Revisiting the 1989 Topps #1 Draft Pick Cards

Topps tried something a little different in 1989 when they created cards for some No. 1 picks from the 1988 Major League Baseball Draft.  It was something other sets (like Classic) would pick up on a little later in the 1990s.

Today, we’re used to seeing all kinds of “prospect cards” of players that are created within months of the draft. But it was a different idea at the time and one that really put the baseball draft on the radar of fans and collectors. When you think about it, it was one of the more unique subsets at the time.

Not all of the first round picks got a card. Topps only made them for the first ten picks in the 1988 draft. That seemed like a fair strategy but also left out some other draftees who would go on to nice careers, such as Tino Martinez, who was selected 14th. And in case you’re wondering, the player that just missed being included in this unique subset was No. 11 pick Pat Combs, who spent a few years pitching for the Philadelphia Phillies.

It’s important to note that several players that were featured actually had earlier cards.  They were in the 1988 Topps Traded set as members of Team USA’s baseball squad. To some collectors, that…

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