Thursday, October 13, 2011

1985 cliff johnson

cliff johnson signed a free agent deal with the texas rangers in december of 1984 after two productive seasons with the blue jays. here is his 1985 o-pee-chee card:
here's the topps front:
now the o-pee-chee back:
and the topps back:
after playing in 82 games for the rangers, the blue jays re-acquired johnson in an august deal. he hit just .274 for toronto down the stretch, but was 7 for 19 with 2 doubles and 2 rbi in the blue jays' 7-game alcs loss to the royals. he remained with the blue jays through the 1986 season, his last in the big leagues.

voici à vous, 1985 cliff johnson!


  1. Cliff Johnson and Ron Fairly always struck a similar chord in my head, maybe because of the late career productivity in Toronto.

    Was there a clear reason that the sets differed in numbering? I see OPC is #7 and Topps #568.

  2. in the post-1976 years where the opc checklist was a pared down version of topps', i don't know how they chose the players to be included, unfortunately. but, to include all/most of the stars, they had to pull some players from topps' higher numbers and replace some lower numbered players resulting in some different numbering between the sets. but then again, they may have just rearranged the majority of the checklist numbering willy-nilly.