There are, however, also several lesser-known guys. Ron Swoboda, for example, is a guy I wasn't familiar with before collecting this set. He didn't have a very noteworthy career besides getting hot near the end of the 1969 season, helping the Miracle Mets win it all that year.
Another guy I hadn't heard of is Cesar Geronimo. Apparently he played for the Reds at some point. That's all I know about him. You can post an informative comment if you like, but otherwise I'll just stay in the dark for now and enlighten myself on his illustrious career at a later date, probably when I get his auto card.
What's crazy is that said card was on eBay recently, and I bid on it, but it ended up at nearly $70 with shipping! I was not the winning bidder, sorry to say.
I did, however, get the Bob Gibson and Ozzie Smith cards I needed from the set this week for less than that. Ozzie for about $60, and Bob for about $50. Now these are guys I know of! How did the little-remembered Geronimo go for more than them? It kinda boggles my mind. I guess a couple Cesar fans just bid it up between themselves? Oh well, hopefully next time it goes for a more reasonable price and I'm able to add it to my collection.
I've also gotten a few other cards towards my goal since the last time I posted about this set. I've currently got 56 down, with 20 left to go. (If/when the day comes I complete my goal [or at least am on the cusp of doing so], I'll do a breakdown giving each card its due.)
2004 Topps Retired Signature Edition
Red = Need it
Green = Got it
Orange = I got 2 of it (my orange for your red trade offers welcomed!)
Group A: Cal Ripken; Nolan Ryan; Carl Yastrzemski; Robin Yount;
Group B: Hank Aaron; Ernie Banks; Stan Musial; Duke Snider
Group C: Johnny Bench; Yogi Berra; Whitey Ford; Bob Gibson; Dwight Gooden; Tony Gwynn; Don Mattingly; Brooks Robinson; Mike Schmidt; Tom Seaver; Ozzie Smith
Group D: Wade Boggs; John Candelaria; Jose Canseco; Gary Carter; Carlton Fisk; Ralph Kiner; Paul Molitor; Paul O'Neill; Frank Robinson; Ryne Sandberg; Darryl Strawberry; Don Zimmer;
Group E: Buddy Bell; Rod Carew; Bucky Dent; Rob Dibble; Dennis Eckersley; Tony Fernandez; Rollie Fingers; George Foster; Ceasar Geronimo; Kirk Gibson; Goose Gossage; Orel Hershiser; Al Hrabosky; Greg Luzinski; Tony Oliva; Dave Parker; Jimmy Piersall; Alan Trammell;
Group F: Davey Lopes;
Group G: Tony Armas; Vida Blue; Tom Brunansky; Bill Buckner; Orlando Cepeda; Darren Daulton; Darrell Evans; Bobby Grich; Ferguson Jenkins; Wally Joyner; Jimmy Key; Ron Kittle; Bill Madlock; Jack McDowell; Dale Murphy; Graig Nettles; Al Oliver; Bobby Richardson; Ron Santo; Dave Stieb; Bruce Sutter; Ron Swoboda; Luis Tiant; Earl Weaver; Maury Wills;
Group H: Elroy Face