As pitchers and catchers dusted the grime of the previous season off their gear and the snow from their driveways to make their way south for Spring Training in 1983, Americans of all ilk labored under an increasing infatuation with Star Wars of various types.1983 Topps Ozzie Smith

Fans of the George Lucas franchise were anxious for summer to arrive, bringing with it the “last” installment of the good v. evil blockbuster series that had been absent from theaters for three years.

In Washington, President Ronald Reagan unleashed his plans for the Strategic Defense Initiative (SDI), including the proposed construction of a web of lasers that would shoot down any missiles hurled our way from, say, the Soviet Union. The high-tech nature of the idea caused politicians on the other side of the aisle to scoff and prompted Ted Kennedy to dub the scheme, yes, “Star Wars.”

Against this background of Cold War posturing and box office anticipation, baseball fans were happy to dig out of another cold winter to find their game on the brink of another round of its own brand of Star Wars.

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The 1982 season had seen the emergence of a few players, not merely to star status, but into the stratosphere of superstars. As Dale Murphy of the Atlanta Braves and Robin Yount of the 1983 Topps Wax PackMilwaukee Brewers hammered the competition en route to taking the NL and AL MVP awards, respectively, they also lifted their teams to division championships.

Joining those teams in the playoffs were the aging but powerful California Angels and the perennially-contending St. Louis Cardinals, led by flashy shortstop Ozzie Smith.

While the Cards swept Atlanta in the NLCS, it took the Brewers five full games to dispatch California in the ALCS. A thrilling seven-game World Series followed, leaving the Cardinals as world champions and the Brewers as favorites of “working men” everywhere.

And fans greeted the new season with a gripping question: would the Brewers — or some other upstart — shatter baseball’s traditional power structure, or would the staid franchises of the past regain the pedestals from which they’d fallen during that gritty season of 1982?

Though it would take most of the summer of 1983 to answer that que1983 Topps Moose Haasstion, baseball card collectors found out early that spring that their world was changing for the better.

Because, after two years of increased competition following Fleer’s landmark court victory in 1980 led to a string of dismal cardboard issues,  the first ripped wax wrapper in the new year revealed a ray of light.

No matter what the upcoming season had in store, 1983 Topps baseball cards were a bright beacon that would draw us back to our shoebox treasures all year long, and for decades to come.

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Picture-in-Picture

George Lucas and Ronald Reagan weren’t the only technological innovators in 1983, as it turned out.

1983 Topps Jack ClarkAs cable television subscriptions proliferated across America and viewers struggled to cope with the flood of new channels available to them, television manufacturer Philips decided to try something new to help out the market — and, of course, to capitalize on the market.

In particular, Philips endowed its high-end sets that year with “picture-in-picture” (PIP) technology, first piloted in 1976 by Quantel in the 1976 Montreal Olympics. The idea was that you could watch one program on the large main screen of your TV and then load up another channel in a small box that lay overtop a small portion of the full panel.

Whether Topps confabbed with Philips on the idea of “picture-in-picture” is not cl1983 Topps Bobby Brownear from our vantage point all these years later, but what is certain is that The Old Gum Company brought a pasteboard version of PIP to their baseball cards that year.

First, the “Picture” …

Each card front in the 1983 Topps set is dominated by a large, full-color photo of the player in question, covering roughly the upper 80% of available real estate. That image is surrounded by a tiny black border and then a thin line in one of the team’s colors, with the Topps logo in the upper right-hand corner.

Under the main photo is a box bordered by another team-related color, with the team name embedded in a thick band toward the bottom of the card. In a white swath above the team name, the player’s name appears in the same color as the upper border, and his position is listed in black type.

As was the norm in those days, the entire thing is set off by a fairly thick white border.

Then, the “-in-Picture” …

What wasn’t typical at all, and what sets 1983 Topps apart from the drab issues that came before it and opened up an array of artistic possibilitie1963 Topps Carl Yastrzemskis, was the round headshot of the player that juts into the main photo and is positioned either to the lower left or the lower right.

It’s similar to the layout Topps used in 1963, but with a flip in emphasis.

Whereas the inset in the 1963 Topps set generally showed a player in a posed “action” shot, the 1983 cameo is all head and face. At the same time, Topps replaced the portraits used in the main panel for most 1963 cards with some of the best action photography collectors had ever seen in regular base issues to that point.

The result is an aesthetic winner that gives collectors a sense of both the player and the action on the field and represented a marked improvement over just about every card issued in 1981 and 1982.

Adding to that general impression of quality was the fact that most of the action photos in 1983 Topps were snapped on sunny days, flooding each card with bright, crisp imagery.

1983 Topps John Martin Baseball Card BackThe combination of these factors makes 1983 Topps sparkle in comparison to other issues of the era.

Some Things Never Change, but …

The back of the 1983 cards is all Topps, from the gray-brown cardboard to the season highlights box.

Each horizontally-oriented card back starts with the card number in small black type against a gray background in the upper left-hand corner. The player’s name appears in large black block letters across the top of the card.

Nestled near the card number, an orange silhouette of a batter protrudes from a lighter orange box containing vital information. Beneath that is the usual complete statistical record that fans came to love and depend upon in the days before Baseball-Reference.com

1983 Topps Bryan Clark

Of course, even the masters crank out a clunker now and then.

The obverse of each card wraps up with the aforementioned 1982 season highlights block where space allows — long-in-the-tooth fellows like Pete Rose (#100) weren’

 

t afforded such luxuries because their stats overflowed their bounds in typeface small enough for a pocket Bible.

 

Even though the backs are fairly boring and very Topps-y, the contrast of heavy black ink against various shades of orange is a marked improvement in readability when compared to the blue-on-

green scheme from the year before.

From top to bottom and front to back, 1983 Topps is one of the more attractive sets of the 1980s and, for most collectors, a classic design that never gets old.

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Veterans? Super!

Of course, a gr1983 Topps Mike Schmidteat design is not enough to make your baseball card set a hit. Otherwise, every graphic designer with a Little Leaguer at home would be churning out world-changing cards each spring.

Indeed, if Topps learned anything about baseball cards during its first 33 years in the business, it was that player selection can make or break any set. Their ability to ink players to exclusive contracts contributed greatly to the company’s ability to strangle out Bowman in the 1950s and keep other card manufacturers at bay for nearly three decades.

Although Topps was no longer able to keep players off their competitors’ cardboard by 1983, The Old Gum Company nevertheless maintained a strong focus on star power.

It was an easy task, re1983 Topps Pete Rose Super Veteranally, because the early 1980s witnessed a gaggle of players winding down fine careers that would surely lead them to Cooperstown someday. Among those future Hall of Famers in their twilight years were Rollie Fingers (#35), Johnny Bench (#60), Steve Carlton (#70), Pete Rose, Don Sutton (#145), Bruce Sutter (#150), Rod Carew (#200), Fergie Jenkins (#230), Rich Gossage (#240), Jim Palmer (#490), Reggie Jackson (#500), Carl Yastrzemski (#550), Tom Seaver (#580), and Joe Morgan (#603).

There were also a few guys who had hung 1983 Topps Nolan Ryanaround forever and looked like they might have HOF potential, but who weren’t quite locks in 1983 — Phil Niekro (#410), Gaylord Perry (#463), Tony Perez (#715), Tommy John (#735). All but John eventually got their plaques.

It may seem blasphemous now, but none of us really knew what to do with Nolan Ryan (#360) in 1983. He was creeping toward his late 30s and, while he was still mowing down batters better than anyone else, he had never progressed from “thrower” to “pitcher” in many minds. He couldn’t continue to bring the heat forever, could he? Turns out, he very nearly did.

Beyond the geezers, there were plenty of guys tearing it up on the field who were just getting started or who were in their prime years as the new season dawned. Some of the biggest names in th1983 Topps Joe Morgan Super Veteran Backe game included Jim Rice (#30), Fernando Valenzuela (#40), Alan Trammell (#95), Ripken (#163), Rickey Henderson (#180), Dennis Eckersley (#270), Bert Blyleven (#280), Mike Schmidt (#300), Yount (#350), Gary Carter (#370), Ron Guidry (#440), Lou Whitaker (#510), Eddie Murray (#530), Tim Raines (#595), George Brett (#600), Paul Molitor (#630), Andre Dawson (#680), and  Murphy (#760).

So Topps definitely had their, ahem, bases covered when it came to star power in 1983, but they weren’t content with offering just one card of each big name. Among the many special subsets included in the base issue was a series of 35 Super Veteran (SV) cards featuring select players who had logged 10 or more years in the majors.

Each horizontal Super Veteran card presents a se1983 Topps Joe Morgan Super Veteranpia-toned image of the player from his rookie season on the left-hand side and a more recent color image on the right-hand side. Card backs are oriented vertically and list career milestones and highlights for the players.

Scattered throughout the set, each Super Veteran card appears one number higher than the player’s base card — Schmidt’s SV is numbered 301, for example.

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John Wathan, Baseball Icon

As great as those superstars and Hall of Famers were, though, the 1983 Topps set rolls out impeccable player selection from the very begi1983 Topps John Wathan Record Breakernning, starting card #1 … Tony Armas.

Somehow, Rickey Henderson sneaked into the mix at #2, but then the run of awesomeness at the front of the set continued with Greg Minton … Lance Parrish … Manny Trillo … John Wathan.

These are the infamous Record Breaker cards that Topps loved to inject into the mix back in the 70s and 80s, and some of the choices are specious at best. I mean, sure Henderson stole 130 bases in 1982, but did you know he played in only 149 games that season? If only Rickey could have stayed on the field, he might have really been something.

No, in the spring of 1983, it was that 1983 Topps Rickey HendersonWathan card that had boys on the playground — or at least one boy on the playground — riled up. That a catcher had somehow managed to steal 36 bases in a season instantly elevated him to god status for young collectors (collector) fully immersing themselves in the game for the first time.

If Wathan could do it, maybe we could, too, right?

Certainly, he was a more realistic role model than those Topps provided on ca
rds 386-407, where the 1982 All-Stars lived. Running the gamut from Rod Carew to Pete Vukovich to Tim Raines, this 22-card subset hit many of the big names from the previous year’s Midsummer Classic. The cards were inspiring in the talent they showcased but the big blue stars in the lower left-hand corner of the cards were intimidating and begged a couple of questions: who among us migh1983 Topps 1982 Home Run Leaderst someday be worthy of our own five-pointed accolades, and how in the world did John Wathan not end up so honored?

The mind boggles.

Another of Topps’ yearly subsets, the League Leader cards (#701-708), also present plenty of conundrums when you look back on them decades later …

  • How come Floyd Bannister didn’t become Nolan Ryan?
  • Al Oliver really won a Double Crown at age 71?1983 Topps Billy Martin Manager
  • Is that thing on Gorman Thomas’ lip extinct now?
  • What is a Quisenberry?

Topps didn’t give us answers to those questions, but they did give us even more subsets. In particular, we got …

  • 26 Team Leader cards, one per team, showing each club’s leader in Batting Average and Earned Run Average
  • 26 Manager cards depicting each club’s skipper
  • 6 checklist cards that list out every card in the set

And, while those were the extent of the designated “special” subsets in 1983 Topps, it turns out the issue held a group of cards that would become more monumental as the months and years wore on.

It’s just that hardly anyone realized it at the time.

 

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Rookies Before Rookies Were Cool

As the 1983 s1983 Topps Tony Gwynneason loomed, collectors were just starting to warm to the idea that we should prefer a player’s rookie card over any other card on which he ever appeared. If we had doubts, there were frequent articles in our favorite hobby publications and ready advice from our local card dealers to drive home the point.

And that point was that there were fewer cards in existence from the early years of a superstar’s career than from the twilight. It made sense — nobody cared much about baseball cards when Pete Rose debuted in 1963, for example, but the little swatches of cardboard were gett1983 Topps Wade Boggsing pretty popular by 1983. Chances are, the card companies had amped their product
ion over the years AND it was almost a certainty that tons of those 1963 Charlie Hustle floating head cards had bit the dust along the way, courtesy of careless young hands, uncaring mothers, and life in general.

For collectors eager to jump on the rookie boat, the 1983 Topps set proved to be a revelation … eventually.

There is no denying that the issue is loaded like few others when it comes to Hall of Fame RCs, because Wade Boggs (#498), Tony Gwynn (#482), and Ryne Sandberg (#83) all made their cardboard debuts in 1983 Topps.

The thing is, though, nobody cared about those guys at all when their cards first hit store shelves.

Thought Boggs had hit .349 in 100+ games for the Boston Red Sox in 1982, nobody outside of New England knew about it. He was also 24 years old and had a flash-in-the-pan feel.

1983 Topps Ryne SandbergSandberg had finally landed a steady gig with the Chicago Cubs after struggling to reach the Majors with the Philadelphia Phillies, but he was shaping up as a good third baseman with limited power. Nothing too exciting, in other words.

And who was Tony Gwynn? Just a light-hitting outfielder for the woeful San Diego Padres as far as anyone could tell — if anyone even bothered to look at all.

So the trio of rookie cards that would eventually define the set and help give legs to the RC phenomenon itself slid to the bottom of our shoe boxes and angled toward the commons bins.

No, when it came to rookie cards in 1983, there were a scant few that really mattered.

Everybody loved the 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle card, even though we were later forced to admit that it wasn’t really a rookie card.

Rose’s rookie was starting to get some play as he moved closer to Ty Cobb’s all-time record for base knocks.

And Cal Ripken, Jr., the monstrous wunderkind shortstop from the Baltimore Orioles who won the Rookie of the Year award in 1982, was tops among young players of the day when it came to rookie card buzz.

But once the season started, all of our rookie card gazes turned toward the horizon of autumn and the Topps Traded set we 1983 Topps Willie McGeeknew would be released in November.  We just couldn’t wait to get our hands on the first cards of the superstar rookie bashers who emerged during that summer of 1983 …

Darryl Strawberry.

And …

Ron Kittle.

Younger collectors today might be forgiven if they draw a blank on Kittle, and even Strawberry may evoke only a vague notion of potential unfulfilled. Trust me, though, these guys were the bomb during the heat of 1983, largely because they smashed bombs.

As expected, their Topps Traded cards sold like ear plugs at a Marge Schott concert, but the euphoria was short-lived.

Kittle never again approached the heights of his rookie season, and, while Strawberry performed at otherworldl1983 Topps Bud Blacky levels for a few years, life got the better of him and his career. Just like those creased and dog-eared Rose rookie cards.

Even though Kittle and Strawberry left fans and collectors feeling cheated, their meteoric rise at that moment in collecting history helped fuel the rookie card hype that would lift up every rookie card produced for the next 10 years or more.

That included, of course, the pasteboards of Boggs, Gwynn, and Sandberg as their own stars began to shine in subsequent seasons.

As we look back on the set now, we can see that the Terrific Trio aren’t the only rookies of note in 1983 Topps. Among the others are:1983 Topps Reggie Smith

  • Willie McGee (#49)
  • Bud Black (#238)
  • Dave Dravecky (#384)
  • Gary Gaetti (#431)
  • Frank Viola (#586)

Besides all that, 1983 Topps even gave us a “bonus” rookie card — that youngster trying to scurry back to first base while Reggie Smith waits for the ball on card #282? None other than Ryno himself, yet again.

It’s no wonder Rookie Fever got us all eventually!

 

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 Wolverine Wax

And it’s 1983 Topps Wax Boxalso no wonder that Topps was able to fit in all those rookies, either.

For the second year in a row, the Topps base issue weighed in at a massive 792 cards, which would hold as the standard through 1994.

Collectors had plenty of ways to get their Topps fix, too, starting with the standard wax pack. These hobby staples came 36 to a box, with each pack containing 15 cards, a stick of gum, and a game card that let you vie for a World Series trip, all for 30 cents.

If you wanted more cards per setting, you could opt for a cello pack, which offered 28 cards, a stick of gum, and a game piece for 49 cents. Each cello box held 24 packs.

For those who wanted an even bigger slab of cards — or, more accurately, m1983 Topps Cello Packultiple slabs of cards — Topps offered the rack pack option. Rack packs came 24 to a box, each pack delivering a whopping 51 cards with no on-package prices. Stores could set their own, evidently.

Topps also produced the meatiest of all options, 500-card vending boxes which featured nothing but the box and the cards. They were a pure collector’s (or investor’s) delight, especially when encountered in their native habitat of the vending case — 24 vending boxes packed neatly together in a Topps-labeled outer box. Oh, how many boyhood collector dreams were fueled by visions of wallowing in the fruits of such excess spilled across the bedroom carpet!

When the holidays rolled around, Topps made one more grab for burgeoning hobby dollars by offering a complete set of their base issue for $15.99 through the J.C. Penney catalog.

1983 Topps Rack Pack

 

Finally, even though Topps had the reputation as being the stodgy old man among card manufacturers, they were keen on experimentation. You can see this throughout their monopoly-era sets with such curiosities as 3-D cards, miniature copies of their base set, “deckle” edg1983 Topps Michigan Wax Packes, supers, and on and on.

In 1983, that adventurous spirit manifested itself in a test run of “wax” packs that were actually colored cellophane or another Mylar-like material featuring two crimped ends. The packs contained the standard 15 cards, a stick of gum, and a game card, but they eliminated the scourge of wax-stained cards. They were also effective in thwarting unscrupulous souls who liked to pop open wax packs, slip out the best card, and reseal the pack.

While these packs have been dubbed “Michigan Wax,” the test region expanded farther than that, spreading into central Indiana and likely other areas, as well. And, although collectors 1983 Topps Vending Boxat the time were lukewarm to the concept of ditching their beloved wax wrappers, it was an innovation copied by Sportflics and Score when they came on the hobby scene a few years later.

By the early 1990s, anti-tampering packs were the hobby standard, and it was the grumpy old bear of manufacturers that led the way.

 

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Is That a Trapper Keeper?

All those wax, c1983 Topps Game Cardello, and Michigan packs may have paled compared to their rack and vending counterparts when it came to sheer number of cards delivered under one wrapper, but those more diminutive choices didn’t stop giving once all the Rufino Linares cards were shuttled to the commons bin.

Those game cards mentioned above and seeded one per pack didn’t just give collectors a chance to win a trip to the World Series or a Colecovision system. For all us “losers” — which was, like, everybody — each scratch-off card delivered between one and five “Bonus Runs.” When you collected 25 Bonus Runs, you could send in the ga1983 Topps Eddie Murray Glossy Send-Inme cards, along with 50 cents, to claim one of eight five-card groups of super glossy cards that you couldn’t get anywhere else.

As you might expect, the 40 cards in the Glossy Send-In series showcased the brightest names in the game (Ripken, Rose, Schmidt), but the set also picked up some lesser lights (Terry Kennedy, Ruppert Jones, Toby Harrah).

Player selection was only part of the story with these beauties, though, because the design moved toward the type of aesthetic qualities that hardcore collectors had clamored for since the 1976 SSPC set: (near) full-bleed photos, minimal design elements, thick white stock, and a high-gloss front.

As much credit as1983 Topps 1982 League Leaders the other companies — especially Upper Deck — get for moving the quality of cards forward later in the decade an into the 1990s, it was ol’ Topps who was a good card generation ahead of its time with their first Glossy Send-In set.

Topps didn’t stop there with their “extra” 1983 issues, either.

If you were lucky enough to pull a Winning Lineup game card from a wax or cello pack, you won a 1982 League Leader Sheet, which featured — surprise! — nine league leaders in various statistical categories from 1982. The cards mimic the players’ base 1983 issues, with a box added to card fronts to denote their 1982 accomplishments.

In a slightly more traditional vein, Topps produced a set of player stickers for the fourth year in a row. In 1983, the stickers were issued six per pouch, 100 pouches per box. Each pouch carried a suggested retail price of 25 cents, and collectors could purchase an album in which to affix their stickers for another quarter.1983 Topps Baseball Foldouts Stolen Base Leaders

Not traditional at all were the Baseball Foldouts that Topps issued for the first and last time. Each accordianed Foldout expanded to reveal 17 postcard-sized photos of active leaders in one of five statistical categories: batting average, home runs, stolen bases, wins, and saves. For a young kid trying to work his way through the confusion of following MLB seriously for the first time, each tiny Trapper Keeper stuffed with baseball goodness was a crash-course on identifying the active legends of the game.

And, if you wanted1983 Topps Baseball Sticker Album to revel in cards of some all-time legends without mortgaging your Rambler to do so, Topps could accommodate you, too. Recognizing that the hobby was heating up for real and wanting to capitalize, The Old Gum Company went to a well only they could find and that they’ve revisited over and over since — the Topps Archives.

In particular, for the first time, Topps reprinted one of their classic sets, and it should surprise no one that they chose 1952
Topps
for the honor. Although Topps was unable to secure player cont1983 Topps 1952 Topps Reprint Setracts for five of the original players, and though initial collector reaction to paying $35 for 402 reprints was tepid, the set has gained popularity over the years. Owing partly to the perceived small print run of the issue — believed to be around 10,000 sets — and largely to the continued love affair with real 1952s and the concomitant high prices, the 1952 Topps reprint set  can bring close to $300 at auction today in its original sealed box.

 

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The Straw that Stirred the Hobby

One “extra” 1983 Topps set that didn’t need any time at all to capture the hearts of collectors was the last one of the year: the afor1983 Topps Traded Darryl Strawberryementioned 1983 Topps Traded series.

For the third year in a row, Topps issued their Traded set around Thanksgiving, just in time for the holidays and the Christmas buying season. By the time early copies hit convention and card show floors, collectors were already frothing with anticipation, and the cards eclipsed all other issues of the year in just a few days.

The reason for all the excitement was, of course, the inclusion of the first-ever card for baseball’s new super-duper star, Darryl Strawberry. At just 21 years of age and despite playing only 122 games that summer, Strawberry parlayed his long, lean, strong frame into 26 home runs for the New York Mets. It was enough to ignite imaginations in the Big Apple and all across the game and, with the rookie-card craze starting to burn, Straw was fuel for the fire.

And he wasn’t the only one, either.

1983 Topps Traded Set
The upstart Chicago White Sox jumped from third to first in the old AL West thanks in no small part to their own mashing rookie, leftfielder Ron Kittle. By season’s end, Kittle had slammed 35 home runs and nestled in right behind Strawberry as the hottest commodity in the hobby.

Unlike Strawberry, Kittle’s first card came in the 1983 Fleer set, so collectors had something to latch onto during the long season. We all wanted a piece of his first Topps card anyway, though.

The Traded set del1983 Topps Traded Ron Kittleivered both young sluggers and a lot more.

As in the previous two years, the 1983 Topps Traded set was issued in its own box and consisted of 131 players and managers who changed teams or debuted during the 1983 season, plus a checklist.

Unlike mainstream Topps sets of the past, though, 1983 Topps Traded featured bright white/cream card stock that gave the already gorgeous cards an even more attractive appearance. Collectors loved the new-look cards but that also worked against Topps in subsequent years.

If The Old Gum Company could produce such beautiful cards in 1983 Topps Traded Bryan Little Backtheir season-ending sets, why did they revert to their standard soft, brown cardstock for their base set each Spring?

It was a question that we asked again and again, and Topps’ unwillingness to answer it opened the door for other companies to steal our hearts and our dollars.

We might not have realized it as 1983 faded into another bleak winter, but we had just witnessed the last best gasp of the King of the Cards until after the hobby boom was done.

 

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Last Hurrah

1983 Topps Mike SchmidtAs Topps was putting the finishing touches on the gleaming set that would make its subsequent issues seem lackluster by comparison (1983 Topps Traded), the ancient Philadelphia Phillies were making a last-gasp push for the playoffs.,

Dubbed the “Wheeze Kids” in deference to the team’s wunderkind-laden Whiz Kids version in 1950, the Phils won the old NL East thanks in part to the efforts of Pete Rose, Joe Morgan, Tony Perez, Bill Robinson, and Ron Reed, all of whom were over 40 and most of whom saw significant playing time for Philadelphia throughout the summer. Steve Carlton was 38,  1950 Bowman Robin RobertsTug McGraw was 39, and even Mike Schmidt was 34.

The Phillies felt more like an old-timers squad than champions of anything, but they
outdistanced the Pittsburgh Pirates by six games and then took the NLCS from the Los Angeles Dodgers, three games to one.

As the October nights grew longer and colder, the graybeard Phillies lined up against the mighty Baltimore Orioles, they who had their own “Way” and the hotshot shortstop who 1983 Topps Tug McGrawwas going to dominate the game for decades.

For boys who worshiped the game and their own fathers, we had no choice but to root for the Phils because, in many ways, they were our fathers.  And the old men were reaching for one last cupful of glory.

For baseball card collectors, the Phillies were Topps, too, an ironic twist given that upstart Fleer was based right there in Philadelphia. The Phils, dismissed by so many as too old, too stodgy to compete in a young man’s game, had put it all together one last time and produced one of their greatest, most memorable seasons ever.Return of the Jedi Movie Poster - 1983

But the writing was on the wall as the World Series got underway and the Orioles began to pull away. Much like the Return of the Jedi had done all summer, the Phillies had proven to still be a blockbuster draw but were not immune to the ravages of time. The Star Wars franchise and the Phillies franchise both were aging quickly, and neither was able to recapture its 1980 peak.

Still, when Cal Ripken jammed his glove into the air to stab Garry Maddox‘s liner to end Game 5 and the Series, it was a dagger to the Phillies and to underdog-rooters everywhere.

The anointed Golden Boy had indeed ascended to the throne, and the old men who had dared challenge him slumped to the turf, suddenly mortal and faced with an unsure future.

You have 1983 Topps Cal Ripkento wonder if Sy Berger’s pulse ticked up a notch in that moment as the Orioles swarmed the field in celebration, whether he recognized Topps in the dejected faces and thickening bodies of Rose, Perez, and Morgan.

The Old Gum Company was heading into another winter with the wolves pawing at their doors, yet Topps, too, had risen to grand heights in 1983.

Would they fare better than the Phils?

Both organizations

The following years would not be kind to either storied organization, and both exited th1983 Topps Steve Carltone 1980s pocked by the barbs of competition and struggling to find a glimmer of past glory. A pair of second-place finishes for the Phillies and a popular but common-as-dirt 1987 set were the best the duo could muster.

No matter how dark the horizon looked, though, both Phils’ fans and baseball card collectors could always pull out our shoe boxes and return to the sun-soaked fields of our 1983 Topps baseball cards.

And the great thing is, we still can.

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Checklist

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MGR – Manager

RB – Record Breaker

RC – Rookie Card

SV – Super Veteran


 

1 Tony Armas (RB)
2 Rickey Henderson (RB)
3 Greg Minton (RB)
4 Lance Parrish (RB)
5 Manny Trillo (RB)
6 John Wathan (RB)
7 Gene Richards
8 Steve Balboni
9 Joey McLaughlin
10 Gorman Thomas
11 Billy Gardner (MGR)
12 Paul Mirabella
13 Larry Herndon
14 Frank LaCorte
15 Ron Cey
16 George Vukovich
17 Kent Tekulve
18 Kent Tekulve (SV)
19 Oscar Gamble
20 Carlton Fisk
21 Baltimore Orioles Team Leaders
22 Randy Martz
23 Mike Heath
24 Steve Mura
25 Hal McRae
26 Jerry Royster
27 Doug Corbett
28 Bruce Bochte
29 Randy Jones
30 Jim Rice
31 Bill Gullickson
32 Dave Bergman
33 Jack O’Connor
34 Paul Householder
35 Rollie Fingers
36 Rollie Fingers (SV)
37 Darrell Johnson (MGR)
38 Tim Flannery
39 Terry Puhl
40 Fernando Valenzuela
41 Jerry Turner
42 Dale Murray
43 Bob Dernier
44 Don Robinson
45 John Mayberry
46 Richard Dotson
47 Dave McKay
48 Lary Sorensen
49 Willie McGee RC
50 Bob Horner
51 Chicago Cubs Team Leaders
52 Onix Concepcion
53 Mike Witt
54 Jim Maler
55 Mookie Wilson
56 Chuck Rainey
57 Tim Blackwell
58 Al Holland
59 Benny Ayala
60 Johnny Bench
61 Johnny Bench (SV)
62 Bob McClure
63 Rick Monday
64 Bill Stein
65 Jack Morris
66 Bob Lillis (MGR)
67 Sal Butera
68 Eric Show
69 Lee Lacy
70 Steve Carlton
71 Steve Carlton (SV)
72 Tom Paciorek
73 Allen Ripley
74 Julio Gonzalez
75 Amos Otis
76 Rick Mahler
77 Hosken Powell
78 Bill Caudill
79 Mick Kelleher
80 George Foster
81 New York Yankees Team Leaders
82 Bruce Hurst
83 Ryne Sandberg RC
84 Milt May
85 Ken Singleton
86 Tom Hume
87 Joe Rudi
88 Jim Gantner
89 Leon Roberts
90 Jerry Reuss
91 Larry Milbourne
92 Mike LaCoss
93 John Castino
94 Dave Edwards
95 Alan Trammell
96 Dick Howser (MGR)
97 Ross Baumgarten
98 Vance Law
99 Dickie Noles
100 Pete Rose
101 Pete Rose (SV)
102 Dave Beard
103 Darrell Porter
104 Bob Walk
105 Don Baylor
106 Gene Nelson
107 Mike Jorgensen
108 Glenn Hoffman
109 Luis Leal
110 Ken Griffey, Sr.
111 Montreal Expos Team Leaders
112 Bob Shirley
113 Ron Roenicke
114 Jim Slaton
115 Chili Davis
116 Dave Schmidt
117 Alan Knicely
118 Chris Welsh San
119 Tom Brookens
120 Len Barker
121 Mickey Hatcher
122 Jimmy Smith
123 George Frazier
124 Marc Hill
125 Leon Durham
126 Joe Torre (MGR)
127 Preston Hanna
128 Mike Ramsey
129 Checklist (#1-132)
130 Dave Stieb
131 Ed Ott
132 Todd Cruz
133 Jim Barr
134 Hubie Brooks
135 Dwight Evans
136 Willie Aikens
137 Woodie Fryman
138 Rick Dempsey
139 Bruce Berenyi
140 Willie Randolph
141 Cleveland Indians Team Leaders
142 Mike Caldwell
143 Joe Pettini
144 Mark Wagner
145 Don Sutton
146 Don Sutton (SV)
147 Rick Leach
148 Dave Roberts
149 Johnny Ray
150 Bruce Sutter
151 Bruce Sutter (SV)
152 Jay Johnstone
153 Jerry Koosman
154 Johnnie LeMaster
155 Dan Quisenberry
156 Billy Martin (MGR)
157 Steve Bedrosian
158 Rob Wilfong
159 Mike Stanton
160 Dave Kingman
161 Dave Kingman (SV)
162 Mark Clear
163 Cal Ripken
164 David Palmer
165 Dan Driessen
166 John Pacella
167 Mark Brouhard
168 Juan Eichelberger
169 Doug Flynn
170 Steve Howe
171 San Francisco Giants Team Leaders
172 Vern Ruhle
173 Jim Morrison
174 Jerry Ujdur
175 Bo Diaz
176 Dave Righetti
177 Harold Baines
178 Luis Tiant
179 Luis Tiant (SV)
180 Rickey Henderson
181 Terry Felton
182 Mike Fischlin
183 Ed Vande Berg
184 Bob Clark
185 Tim Lollar
186 Whitey Herzog (MGR)
187 Terry Leach
188 Rick Miller
189 Dan Schatzeder
190 Cecil Cooper
191 Joe Price
192 Floyd Rayford
193 Harry Spilman
194 Cesar Geronimo
195 Bob Stoddard
196 Bill Fahey
197 Jim Eisenreich RC
198 Kiko Garcia
199 Marty Bystrom
200 Rod Carew
201 Rod Carew (SV)
202 Toronto Blue Jays Team Leaders
203 Mike Morgan
204 Junior Kennedy
205 Dave Parker
206 Ken Oberkfell
207 Rick Camp
208 Dan Meyer
209 Mike Moore
210 Jack Clark
211 John Denny
212 John Stearns
213 Tom Burgmeier
214 Jerry White
215 Mario Soto
216 Tony LaRussa (MGR)
217 Tim Stoddard
218 Roy Howell
219 Mike Armstrong
220 Dusty Baker
221 Joe Niekro
222 Damaso Garcia
223 John Montefusco
224 Mickey Rivers
225 Enos Cabell
226 Enrique Romo
227 Chris Bando
228 Joaquin Andujar
229 Phillies Team Leaders
230 Fergie Jenkins
231 Fergie Jenkins (SV)
232 Tom Brunansky
233 Wayne Gross
234 Larry Andersen
235 Claudell Washington
236 Steve Renko
237 Dan Norman
238 Bud Black RC
239 Dave Stapleton
240 Rich Gossage
241 Rich Gossage (SV)
242 Joe Nolan
243 Duane Walker
244 Dwight Bernard
245 Steve Sax
246 George Bamberger (MGR)
247 Dave Smith
248 Bake McBride
249 Checklist (#133-264)
250 Bill Buckner
251 Alan Wiggins
252 Luis Aguayo
253 Larry McWilliams
254 Rick Cerone
255 Gene Garber
256 Gene Garber (SV)
257 Jesse Barfield
258 Manny Castillo
259 Jeff Jones
260 Steve Kemp
261 Tigers Team Leaders
262 Ron Jackson
263 Renie Martin
264 Jamie Quirk
265 Joel Youngblood
266 Paul Boris
267 Terry Francona
268 Storm Davis RC
269 Ron Oester
270 Dennis Eckersley
271 Ed Romero
272 Frank Tanana
273 Mark Belanger
274 Terry Kennedy
275 Ray Knight
276 Gene Mauch (MGR)
277 Rance Mulliniks
278 Kevin Hickey
279 Greg Gross
280 Bert Blyleven
281 Andre Robertson
282 Reggie Smith
283 Reggie Smith (SV)
284 Jeff Lahti
285 Lance Parrish
286 Rick Langford
287 Bobby Brown
288 Joe Cowley
289 Jerry Dybzinski
290 Jeff Reardon
291 Pittsburgh Pirates Team Leaders
292 Craig Swan
293 Glenn Gulliver
294 Dave Engle
295 Jerry Remy
296 Greg Harris
297 Ned Yost
298 Floyd Chiffer
299 George Wright
300 Mike Schmidt
301 Mike Schmidt (SV)
302 Ernie Whitt
303 Miguel Dilone
304 Dave Rucker
305 Larry Bowa
306 Tom Lasorda (MGR)
307 Lou Piniella
308 Jesus Vega
309 Jeff Leonard
310 Greg Luzinski
311 Glenn Brummer
312 Brian Kingman
313 Gary Gray
314 Ken Dayley
315 Rick Burleson
316 Paul Splittorff
317 Gary Rajsich
318 John Tudor
319 Lenn Sakata
320 Steve Rogers
321 Milwaukee Brewers Team Leaders
322 Dave Van Gorder
323 Luis DeLeon
324 Mike Marshall
325 Von Hayes
326 Garth Iorg
327 Bobby Castillo
328 Craig Reynolds
329 Randy Niemann
330 Buddy Bell
331 Mike Krukow
332 Glenn Wilson
333 Dave LaRoche
334 Dave LaRoche (SV)
335 Steve Henderson
336 Rene Lachemann (MGR)
337 Tito Landrum
338 Bob Owchinko
339 Terry Harper
340 Larry Gura
341 Doug DeCinces
342 Atlee Hammaker
343 Bob Bailor
344 Roger LaFrancois
345 Jim Clancy
346 Joe Pittman
347 Sammy Stewart
348 Alan Bannister
349 Checklist (#265-396)
350 Robin Yount
351 Cincinnati Reds Team Leaders
352 Mike Scioscia
353 Steve Comer
354 Randy Johnson
355 Jim Bibby
356 Gary Woods
357 Len Matuszek
358 Jerry Garvin
359 Dave Collins
360 Nolan Ryan
361 Nolan Ryan (SV)
362 Bill Almon
363 John Stuper
364 Brett Butler
365 Dave Lopes
366 Dick Williams (MGR)
367 Bud Anderson
368 Richie Zisk
369 Jesse Orosco
370 Gary Carter
371 Mike Richardt
372 Terry Crowley
373 Kevin Saucier
374 Wayne Krenchicki
375 Pete Vuckovich
376 Ken Landreaux
377 Lee May
378 Lee May (SV)
379 Guy Sularz
380 Ron Davis
381 Boston Red Sox Team Leaders
382 Bob Knepper
383 Ozzie Virgil
384 Dave Dravecky RC
385 Mike Easler
386 Rod Carew All-Star
387 Bob Grich All-Star
388 George Brett All-Star
389 Robin Yount All-Star
390 Reggie Jackson All-Star
391 Rickey Henderson All-Star
392 Fred Lynn All-Star
393 Carlton Fisk All-Star
394 Pete Vuckovich All-Star
395 Larry Gura All-Star
396 Dan Quisenberry All-Star
397 Pete Rose All-Star
398 Manny Trillo All-Star
399 Mike Schmidt All-Star
400 Dave Concepcion All-Star
401 Dale Murphy All-Star
402 Andre Dawson All-Star
403 Tim Raines All-Star
404 Gary Carter All-Star
405 Steve Rogers All-Star
406 Steve Carlton All-Star
407 Bruce Sutter All-Star
408 Rudy May
409 Marvis Foley
410 Phil Niekro
411 Phil Niekro (SV)
412 Texas Rangers Team Leaders
413 Matt Keough
414 Julio Cruz
415 Bob Forsch
416 Joe Ferguson
417 Tom Hausman
418 Greg Pryor
419 Steve Crawford
420 Al Oliver
421 Al Oliver (SV)
422 George Cappuzzello
423 Tom Lawless
424 Jerry Augustine
425 Pedro Guerrero
426 Earl Weaver (MGR)
427 Roy Lee Jackson
428 Champ Summers
429 Eddie Whitson
430 Kirk Gibson
431 Gary Gaetti RC
432 Porfirio Altamirano
433 Dale Berra
434 Dennis Lamp
435 Tony Armas
436 Bill Campbell
437 Rick Sweet
438 Dave LaPoint
439 Rafael Ramirez
440 Ron Guidry
441 Houston Astros Team Leaders
442 Brian Downing
443 Don Hood
444 Wally Backman
445 Mike Flanagan
446 Reid Nichols
447 Bryn Smith
448 Darrell Evans
449 Eddie Milner
450 Ted Simmons
451 Ted Simmons (SV)
452 Lloyd Moseby
453 Lamar Johnson
454 Bob Welch
455 Sixto Lezcano
456 Lee Elia (MGR)
457 Milt Wilcox
458 Ron Washington
459 Ed Farmer
460 Roy Smalley
461 Steve Trout
462 Steve Nicosia
463 Gaylord Perry
464 Gaylord Perry (SV)
465 Lonnie Smith
466 Tom Underwood
467 Rufino Linares
468 Dave Goltz
469 Ron Gardenhire
470 Greg Minton
471 Kansas City Royals Team Leaders
472 Gary Allenson
473 John Lowenstein
474 Ray Burris
475 Cesar Cedeno
476 Rob Picciolo
477 Tom Niedenfuer
478 Phil Garner
479 Charlie Hough
480 Toby Harrah
481 Scot Thompson
482 Tony Gwynn RC
483 Lynn Jones
484 Dick Ruthven
485 Omar Moreno
486 Clyde King (MGR)
487 Jerry Hairston
488 Alfredo Griffin
489 Tom Herr
490 Jim Palmer
491 Jim Palmer (SV)
492 Paul Serna
493 Steve McCatty
494 Bob Brenly
495 Warren Cromartie
496 Tom Veryzer
497 Rick Sutcliffe
498 Wade Boggs RC
499 Jeff Little
500 Reggie Jackson
501 Reggie Jackson (SV)
502 Atlanta Braves Team Leaders
503 Moose Haas
504 Don Werner
505 Garry Templeton
506 Jim Gott
507 Tony Scott
508 Tom Filer
509 Lou Whitaker
510 Tug McGraw
511 Tug McGraw (SV)
512 Doyle Alexander
513 Fred Stanley
514 Rudy Law
515 Gene Tenace
516 Bill Virdon (MGR)
517 Gary Ward
518 Bill Laskey
519 Terry Bulling
520 Fred Lynn
521 Bruce Benedict
522 Pat Zachry
523 Carney Lansford
524 Tom Brennan
525 Frank White
526 Checklist (#397-528)
527 Larry Biittner
528 Jamie Easterly
529 Tim Laudner
530 Eddie Murray
531 Oakland Athletics Team Leaders
532 Dave Stewart
533 Luis Salazar
534 John Butcher
535 Manny Trillo
536 John Wockenfuss
537 Rod Scurry
538 Danny Heep
539 Roger Erickson
540 Ozzie Smith
541 Britt Burns
542 Jody Davis
543 Alan Fowlkes
544 Larry Whisenton
545 Floyd Bannister
546 Dave Garcia (MGR)
547 Geoff Zahn
548 Brian Giles
549 Charlie Puleo
550 Carl Yastrzemski
551 Carl Yastrzemski (SV)
552 Tim Wallach
553 Dennis Martinez
554 Mike Vail
555 Steve Yeager
556 Willie Upshaw
557 Rick Honeycutt
558 Dickie Thon
559 Pete Redfern
560 Ron LeFlore
561 St. Louis Cardinals Team Leaders
562 Dave Rozema
563 Juan Bonilla
564 Sid Monge
565 Bucky Dent
566 Manny Sarmiento
567 Joe Simpson
568 Willie Hernandez
569 Jack Perconte
570 Vida Blue
571 Mickey Klutts
572 Bob Watson
573 Andy Hassler
574 Glenn Adams
575 Neil Allen
576 Frank Robinson (MGR)
577 Luis Aponte
578 David Green
579 Rich Dauer
580 Tom Seaver
581 Tom Seaver (SV)
582 Marshall Edwards
583 Terry Forster
584 Dave Hostetler
585 Jose Cruz
586 Frank Viola RC
587 Ivan DeJesus
588 Pat Underwood
589 Alvis Woods
590 Tony Pena
591 White Sox Team Leaders
592 Shane Rawley
593 Broderick Perkins
594 Eric Rasmussen
595 Tim Raines
596 Randy Johnson
597 Mike Proly
598 Dwayne Murphy
599 Don Aase
600 George Brett
601 Ed Lynch
602 Rich Gedman
603 Joe Morgan
604 Joe Morgan (SV)
605 Gary Roenicke
606 Bobby Cox (MGR)
607 Charlie Leibrandt
608 Don Money
609 Danny Darwin
610 Steve Garvey
611 Bert Roberge
612 Steve Swisher
613 Mike Ivie
614 Ed Glynn
615 Garry Maddox
616 Bill Nahorodny
617 Butch Wynegar
618 LaMarr Hoyt
619 Keith Moreland
620 Mike Norris
621 New York Mets Team Leaders
622 Dave Edler
623 Luis Sanchez
624 Glenn Hubbard
625 Ken Forsch
626 Jerry Martin
627 Doug Bair
628 Julio Valdez
629 Charlie Lea
630 Paul Molitor
631 Tippy Martinez
632 Alex Trevino
633 Vicente Romo
634 Max Venable
635 Graig Nettles
636 Graig Nettles (SV)
637 Pat Corrales (MGR)
638 Dan Petry
639 Art Howe Team Leaders
640 Andre Thornton
641 Billy Sample
642 Checklist (#529-660)
643 Bump Wills
644 Joe Lefebvre
645 Bill Madlock
646 Jim Essian
647 Bobby Mitchell
648 Jeff Burroughs
649 Tommy Boggs
650 George Hendrick
651 California Angels Team Leaders
652 Butch Hobson
653 Ellis Valentine
654 Bob Ojeda
655 Al Bumbry
656 Dave Frost
657 Mike Gates
658 Frank Pastore
659 Charlie Moore
660 Mike Hargrove
661 Bill Russell
662 Joe Sambito
663 Tom O’Malley
664 Bob Molinaro
665 Jim Sundberg
666 Sparky Anderson (MGR)
667 Dick Davis
668 Larry Christenson
669 Mike Squires
670 Jerry Mumphrey
671 Lenny Faedo
672 Jim Kaat
673 Jim Kaat (SV)
674 Kurt Bevacqua
675 Jim Beattie
676 Biff Pocoroba
677 Dave Revering
678 Juan Beniquez
679 Mike Scott
680 Andre Dawson
681 Los Angeles Dodgers Team Leaders
682 Bob Stanley
683 Dan Ford
684 Rafael Landestoy
685 Lee Mazzilli
686 Randy Lerch
687 U.L. Washington
688 Jim Wohlford
689 Ron Hassey
690 Kent Hrbek
691 Dave Tobik
692 Denny Walling
693 Sparky Lyle
694 Sparky Lyle (SV)
695 Ruppert Jones
696 Chuck Tanner (MGR)
697 Barry Foote
698 Tony Bernazard
699 Lee Smith
700 Keith Hernandez
701 Batting Leaders
702 Home Run Leaders
703 RBI leaders
704 Stolen Base Leaders
705 Win Leaders
706 Strikeout Leaders
707 ERA Leaders
708 Leading Firemen
709 Jimmy Sexton
710 Willie Wilson
711 Seattle Mariners Team Leaders
712 Bruce Kison
713 Ron Hodges
714 Wayne Nordhagen
715 Tony Perez
716 Tony Perez (SV)
717 Scott Sanderson
718 Jim Dwyer
719 Rich Gale
720 Dave Concepcion
721 John Martin
722 Jorge Orta
723 Randy Moffitt
724 Johnny Grubb
725 Dan Spillner
726 Harvey Kuenn (MGR)
727 Chet Lemon
728 Ron Reed
729 Jerry Morales
730 Jason Thompson
731 Al Williams
732 Dave Henderson
733 Buck Martinez
734 Steve Braun
735 Tommy John
736 Tommy John (SV)
737 Mitchell Page
738 Tim Foli
739 Rick Ownbey
740 Rusty Staub
741 Rusty Staub (SV)
742 San Diego Padres Team Leaders
743 Mike Torrez
744 Brad Mills
745 Scott McGregor
746 John Wathan
747 Fred Breining
748 Derrel Thomas
749 Jon Matlack
750 Ben Oglivie
751 Brad Havens
752 Luis Pujols
753 Elias Sosa
754 Bill Robinson
755 John Candelaria
756 Russ Nixon (MGR)
757 Rick Manning
758 Aurelio Rodriguez
759 Doug Bird
760 Dale Murphy
761 Gary Lucas
762 Cliff Johnson
763 Al Cowens
764 Pete Falcone
765 Bob Boone
766 Barry Bonnell
767 Duane Kuiper
768 Chris Speier
769 Checklist (#661-792)
770 Dave Winfield
771 Minnesota Twins Team Leaders
772 Jim Kern
773 Larry Hisle
774 Alan Ashby
775 Burt Hooton
776 Larry Parrish
777 John Curtis
778 Rich Hebner
779 Rick Waits
780 Gary Matthews
781 Rick Rhoden
782 Bobby Murcer
783 Bobby Murcer (SV)
784 Jeff Newman
785 Dennis Leonard
786 Ralph Houk (MGR)
787 Dick Tidrow
788 Dane Iorg
789 Bryan Clark
790 Bob Grich
791 Gary Lavelle
792 Chris Chambliss

MGR – Manager

XRC – Extended Rookie Card


1T Neil Allen
2T Bill Almon
3T Joe Altobelli
4T Tony Armas
5T Doug Bair
6T Steve Baker
7T Floyd Bannister
8T Don Baylor
9T Tony Bernazard
10T Larry Biittner
11T Dann Bilardello
12T Doug Bird
13T Steve Boros (MGR)
14T Greg Brock
15T Mike Brown
16T Tom Burgmeier
17T Randy Bush
18T Bert Campaneris
19T Ron Cey
20T Chris Codiroli
21T Dan Collins
22T Terry Crowley
23T Julio Cruz
24T Mike Davis
25T Frank DiPino
26T Bill Doran XRC
27T Jerry Dybzinski
28T Jamie Easterly
29T Juan Eichelberger
30T Jim Essian
31T Pete Falcone
32T Mike Ferraro (MGR)
33T Terry Forster
34T Julio Franco XRC
35T Rich Gale
36T Kiko Garcia
37T Steve Garvey
38T Johnny Grubb
39T Mel Hall XRC
40T Von Hayes
41T Danny Heep
42T Steve Henderson
43T Keith Hernandez
44T Leo Hernandez
45T Willie Hernandez
46T Al Holland
47T Frank Howard (MGR)
48T Bob Johnson
49T Cliff Johnson
50T Odell Jones
51T Mike Jorgensen
52T Bob Kearney
53T Steve Kemp
54T Marty Keough
55T Ron Kittle XRC
56T Mickey Klutts
57T Alan Knicely
58T Mike Krukow
59T Rafael Landestoy
60T Carney Lansford
61T Joe Lefebvre
62T Bryan Little
63T Aurelio Lopez
64T Mike Madden
65T Rick Manning
66T Billy Martin (MGR)
67T Lee Mazzilli
68T Andy McGaffigan
69T Craig McMurtry
70T John McNamara (MGR)
71T Orlando Mercado
72T Larry Milbourne
73T Randy Moffitt
74T Sid Monge
75T Jose Morales
76T Omar Moreno
77T Joe Morgan
78T Mike Morgan
79T Dale Murray
80T Jeff Newman
81T Pete O’Brien XRC
82T Jorge Orta
83T Alejandro Pena XRC
84T Pascual Perez
85T Tony Perez
86T Broderick Perkins
87T Tom Phillips XRC
88T Charlie Puleo
89T Pat Putnam
90T Jamie Quirk
91T Doug Rader (MGR)
92T Chuck Rainey
93T Bobby Ramos
94T Gary Redus XRC
95T Steve Renko
96T Leon Roberts
97T Aurelio Rodriguez
98T Dick Ruthven
99T Daryl Sconiers
100T Milt Scott
101T Tom Seaver
102T John Shelby
103T Bob Shirley
104T Joe Simpson
105T Doug Sisk
106T Mike Smithson
107T Elias Sosa
108T Darryl Strawberry XRC
109T Tom Tellmann
110T Gene Tenace
111T Gorman Thomas
112T Dick Tidrow
113T Dave Tobik
114T Wayne Tolleson
115T Mike Torrez
116T Manny Trillo
117T Steve Trout
118T Lee Tunnell
119T Mike Vail
120T Ellis Valentine
121T Tom Veryzer
122T George Vukovich
123T Rick Waits
124T Greg Walker
125T Chris Welsh
126T Len Whitehouse
127T Ed Whitson
128T Jim Wohlford
129T Matt Young XRC
130T Joel Youngblood
131T Pat Zachry
132T Checklist