Wednesday, November 7, 2018

1981 Topps Dave Lopes

The front: Sporting the cap-under-the-helmet look. It was common at the time but I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen it. Looks like he is at Shea Stadium.

The back: Vince Coleman broke Lopes’s record with 50 consecutive stolen bases in 1988 and 1989. This remains the record. Lopes’s 38 has also been eclipsed in recent years by Tim Raines, Ichiro Suzuki and Jimmy Rollins.

The player: Part of the legendary Garvey-Cey-Russell-Lopes infield of the Dodgers of the 1970s and early 1980s, Lopes was one of the games’ pre-eminent speedsters who also had a powerful bat for a second baseman of the era. A four-time all-star who led the NL in stolen bases in 1975 and 1976, Lopes finished his 16-year career with 155 home runs and 557 stolen bases.

The man: After his playing career he spent 30 years as a coach for several major league teams, and served as the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers from 2000 to 2002. He retired from coaching after the 2017 season.

My collection: I have 30 of his cards, from 1970 to 1988. I would be interested in trading for 1973 Topps #609, 1974 Topps #112 and 1977 Topps #180.

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