500 Homerun Club – Milestone Collections

barry_bondsFor some reason I was looking up members of the Major League Baseball’s 500 HR Club the other night.  Currently there are 25 members of this exclusive club, the first was Babe Ruth who hit his 500th HR on August 11, 1929.  The last person to join the club was Gary Sheffield who hit his 500th HR on April 17, 2009.

500 HR Club Members
Barry Bonds (762) – Pictured to the right.
Hank Aaron (755)
Babe Ruth (714)
Willie Mays (660)
Alex Rodriguez (647)
Ken Griffey Jr. (630)
Jim Thome (612)
Sammy Sosa (609)
Frank Robinson (586)
Mark McGwire (583)
Harmon Killebrew (573)
Rafael Palmeiro (569)
Reggie Jackson (563)
Manny Ramirez (555)
Mike Schmidt (548)
Mickey Mantle (536)
Jimmie Foxx (534)
Ted Williams (521)
Willie McCovey (521)
Frank Thomas (521)
Ernie Banks (512)
Eddie Mathews (512)
Mel Ott (511)
Gary Sheffield (509)
Eddie Murray (504)

My first thought was to start collecting all the cards of these players that I could.  After thinking about that for a minute or two I determined that would be a monumental task not to mention quite expensive.  So instead of that I am going to hunt down the Topps trading card for each of the 500 HR Club members from the year they became members.  There are a few high priced cards in this collection; 1965 Topps Willie Mays ($75.00/$150.00), 1967 Topps Mickey Mantle ($175.00/$350.00), 1968 Topps Hank Aaron ($30.00/$60.00), 1970 Ernie Banks ($20.00/$50.00), Harmon Killebrew ($10.00/$25.00) and Frank Robinson ($12.50/$40.00).  This set may not be complete for awhile unless I win the lottery!  After doing a little research I discovered there would be 4 players that I would not be able to find cards for; Ted Williams (1960 – No card), Mel Ott (1945 – No Topps Set), Jimmie Foxx (1940 – No Topps Set) and Babe Ruth (1929 – No Topps Set).  My first two cards in the set are Reggie Jackson and Mike Schmidt who were the #13 and #14 members respectively.

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Reggie Jackson – 1984 Topps #100

Homerun #500: September 17, 1984
Team: California Angels
Seasons: 1967-1987
Total Homeruns: 563

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Mike Schmidt – 1987 Topps #430

Homerun #500: April 18, 1987
Team: Philadelphia Phillies
Seasons: 1972-1989
Total Homeruns: 548

Albert Pujols should be the next player to join the 500 HR Club and I got his card waiting!  He started the season with 475 career home runs and currently (May 24, 2013) sits at 483.  Topps even recognized it on their Albert Pujols card from 2013 Topps Series 1 set.

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Albert Pujols – 2013 Topps Series 1 #266

Homerun #500: TBD  (I am predicting September 11, 2013 @ Toronto Blue Jays.)
Team: Los Angeles Angels
Seasons: 2001 – Present
Total Homeruns: 583 (Current as of May 24, 2013)

So there is the start of my first Milestone Collection.  Future Milestone Collections as of today include; 3,000 Hit Club, 300 Win Club and 3,000 “K”.  Stay tuned for posts about those soon.

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  1. #1 by JT on May 24, 2013 - 8:39 pm

    That’s a great idea!

  2. #2 by Jason Culley on May 24, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    Thanks JT! Should be fun!

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