Wednesday, November 7, 2018

A Few 1987 Topps For The Set

I picked up some 1987 Topps cards for the set recently from Ebay.  Three of the cards were of deceased players, and one was just a touch signature.

Dave Bergman (b. 1953 - d. 2015) played in the majors from 1975 and 1977 to 1992 for the Yankees, Astros, Giants and Tigers.  He had 690 hits, 54 home runs and a .258 batting average.  He won the World series with the Tigers in 1984.  He died of bile duct cancer in 2015.

Bruce Berenyi (b. 1954) played in the majors from 1980 to 1986 for the Reds and Mets.  He had a career record of 44-55 with 607 strike outs and a 4.03 ERA.  He actually used to work with a good friend of mine (I think at a Target) in New Hampshire a few years ago.  If I knew then what I know now, I would have sent my friend a 1987 Topps to get signed.

Wayne Kenchicki (b. 1954 - d. 2018) played in the majors from 1979 to 1986 for the Orioles, Reds, Tigers and Expos.  He had 283 hits, 15 home runs and a .266 batting average.  He passed away a few weeks ago.

Joe Niekro (b. 1944 - d. 2006) played in the majors from 1967 to 1988 for the Cubs, Padres, Tigers, Braves, Astros and Yankees.  He had a career record of 221-204 with 1,747 strike outs and an ERA of 3.59.  He was an All Star in 1979.  He won 20 or more games twice (1979 - 21 and 1980 - 20) and finshed a career-best 2nd in the NL Cy Young Award voting (1979).  His best MVP finish was 6th (1979 - NL).  He won the World Series with the Twins in 1987.  Niekro is the brother of Hall of Famer, Phil Niekro.  He was denied his own spot in the Hall when he only appeared on 1.3% of the ballot in 1994.  Nielro passed away in 2006 from a brain aneurysm.

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