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Collecting Astros, Nolan Ryan

Posted by houstoncollector on March 30, 2008

The Ryan Express. Even though he went into the Hall of Fame as a Ranger, I will always be a fan of Nolan Ryan. Most of my collection of him are base and inserts, with one GU and one oddball that I cannot find information about (scan forthcoming). There’re so many cards I’d love to have of him, including Autographs, but of course the holy grails are the 1968 Topps and 1968 Topps Venezuelan issues.

Naturally, what I have is after the cut.

1973: Topps LL (w/ Steve Carlton)

1978: Topps LL (w/ Phil Niekro), ATL (w/ Walter Johnson)

1982: Topps HL, Topps TL, Topps

1984: Topps

1985: Donruss, Topps #7, Topps #760

1986: Topps

1987: Fleer, Topps

1988: Donruss, Fleer, Topps #6, Topps #250

1989: Donruss, Fleer, Topps, Topps Traded, Upper Deck TC

1990: Donruss, Donruss 5000K, Donruss KING, K-Mart, Post, Score, Score HL, Topps, Upper Deck SPEC, Upper Deck

1991: Donruss, Donruss Bonus Cards, Fleer, Pacific Ryan Texas Express I (33, 43, 46, 48, 49, 50, 51, 52, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73, 98, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 110), Score, Score KM, Ultra, Ultra EP, Ultra CL, Upper Deck, Upper Deck Ryan Heroes 13, 17, 18

1992: Donruss HL, Donruss, Fleer, Fleer RS, Fleer PV, Leaf, Pacific Texas Ryan Express II (120, 123, 124, 125, 129, 132, 133, 135, 140, 150, 153, 155, 161, 171, 180, 189, 192, 194, 208, 209), Pinnacle, Score, Stadium Club MC, Stadium Club, Topps #1, Topps #4, U.S. Playing Cards All-Stars

1993: Fleer, Leaf, Pacific Ryan 27th Season (223, 249), Pinnacle, Post, Ryan Whataburger 3rd No-Hitter, Ryan Whataburger 300th Win, Stadium Club, Studio, Topps, Topps Gold, Triple Play, Upper Deck CH, Upper Deck

1994: Collector’s Choice, Topps

1999: Topps

2001: Topps

2002: Sweet Spot Classic

2003: Playoff Portraits, Topps 205, Topps Record Breaker #6

2004: Leaf Exhibits 1939-46 Sincerely Left

2005: Classic Clippings Cut of History Single Jersey Blue, Diamond Kings HOF Heroes #14, Diamond Kings HOF Heroes Framed Red #41

2006: Topps Co-Signers, Topps Rookie of the Week

The only GU I have of Nolan Ryan is the 2005 Classic Clippings Cut of History. It’s a single white swatch, but it’s of a HOF and someone I cherish, so I’m happy with it.

Also, I have one card I can’t find any information on.  As far as I can tell it’s a 1991 Sports/Educational card, but that doesn’t tell me anything.  If you know anything, please let me know.

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