All Time Set: JimmieBoy

2013 2014
Current
Rank
3
Set
Complete
100%
Set
Rating
8.323
GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
8.323
Retired Rank
10/23/2014
3
Set
Complete
100%
Set
Rating
8.323
GPA with Top
Pop Bonuses
8.323
One of the most popular collector’s issues ever released was the "Baseball Immortals" set originally issued in 1980. The Original set was issued in 1980 and consisted of 173 cards. (Later the set was updated with 26 similar type of cards (different backs, and borders, no Bios on reverse etc... in 1984, 1986 and 1987, to make the total 199 cards) That set would be titled Baseball Immortals 1980 - 1987 set. This set is the 1st Printing set of the 173 Cards first issued in 1980. Although many baseball card sets -- collector’s issue or otherwise -- have featured top players from the past, the Baseball Immortals set was the first to depict every member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. The cards themselves do not mention a manufacturer, but it has been commonly referred to as an SSPC issue, although it was distributed mainly by TCMA and another top card dealer of the era, Renata Galasso. The original 1980 issue had a 173-card checklist that included every Hall of Fame member from the original 1936 class of Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb, Walter Johnson, Christy Mathewson and Honus Wagner through 1980 inductees Duke Snider, Al Kaline, Chuck Klein and former Red Sox owner Tom Yawkey. The cards are reminiscent of the 1975 Topps design on the front -- borders that came in various colors, with a different border color for the top and bottom halves. An inner gold border surrounds either a color photo or color artwork. The gold frame passes through a gold box with the words "Baseball Immortals" at the top of the card and a flag with that player’s year of induction at the bottom, next to his name and position. The card backs bear a strong resemblance to 1954 Bowman, with the player’s name within a white bat inside a yellow box at the top, the card number in a white circle to the right of that, basic height/weight/birth data inside the yellow box and a short biography below. Underneath the bio is a Hall of Fame-related trivia question, with the answer printed upside-down inside a smaller yellow box. In addition to such popular baseball card subjects as Cy Young, Lou Gehrig, Joe DiMaggio, Jackie Robinson, Ted Williams and Mickey Mantle, the set includes many Hall-of-Famers not commonly seen on cards. Among those depicted are executives such as Morgan Bulkeley (the first president of the National League and also president of the Hartford team in that league), Ban Johnson, Warren Giles, Larry MacPhail, commissioner Judge Landis and Yankees executive Ed Barrow (who was previously the Red Sox’ manager in 1918); early sportswriter and statistician Henry Chadwick; umpires including Jocko Conlan, Bill Klem and Cal Hubbard; and managers such as Connie Mack, John McGraw and Casey Stengel. Also included are former Negro league stars John Henry Lloyd, Martin DiHigo, Oscar Charleston and James "Cool Papa" Bell, among others; and 19th century stars such as George Wright, Cap Anson, Candy Cummings (a member of Hartford’s National League team in 1876), Albert Spalding and Dan Brouthers. There’s even some 20th century Hall-of-Famers that only the most ardent fans may have heard of: Stan Coveleski, Max Carey, Harry Heilmann, Jesse Haines, Dave Bancroft, Chick Hafey and Ross Youngs, among others.
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