The two newest members of the Baseball Hall of Fame were revealed on Sunday night and it’s a relatively easy hunt for their Rookie Cards if you want them — you’ll just need to track down a 1978 Topps baseball card set.
That’s where you can land the RCs for Detroit Tigers stars Jack Morris and Alan Trammell, who are Cooperstown-bound next summer. One won’t cost you much and even can be found in bulk, while the other will be a bit tougher (but not all that bad) due to Trammell sharing his RC with Paul Molitor, a Milwaukee Brewers star already enshrined in baseball’s most-elite club.
Since they’re on multi-player cards, Morris and Trammell didn’t appear on the O-Pee-Chee set that year — that simplifies things a bit — but there are still two other Topps cards you’ll need to collect ’em all.
Both of these young stars then who are Hall of Famers now also appeared in a 23-card set of Detroit Tigers cards found at Burger King in the Detroit area. (Also with them is a card of Lou Whitaker, who also was on a multi-player card in the standard Topps set.) They’re not technically called Rookie Cards via the traditional definition since they are food issues with non-traditional distribution — but they’re arguably better.
And one could easily argue that they’re probably rarer, too.
These cards were found three per cello pack free for those age 14 and under with the purchase of a sandwich at the fast-food chain. The cards are mostly identical to standard Topps cards but not in the case of these three players. It wasn’t until 1980 that the Burger King logo was added to the cards (on their backs) to differentiate them from standard cards other than card number or photo changes.
In 18 seasons, with the Tigers, Twins, Blue Jays and Indians, Morris went 254-186 with 2,478 strikeouts and a 3.90 ERA. He also won World Series rings with the Tigers in 1984, Twins in 1991 and Blue Jays in 1992. Trammell, on the other hand, spent all 20 years of his big-league career with the Tigers, batting .285 with four Gold Gloves and six All-Star nods. He also was a member of the 1984 World Series championship team.
They’ll both be inducted into the Hall on July 29 along with the players on the standard ballot, who will be revealed on Jan. 24.
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