The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post One

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 1

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 1

One of the pursuits here at Cardboard Collecting will be to gain ownership of at least one quality card of every member of the Hall of Fame. This is the first in a number of post that will show the progress of this challenge.

With any pursuit a strategy must be thought of in order to make the journey organized and efficient. With that in mind, the best way we figured would be to create a list starting with the most recent inductees and then move backward in time. Once this list has been started, then looking for a quality card to pursue and adding them to the list would be prudent. Rookie cards or First cards would be most desirable so they will be looked into first. An ungraded card is less expensive than a graded version so they will be the ones concentrated on more, but graded versions will be pursued as well.

Alright to begin, I will do two years at a time in the beginning as these cards are easy to find and aren’t very expensive. So 2015 and 2014. Here are the cards I will find and buy:


Craig Biggio

Biggio’s two earliest cards are from the 1988 year end extended sets from Fleer and Score. Topps and Donruss didn’t include Biggio until the following year’s main sets were issued.

  1. 1988 Fleer Update Craig Biggio RC #U-89
  2. 1988 Score Rookie/Traded Craig Biggio RC #103T

Randy Johnson

Johnson had cards in all the major sets including Canada’s O-Pee Chee brand.

  1. 1989 Donruss Randy Johnson RC #42
  2. 1989 Fleer Randy Johnson RC #381
  3. 1989 O-Pee-Chee Randy Johnson RC #186
  4. 1989 Score Randy Johnson RC #645
  5. 1989 Topps Randy Johnson RC #647
  6. 1989 Upper Deck Randy Johnson RC #25

Pedro Martinez

Everyone except Upper Deck dropped the ball on including Martinez in their year end sets. Therefore he only has one first card.

  1. 1991 Upper Deck Final Edition Pedro Martinez RC #2F

John Smoltz

This time Fleer was the only manufacturer that put Smoltz on their year end set.

  1. 1988 Fleer Update John Smoltz RC #U-74


Bobby Cox

Elected in as a manager, you have to go all the way back to 1969 to find Cox’s first card.

  1. 1969 Topps Bobby Cox RC #237

Tom Glavine

All four manufacturer’s included this outstanding Braves left-hander in their ’88 regular sets.

  1. 1988 Donruss Tom Glavine RC #644
  2. 1988 Fleer Tom Glavine RC #539
  3. 1988 Score Tom Glavine RC #638
  4. 1988 Topps Tom Glavine RC #779

Tony LaRussa

2014 was the year of the manager for entry in the Hall, Cox is joined by LaRussa and Joe Torre (see below). LaRussa’s first card came out in 1964.

  1. 1964 Topps Tony LaRussa RC #244

Greg Maddux

Only Donruss included Maddux in their regular 1987 sets both in Donruss and their Canadian counterpart Leaf. Topps and Fleer waited until their extended sets at the end of the year to include this multiple Cy Young award winner.

  1. 1987 Donruss Greg Maddux RC #36
  2. 1987 Leaf Greg Maddux RC #36

Frank Thomas

Upper Deck Donruss and Fleer all missed the boat in their 1990 regular sets not including this White Sox great. Fleer waited until their Update set at the end of the year, Upper Deck and Donruss waited until the following year their 1991 regular sets were issued.

  1. 1990 Bowman Frank Thomas RC #320
  2. 1990 Leaf Frank Thomas RC #300
  3. 1990 O-Pee-Chee Frank Thomas RC #414
  4. 1990 Score Frank Thomas RC #663
  5. 1990 Topps Frank Thomas RC #414

Joe Torre

The third manager elected to the Hall in 2014, Torre’s rookie card is all the way back in the 1962 Topps set.

  1. 1962 Topps Joe Torre RC #218

So that is 24 cards in total to collect. Of these 24 cards I presently own 5 of them:

  1. 1989 Upper Deck Randy Johnson RC #25
  2. 1969 Topps Bobby Cox RC #237
  3. 1988 Topps Tom Glavine RC #779
  4. 1964 Topps Tony LaRussa RC #244
  5. 1990 Score Frank Thomas RC #663

So that leaves 19 cards to collect. I am using the door to my man cave as the starting point of this collection, until it gets to a size that it will need to be transplanted to a bigger area. Here is the starting image of the door with the cards i have, and plastic screw down holders with the card ID’s in paper inside which I don’t have.

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 1

Hall of Fame Wall, Image 1

As I find the missing cards I will update this post. Once I finish 2015 and 2014, it will be time to move on to 2013 and 2012. I hope you enjoy this post and perhaps you can join me in this collecting challenge.

To see the Hall of Fame Table which lists the members, the pursued cards, the purchases, and the grades just click the link or choose it from the Menu on the left side of every page on the site.

The Hall of Fame Challenge, Post Two

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