Friday, March 20, 2015

#396 Checklist 3 of 6

About the Front: Here we have it, the anticlimactic final card of Series One. Three Hall of Famers on the front of the checklist - Andre Dawson, Tom Glavine, and Cal Ripken. Rafael Palmeiro and Edgar Martinez are out in the cold. Darryl Kile regrettably adds to the deceased tally.

About the Back: Wade Boggs saves us from a Hall of Fame shutout right at the end. I suspect that Ivan Rodriguez will join him in the next few years. Mike Flanagan is the last dearly departed member of the first series. So the totals thus far are 20 Hall of Famers and seven deceased.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: This checklist doesn't acknowledge the three fringe players that Topps inserted in the Gold parallel set in place of the checklist cards. I wasn't lucky enough to pull any of those three back when, but I've tracked them down since and will post them next week.

On This Date in 1993: March 20. Sloane Stephens is born in Plantation, FL. She will go on to become a pro tennis player in 2010. To date, she has ranked as highly as 11th in the world, and in 2013 she scored upset wins over Serena Williams and Maria Sharapova.

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