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1964 Topps

This set was put up especially for The Bleacher Bums, Minnesota Public Radio's Baseball Blog. They gave my the site a plug in one of their April columns and mentioned that their favorite set was the '64 set. Of special interest was the the 1964 Topps stand-ups (pictured below). 1964 was a bit dissappointing for the Twins. After coming off a 91 win season the year before, the Twins dropped to a 79-83 record and a 6th place finish in the A.L. Despite the poor showing in 1964, the same basic team battled their way to the A.L. pennant the following year.

 

1964 Topps Stand-Ups (see bottom of linked page)

These 2-1/2" by 3-1/2" cards were the first since the all-star sets of 1951 to be die-cut. This made it possible for a folded card to stand on display. The 77-cards in the set feature color photographs of the player with yellow and green backgrounds. Directions for folding are on the background, and when folded only the green background remains. Of the 77 cards, 55 were double printed while 22 were single printed, making them twice as scarce. 


 

1979 Topps

The cheesy porn-star moustache and a great glove! Rob Wilfong won't be remembered for a lot of things, but most likely will be remembered for indirectly  contributing to the Twins' first World Series Title in 1987. Early in 1982, Wilfong and Doug Corbett were traded to the Angels in exchange for Tom Brunansky...and the rest (as they say) is history!

  

1993 Topps

Probably my favorite Kirby card. Everytime I see it I think of Teddy Roosevelt's famous words, "Walk softly and carry a big stick." Kirby definitely embodied those words and played the game with a passion that is rarely seen in today's game. He left us too soon, but not before bringing two World Series Championships and enough memories to last even the biggest Twins' rube for a lifetime. Thank you Kirby...RIP!

 

 


1985 Topps
Pictured is Mickey Hatcher, one of my all-time favorite Twins. I used to love watching Mickey during pre-game warmups as he was always interacting with the fans and throwing batting practice balls up into the outfield seats.  The '85 team finished 77-85, but the wheels were already turning and the Twins' nucleus for success were already in place. This team included Kirby Puckett, Kent Hrbek, Gary Gaetti, Tom Brunansky and Frank Viola amongst others. This nucleus would lead the Twins to the 1987 World Series Championship.

  

1965 Topps

The 1965 set is also one of my favorites.  Jim Kaat, pictured here on his 1965 error card (KATT), went 18-11 with a 2.83 ERA  and helped lead the Twins to the American League pennant. In a classic 7 game World Series, the Twins lost to the Dodgers. Many will argue that this was the greatest Twins team ever.

 

 

1975 Topps

I must admit that I'm quite biased in favor of this set as this is the first set I ever collected pack by pack. Once I completed my first set, I probably had 3,000 doubles which I later traded for a bunch of Brooklyn Dodger autographs.  I'm also fond of this set because it reminds me of my Dad.  Everyday he would come home with 2 or 3 packs.  I would anxiously await him coming home so I could open a new pack and hopes of completing the set.  Besides  the colorful borders, this set contained many miscut and off-center cards and has been a collector favorite for years.

 

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