Saturday, April 29, 2017


Here’s the next “Future Star” card in my imagined 1978 sub-set, Los Angeles Dodger great Steve Garvey, who put together (in my opinion) a Hall of Fame career that had him as the National League all-star first baseman ten times, eight of them consecutively:

Coming out of Michigan State University, Garvey went on to rack up the hits, the awards and the accolades over his 19-year career.
The National League M.V.P. In 1974, he reached 200+ hits six times, 100+ runs batted in five times, and batted .300+ seven times.
The four-time Gold Glover would also finish in the Top-10 in M.V.P. voting four times during his career, including a second place finish behind Dave Parker of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1978 to go along with his award from ‘74.
By the time he retired in 1987, he collected 2599 hits, 272 home runs, 1308 runs batted in and a .294 career average with five World Series appearances, including one championship in 1981.
In the post-season he batted .338 with 75 hits and eleven home runs with 31 runs batted in spread over 55 games!
Call me crazy, but when he retired I pretty much figured he was a LOCK for the Hall, expecting him to even be a first or second-year inductee!


  1. Great card and couldn't agree more!

    Should definitely be in the Hall. Also 4th in the consecutive games played list with 1,207. One of better players of his era. Go figure!!

  2. When I was putting together my '78 project recently, I revisited Garvey for the first time in a long time. Who wouldn't have thought he was a lock for the Hall by the mid-80s? The guy had it all - skills, numbers, plus he really came to embody, at least in my memory from the time, an All-American, clean cut, good-looking, perpetually smiling charmer. Even his batting stance (remember that?) was impossibly clean and straight-forward. I think that what happened, fairly or not, was that he had such an image as Mr. Clean, that when his multiple personal issues began to play out prominently across the papers, he had all the farther to fall. I do think his numbers, upon reflection, are probably border line HOF - but I still think he'd be there, based on them and his incredible intangibles, if not for his personal issues. Like I said, probably not fair. Seriously, though, he and Rose were the Mr. Baseballs of the late 70s. Rose, though, had an edge to him even then, so Garvey was Mr. Clean. Sad, really, when you think about it.

  3. We used to call Garvey "Popeye" because of his big forearms. I wonder if that was a name he used to go by or if it was our nickname alone?

    1. I have heard that reference to him as well, not sure where though.

  4. It's too bad that Topps wasted this horizontal format on managers rather than Future Stars -- because you definitely couldn't have both in the same '78 set.



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