAGING Nos. 109-117


HRBEK BELONGS AMONG THE ALL-STARS.


HALL OF FAMERS

  • #112 Kirby Puckett was elected on the first ballot in 2001 with 82.1 percent of the vote; #114 Barry Larkin was chosen on the third ballot in '12 with 86.4 percent.

FINEST OF THE NINE

  • #110 Ken Griffey Jr. pretty much did it all in his 22-year career, hitting 630 homers and winning 10 consecutive Gold Gloves. He'll take his rightful place in Cooperstown in '16.

FINEST MOMENT

  • No pressure, right, for #113 Dwight Gooden pitching the '84 All-Star Game? The 19-year-old rookie, who blew away the NL in the first half of the season, entered in the fifth inning and struck out the side. He pitched a scoreless sixth, allowing a hit. The teenager proved he belonged among the game's elite. 

DESIGNED TO THE NINES

  • Gooden's card is geometrically awesome, like a nautilus. Look at how he's positioned perfectly inside the diamond design element: left elbow in one corner, head in another and his legs in the bottom point. Then there's the follow through of his arm outside the diamond, like the tail of a comet. And he's on the page's center square.

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