Tribute to 1954 Topps - Vladimir Guerrero

Vladimir Guerrero, California Angels
Tribute to 1954 Topps
by Goose Joak

What is the oldest baseball card you own?

Mine is a single card from 1972 Topps, a beat up card of three rookies who were never listed in a Beckett. I doubt it's worth much -- maybe ten cents at most, perhaps less. And who knows -- maybe it's not worth anything! But I like owning it. It looks old, and it feels old. The colors are faded, and the cardboard is frayed. It feels almost like an artifact to me -- like an old penny from 1923 or something. It's not my favorite card of all time, but it's fun to have.

This tribute to 1954 Topps is the oldest tribute card I've done so far. I picked Vladimir Guerrero because he's a recent addition to my fantasy team. He's been on fire in the two or three weeks since I've traded for him.

I'm getting really close to 100 total tribute cards (this is number 97). Maybe we should have a vote for number 100!


  1. Greg Maddux is having his #31 retired on July 17 by the Braves... that would be a pretty good 100th tribute.

  2. Love his expression and the crossed arms.

  3. I've always been a big Vlad fan since I got to see him play at AA Harrisburg in the mid '90s. I don't think he spoke any English so I broke out my middle school Spanish to ask for his autograph.

  4. My suggestion for the 100th tribute card - Your dog Minny and 1975 Topps. It seems so obvious.

  5. I'd love to see you try a 1952 Topps design for # 100.

  6. These are all really good suggestions -- thank you!!


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