Card of the Day: 1991 Topps Roger Clemens

91toppsclemensWhen I picked up my copy of the new Beckett over the weekend, I spent some time browsing through the pages. I subscribe to Beckett online, so I have access to the price guide, but it’s still not the same as flipping through the magazine. I always seem to find something either I didn’t know, or something I had not realized, before. This week I learned how badly Roger Clemens’ cards had fallen.

Clemens is my favorite player. I enjoyed watching his entire career, and early on when I was forced to chose a player to collect, it was Clemens. By now, I’ve amassed several thousand dollars in Clemens cards, but when I was going through the pages of the magazine over the weekend, I saw that Clemens’ most prized card, the 1984 Fleer Update rookie, had plummeted to a sad $120, less than half it was about two years ago.

Being a Clemens collector, this is a rather pathetic outcome of a seemingly solid collection. But it also caused me to think up this scenario: If I had to chose one Clemens card to keep, assuming all were of equal value and significance, which would I chose? While many facing the same scenario would still say the 1984 Fleer Update, I would say this 1991 Topps cards.

From the time it was released, I’ve always cherished this card because it’s so striking. It depicts Clemens as a Red Sox standing up against the Green Monster next to the words “Strike” and “Out.” It’s not the greatest image ever taken of Clemens, but it is the one that sticks out in my mind, making this card the one that I absolutely must have. (*note: If anyone has the Desert Shield version, I’d love a shot at obtaining it.)

That being said, I offer the same scenario for you player collectors: If you had to chose one card of your favorite player — assuming all of them were equal significance and value — which would you chose, and why? And be truthful. Don’t just gravitate toward a rookie or a signature.

5 Responses to “Card of the Day: 1991 Topps Roger Clemens”

  1. That is an awesome card and you pose an intereesting question. I am sure there are a lot of great Cole Hamels cards relics and autos but my favorite one is the 2007 UD because I was at the game in the photograph – a game that he happened to pitch against Roger Clemens.

  2. That Clemens card demonstrates why the ’91 Topps set should be valued among collectors more than it is. The photography on the cards is often-times awesome.

    I don’t collect players, but my favorite player of all-time is Ron Cey. His ’75 Topps card is my favorite.

  3. I agree about the 1991 set. The problem is they made like 5 million sets. I really like the Wade Boggs card from this set. I’ll post it later …

  4. Just had a thought: Since Stadium Club debuted in 1991, how would this card have looked as part of that set? Awesome.

  5. Should The Jon tell you which Sprewell card The Jon would keep? Any value of any kind that a basketball card could have especially during the heavy-laden insert era was lost when Sprewell choked Carlesimo.

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