There is no more iconic symbol of the hobby’s 1980s boom years than a stack or box or binder full of 1987 Topps baseball cards.

From the moment prototypes of these wood-grained beauties hit the hobby press circuit late in 1986, collectors have gravitated to the pasteboards that were at once throwbacks to an earlier era (1962 Topps, in particular) and a testament to the new world of collecting — massive overproduction and near ubiquitous availability.

If you want to learn about all the options and subsets and packaging models that 1987 Topps, you can check out our ultimate guide to the set right here.

But there’s plenty to be learned about the infamous, love-’em-or-hate-’em woodies by stepping through the list of the most valuable members of the checklist, too, and you can get a heavy dose of nostalgia by reconsidering the players involved.

So that’s exactly what we’ll do below, focusing on cards in PSA 9 condition since that’s the most common grade that PSA has handed out for these classics.

Without further adieu, then, here are the 25 most valuable 1987 Topps baseball cards — in reverse order, and with a couple of bonus runs tagged on for good measure … 35 cards in all!

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25) 1987 Topps Wade Boggs (#150)

1987 Topps Wade Boggs

Wade Boggs was coming of his third American League batting title, and second of four in a row, when this card was issued. Yet it was his glove that Topps featured on this card (along with a happy smile).

That glove would turn Gold later in his career, with the Yankees, and Boggs would sail into the Hall of Fame on his first ballot in 2005.

Today, his 1987 Topps card sells in the $10-13 range in PSA 9 condition.

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24) 1987 Topps Tony Gwynn (#530)

1987 Topps Tony Gwynn

Like Boggs, Tony Gwynn had already established himself as one of the game’s great pure hitters by 1987. And, though he had just one batting crown under his belt at that point, he would capture another that summer with an amazing .370 average.

Before all was said and done, Mr. Padre would add six more NL batting titles — eight total! — and amass 3141 hits en route to a forever home in Cooperstown.

Today, Gwynn’s 1987 Topps card checks in at about $10 in graded MINT condition.

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23) 1987 Topps Roger Clemens (#340)

1987 Topps Roger Clemens

In 1986, Roger Clemens broke out like few pitchers before or since: 24-4, 2.48 ERA, 238 strikeouts.

He even added the first 20-strikeout game for good measure!

By the next spring, his cards were among the hottest in the hobby, and they maintain a strong collector base today, even after all the backlash surrounding his association with PEDs.

Expect to pay $10-15 for a 1987 Topps Clemens in slabbed MINT condition.

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22) 1987 Topps Don Mattingly All-Star (#606)

1987 Topps Don Mattingly All-Star

Don Mattingly crashed the baseball scene with his unexpected run to a batting title in 1984 (taking down Yankees teammate Dave Winfield in the process), and his meteoric rise took his 1984 Donruss rookie card with him, changing the hobby forever.

Donnie Baseball followed that up with an MVP season in 1985 and an arguably even better performance in 1986.

He was the hottest name in the game, and the hottest cardboard in the hobby.

Today, this version of his 1987 Topps All-Star card will set you back $10-12 in PSA 9 condition … but there is another. You’ll have to read on to get the full story.

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21) 1987 Topps Dwight Gooden (#130)

1987 Topps Dwight Gooden

After showing Clemens (and the rest of the world) that it really was possible to go 24-4 in 1985, Dwight Gooden slipped to “just” 17-9 with a 2.84 ERA in 1986 … at age 21.

The world was still his oyster.

And, even though the pearl of his career turned out to have more than a few blemishes, the weight of years has restored — or at least maintained — a bit of the luster his cards once used to blaze through the hobby.

Today, Doc’s 1987 Topps card is another $10-15 buy in PSA 9 condition.

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20) 1987 Topps Dale Murphy (#490)

1987 Topps Dale Murphy

In 1986, Dale Murphy turned 30 years old and had a sort of down year — for him — by falling below 30 home runs, 100 RBI, 10 stolen bases, and a .270 average for the first time since 1981.

The year after that strike-shortened season, of course, Murph won the first of two consecutive National League MVP awards and set himself on a path toward Cooperstown.

And, after that down year in 1986, the Braves legend bounced right back in 1987 with a .295/44 HR/105 RBI in the year of the slugger to set the world right again.

As things would turn out, that would be Murphy’s last really big year, and his Hall of Fame train kind of went off the tracks as he moved deeper into his 30s.

All these years later, though, Murphy still has plenty of supporters and may yet get “the call” depending on how the Eras Committees vote over the next several years.

In the hobby, Murphy’s popularity has never really waned, and, today, his ’87 Topps issue is about a $15 card in PSA 9 condition.

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19) 1987 Topps Ruben Sierra (#261)

1987 Topps Ruben Sierra

Ruben Sierra, on the other hand, was definitely on the upswing as the 1987 season dawned.

Playing the 1986 campaign at just 20 years of age, Sierra clubbed 16 home runs and showed flashes of becoming an all-around talent.

He eventually fulfilled much of that promise, even if he never quite lived up to the “next name-your-hero” hype, and he played long enough to keep his rookie card percolating all along the way.

Today, expect price tags in the $10-15 range for graded MINT copies.

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18) 1987 Topps Barry Larkin (#648)

1987 Topps Barry Larkin

A couple years older than Sierra, Barry Larkin found himself in a pack of stout middle infield prospects for the Reds when he debuted in the second half of the 1986 season, but it didn’t take him long to claim the shortstop role as his own.

He wouldn’t let go for another 18 years, garnering a World Series ring (1990), an NL MVP trophy (1996), three Gold Gloves, nine Silver Sluggers, and 12 All-Star nods before all was said and done.

And then five years after all was said and done, Cincy’s hometown captain picked up his Cooperstown plaque.

Today, collectors are still picking up his Topps rookie card to the tune of $10-15 in PSA 9 condition.

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17) 1987 Topps Kirby Puckett (#450)

1987 Topps Kirby Puckett

After a couple of so-so seasons in Minnesota, the Twins’ sparkplug erupted for 31 home runs, 96 RBI, and a .328 batting average. That performance propelled his 1985 rookie cards out of the commons bin and set up a decades-long love affair between collectors and Puck.

Today, Kirby Puckett‘s 1987 Topps card is another $10-15 buy in slabbed MINT condition.

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16) 1987 Topps Jim Rice (#480)

1987 Topps Jim Rice

There was no more feared hitter in baseball than Jim Rice during his prime with the Red Sox during the late 1970s and early 1980s.

And, even though he declined fairly quickly and steadily in his 30s, Rice did enough to get into the Hall of Fame (whether you agree with that decision or not) and maintains a strong fanbase today.

Expect prices in the $10-20 range for Jim Ed in his grainy goodness when graded a “9.”

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15) 1987 Topps Rickey Henderson (#735)

1987 Topps Rickey Henderson

It didn’t matter where you put Rickey Henderson — West Coast, East Coast, Canada — Mr. Hot Dog was always among the greatest players on the field.

Here, he sparkles in Yankee pinstripes under the eternal sunshine of a baseball game captured in cardboard summer.

This is a solid $15 card in PSA 9 condition.

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14) 1987 Topps Roger Clemens Record Breaker (#1)

1987 Topps Roger Clemens Record Breaker

This card commemorates the aforementioned 20-strikeout game, a feat Topps thought enough of to slot leadoff in what would become one of their most iconic sets of all time.

And, while you don’t usually find Record Breaker cards on lists like this, The Rocket and his amazing career (and single-game record) put this one on just about equal footing with his base card from the same set.

This Clemens pasteboard is a $12-15 buy today in graded MINT condition.

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13) 1987 Topps Mark McGwire (#366)

1987 Topps  Mark McGwire

Heading into 1987, most collectors knew Mark McGwire as just another young guy who had appeared on one of those oddball Team USA cards in the 1985 Topps set.

He certainly wasn’t as well-known or well-regarded (among casual fans and collectors, at least), as teammate Jose Canseco.

But when Donruss made him a Rated Rookie, we started to take notice.

And when McGwire became Big Mac — a founding member of the Bash Brothers — on his way to a then-rookie record 49 home runs, we went bonkers. For the first time, the slugger who would eventually break Roger Maris’ single-season home run record during a breathtaking chase with Sammy Sosa in 1998 was a hobby darling.

And, yes, McGwire’s star crashed to the ground as the face of baseball’s PED scandal, but his cards hold a certain mystique even all these years later.

This woody RC is a pretty steady $15 seller in PSA 9 condition.

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12) 1987 Topps Don Mattingly (#500)

1987 Topps Don Mattingly

Mattingly’s base card in the 1987 Topps set is about as simple as it gets: a well-framed photo of one of baseball’s great hitters standing in the batter’s box, waiting on the pitch.

There’s nothing to distract your eye from the essence of the game other than maybe wondering who those New Yorkers in the stands behind him are.

Add in the iconic wood borders and Yankee pinstripes, and you have a classic that hits $15 in PSA 9 most of the time.

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11) 1987 Topps Gary Carter (#20)

1987 Topps Gary Carter

In December of 1984, the New York Mets traded Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, Herm Winningham, and Floyd Youmans to the Montreal Expos in exchange for All-Star catcher Gary Carter.

It made sense.

After all, Rookie of the Year showings by Darryl Strawberry and Dwight Gooden in 1983 and 1984 had helped turn the Mets into surprise contenders that latter summer, and they were ready to go all in.

With Carter behind the plate, the NYM improved to 98 wins in 1985 but had to settle for second place in the old National League East.

In 1986, though, the Mets ran away with the division, took out a tough Houston Astros team in the NLCS, and outlasted the Boston Red Sox in a seven-game World Series for the ages.

Along the way, Carter solidified himself as one of the game’s great on-field leaders and a Hall of Fame catcher, starting more than 130 games each season and driving in 100+ runs in both, to boot.

Today, this action-packed shot of Carter in his Mets glory sells for $16 or more in PSA 9 condition.

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10) 1987 Topps Jose Canseco (#620)

1987 Topps Jose Canseco

This was one of the hot cards right out of the pack in the spring of 1987, thanks to Jose Canseco‘s Rookie of the Year campaign in 1986.

And, even though he had to claw a bit to get out of McGwire’s big shadow that summer, Jose was never far from the limelight.

Like so many other phenoms, Canseco ultimately fell short of the Ruthian projects we all had for him, but he has maintained enough hobby swagger for his first Topps base card to carry a $15-20 price tag in PSA 9 today.

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9) 1987 Topps Eric Davis (#412)

1987 Topps Eric Davis

It didn’t take Reds fans long to realize that Eric Davis could do just about anything on a baseball diamond, from swatting big flies to chasing down big flies to outrunning big-armed outfielders on the basepaths.

It took us just a few eye blinks longer to realize that staying on the field would be his challenge, and one that would ultimately get the better of him.

Still, for all that promise and for all that realized glory and for the star-level career numbers he turned in, ED is still a popular figure in the hobby.

This, his third Topps card, sells for close to $20 in slabbed MINT condition most of the time.

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8) 1987 Topps Cal Ripken (#784)

1987 Topps Cal Ripken

By the time Cal’s sixth Topps base card (this one, that is) was issued, people were already talking about The Streak.

Truth is, though, Ripken was less than halfway to Lou Gehrig’s record 2130 consecutive games played even after the 1987 concluded.

Standing between Cal and the new mark were some really lean years for the Orioles, a second AL MVP award for Ripken, The Strike of 1994-95, and all the usual pitfalls that await baseball players every time they take the field.

Iron Cal persevered through it all, and when he claimed the record in 1995, all of baseball could feel the magic of the moment.

Today, Cal Ripken is still an all-time favorite even long after he hung up his spikes and collected his Cooperstown plaque.

This classic woody checks in at $17 or more in PSA 9.

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7) 1987 Topps Nolan Ryan (#757)

1987 Topps Nolan Ryan

Even deep into his career, and even as the owner of baseball’s all-time strikeout record (pitcher division), Nolan Ryan was still something of a wild card to many fans and pundits in 1987.

Sure, he could bring the heat like few others, but what else?

Well, as it turned out, Nolan could bring the heat, like, forever, and he could also throw a no-hitter just about any time he took the mound.

When he finally retired after the 1993 season, Ryan had obliterated the K record book and locked down 7 no-nos.

He’d also locked down his status as the biggest name in the game and the hobby, a perch that has slipped only the slightest bit in the last three decades.

You can bet Ryan will appear on just about any “most valuable” list you can concoct, and he clocks in here at around $20 in graded MINT condition.

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6) 1987 Topps Pete Rose (#200)

1987 Topps Pete Rose

Entering the 1987 season, Pete Rose had nothing left to prove as a player on the field, so he gave up that half of his player-manager duties for the Reds.

Even so, Topps granted him a rare career-capper, as well as a manager card in their grainy 1987 set — the perks of being the all-time hit king, I suppose.

Of course, even that “Hit King” title couldn’t keep Rose out of trouble once his betting scandal broke a couple years later, and Pete still remains on the outside of Cooperstown‘s hallowed halls today.

But he also remains a hobby favorite, and all his cards have jumped in value along with the rest of the market during the pandemic era.

The volatility of opinions surrounding Charlie Hustle is reflected in a wide range of prices for his 1987 Topps card — $12-20 in PSA 9.

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5) 1987 Topps Tom Seaver (#425)

1987 Topps Tom Seaver

Tom Seaver, meanwhile, has been about as steady a superstar as you’ll ever find, both in terms of his on-field domination and his popularity among fans and hobbyists almost since his debut with the New York Mets in 1967.

Following that Rookie-of-the-Year performance, it was all up for Tom Terrific, and he ranks among the top couple handsful of starting pitchers to ever tread the mound, no matter how you slice and dice the numbers.

Seaver’s cards got another boost in popularity when the Hall of Famer passed away in August of 2020, and today, his 1987 Topps issue sells in the $17-25 range when graded in PSA 9.

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4) 1987 Topps Will Clark (#420)

1987 Topps Will Clark

Will Clark debuted with the Giants in 1986, carrying all the expectations that came with being a #2 overall draft pick and a standout performer for Team USA in the 1984 Olympics.

The Thrill didn’t disappoint, either, finishing fifth in ROY balloting at the head of a 15-year career that saw his sweet lefty swing crank out 2176 hits, 284 home runs, and a .303 batting average.

Clark’s gritty style of play and his staunch anti-steroid stance make him a fan favorite still and a constant feature in discussions around Hall of Fame snubs. Players with lesser resumes have already made the Cooperstown cut, so you never know what the Eras Committees will have in store for Clark in the coming years.

For now, his 1987 Topps rookie card is a hobby classic that sells for right around $20 in PSA 9 condition most of the time.

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3) 1987 Topps Mike Schmidt (#430)

1987 Topps Mike Schmidt

By almost any measure, Mike Schmidt is the greatest third baseman to ever lace up the spikes.

(Though there are arguments to be made for contemporary George Brett — and his fans will make them fervently — the truth is that Brett played more than a third of his games somewher OTHER than third base.)

Befitting a three-time MVP and 500-home run man, Schmidt has been a popular hobby figure for decades, even if he never made a run at records or streaks that propelled him to the top of then-current hot lists.

For his steady greatness, though, Schmitty still packs a wallop among collectors, and his 1987 Topps card fetches $20 or so in PSA 9 condition today.

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2) 1987 Topps Barry Bonds (#329)

1987 Topps Barry Bonds

Barry Bonds probably doesn’t much care what you or I think of him, and neither do his numbers.

And those numbers, along with the show Bonds put on over the entire course of his career, tell us that the man was one of the greatest hitters to step into the batter’s box.

Would those arcade stats have looked so superhuman without whatever help Bonds sought out beyond the customary three squares? Undoubtedly not, but even with all the controversy, collectors still have still found a place in their budgets for Bonds cardboard.

Today, his Topps rookie card is a $20-25 buy in PSA 9 condition, and you have to figure it’ll go up — at least relative to the cards around it — if Cooperstown ever comes calling.

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1) 1987 Topps Bo Jackson (#170)

1987 Topps Bo Jackson

Bo Jackson was the most exciting athlete of his generation and one of the most popular men to ever trod the diamond.

With all the talent in the world, Bo seemed destined for greatness in both the NFL and MLB, and he realized a big chunk of all that potential before a hip injury felled him in a 1991 playoff game with the Raiders.

Though Bo eventually made it back to the White Sox, he was never quite the same and retired from baseball during the players’ strike of 1994-95.

Right from the very beginning, though, the mystique around Jackson as a two-sport star and the hype that naturally surrounds a Heisman Trophy winner grabbing a bat had collectors frothing for his cards.

Little has changed on that front today, some three decades after his final at-bat, and his 1987 Topps card tops our list, battling for supremacy with Bonds in the $20-25 range for specimens graded PSA 9.

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Honorable Mentions

There are so many popular cards in the 1987 Topps set, that you just never know when one will break out in a specific auction, or even in a more general way, to crack the ranks of our Top 25.

Some of them have already done that on occasion, sort of skewing their “sold” dollar amounts and making it tough to rank them overall — the above list shows the cards that sell for consistently high values, relatively speaking, and also with decent overall sales volume.

What follows are the breakthrough cards that have shown spikes here and there but that either change hands infrequently or exhibit wide fluctuations in pricing.

Here, then, are our “Most Valuable 1987 Topps Baseball Cards: Honorable Mentions”:

1987 Topps Don Mattingly All-Star (no trademark on front) (#606)

1987 Topps Don Mattingly All-Star (no trademark on front)

At long last, we come to the rest of the story as it pertains to the Mattlingly All-Star card (see original entry waaayyyyy above).

There’s not a lot of intrigue here, just a missing “TM” under the American League eagle’s wing in the upper lefthand corner of the card that makes this one a bit more scarce than the corrected version.

And, while the Dwight Gooden All-Star can be found in two versions, too, and while there are other minor variations in the issue, this Mattingly is the only one that’s accrued much extra value.

Expect prices around $25 if you find a copy in PSA 9 condition.

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1987 Topps Ozzie Smith (#749)

1987 Topps Ozzie Smith

Ozzie Smith was always a magician at shortstop, but what’s often overlooked in his game is that he continued to mature as a hitter through much of his career.

It sort of all came together in 1987, when The Wizard hit .300 for the only time in his career and finished second in NL MVP balloting (to Andre Dawson) as the Cardinals copped yet another pennant.

While this card is nowhere near a rookie card and can often be found for 15 bucks or less, it’s also not all that unusual for it to pop into the $20 neighborhood in PSA 9.

Not surprising, really, as few cards evoke a 1980s hobby feel better than a wood-grained Ozzie.

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1987 Topps Bobby Bonilla (#184)

1987 Topps Bobby Bonilla

Bobby Bonilla became the butt of all sorts of jokes thanks to his late-career nosedive and the Mets contract that pays him, like, forever.

But the truth is, Bonilla was a legitimate superstar with the Pirates, and there was real debate around who would turn out to be the better player — Bonilla or Bonds.

In the end, Bobby Bo’s resume could boast more than 2000 hits, nearly 300 home runs, and a spot in the hobby that just won’t ever completely wither away.

Today, his Topps RC can fetch as much as $15 in PSA 9 condition.

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1987 Topps Keith Hernandez (#350)

1987 Topps Keith Hernandez

So, how does Keith Hernandez push a late-career card into a discussion like this one, without the benefit of a Hall of Fame plaque.

Well, he’s Keith Hernandez, for one thing.

And he was a key part of those great mid-1980s Mets teams, for another.

And he was also the co-MVP, with Willie Stargell, of the National League in 1979.

And he was also also one of the greatest first baseman, fielding-wise, of all time.

And … well, this card doesn’t change hands in PSA 9 all that often, but when it does, all those factors usually add up to double-digit dollar amounts.

Go figure.

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1987 Topps Jamie Moyer (#227)

1987 Topps Jamie Moyer

If you were the 1986 Chicago Cubs, which line would have had you more excited about the future?

Pitcher A: 16 G, 87.1 IP, 7-4 record, 5.05 ERA, 45 SO, 42 BB

Pitcher B: 6 G, 31 IP, 2-4 record, 5.52 ERA, 20 SO, 11 BB

If it helps your decision-making at all, Pitcher A was a 23-year-old lefthander.

Pitcher B was a 20-year-old righthander.

So …

Yeah, tough call at that early stage, based solely on those numbers.

But, given the card above, you’ve probably surmised that Pitcher A was Jamie Moyer, and his honorable mention here has almost nothing to do with what he did for the Cubs.

Nope, the Ancient Mariner is here by virtue of his late-career resurgence and subsequent 11-year run with Seattle that kept him in the majors long enough to spur plenty of Re-Animator rumors.

Since Geritol is (probably) not on baseball’s banned substance list, though, Moyer’s 269 victories spread over 74 years in the bigs continues to spur the imagination — enough so for this card to run up double-figure sales totals in PSA 9.

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And Player B?

He headlines our list of

Most Valuable 1987 Topps Traded Baseball Cards

While our baseball cards came fully loaded with big-name rookies in 1987, our on-the-field choices were decidedly less exciting … especially if you were into anticipation.

I mean, sure, Big Mac lit up the northern hemisphere with his megawattage power, but we already had his rookie cards at our waxy fingertips, thanks to Topps and Donruss.

And after Paul Bunyan, the fireworks fell off pretty quickly, with Kevin Seitzer and Matt Nokes finishing second and third in American League Rookie of the Year voting.

In the NL, the top first-year men were Benito Santiago, Mike Dunne, and Joe Magrane.

All fine players with nice (or better) careers in front of them, but none of them really revved collector hearts and mind, and some of them already had rookie cards, to boot.

Heading into the end-of-season traded/update sets, the biggest draws were probably Seitzer, thanks to his high batting average (.323) and Nokes, thanks to his unexpected power surge (32 home runs).

And, sure, there were odds and ends here and there that piqued our interest, too — the first Fleer McGwire card, the first Topps Santiago card, the ever-coveted Tom Trebelhorn manager card.

By and large, though, the 1987 Topps Traded set just wasn’t all that exciting, leaving us to hope that someone would break out down the road and add some fire to the thing.

And, wouldn’t you know it?? Pitcher B (see above) burned the whole place down.

1987 Topps Traded Greg Maddux (#70T)

1987 Topps Traded Greg Maddux

Looking at those early cards of Jamie Moyer and Greg Maddux, you could probably be forgiven for thinking they showed the same dude.

Or mirror images of the same dude.

With the benefit of hindsight, though, and with the benefit of Maddux’s having shorn that adolescent eyebrow on his lip, we can now see the difference between the two, clear as day: Greg Maddux is one of the greatest pitchers of all-time, while Jamie Moyer is one of the most need-a-walker-to-get-to-the-mound pitchers of all-time.

Topps whiffed on Maddux in their 1987 base set but nabbed the youngster for their their Traded set, creating a card that would be worth $20-25 in PSA 9 condition nearly 35 years on (that’s now, in case you weren’t mathing).

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1987 Topps Traded Fred McGriff (#74T)

1987 Topps Traded Fred McGriff

Donruss totally scooped their competitors by making Fred McGriff a Rated Rookie in 1986.

By the time Topps and Fleer caught up, nearly two full years had passed, and Crime Dog had knocked the first 20 of his 493 career home runs.

It’s a pretty good bet the Blue Jays/Padres/Braves standout would already be in the Hall of Fame had he nailed those extra seven dingers to take him to 500, but it’s also a decent bet that the Eras Committees come through for him one of these years.

As things stand now, that 1987 Topps Traded FTC (“First Topps Card”) of his falls in the $10-15 range when presented in PSA 9 condition.

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1987 Topps Traded Reggie Jackson (#52T)

1987 Topps Traded Reggie Jackson

In December of 1986, Reggie Jackson signed a free agent deal to return to his first team, the Oakland A’s, for what looked like it would be his Major League swan song.

While that did turn out to be the case, not even the “straw that stirs the drink” making a big move right before retirement could alter baseball card production schedules, so Reggie appears in the various 1987 base sets as a member of the California Angels.

They all came around by the end of the year, though, and Jackson landed quasi-career-capper cards (right team, incomplete stats) in Donruss Opening Day, Fleer Update, and Topps Traded.

And, even though Fleer gave Reggie a full-blown career-capper in 1988, this 1987 Topps Traded dandy is still popular with collectors today — it’s worth $10 or so in PSA 9 condition.

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1987 Topps Traded David Cone (#24T)

1987 Topps Traded David Cone

As a third-round pick out of high school in 1981, it took a bit for David Cone to start making a name for himself.

That relative anonymity changed in a hurry, though, when Cone broke out with a 20-3 record and 2.22 ERA in 1988, his second season with the New York Mets.

There were plenty of ups and downs over the next 15 years, but Cone won the 1994 AL Cy Young award back with his original team (Kansas City Royals) and posted another 20-win campaign in 1998, with the world champion New York Yankees.

His slow-burn career, punctuated with flashes of excellence and bouts of injury/ineffectiveness left Cone as a borderline HOF candidate and middling hobby draw.

Still, his first Topps card is a $10 buy in slabbed MINT shape.

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1987 Topps Traded Matt Williams (#129T)

1987 Topps Traded Matt Williams

The 1994 strike robbed us all of plenty of good baseball and may ultimately have led to the Montreal Expos move to Washington, D.C. (or maybe hastened it).

But one guy whose excellence in that long ago summer is often overlooked is then-Giants third baseman Matt Williams.

With 43 home runs through 115 team games, Williams was on pace to take aim at Roger Maris’ single-season record of 61 when the season went bye-bye.

And if Williams had topped that mark in 1994, how do you think baseball history would have been altered?

With no need to “bring fans back,” would the home run chase of 1998 have even happened? Would the steroid era have been a thing?

More to the point for us here, now, would Williams have used his new record as a springboard to a Hall of Fame career?

As things stand, Williams ended up with 378 home runs and close to 50 WAR — better than some Cooperstown enshrinees, but likely perpetually short of the mark.

Even so, Williams’ FTC is a $10 buy in PSA 9 condition these days.

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