i was flipping through a binder a couple of weeks ago when i noticed this 2002 topps gold label card
that is, of course, a bill buckner uniform relic card from the mlb awards ceremony insert set. it's a cubbie card all the way, with the logo, relic, photo, and 1980 topps card in the background all coming from billy buck's time with the cubs. still, i haven't parted with it because, of all the dodger players that didn't quite make it to the 1977 or 1978 teams, buckner is the one i was the most disappointed with.
i recall seeing the footage of hank aaron's 715th home run with buckner climbing the fence in left - what a great effort, i thought. that guy is awesome! then, when he led the league with a .324 average in 1980 (the reason he is featured on the card above), i was really disappointed that he wasn't still a dodger. it was pointed out to me that there was really nowhere for buckner to play on those dodger teams, unless i was willing to not have steve garvey at first or dusty baker in left, and it was due to the trade of buckner that the dodgers acquired rick monday, so i accepted the fact that buckner was not a dodger.
still, i was happy to see that topps brought him back to the blue in this year's set, giving us dodger fans a certified sticker auto in the trajectory insert set
they used the same photo (rotated) that upper deck used in the 2004 legends timeless teams set, which offered an on-card auto of the former dodger
which was the first card of buckner as a dodger i had seen since, well, 2003 in upper deck's sp authentic chirography dodger stars set. but before that, you have to go all the way to 1977 i am pretty sure.
i actually did pick up a buckner card from his days as a dodger recently. it was also a nefarious 9 want, and it completes a team set for me. it is his high numbered 1971 o-pee-chee card
buckner has been featured in a few topps releases over the past couple of years, but last year's tier one release was the only one that had him in dodger blue as far as i could tell. this year marks the first time they've put him in a dodger uniform on a non-auto card since '77 with the release of allen & ginter. that base card is on the nefarious 9, and i am looking forward to adding it to my buckner as a dodger collection.