Comments: In June, 2004 I won an
eBay auction for a 1978 Topps Lasorda manager card in a PSA 9.
Soon thereafter I decided to go with Mike Schmidt for the 1978
Topps issue so I swapped the Lasorda out for a raw 2003 Topps
Archives Fan Favorites card. Its issued post career as a tribute
but I thought it was the perfect portrait of Tommy. I sent it
off to PSA and it came back in a NM-MT 8 holder. In February,
2010 I upgraded to this PSA 10 after winning another eBay auction
from seller Charles Best/dbest-psagems-in-indy.
UPDATE: I was playing with the PSA registry on Friday January
10, 2014, adding the newly elected 2014 HOFers, to my set. I noticed
the Lasorda spot was empty and remembered my card was actually
a tribute card - not issued during the manager's career. I decided
to see what else is out there on eBay and entered a search - "Lasorda
PSA". I came across the 1989 Topps/LJN Talk Baseball issue and
seller jeffery328311 had a PSA 9 copy on sale for 9.99 and 3.00
S&H. According to the seller it was the highest graded example.
I confirmed it by going to the PSA pop reports (no others graded).
It was perfect - SOLD! I had never seen the issue before and quickly
did another search for "1989 LJN". I found a sealed pack (Set
#13) with a Lasorda on top for $5 BIN including shipping. Why
not? SOLD! I'll post a picture when it arrives. I thought these
were just cards. A little later I go on Google and search 1989
Topps LJN and come
across this site.
This is pretty cool, never heard of this player. I love this
card even more now. Now I want to buy a player……about $20 on eBay.
Anyway, I'll need to look for more singles/sets to see if I can
find a mint raw copy to upgrade my new PSA 8.
UPDATE: On February 23rd, 2014 I won an eBay auction for a grouping
of 34 sealed packs including two #13's which contained Tommy Lasorda.
The hopes were a GEM was included but when the package arrived
a few days later, both cards were EX-MT at best with dinged corners.
The interesting part - it appeared the packs were printed in multiple
runs as the fonts on the labeling and layout were different:
Anyway, the hunt for an upgrade to my NM-MT copy continues!