As part of the 70th anniversary celebration of Topps baseball cards, we asked fans (as well as our staff) to submit their all-time favorite baseball cards and we sorted them by team. We will be revealing proposals regularly throughout the season, ranging from the famous to the weird, and everything in between.
Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 2019 Topps Series 2
Zach Meier of Chanhassen, Minnesota wrote to share his story about pulling Vlad Jr.’s card from a Topps Series 2 pack.
It is a splendid card that depicts the young hitter after a swing, following the flight of the ball. The set was released after Guerrero made his Major League debut at the start of the 2019 season as one of the most acclaimed prospects of all time.
“I had bought a fair amount of Series 2 that year looking for beginner cards, but to no avail,” Meier wrote. “However, one day at my local Target, I decided to grab a couple of $ 10 boxes to see if my luck would change. I thought if I pulled out a good rookie card it would probably be Fernando Tatis Jr. or Pete Alonso, but I had absolutely no way of preparing myself for what would happen next. Pretty much halfway through the first box, I saw it: the holy grail of collectors of 2019. Vlad Jr.’s short print of 2019. I immediately jumped for joy and went through at least five minutes of hyperventilation-fueled hype, as I knew to have found my way to bring out something extraordinary. The memory of that hot summer day in 2019 still makes me smile today! ” – Thomas Harrigan
Cavan Biggio, 2020 Topps Relic
Can it get cooler than that? Would you like to have a piece of a baseball used in the game that a top player made his MLB debut? This is what we have here: part of the leather and seams of a ball actually used in a match between the Blue Jays and the Padres at Rogers Center on May 24, 2019, when Biggio made his big league debut.
Biggio, son of Hall of Famer Craig Biggio, went 0 out of 3 with a couple of strikeouts that day. But it wasn’t long before he started showing why he was one of Toronto’s top prospects: two days later, he went 3 for 4 with a single in the second inning for his first career hit, and then scored a fourth inning home run. for his first-round tripper in a Blue Jays’ 10-1 win over San Diego.
Calvin C. of Whitby, Ontario sent in this card and there’s a very special reason it’s his favorite.
“It’s special to me because I was at the game with my best friend and we were so excited to be there as it was part of the Blue Jays story,” he wrote in his survey response.
Judging from what Biggio has seen so far, that memory and that card can only increase in significance. – Manny Randhawa
Vladimir Guerrero Jr. / Pete Alonso, 2019 Topps Now (HR Derby)
This is a card made for one of the most memorable Home Run Derby shows ever.
Vlad Jr. put on a show for the entire 2019 Derby, setting records for most total home runs (91) and most in a single round (40).
The final round was a slugfest between two rookie stars: Vlad and Pete Alonso. Alonso won a dramatic championship for a home run, 23-22, over Guerrero.
Juan Guzman, upper deck 1996 1996
Outfielder Mickey Hatcher famously appeared on multiple cards – Fleer ’86 and Upper Deck ’91 – wearing an oversized novelty glove, which suited his prankster persona.
The giant glove made another appearance in ’96, worn by Guzman on an Upper Deck card presented by Joel Pfahler of Orrville, Ohio.
While Hatcher allegedly got to own the huge glove and would have broken it to fuck flying balls for a laugh from time to time, it’s unclear why Guzman has one here. Either way, it’s a memorable Blue Jays card. – Thomas Harrigan
Baseball is about a lot of things. But one of the most important is the family. How cool would it be if you were a fan of a particular team and one day, during a Minor League game, you met your favorite team’s first World Series MVP? Now add that your son has a baseball card of his and that the former player not only signs it for him, but also talks to him and shows him pictures of his children?
That’s exactly what happened to Melissa S. of Youngstown, NY. She and her husband went to a Minor League game between the Batavia Muckdogs and the Williamsport Cutters of the New York-Penn League. Their son, who was 7 at the time, loved scanning the rosters of every Minor League team he went to see in case there were former Blue Jays, since Toronto is the family’s favorite club. As he scrolled through the roster list for Williamsport, he saw the following name next to the manager’s title: Pat Borders.
“He ran from the computer to his bedroom to get his Pat Borders card,” Melissa wrote. “When we got to the game, we sat next to the visiting team bench and before the game started we waited by the bench to see if Mr. Borders would sign my son’s card. Not only did he sign the card, he joked with my kids, asked us questions, and showed us photos and videos of his family. During the game, his players interacted with us, talking to us and giving memories to my children. It’s one of the most memorable baseball games we’ve ever been to, the kind we’ll never forget. I love looking at that baseball card and remembering that day. “
The card itself isn’t too shabby either. If there has ever been a classic pose for a catcher, this is it, with Borders – the 1992 World Series MVP – holding his catcher mask in his right hand as he walks off the pitch looking like a sturdy backstop. – Manny Randhawa
Best Blue Jays Facial Hair Card: Jesse Barfield, 1986 Topps
Everything in this card has a vintage style. Barfield’s’ 80s mustache makes him a great ticket to facial hair. And then there’s his batting stance, the flat-brimmed Blue Jays cap, and the design of the card itself – the bold and bold Topps style of the era.
“The 1986 Topps series was the first set I collected by purchasing packs or trading individual cards from friends or hobby stores,” says Matt Lapensee of Fairfield Township, Ohio, who sent in this card. “Barfield was my favorite player”.
The 1986 season was the best of Barfield’s career. He was the Majors home run king, with 40 long balls, and was an All-Star for the only time in 12 big league seasons. Barfield was also the winner of the American League Gold Glove and Silver Slugger Award in the right-hand court and fifth place in the MVP Award voting.
Clearly the ‘stache gave him his power.
This card was sent by Christopher Bobal of Lee’s Summit, Mo., who was drawn to the photo, which shows Ault entering the box against the Yankees as catcher Thurman Munson crouches behind the plate.
“The framing and the colors are great,” Bobal wrote. “You can just feel the play as he has one foot in the area as he watches the pitch. Add to that Thurman Munson is the catcher and seems to be contemplating which pitch to call next.”
Ault is best known as the player who scored the first two homers in Blue Jays history on April 7, 1977, his rookie season.
After Ault recorded 11 homers with 64 RBI in 129 games in ’77, Topps selected him as part of his All-Star Rookie team in set ’78, so his card includes an “All-Star Rookie” trophy. Ault didn’t last long as a big leaguer, playing his final MLB season in 80’s. – Thomas Harrigan
There is no time like the last game to win the first World Series championship of a franchise. And this 1993 Donruss McDonalds Canada card, from a set that features many great moments from the 1992 World Series between Blue Jays and Braves, captures that joyful moment for Toronto.
The final play of the ’92 World Series was unique, as it was a bunt attempt for a quick central defender that Otis Nixon tried with two outs in the bottom of ninth in Game 6 at Fulton County Stadium. Reliever Mike Timlin fielded the ball and threw it at Carter, who jumped for joy when the ball hit his glove.
It was the first World Series championship in the history of the Blue Jays and the first to be won by a team outside of the United States. The card gives due moment with its minimal interference with the photo itself: only the McDonalds logo in the upper left corner and the Donruss logo in the upper right corner, as well as “Greatest Moments”, “Timlin to Carter , “And” Clincher “at the bottom.
Roger V. of Oshawa, Ontario presented this beauty and his reasoning goes straight to the heart of what makes the card special: “The Blue Jays are my team, so it’s a moment I’ll never forget.” – Manny Randhawa
José Bautista, 2016 Topps
The photo of this card stops you. It’s Bautista’s iconic bat throw when he hit the home run against Rangers at Rogers Center in Game 5 of the 2015 ALDS. And he’s captured in all his glory.
In the landscape-oriented card, you see Bautista’s mace in mid-air. The Blue Jays thug just pushed him aside and is staring at the entire Rangers team in front of him.
In the background, Toronto fans stand, arms raised in the air as Bautista’s drive pushes deep into the left-hand stands. It is a perfect moment in time. Well done, Topps.
Iconic Blue Jays Card: Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bowman’s Best of 2016 Autograph Set
Hall of Famer’s son Vladimir Guerrero, Vlad Jr. entered the Majors with as much hype as any prospect in recent memory.
The buzz was already starting to grow among fans and collectors in 2016, the year Guerrero played his first season as a pro.
Halifax, Nova Scotia, resident Matt MacDonald’s favorite card is a Guerrero card signed by Bowman’s Best of 2016 autograph set. It is a limited edition card, only 25 were produced, but MacDonald has no plans to sell it.
“This Vlad Jr. card is just awesome,” he wrote. “I could have bundled it a few years ago, but I’ll never get rid of it. Can’t wait to see Vladdy break out in a big way. This is an autograph on paper from the height of Vladdy’s prospect hype. To add to that is a special refractor limited to 25. Knowing that you only have one of a few of these makes it that much more special. “
After passing the Minors and becoming the first prospect to receive a hit grade 80 tool from the MLB Pipeline, Guerrero made his MLB debut in 2019 at the age of 20 and released a .269 / .336 line. / .442 with 24 homers, 39 doubles and 102 RBI in his first 183 games. – Thomas Harrigan