As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, we’ve asked fans (as well as our staff) to submit their all-time favorite baseball cards, and we’ve broken them down by team. We’ll be revealing submissions regularly throughout the season, ranging from the famous to the weird, and everything in between.
Fred McGriff, 1998 SkyBox Dugout Access
It seemed that former All-Star after former All-Star joined the Rays in their early years — Wade Boggs, Jose Canseco and Fred McGriff immediately come to mind.
Here we find a gorgeous card of McGriff, whom the Braves sold to the expansion Rays in 1997 after a tremendous run of slugging in Atlanta.
McGriff was dubbed the “Crime Dog” since his last name sounded similar to “McGruff,” the popular cartoon public service announcement dog from the 1990s. Combine that nickname with the high finish of McGriff’s unique swing, and you quite possibly will have the perfect McGriff card.
That’s what we see with this 1998 SkyBox…