1984 TOPPS PROOF TOM SEAVER
I’m going to skip straight to the big twist here: this post ends with Tom Seaver‘s head in a box.
But fear not, gentle reader, there is no Se7en-style gothic gore attached to our narrative.
Oh, there’s some heartbreak, sure. Seaver returned to the Mets in a late-1982 trade with the Reds that sent Jason Felice, Lloyd McClendon, and Charlie Puleo to Cincinnati. After a thoroughly decent 1983, the Mets left him unprotected and the White Sox scooped him up as a free-agent compensation pick. And we all cried 1977 tears…
The 1984 Topps Traded set pictured Seaver in his White Sox company-picnic softball uniform, but his regular issue card captured him in game action with the Mets. This card also carried a small portrait photo on the front, with the crown of Seaver’s Mets cap breaking the frame.
Topps was apparently a bit conflicted regarding exactly how to present the portrait photos in this set. At some point in production, they ran a proof sheet of 66 cards in which the head shots were contained completely within the frame.