Wow, January flew by. It was probably because I was super stressed with family health issues. But! it has been a long while since I did an update on the huge 1987 Topps autograph project. As of January 31, 2018, I have 73 total cards signed, representing 72 of the individuals in the set – I have both a Wade Boggs All-Star and a Boggs base card. There are 729 total individuals represented on the set. Of these, 1 is a card of Roberto Clemente who died well before the set was produced. A second card is of Ricky Wright, who will not sign Topps products. This leaves a total of 727 players and managers represented on the set. I’m also leery of any non-certified Dick Howser, as he died in June of 1987. This leaves a very small window for him to have signed cards.
I’ve fallen behind on blog entries. Life has been rough. But, I’m still writing letters and slogging on for this project. I’ve opted to focus on just one card per player, removing the All-Star, Record Breaker, and Throw Back the Clock cards. I’ve also opted to remove the “Team Leader” cards, though I will use them for team executives or assistant coaches if I find a solid address for someone. I have approximately 50 cards out with Letters of Requests as of today’s date. Unfortunately, I’ve misplaced one of the papers that had my list on it, so that number is an approximation at best. Thus, my numbers cannot be solid.
Favorite Returns of the Month
I have two returns this month that really made me giddy. Both Phil Niekro (HOF 1997) and Ryne Sandberg (HOF 2005) both signed cards for me. Blog entries on both will be forthcoming.
I did a bit of research into the project to try to help keep me organized. If you’re working on the 1987 Topps set, and you find any of this information helpful, please considering dropping me a tip.
Past Pro Signers
As of today’s date, twenty-nine subjects sign through PastPros. Three other subjects have PastPros listings, but no fees listed, and as such are not included on this list.
|Card Number||Player Name||Cost to Pastpros||Card Number||Player Name||Cost to Pastpros|
|15||Claudell Washington||$12.00||49||Terry Harper||$7.00|
|69||Lonnie Smith||$5.00||104||Billy Sample||$5.00|
|151||Mike LaCoss||$10.00||219||CeciIio Guante||$8.00|
|252||Dennis Martinez||$25.00||285||Oil Can Boyd||$10.00|
|298||Larry Herndon||$15.00||303||Juan Berenguer||$7.00|
|309||Mike Young||$8.00||324||Dave Palmer||$8.00|
|325||Garry Templeton||$10.00||363||Jose Guzman||$7.00|
|421||Jose DeLeon||$8.00||444||Jeff Russell||$7.00|
|525||Phil Bradley||$7.00||529||Alvaro Espinoza||$8.00|
|587||Eric Plunk||$10.00||588||Wallace Johnson||$7.00|
|622||Glenn Braggs||$12.00||629||Larry Parrish||$7.00|
|641||Domingo Ramos||$10.00||660||Bob Horner||$5.00|
|667||Ron Hassey||$10.00||691||Dave Parker||$20.00|
|692||Frank White||$8.00||732||Manny Trillo||$10.00|
Forty-three subjects of the 1987 Topps set have passed away. This is not counting the Roberto Clemente who passed well before the set dropped. Again, I am focusing on only one card per player, so if the decedent has multiple cards, I’m only mentioning the number once.
|Card Number||Player Name||Card Number||Player Name|
|18||Dick Howser||20||Gary Carter|
|41||Bo Diaz||96||Frank Williams|
|115||Donnie Moore||143||Steve Boros|
|180||Chris Brown||188||Tony Phillips|
|218||Sparky Anderson||221||Vern Ruhle|
|230||Don Baylor||242||Rick Mahler|
|253||Eddie Milner||257||Bob Forsch|
|314||Carl Yastrzemski||318||Jim Fregosi|
|328||Bob Welch||344||Joe Niekro|
|389||Jeff Robinson||418||Dick Williams|
|450||Kirby Puckett||452||Dave Henderson|
|468||George bamberger||483||Dwight Lowry|
|513||Carmen Castillo||518||Gene Mauch|
|530||Tony Gwynn||551||Frank Wills|
|557||John Cerutti||562||Bryan Clutterbuck|
|568||Earl Weaver||578||Frank Pastore|
|593||Chuck Tanner||633||Jose Uribe|
|636||Darren Daulton||659||Aurelio Lopez|
|665||Rod Scurry||689||Darrell Porter|
|700||Dave Bergman||714||Dan Quisenberry|
|730||Eric Show||748||Mike Flanagan|
But wow, I’m making a ton of progress, considering I really only started this project six months ago or so. Speaking of autographs, check out my friends at RPA Breaks, they have box breaks for every budget, and will surely have something you like. Happy collecting.