On Sunday December 10, 2017 Baseball’s Hall of Fame Veteran’s Committee announced their picks for the 2018 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. The Committee voted and it was a proud day for the city of Detroit as two of their own were chosen: Jack Morris and Alan Trammell. There were 10 players on the ballot.
Also eligible was: Steve Garvey, Tommy John, Don Mattingly, Marvin Miller, Dale Murphy, Dave Parker, Ted Simmons, and Luis Tiant. The sentiment throughout baseball was that the Veteran’s Committee made the right choices, of course this is #debatable.
Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in 1976 Trammell debuted on September 9, 1977 and by 1980 was in his first All-Star game, first of six appearances. His most memorable season was 1984 the Tigers started the season with a dominating 35-5 record and finished the season winning the World Series Championship. Detroit won that series in five games thanks largely in part to Alan Trammell who went 9 for 20 with a couple of homeruns in game 4 and went on to be voted World Series MVP.
Alan also won four Gold Glove Awards and was known for his quick release and accurate throws. He played for 20 years and batted over .300 seven times, finished his career with .285 Batting Average | 1,231 Runs | 1,003 RBI’s |2,365 Hits in 2,293 Games Played.
ROOKIE CARD OF HALL OF FAMER ALAN TRAMMELL
1978 Topps, Card No. 707 (shop eBay)
Two things immediately stand out to me. Both Hall of Fame Inductees, Morris & Trammell, have rookie cards inside the 1978 Topps set and both were rookies with the Detroit Tigers. Also, this card is in a lot of collectors PC (personal collection) or on their want list because it also depicts the rookie card of Hall of Famer Paul Molitor. Two HOF rookie cards on one card! This makes this card unique and desirable.
In 1978 Topps increased the size of its set, from the previous 660 card set to the new and improved 726 cards. In typical fashion Topps offered collectors multiple subsets: Record Breakers subset, AL & NL Statistical Leaders subset, World Series subset and how can we forget the Rookie subset. The rookie cards, which appear toward the back-end of the set features four players per card by position rather than by team. Although many collectors are not a fan of multi-player rookie cards we make exceptions when they include rookie cards of Hall of Famers. The 1978 Topps card design is one of the most beloved in the hobby, although the Rookie subset doesn’t show all its design swag it does give us the basics. Card #707 gives us four rookies. The yellow back drop outlined with a thin red line really gives it nice eye appeal. Follow that red line around and it will lead you to the year ’78 in big bold font. Towards the bottom of the card in a bit smaller font Topps tells you what you’re looking at, “Rookie Shortstops.” The card backs are a brownish/copper color with navy blue font. And since there’s four players featured on the card we only get a short bio of each player, there’s not much room for anything else.
As of the date of this post raw copies can be purchased for $10.00-$20.00; graded near mint copies (7’s) sell between $20.00-$45.00 and near mint to mint copies (8’s) sell in the $70.00-$100.00 range. High end grades (9’s) are selling for around $450.00-$650.00 and on November 27, 2017 a mint PSA 10 sold for $9,368.00!