Dwight Evans is one of the most popular Red Sox players in the storied history of the franchise. His career spanned more than two decades, allowing Dwight Evans cards to appear on the checklists of some of the best baseball sets from the era, along with numerous other products following his retirement in the early 1990s. This list looks at the best cards for the Hall-worthy outfielder.
Dwight "Dewey" Evans first appeared for the Red Sox in 1972. His career would intersect with many Hall of Famers during his time in Boston, including Carl Yastrzemski, Carlton Fisk, Roger Clemens and Dennis Eckersley. Dwight Evans won eight Gold Gloves manning right field in Fenway, but was also was a threat at the plate, ending his career with almost 400 home runs and nearly 2,500 hits. Even with his strong numbers, he had to share a Hall of Fame ballot with Nolan Ryan, George Brett and Robin Yount in his third year of eligibility (1999). He was removed from the HOF ballot after that season. As such, his only chance for Cooperstown is to be voted in as a Modern Baseball Era finalist.
Collectors can find the Dwight Evans rookie card in 1973 Topps. The timing of Evans' career placed his latter years squarely during the "junk wax era". This means the majority of collectors place a heavy emphasis on his earliest cards. There are also plenty of oddball issues featuring Dwight Evans that have become hobby favorites.
Dwight Evans has been featured in numerous modern baseball card products, too, especially during the first years of the 2000s. Whether you are a modern collector who has been introduced to Dewey in recent years, or someone who enjoyed his cards while he was an active player, Evans' more recent cards are generally well-received as they have provided a decent selection of certified autographs and relic cards.
This guide narrows down several decades of Dwight Evans cards into a list that highlights the best options. It starts with his pre-rookie cards and moves into the more current releases, choosing some of the very best and most in-demand cards along the way.
Top 10 Dwight Evans Baseball Cards
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10. 1991 Topps Desert Shield Dwight Evans #155
The 1991 Topps Desert Shield Baseball set is one of the hidden gems from the early 1990s. Topps gave a very limited number of these 1991 Topps Baseball-style sets out to troops who served in the first Gulf War. All the Desert Shield cards can be identified by the small gold logo in the top left-hand corner. The cards can be difficult to find as their popularity has increased in recent years. High-grade copies can be particularly tough, and often quite costly. As for Evans, many of his collectors love the landscape action shot on the '91 card, which has made it a popular choice for design reasons. This Desert Shield version adds a slight degree of difficulty to a card from the era of overproduction.
9. 1975 Kellogg's 3-D Super Stars Dwight Evans #38
The 1975 Kellogg's Dwight Evans card is one of his better oddball offerings. The front of these lenticular cards often crack or have other imperfections that have made them a challenge to collect. The cards were originally placed in cereal boxes or could be collected through a mail-in offer. This Kellogg's card is not a Dwight Evans rookie card, but is an important one from early in his career. The small, food-based set is full of noteworthy players and it was one of the first card products to place Evans amongst the upper echelon of baseball stars.
8. 1974 Topps Dwight Evans #351
Evans' first appearance on a Topps card in 1973 was shared with other outfield prospects. That makes his 1974 Topps card his first solo card and cherished by his collectors. The white-bordered product was the first year that Topps made their flagship release into a single series and sold factory sets through the JC Penny catalog. This Evans card is not particularly expensive, nor difficult to find, but still popular within his fan base. Clean, raw copies and high-grades are usually reasonable in price.
7. 1976 Hostess Dwight Evans #87
Evans made several different appearances in the Hostess baseball card sets during the 1970s. The Hostess set is condition-sensitive since collectors had to cut the cards out of the panels of snack boxes. It is possible to still find intact cards attached to the panels, which are also popular. His first Hostess card was in 1975, but it used the picture on his 1974 Topps card. His 1976 Hostess card had a unique photograph, and it also shared a panel with Hall of Fame first baseman Tony Perez, who was on the Red Sox with Evans for several years in the early 1980s. This 1976 Hostess card is inexpensive as a raw card, but high-grade copies can be costly.
6. 2003 SP Authentic Chirography Doubles Dwight Evans, Carlton Fish Autograph #/75
It's remarkable how many Hall of Famers were on the Red Sox during Dwight Evans' time in Boston. Card manufacturers made several dual cards of Evans featuring other Cooperstown-enshrined teams over the years, but this dual signature card of Carlton Fisk and Dwight Evans from their annual autograph-laden SP Authentic release is a key choice amongst his collectors. This pair shined during the American League Championship Series and World Series during the fall of 1976, cementing their place in Red Sox lore. Upper Deck also produced a triple autograph card of Evans with fellow outfielders Fred Lynn and Jim Rice in the 2004 Upper Deck Legends product.
5. 2001 Topps Archives Autograph Dwight Evans #TAA-135
2001 Archives celebrated some of the top MLB stars for the card manufacturer's 50th anniversary. Like all players, Dwight Evans was given two cards in the base checklist, which were reproductions of his rookie card and final card, along with an autograph. Many of the players from Evans' era shared rookie cards with multiple subjects. In these instances, the players appeared on a modified version of their first-year cards that eliminated the other players on both their base and autographed card. His Archives autographs are not too difficult to find and offer collectors a great on-card signature. For teams like the Red Sox, the product also offered a very deep checklist of beloved players.
4. 1975 Topps Dwight Evans #255
If you are going to collect cards of players from the 1970s, 1975 Topps Baseball is always a good checklist to research. The set has notably bright colors as part of its design that many collectors feel defines the decade of the 1970s quite well. The 1975 Topps set was sold as a single series and the Evans falls outside of the short prints, which included the first 132 cards on the checklist. Raw copies of this card are typically not too expensive, but this is a key release, so prices for high-grade copies can be costly. Topps also produced a mini version in 1975, which provides collectors who enjoy this design another chance to add a slightly smaller card.
3. 2001 Fleer Red Sox 100th BoSox Sigs Autograph Dwight Evans
In 2001, Fleer created a Red Sox-only product to celebrate the franchise's 100th anniversary. There were several different ways that collectors could find the product. Fleer sold the 100th Anniversary Red Sox as a boxed set, which came with a Red Sox tractor-trailer, a Hobby box or a Legacy box. The Hobby box and Legacy box both included copies of the "Bo Sox Sigs" cards, with the more expensive Legacy box guaranteeing collectors one autograph card and an autographed New Era cap. Dwight Evans did sign caps for this product but the cards are the real stars of the show. Evans, being a long-time member of the team, is amongst the most sought-after players on the checklist.
2. 1972 Venezuelan Stickers Dwight Evans #65
Dwight Evans debuted for the Red Sox at the end of the 1972 season. During that offseason, Evans played Winter League Baseball in Venezuela for the Lara Cardenales, which is one of the long-running teams in the league. Topps produced stickers/stamps of Major League players that were sold in Venezuela during 1972, but the Winter League stickers are from a different product that was made locally. The two get confused at times. The Topps stickers have a green border and show the players in their MLB uniforms with the team name written in Spanish. The Winter League stickers have white borders with the team name also written in Spanish. There is duplication between some of the team names in the two leagues. This is obviously a tough Dwight Evans card to find, even more so in good condition.
1. 1973 Topps Rookie Outfielders Al Bumbry, Dwight Evans, Charlie Spikes #614
At the time of the set's release, Al Bumbry was in the middle of winning the American League Rookie of the Year Award for the Orioles. Evans did not even receive a single vote. In the long run, Evans had a career worthy of Hall of Fame consideration and is a reason many collectors seek out this 1973 Topps card. However, the best rookie card belongs to Hall of Famer Mike Schmidt. Other Cooperstown-quality players enjoy important cards in this set, including a first-year Goose Gossage, a second-year Carlton Fisk, and the final base cards of Roberto Clemente and Willie Mays. The Dwight Evans rookie cards hold its own amongst these other cards in terms of popularity, but offers collectors a more affordable option.