Iconic White Sox card: Big Hurt in '90

April 7th, 2021

As part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of Topps baseball cards, we've asked fans (as well as our staff) to submit their all-time favorite baseball cards, and we've broken them down by team. We'll be revealing submissions regularly throughout the season, ranging from the famous to the weird, and everything in between.

To begin the series we'll be looking at one iconic card from each team.

Iconic White Sox card: Frank Thomas, 1990 Topps

As a top amateur player, Thomas was included in several card sets before being selected by the White Sox with the seventh overall pick in the 1989 MLB Draft. But 1990 is the first time major baseball card companies featured the future Hall of Famer.

The Topps version was submitted by Pat Flanagan and Shawn Quigley.

The “Big Hurt” was known more for his bat than his glove and actually played more than half of his career games as a designated hitter, but his first Topps card depicts him playing defense for Auburn University, his alma mater.

Thomas would go on to make his MLB debut in 1990, playing 60 games for the White Sox and hitting .330/.454/.529 with seven homers. He won back-to-back American League MVP Awards in 1993-94 and ended up spending 16 seasons with the White Sox, hitting 448 of his 521 career homers as a member of the club. Thomas’ lifetime 156 OPS+ is a top-20 mark in Major League history. -- Thomas Harrigan