It's the 2000 Topps set, but I am still hoping for a good post.
Did that giveaway the ranking?
I like making these posts, so a short checklist and boring design are not going to stop me from finding fun and interesting things to talk about.
If you're a big fan of the 2000 Topps set, be a good sport or go to another blog.
This feels boring and uninspired too.
Did some designer at Topps forget he/she was supposed to finish up the design for the 2000 Topps set and create it at the last moment possible? I don't want to know the answer, just in case, this was actually seen as good at the time.
The small checklist is also problematic for me. I can always count on the Topps base set to give me a good 20-25 Cardinals players. The 2000 Topps set gives me roughly a dozen. The 1999 Cardinals were pretty bad, especially the pitching, but some name players got left off the checklist. Who are some of the 1999 Cardinals players that got cut out?
It was Willie McGee's final season in the Majors. Yes, he was the fourth outfielder, but he did not get a card in the set. It was Placido Polanco's first season in the Majors. No rookie card. Shawon Dunston was a key bench player who did not get a card. The pitchers on the team are worse. Jose Jimenez started almost 30 games, threw a no-hitter, and did not get a base card. Kent Bottenfield won 18 games, no card. Darren Oliver started 30 games, no base card. Rickey Bottalico appeared in almost 70 games and lead the team in saves. You know, no base card.
Where Was Dwight Gooden in 1999?
One of the most enjoyable parts of flipping through old baseball card sets is finding baseball players in weird uniforms. Places where you may or may not remember them playing, or you are just trying to forget about them appearing there.
There are some good ones in the 2000 set.
First up, we've got Hideo Nomo on the Brewers.
Yes, I remember him as a Brewer, but I try to block it out. Hideo had some rough years and bounced around more than I care to remember during his career. Always a Dodger in my mind.
Next up, Tim Raines on the A's.
Definitely a little odd. He was only on the A's for 58 games in 1999. Raines was a long-time Expo and White Sox. I always think about the end of his career being as a bench player on the late 1990s Joe Torre Yankees teams, but he played for 4 different teams between 1999 and 2001, including a return to the Expos.
Yes, I remember Rickey Henderson on the Mets. Rickey Henderson was seemingly on every Major League team between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s. There were about three different times he was on the A's, two or three times he was on the Padres, the Angels, Red Sox, Dodgers, and Mariners. Not in the correct order and I probably left out a team.
This brings us to Dwight Gooden.
What the hell is this all about?
I remember Dwight Gooden on the Indians. He had an ERA of 6. He was in his mid-30s, it happens.
He pitched one game for the Astros.
Did I mention that Willie McGee was a pinch-hitter for the Cardinals in 1999 and did not get a single card in this set?
This is an insert card that Topps made of him because he had a Topps All-Rookie Team card. It's always easy to criticize a baseball card that was made 20 years ago, but considering where he was in his career, this was a terrible decision. Find an old Mets photograph, put it on the same card design, and it's a really popular card. That's the way we all remember Dwight Gooden, right? He was a Met?
Best Cardinals Card(s)
The obvious answer is the Fernando Tatis highlight card from his two grand slam inning against the Dodgers, which is why I am not going to choose it. I am actually going to pick two of them. Scanned side by side, so let me explain my choices.