Monday, April 16, 2018

1990 Topps Minis #11: Ivan Calderon

In our mission to explore the entire 1990 Topps Mini League Leaders set, so far we've seen the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, and California Angels.  Moving through the AL in alphabetical order by geographic signifier, our next team is the Chicago White Sox.  We're at card #11, Ivan Calderon.
#11, Ivan Calderon.
Calderon played in the majors from 1984 through 1993, largely mirroring my period of intense interest in baseball.  In those years he started out with Seattle, played several years with the White Sox, spent some time in Montreal, had half a season in Boston, and ended his career with a brief return to the White Sox.  He hit 104 home runs in his career, with a high of 28 in 1987.  He had 444 career RBI, with a high of 87 in 1989.  Calderon made the All-Star team once, in 1991 with Montreal.
Card back.
Calderon earned his way into the 1990 Topps League Leaders set by tying for fourth in the AL in triples with 9.  The card back goes on to say that he was 8th in at-bats with 622 and 10th in doubles with 34.  In each of 1987 and in 1990, he placed 3rd in the AL in doubles, with 38 and 44, respectively.

Thanks for reading!  The next installment in this series will be card #12, Bobby Thigpen, also of the Chicago White Sox.


  1. I remember Calderon, from cards, but never would have imagined he'd be in a set because of triples. For some reason, I thought he was more of a middle of the lineup, power guy.

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    1. I agree, I vaguely remember him as a power hitter.