In celebration of the World Series Championship, here is my Dusty Baker collection, since he (and maybe Trey Mancini - who I had forgotten was on that team), is the only one I'm happy for.
Pardon my streamlining the scans by leaving them in the pages. I blacked out the empty slots and a few areas of annoying shine.
That rookie is one of three I have - one for Dusty, one for Baylor's PC, and one for my '71 set. Got most of them back when they were $8 or so. Remember, in my binders, O-Pee-Chees come after Topps base cards until 1981.
My collection is pretty basic for a lot of his playing career.
'81 gets fun with Fleer Sticker, Topps Scratch-off, and Squirt, which has same basice back as Topps flagship. I also have the full bottle hanger version of the Squirt. I didn't get either one with the drink initially, but I do really like Squirt soda.
Here's the full panel Scratch-Off (with Vida Blue, another PC), the '84 Donruss Action All-Star, and the Squirt hanger. (Not to scale, of course)
Perma-Graphics 'credit card', and his first and only Kellogg's.
The first of many Tiffany versions in the last slot.
Double shots of Traded and Tiffany here. The '85 Traded has the bright back like the Tiffany's, but it's not shiny on the front. I may flip the Topps A's with the OPC above to get three in a row. Something might push them forward eventually.
Several nice pairings on this page. The '86 Donruss is an in-person auto that I picked up somewhere cheap. Always love those Mother's Cookies. Everyone seems to have more of these than I can ever find.
And now we jump into post-career cards. These pages are always a bit volatile when I find things from the years in between. Definitely want the '06 Greats parallels...
This is the only useful place for parallel inserts like this black bordered Rivals from Hometown Heroes, since they're just annoying if you're collecting the regular set. I don't usually try to cram more than one mini in a slot, but Dusty's are so far between, I don't have enough to quite justify a 15-pocket page...yet.
Although these Golden Age minis may help when I get more sets of all five for the other PC guys, then I'll take 'em out of the oddball binder and put 'em with each player. The backs are in reverse order. The Hindus are easier than the Monos, and the Croft's is the tough one.
The last player page. These are some of my most recent pickups. The one next to the '78-ish X Super 70's is the Aaron Judge authored set from this year.
The rest of the unusual issues. All-Star program stamp and three (consecutive?) years of Dodger Police cards.
And now the manager cards. Those Micros fortunately sit well with their regular-sized counterparts and don't cover up too much, especially oriented like this. I wouldn't try to put them in a slot by themselves unless it's a 15-pocket mini page. Oh, and another Mother's...
Subtle parallels in the early 2000's.
I had the two Ginters together on this page, but had recently rearranged them and just left space for other parallels in between the '04's and '06's.
Heritage is the saving grace for manager cards in this century. The last '64 design is a black back.
So that's what I have.
At least the Astros did something right: