1986 Topps Wallpaper

The 1986 MLB season is the first that I can remember. The main reason that I remember it was 1986, I think, is that it was the year that I started collecting baseball cards — those Topps cards being so recognizable to me now.

While I grew up in Milwaukee, one of my mom’s best friends lived in Long Island at the time and was/is a huge Mets fan. Starting in 1986, he would collect all of the Mets cards from the year’s Topps set and send them to me. I remember Darryl Strawberry and Gary Carter being big, though I wouldn’t comprehend the extent of their greatness or tragedy until twenty years later.

Until the Brewers moved to the National League in 1994, I was a casual Mets fan, as baseball cards still provided a big percentage of my insight into the game. (We didn’t have cable TV in my house when I was growing up.) Even after the switching of leagues, with the divisional realignment and the massive suckitude of the Brew Crew in the 1990s and early 2000s, I felt I could still root for the Mets. One of my favorite moments as a baseball fan was wearing the t-shirt jersey of one of my all-time favorite players, Rickey Henderson, while I watched him play for the Mets at possibly the shittiest stadium of all time, old Shea Stadium.

114.1 career WAR; all-time leader in SWAG.

But anyway, this isn’t really about me, though now you know a bit about where I come from as a fan. Really, this is about the potential that ephemera holds for baseball fans — to start, jog, or create the memories that entrench us in the game. In honor of this, I have started putting together images of Topps cards that can be used as desktop wallpapers. The images are fairly high res, and are designed for 15-inch screens.

Below is the first of said, for your enjoyment. I’m currently working on another version of the 1986 Topps wallpaper that will include twice as many cards. Then, it’s on to 1987 and that beautiful wood border. I’ll continue to post them here when I have them.

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  1. Dandy Salderson says:

    Vuckovich was a Vulcan?

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  2. Dandy Salderson says:

    Nothing says 40-year-old-virgin like baseball card wallpaper.

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  3. Jamie says:

    Why is it that Keith Hernandez has the best mustache of all time, while Dave Kingman looks like one’s creepy uncle? The mysteries of life.
    Also Rudy Law seems to have been Fred McGriff’s inspiration. From the mustache to the smile that almost looks like the same guy.

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    • Ron Hunt says:

      The mustache which is the adornment of Keith Hernandez does not equal what Pete Vukovich has permitted to dwell o’er lip to curve of chin; it is one third the equal if a number must be quoted. Pete’s visage, looking out from the 1996 Topps card, in fact, became a reference for grotesquery at my home. More a specimen for his pitching jacket which disguises uniform or affiliation, and for that his presence in the company of baseball cards was haunting. Jon Rauch, ha. The league is so soft nowadays, as Humboldt fog.

      And for my disdain of Keith Hernandez might I add that Rich Gossage, doing his best Boss Godfrey, has a mustache so feathery and renown that it may be sought after for by moneyed geese for warmth, or so I’ve heard.

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  4. olethros says:

    I’m fairly confident that all of those cards, along with most of their brethren, lie quiscent in a box in my basement even as we speak.

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  5. Guy says:

    Can you do one without the word Yankees on it?

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  6. Greg K says:

    This is awesome.

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  7. Resolution says:

    Needs more Boggs

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    • Yeah, in retrospect I really should have gone with Boggs instead of Clemens.

      I remember when the Red Sox came to town (Milwaukee) I used to scream at Boggs for cheating on his wife–something that my mother told me about. How little I knew then, haha.

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  8. mattmaison says:

    Bo and Bonds were part of the Traded set… Does that count?

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  9. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Brilliant, Baumann.

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  10. Brian says:

    This is great! Any chance you could do a version optimized for a 17- and 24-inch screen??

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    • I am actually working on version that would be optimized for different screens. I think in a (near-)future post that I will include several versions that vary by year, screen size, scope, etc.

      Keep and eye out. :)

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  11. Larry Smith Jr. says:

    The ’86 season is also the first I can remember, and I know this for the exact same reason that you do. Glad to see that I’m not alone.

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  12. Tristan says:

    Would absolutely make that my desktop background right now if it didn’t have Clemens in it

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  13. reillocity says:

    Thank you. While you’re at it, please also prepare a JPG wallpaper featuring the backs of those very same cards so that I can print it out and affix it to my laptop’s cover.

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  14. Jimmy Dahmer says:

    I was 7 in 1986 when someone gave me a bunch of baseball cards. I was hooked! I credit baseball cards and the stats on the back for my advanced understanding of math, algebra, and eventually calculus in high school and college.

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  15. dscottncc says:

    This is why i am keeping this wallpaper up for at least a month. BO JACKSON is right dab in the middle

    Are you thinking what I’m thinking pinky???


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