This is Nowbatting19's FRED LYNN Gallery! A career perspective in cards, photos, and memorabilia. Pictured here are all of Lynn's regular Topps baseball cards from
1975-1991. Click on an image for a larger picture. To view Fred Lynn's complete baseball statistics please click HERE (Courtesy of BaseballReference.com). Also check out
Fredlynn.net - The Official website of my favorite player. Well done site by Todd Farino! Enjoy~
1975 #622 1976 #50 1976 #192 1976 #196 1977 #210 1978 #320 1979 #480 1980 #110
(Rookie card) '75 AL Batting Leaders '75 AL RBI Leaders
1980 #201 1981 #720 1981 Traded #T797 1982 #251 1982 #252 1983 #392 1983 #520 1984 #680
' 79 AL Batting Leaders In Action All Star
1985 #220 1985 Traded #T77 1986 #55 1987 #370 1988 #707 1989 #416 1990 #107 1990 #663
Turn Back The Clock '75
1990 Traded #T62 1991 #586
1977 Topps 3-card panel with Fred Lynn (from the Topps Vault)
1976 Bob Parker #11 Fred Lynn
I picked up this 3-card panel from the Topps Vault on eBay. It was pretty cheap and the 1977 Fred Lynn card
is my personal favorite. I love those mid- 1970's Red Sox uniforms. I think they only wore them from 1975 to
1978. The patch on Lynn's sleeve is a Massachusetts Bicentennial patch (1976).
This is a fairly scarce Lynn issue from 1976. Bob Parker was a famous sports
artist and in the mid-1970's a few sets of cards were issued featuring his
artwork. Many all-time greats are featured, as well as the stars of the day.
This is probably Fred Lynn's rarest baseball card- 1980 Pepsi-Cola All-Stars
Prototypes. In 1980 Topps produced a set of All-Star prototype cards for a
Pepsi promotion. For some reason the cards were never produced for the public
and only 3 sets of 22 cards, meaning only THREE OF EACH CARD were
actually made. This card is actually a "proof" card which was listed on eBay by
the Topps Vault. I am still ill about getting outbid on it... The 1980 Pepsi All
Star #6 Fred Lynn is probably his most expensive card. The 2009 Sports
Collector's Digest Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards lists for $250 in
ungraded NM condition. Hall of Famers from the set list for $1000 each. If you
have a Fred Lynn you would like to sell please email me at
email@example.com. Thanks! Tim
1980 Pepsi Cola All-Stars #6 Fred Lynn Proof card (Very rare!)
1975 SSPC #402 Fred Lynn
The autographed Fred Lynn photo above was used to create the 1975 SSPC (though not actually released until 1976) #402 baseball card (above, right). The SSPC cards are really beautiful cards; no gimmicks, just a simple
photo on the front. They are very reminiscent of the popular 1953 Bowman Color set. This card (#402) lists for .30 (in NM condition) in the 2006 SCD Standard Catalog of Baseball Cards. Considering that this is technically a
rookie card, .30 is quite a bargain. Fred Lynn's 1975 Topps #622 Rookie card lists for $8 in NM condition. If you like these SSPC cards you can find them all day long on eBay. SSPC also issued larger size cards which
featured puzzle pieces on the card backs. Called 1975 SSPC Puzzle Backs, the set also included a card of Fred Lynn (scroll down to almost the bottom of this page to see an example).
Oct. 21, 1975 AP Wire Photo "Hurt In Center" (Fred Lynn) Mar. 2, 1976 UPI Fred Lynn photo (Photo actually from 1975)
Trivia Answer: Fred Lynn was a 9-time All Star selection and hit 4 All Star Game Home Runs (1976, 1979, 1980*, 1983) including the only Grand Slam in All-Star Game competition in '83.
I think the record for All-Star HR's is 6 by Stan Musial. P.S.- I was at the 1980 Game at Dodger Stadium when Lynn hit a 2-run home run in the 5th to give the A.L. a temporary 2-0 lead.
1976 Sports Illustrated Posters Fred Lynn
I remember having this poster in 1976 or 1977. I don't know what happened to the original one, but I did pick one up on eBay. This same poster was also featured in the classic television sitcom
"Cheers," starring Ted Danson. Danson's character "Sam Malone," an ex-big leaguer who owns a Boston bar has the poster on display in his office. It features a terrific action of Fred in his follow
through. I am going to hang this poster up in my soon to be bar that I am building in my garage!!!
1976 Hostess Twinkies #1 Fred Lynn
Hostess issued baseball cards from 1976 to 1979. They were issued in 3-card panels on the bottom of product boxes and individually in smaller packages as well. Hostess "Twinkies"
cards are more scarce and have a black "band" that is easily seen in uncut panel form (usually you will still see a part of the black band if the card was well cut). The Hostess baseball
cards were intended to be cut out. My dad used to work for Hostess, so every once in awhile he would bring home some boxes and I would cut out the cards. I still have some of these to
this day. What's cool about them is that they are very inexpensive compared to Topps cards. Also, some of the photos were used on Topps cards. For instance the photo on this 1976
Hostess #1 Fred Lynn card (above, left) was also used on the 1976 Topps #192 A.L. Batting Leaders and #196 A.L. RBI Leaders cards (both featuring Fred Lynn; see gallery of Fred
Lynn's Topps cards near the top of the page).
Wire Photo featuring Sparky Anderson & Fred Lynn during the 1975 World Series
Fred Lynn played in only one World Series, the 1975 classic vs. the Cincinnati Reds. He had a very good series, batting .280 with 7 hits, including a double, home run, 3 runs, and 5 RBI's.
He also played some spectacular defense. The above wire photo shows Hall Of Fame manager Sparky Anderson talking to Fred prior to one of the games. Anderson must have liked him,
because Fred played for Anderson's Detroit Tigers from 1988 to 1990.
1977 Hostess #51 Fred Lynn
1980 Burger King Pitch, Hit & Run #18 Fred Lynn (Back view)
These cards were produced by Topps for Burger King in 1980. They are not difficult to acquire but what is cool about them is that they feature different photos than used on the regular Topps
cards. The card backs are also somewhat different with the "Pitch, Hit & Run" logo and red card backs. Pitch, Hit, & Run was a contest for kids; I am not sure if they still have it. If I remember right,
Lynn used to hold his bat higher than this. His left elbow was even with the top of his shoulders. This would be one of his last cards to feature him as a Boston Red Sox player. His last regular Topps
card showing him in a Red Sox uniform is 1981 Topps #720 (see the card gallery at the top of this page).
Fred Lynn first Sports Illustrated Cover (July 7, 1975; Great follow through!)
1981-82 Topps Color Negative Fred Lynn
This is a color negative that was in the Topps Vault depicting Fred Lynn circa 1981 or 1982. These color negatives were used (or not used) for the production of Topps baseball cards. The above image appears similar to
Lynn's 1981 Topps Traded card (#T797) and 1982 Topps #251 card (see the Topps card gallery near the top of the page), but there are slight differences. It does appear that this photo was taken in 1981 as the images
seem to be taken from the same photo shoot. Regardless, this is a terrific image of Lynn early in his career with the California Angels. Note he is wearing #8 as another player on the Halo's already had #19. Later on
(1983 I believe) Fred was able to go back to his old number 19. Speaking of #19, the reason Lynn chose that number was that he originally wore #8 in college at USC but when he went to the Red Sox, #8 was taken
(Yaz, of course). So he chose 19, which was 9 minus 1 (8). As Fred stated in a letter to me, "a useless bit of trivia for you." (I had asked him why he chose #19). My website, Nowbatting19.com is my tribute to my favorite
player. For my complete interview with Fred Lynn (2004) click HERE to go to the Official Fred Lynn website (www.fredlynn.net) Thanks Fred! Tim
1985 O-Pee-Chee #220 Fred Lynn (Back view)
If you are a Fred Lynn fan and want to collect ALL of his cards (good luck!), you are going to need to not only pick up his Topps cards but also the O-Pee-Chee cards (Topps counterpart in Canada). What's cool
about the O-Pee-Chee cards is that sometimes there are differences from the regular Topps cards. Excluding the obvious English & French text on the card backs, differences include card stock, card numbers and
picture cropping differences. This 1985 O-Pee-Chee #220 Fred Lynn features the same image as his regular 1985 Topps #220 card (see above Topps Gallery of Fred Lynn cards near the top of this page), but
note the O-Pee-Chee card has Lynn as a Baltimore Oriole and also has a notation near the top right which says "Free Agent With Orioles 12-11-84." The regular 1985 Topps Fred Lynn card has the Angels listed as
his team with no reference to his free agent signing with Baltimore. Fun issue to collect.
|1976 Fred Lynn Iron On Transfer
1975 UPI Wire Photo Fred Lynn making a diving catch in '75 World Series
More than anything, this is what I remember Fred Lynn for; the diving, sprawling, tumbling, crashing Fred Lynn in his pursuit of any ball hit in his vicinity. Fred Lynn prided himself on his defense and
he won 4 Gold Gloves in his career (including 1975, his rookie season). The above photo, taken from the SPORT magazine archives shows one of Lynn's great catches against Dave Concepcion of
the Reds in the '75 Fall Classic. Keep in mind that this was before ESPN and instant in-your-face replays that are played over and over and over and over again. But I kid you not, Lynn was the best
centerfielder of his era.
1975 Wire Photo Fred Lynn (in batting cage) Jan. 29, 1976 UPI Photo "Friendly Foes" (Fred Lynn, Pete Rose)
Dunkin' Donuts Pawtucket 25th Annivesary Fred Lynn 1977 Royal Crown Cola MLB Fred Lynn can
I normally don't post "newer" issues but I'll make an exception here. I am not sure of the exact year of this Dunkin Donuts Pawtucket Red Sox 25th Anniversary All-Star Fred Lynn card (above left), but these
cards were issued in sheet form with perforations so that the cards could be easily removed. This is a great image of a young Fred Lynn before he was called up to the Boston Red Sox for good. According to their
commercials, "American Runs On Dunkin'" I don't think so.
In 1977 RC Cola ("Royal Crown" Cola; above right) produced soda can with baseball & football players on them; this can features Fred in just his 3rd big league season. Note the lifetime batting mark of .338 after
the 1976 season! You can pick these MLB player cans for pretty cheap on eBay.
1984 Topps #680 Fred Lynn pre-production proof cards
Fred Lynn accepted a trade to the Angels in 1981 after the Red Sox failed to mail his contract offer in time. He suffered a dismal and injury plagued first year in Anaheim. Lynn batted a career low .219 with 5 HRs
and 31 RBIs, playing in only 76 games for the Angels. However Lynn came back in 1982, batting .299 with 21 HRs and 86 RBIs in leading the Angels to the ALCS. The Angels lost that series to the Milwaukee
Brewers; however Fred Lynn was voted the series MVP, batting .611 with 11 base hits (two doubles, HR) 5 RBIs, 4 runs scored, and 2 bases on balls. Lynn was to have two more productive seasons with the Halo's
before he signed as a free agent with the Orioles after the 1984 season. For his career, Fred Lynn averaged 87 runs, 32 doubles, 25 HRs, 91 RBIs and a .285 batting mark (162 game schedule average). Coupled
with the fact that Lynn was also a Gold Glove centerfielder, batting champ, won the AL Rookie of the Year and AL MVP Award, and was a 9-time All-Star, you would think he would have gotten more respect in the
Hall of Fame balloting. Injuries cut short Lynn's career and his statistics, however Fred Lynn was one of the best players of his era and you can't take that away from him.
1982 Fred Lynn (Angels) original photograph 1983 Fred Lynn photograph (sweet swing!)
1977 Venezuela Topps Sticker#144 Fred Lynn 1977 Topps #210 Fred Lynn
This 1977 Topps Fred Lynn card (above, right) is one of my favorite Fred Lynn cards. The card on the left is actually a very scarce 1977 Venezuelan Topps Sticker #144 Fred Lynn.
The Venezuela Topps Stickers are very fragile and survivors tend to be in bad shape. Notice the crude printing between the two cards. Topps printed cards for the Venezuelan market in the years
1959, 1960, 1962, 1964, 1966, 1967, 1968. They also produced stickers in both 1972 & 1977. All Topps Venezuelan issues are extremely scarce and usually found in lower grades due
to the common practice of pasting the cards/stickers in albums.
1976 Fred Lynn advertisement for Wilson baseball Gloves
As a result of Lynn's disregard for outfield walls (see the Lynn advertisement for Wilson Gloves above) Lynn was frequently injured, which is the reason he is not in the Hall of Fame today. The Boston
press unfairly called him "Fragile Freddy" but Lynn gave baseball all that he had and then some. He was frequently seen on "This Week In Baseball" making impossible catches (remember this was
before ESPN and highlights over and over (and over) again) and he was a regular outfielder on the American League All-Star squad.
Fred Lynn belting Grand Slam Home Run in 1983 All-Star Game (only Grand Slam in All-Star Game history)
1976 Sports Challenge Record Fred Lynn "Has Incredible Day In Detroit"
1979 NBC Press Photo Fred Lynn
Here are a couple of early Fred Lynn wire photos from 1975. The first one (above left) shows Lynn after he crashed into Fenway's center field wall during the '75 World Series. This was
before the wall was padded. Because of Lynn's aggressive style of play, he was frequently injured and as a result he didn't have the statistics he could have had. Some players are blessed
with longevity (Hank Aaron, Willie Mays, Cal Ripken, etc.) but Lynn spent quite a bit of time on the DL or playing hurt. Regardless, Lynn was a fan favorite wherever he played: Boston,
Anaheim, Detroit, San Diego. The photo on the right shows a picture of Fred from 1975 and the caption talks about Lynn "willing to sign a three-year package them (Boston Red Sox) for
TRIVIA QUESTION: How many All-Star Game Home Runs did Fred Lynn hit in is career? Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the answer!
While we have pictured all of Fred Lynn's regular TOPPS cards at the top of this page, this by no means is every Fred Lynn baseball card issued. On the contrary, you have hundreds, if not thousands of different Fred
Lynn issues over the years, both during his career and after. To collect every card of Fred Lynn would be virtually impossible, especially the ultra-rare 1980 Pepsi Cola All Stars Fred Lynn card (made by Topps for
Pepsi), of which only 2 exist. But in general, most Lynn cards can be found and are very inexpensive as well. Some well known baseball card issues that included Fred Lynn are Donruss, Fleer, Hostess, O-Pee-Chee
(Topps cards printed in Canada), Upper Deck, and more. Among my personal favorites (besides the Topps and O-Pee-Chee cards) are Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars cards. Kelloggs issued these cards beginning in
1970 and the 1976 set included a Fred Lynn card. Kelloggs featured Lynn several times as back in the day Fred Lynn was considered a true "Super Star" and a potential Hall of Famer. Of the top of my head I know
that Kelloggs had a Fred Lynn card in 1976, 1979, 1980, 1981 and 1983. These are all extremely affordable; most can be had for around a buck or two. Graded examples (like the 1983 Kellogg's 3-D #51 Fred
Lynn, above) by reputable grading services (currently BGS, PSA, and SGC) in high grade will sell for more.
1983 Kellogg's 3-D #51 Fred Lynn
Nowbatting19's Fred Lynn Photo Gallery (Click on image for enlarged scan; more photos coming soon!)
Got to see Fred Lynn and his lovely wife Natalie in Anaheim yesterday (Feb. 19) and Fred looks great! Looks like he can still play. Natalie told me that Fred is to be inducted into the Ted Williams Museum Hitters Hall Of
Fame at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg Florida on June 15, 2011. Fred will be honored before the game (Rays vs. Red Sox), so be sure to be at the game early to see Fred's induction! For more information check out the Ted
Williams Museum & Hitters Hall of Fame by clicking this link: http://www.tedwilliamsmuseum.com/events/ (Fred is also enshrined in the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame and College World Series Hall of Fame!) Congratulations
|June 18, 1975 Wide World Photos (Fred Lynn on phone after game)
Fred Lynn had his greatest offensive game ever on June 18, 1975 at Tiger Stadium. He walloped 3 HRs, hit a triple and a single and 10 RBIs! Lynn's 16 total bases in that game was an
American League record. The following year Sports Challenge issued these cool glossy "records" that had a picture of the player along with a famous baseball highlight. These "albums" are fairly
scarce today and are very nice collectibles. Not only was Fred Lynn featured, but also Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Bobby Thomson, Frank Robinson and more. "Sports Challenge" was a television
game show that featured many notable figures in the world of sports. Two "teams" of former athletes would try and find out the name of the "mystery " guest. They used to show reruns of this show
on ESPN Classic cable channel but I have not seen it in awhile. Maybe you can find an episode on Youtube.
1976 Topps #50 Fred Lynn (Autographed "To Tim") My daughter Victoria, me and my All-Time Hero Fred Lynn! (photo courtesy of Natalie Lynn)
I am not a wealthy guy and I am thankful for what I have. But the one thing that I do have that I will never part with (until the day I meet the Lord) is this 1976 Topps #50 Fred Lynn bubble gum card (above left). Fred
signed this for me yesterday (February 19, 2011 in Anaheim CA) and while I am 47 years old I felt like a kid again. Here was my all-time hero and I got a signed card, hand shake (actually 3 of them), and my picture taken
with Fred by his wife Natalie! My daughter Victoria also got to meet her favorite player (Fred had called and wished her a Happy Birthday a few years ago when she was just 8) and she got her photo taken with him as well.
Thanks so much Fred! I should also thank you for the premature wrecking of my body that I did emulating your style of play in the field! Ha-ha! Thanks Fred & Natalie! Sincerely, Tim & Victoria Pulcifer
Hee hee, just kidding! (That's me on the top left)
1976 Topps Vault Fred Lynn Photograph 1977 Topps Vault Fred Lynn Photograph
I saw this cool 1976 Topps Fred Lynn photograph (swinging pose, left) on eBay via the Topps Vault. The image was not used on Lynn's regular 1976 Topps #50 gum card, but it was
used on 1976 Topps #192 1975 A.L. Batting Leaders, and #196 1975 A.L. RBI Leaders (see the Topps Gallery at the top of this page). This image was also used for the 1976 Hostess (& Hostess
Twinkies) #1 Fred Lynn card (which is pictured higher up on this page). The image on the right was taken by Topps but never used on a baseball card. Terrific photo of Fred though!
1988 Score Glossy #42 Fred Lynn 1990 Score Traded #20T Fred Lynn (Back view)
I normally don't collect "newer" or "modern" baseball card issues but with Fred Lynn I make exceptions. Pictured above are some nice looking Score cards (now defunct) that came out in the late 1980's through 1990's. That
was a good, or bad time for collectors, depending on whether or not you wanted to be deluged with tons of baseball cards. For me it was a bit much. It used to be you could pick up every single card of your favorite player.
It was fairly easy as there was basically only one card manufacturer from 1956-1980... Topps Chewing Gum. But in the 1980's card collecting became hugh, due in no small part to baby boomers who were willing to shell
out big bucks for cards of their youth. Seeing this, a myriad of companies began producing mass quantities of cards. Enough so that these cards are essentially "worthless" today in terms of dollar value. Most of these
companies have come and gone with the wind and so did thousands of baseball card shops and other speculators. "Good riddance" I say. As is the American Way we have a terrible tendency to ruin everything by putting
an outrageous dollar amount to it (new automobiles, real estate in large cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco, etc. come to mind). The bottom line is if you have enough money to spend 3 million dollars on a BASEBALL
CARD, you have too much money on your hands. Now for the good; these cards of your favorite players are ridiculously cheap and so easy to acquire. Just go on eBay, type your favorite player's name in the SEARCH box
and click enter. Chances are you will find hundreds (if not thousands) of cards from the 1980's- present day, and most are dirt cheap.
I particularly enjoy these Score cards. The 1988 Score Glossy #42 Fred Lynn baseball (above) card was similar to the regular Score card but had extra gloss on the card fronts. They were produced in limited numbers
compared to the millions of regular cards produced. Note Lynn's "picture perfect" swing! The 1990 Score Traded #20T Fred Lynn card is one of the few cards to picture him with a glove. Other "modern" issues (1981 to
present day) to picture Fred Lynn include Donruss, Fleer, Topps, Upper Deck, and many many others.
1975 SSPC Puzzle Backs Fred Lynn
SSPC issued a major baseball trading card set in 1975-76 (scroll up the page a bit for the regular SSPC cards). Also issued were larger size cards featuring the stars of the day. Featured
among them is our hero Fred Lynn. These cards are referred to as "SSPC Puzzle Backs" as the individual card backs could be pieced together to form a puzzle. Very affordable early Fred Lynn
SSPC also featured Fred Lynn in their 1978 Boston Red Sox Team album. The album included a sheet of uncut cards of the Red Sox, which were intended to be cut out as "single" cards. Lynn,
Rice, Yaz, Dewey, Fisk, and even a card of special Red Sox batting coach Ted Williams are included. These are not that easy to find but are pretty affordable nonetheless.
This is a pretty obscure Red Sox baseball card issue. According to the 2011 Sports Collector's Digest Standard Catalog Of Baseball Cards (Krause Publications) the origins of this issue are "unclear," but likely a team
issue. There is no identification markings to help determine it's origins. The Catalog simply lists them as "1979 Boston Red Sox." The fact is, these are pretty scarce. I have had the Fred Lynn card from this (24 card) set on
my want list for quite some time. Just picked these up on eBay for about $1.44 a card. Which is pretty much what the catalog lists them for ($1.50 for EX condition "commons") so it's not like I got a steal or anything. And
while Yaz, Fisk and Rice were missing, I did get 16 cards (plus 2 duplicates) including Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley (center row, left), Dwight Evans (not pictured), and Fred Lynn (top row, right). The Lynn has some
staining issues and is low grade; however when was the last time you saw these cards? '79??? By the way if you have any further information on these cards please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks! Tim
1976 Wiffle Discs Fred Lynn 1976 Boston Red Sox Pocket Schedule (Fred Lynn)
Here are a couple of misc. Fred Lynn items. Some collectors call these "Oddball" items as they are not your typical baseball "cards." Wiffle ball has been around a long time, it is a hollow plastic ball (about
baseball size) with lots of holes in it. The purpose of the holes is that when you throw the ball it moves all over the place. It's a lot of fun (try it sometime!). So this disc featuring Fred Lynn was issued by Wiffle Ball
sometime after 1975 (note the photo is the same one that Topps used for Lynn's rookie card; see Fred Lynn Gallery of Topps Baseball cards near the top of this page). The same photo was used on numerous
"oddball" Fred Lynn discs that were issued by Holiday Inn and various restaurants during the 1970's.
1979 Boston Red Sox lot of 9 cards including Fred Lynn (top row, right)
(Back view of the Fred Lynn card)
Anyone know anything about this 1979 Red Sox Issue??? These are listed in the
Sports Collector's Digest Standard Catalog Of Baseball Cards under "1979 Boston
Red Sox" but the origins are unclear. It is most likely a Red Sox team issue or some
sort of regional issue from the Boston area. Any help out there would be much
appreciated! Thank you! Email: email@example.com
1976 Topps #50 Fred Lynn
Note Fred's uniform number (8) in the above photo. He wore number 8 at USC and would have worn #8 with the Boston Red Sox if not for the fact that number 8 was already taken by a
future Hall of Famer Carl Yastrzemski (who's number was fittingly retired by the Red Sox after his retirement). So Fred went with number 19. When he was traded to the Angels he wore
number 8 but later switched back to 19.