not too long ago, i completed my 2002 topps chrome dodger team set with an order on sportlots. this was the final card i needed
a short time later, i received a package from johnny's trading spot in which i found this card:
i don't know for sure, but i don't think either of these guys were ever fired from their jobs due to involvement in a cheating scandal.
the best thing to come out of this for me, in my narrow fan-view, is that dusty baker is back and i am really hoping that he sticks around long enough to get to 2000 wins (he has 1863 coming in to the 2020 season). i'm also really hoping that he is around long enough for topps to bring back the manager cards and feature him on one - i am thinking 2022 heritage would be a great set to have the manager/coaches cards back in play.
enough about all of that. john sent some more cards - here's one featuring a different cheater
2003 topps has become this century's 1971 topps. those blue borders chip and the cards stick together in a way that makes preservation outside of sleeves or sheets very difficult. anyway, slammin' sammy cheated, and another performance enhancer should have been on the card, but didn't sign with topps for a couple of years
here's a 1981 o-pee-chee dave lopes card!
rough cut and offset like opc should be, but not a variation in my eyes even though there is french on the front. for those of you who may not know, i've been collecting o-pee-chee since 1978 and am such a fan that i dedicated a blog to the differences between it and topps. check it out if you have not!
a few more from john, including a 2018 topps kenta maeda 1983 insert
a 2018 topps holiday chris taylor card