Friday, June 19, 2009

1989 Topps Major League Debut #151 & #152: Checklists

Well, here we are at the end of the 1989 Topps Major League Debut set. We go out with a whimper, not a bang, thanks to the set ending with two checklists.

But wait--these are hardly ordinary checklists. Given numerous choices, Topps made a great decision to list the players by debut date. They could have gone by card number (or name, which is the same order) but instead they chose to group the players by another interesting piece of information. I guess this would be infuriating if you were missing, say, card #42 and wanted to know which player that was.

But this way, you can see some neat stuff, like how Xavier Hernandez and Kevin Appier debuted on the same day, June 4th.

You can also see that many more players debut in the second half of the season. They fit the first 3.5 months of the season on the first card and just 2.5 months on the second card.

The first 13 days of September saw at least one major league debut...pretty neat.

Anyway, that's all for this set!


  1. A very clever idea for a checklist. I think they could've fit the card number next to the names. Nice to see some of the creativity that went into card sets.

  2. It reminds me of movie credits.

    Nicely done, Topps!