My Tribute to 1964 Topps “Giants: The Final Dedicated Post

As with the other posts in this series, I’m simulating the checklist from the 1964 Topps Giant-Sized All-Stars set (commonly known as “1964 Giants”) by selecting three representative players from each team.

Today’s post is going to wrap up the remaining team checklist… however, I’m going to include some additional customs in future “Customs Sunday” posts.  More about this at the end.

Before I go ahead and wrap this series of posts up…

TWO IMPORTANT THINGS TO POINT OUT:
1) Because I’ve been doing these posts since May and I want to keep the selection process relatively uniform, my checklists reflects each team’s roster as of June or thereabouts.  This is important to understand for two reasons…. If someone was traded at or near the deadline, they were considered to be on the team he started the season with.  Also, players who had breakout (Miles Mikolas) or comeback (Nick Markakis) seasons might not be included because they hadn’t done enough at that point to warrant inclusion.
2) The players are not listed in “1st to 3rd” order, and I didn’t always make a custom for who I regarded to be the best player. In a lot of cases, it was more about who I wanted to make a custom for, or which player’s photos made for a better custom.

OK, so let’s move on to the final teams:

ORIOLES

…I’ll remind you about the “Checklist picked in June” rule, because that very much applies to the O’s, who traded away anybody who had value (except for Adam Jones, who invoked his no-trade clause).

Kevin Gausman
Best ERA and WHIP among starters and, for what it’s worth, he had much better numbers with the Braves

The other two unmade customs on this checklist:

  • Manny Machado – Starting Shortstop in All-Star Game, might possibly had lead the team in pretty much every offensive category had he been with the team the full year.
  • Adam Jones – Statistically speaking, Adam might not deserve to be included (although he did lead the team with 35 doubles), but I regarded him to be the face of the team for a number of years, and so I’m including him.

Also considered: Trey Mancini (The O’s Runs and Triples leader, tied with Manny for HR’s), Michael Givens, Dylan Bundy, Jonathan Schoop

Decidedly NOT considered: Chris Davis (Mr. Lowest-Batting-Average-In-MLB-History)

TIGERS
Because the Tigers were stripped down to the bare walls going into the season, there’s not a lot of players who would be considered deserving based on performance in 2017 or 2018.  For the most part I let the “big names” dictate the checklist.

Nicholas Castellanos – Lead the team in every significant offensive category except for Triples;  JaCoby Jones had 6 while Nicholas had 5.

The other two unmade customs on this checklist, and both were chosen strictly for being well-known players:

  • Miguel Caberera
  • Victor Martinez

Also considered:  Joe Jimenez (All-Star), Mike Fiers (good enough to get traded)

In another season I would’ve gone with Michael Fulmer or Jordan Zimmerman, but both had a 2018 to forget.

ROYALS

Whit Merrifield
He lead the Majors in Hits (192) and Stolen Bases (45) this year, and wasn’t too shabby last year. He was an easy choice.

The other two unmade customs on this checklist:

  • Salvador Perez – Not a whole lot of mental calisthenics when selecting Perez. He Starting Catcher in the All-Star Game, has been an All-Star six years straight, has five Gold Gloves and two Silver Slugger awards.
  • Mike Moustakas – Was good enough to get traded to Milwaukee.

Also considered:  Jakob Junis, Brad Keller (Don’t know much about him, but he managed a 9-6 record on a 100-loss team and that counts for something)

RAYS

Blake Snell
One could argue that I let 2018 factor in too much when selecting Blake Snell for a checklist that was, in theory, finalized in June… but many of the best Rays of 2017 weren’t back in 2018 and Snell has been a highly-anticipated pitching prospect. In 2018 he was an All Star, was named the AL Pitcher of the Month for August and September, lead the Majors with 21 wins and lead the AL with a 1.89 ERA

The other two unmade customs on this checklist:

  • Chris Archer – Had been the Rays best pitcher; got traded to Pirates; Rays got better, Archer got worse
  • Wilson Ramos – All-Star who got traded at deadline to Phillies

Others cosidered: Jose Alverado, Carlos Gomez, Kevin Kiermaier, Daniel Robertson, Sergio Romo, Mallex Smith, Joey Wendle, Ryan Yarbrough

RANGERS

Shin-Soo Choo
An All-Star who lead the team in Runs, Hits and On-Base Percentage.

The other two unmade customs on this checklist:

  • Adrian Beltre – Future Hall Of Famer
  • Joey Gallo – lead team in Homers, RBI and Slugging

Others considered: Elvis Andrus, Mike Minor, Rougned Odor, Jurickson Profar

BLUE JAYS

Russell Martin
He may not have been one of the best Blue Jays this year, but you can’t leave the Canadian star out of the Toronto Blue Jays’ checklist, can you?

The other two unmade customs on this checklist:

  • J.A. Happ – An All-Star and currently a sought-after free agent
  • Randall Grichuk – This third slot honestly could’ve gone to Justin Smoak or Kevin Pillar with just as much justification, but I had to pick someone.

Also considered: Kendrys Morales, Seunghwan Oh, Kevin Pillar, Justin Smoak


As part of wrapping this up I wanted to share the “checklists” for the prior teams:
DODGERS – Cody Bellinger, Kenley Jansen, Clayton Kershaw
ASTROS – Jose Altuve, George Springer, Justin Verlander
BRAVES – Ozzie Albies, Freddie Freeman, Ender Inciarte
YANKEES – Aaron Judge, Luis Severino, Giancarlo Stanton
BREWERS – Josh Hader, Travis Shaw, Christian Yelich
WHITE SOX – Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson, Yolmer Sanchez
CARDINALS – Yadier Molina, Marcell Ozuna, Tommy Pham
TWINS – Brian Dozier, Joe Mauer, Ervin Santana
RED SOX – Mookie Betts, J.D. Martinez, Chris Sale
INDIANS – Corey Kluber, Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez
CUBS – Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Anthony Rizzo
ATHLETICS – Matt Chapman, Khris Davis, Blake Treinen
ROCKIES – Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon, Wade Davis
PHILLIES – Jake Arrieta, Rhys Hoskins, Aaron Nola
METS – Michael Conforto, Jacob deGrom, Noah Syndergaard
DIAMONDBACKS – Patrick Corbin, Paul Goldschmidt, Zack Greinke
MARLINS – Brian Anderson, Justin Bour, J.T. Realmuto
NATIONALS – Bryce Harper, Max Scherzer. Trea Turner
PADRES – Eric Hosmer, Travis Jankowski, Hunter Renfroe
GIANTS – Madison Bumgarner, Brandon Crawford, Buster Posey
PIRATES – Starling Marte, Gregory Polanco, Jameson Taillon
REDS – Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez, Joey Votto
MARINERS – Nelson Cruz, Edwin Diaz, Mitch Haniger
ANGELS – Shohei Ohtani, Andrelton Simmons, Mike Trout


I’ve been somewhat surprised at how well the 1964 Giants customs have been received, so even though I’m done with posts about the original concept – Which three players would get selected for each team – I’m going to continue to make a few more of these customs and feature them in my Sunday posts, which has been a day I’ve dedicated to posting custom cards.

Here are the players I’m planning to include in future “Custom Sunday” posts: Ichiro, Kyle Freeland, Andrew McCutchen, Trevor Williams, Joey Votto, Mike Trout, Travis Jankowski.

Some of these, like Ichiro and Kyle Freeland, are going to be “Bonus Cards”, given that they didn’t make the 90-card checklist.  Others, like Mike Trout and Joey Votto, were players who made the checklist but I didn’t make a custom the first time around.

If you’d like to see a particular player as either a Bonus Card or as filling out the checklist, leave me a comment and I’ll see what I can do.  The biggest challenge for these is finding a suitable image to use for the custom.

Thank you for following along through many posts (and a prolonged stoppage)!

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2 thoughts on “My Tribute to 1964 Topps “Giants: The Final Dedicated Post

  1. Great job on these, especially the Gausman and Snell. I forgot Gausman was traded to Atlanta, and other than Chris Davis (and FA Adam Jones) I couldn’t name a current Oriole until this post.

    Looking forward to Custom Sunday!

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