Twins PC wants
Coming off a strong end to the 2010s, the 2020s ushers in a new and hopeful erra for the Twins. Fresh off a 101-win season, the Twins have added some notable pieces to their team and shift focus into win-now mode. Expectations are high, and the anticipation is even greater. What will the '20s bring to Minnesota?
There were ups and downs across the 2nd half of the 2010s, but things slowly started coming together. In 2017, the Twins made their first playoff appearance since 2010. Then, the team had a historic 2019, posting 100+ wins for the first time since 1965 and setting a new MLB record for home runs in a season, all while winning their first division title in nearly a decade.
The Twins opened Target Field in 2010 and wasted no time winning their first division title in their new home. Concussions to stars Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau would be indicative of how the next few years would play out, derailing the team's run of sustained success and forcing fans to endure 4 straight years of 90+ losses.
The Twins were a forced to be reckoned with in the latter half of the '00s. Led by MVP winners Joe Mauer and Justin Morneau, 2-time Cy Young winner Johan Santana, and one of the best closers in franchise history in Joe Nathan, the Twins won 2 division titles and narrowly missed a 3rd, losing a tightly contested Game 163 by a single run in 2008.
The 2000s were more fun times to be a Twins fan. Led by the nameless army later dubbed as the Piranhas, the Twins small-balled their way to 3 consecutive AL Central titles from 2002-2004. In the second half of the decade, the Twins would claim 2 more division titles, giving them 5 division wins over 8 seasons.
1991, what a year! In one of the best World Series of all time, Game 6 saw Kirby Puckett hit a walk-off home run in the 11th inning to force Game 7. Jack Morris then produced one of the best pitched games of all time, 10 innings of shutout baseball before Gene Larkin walked it off and made the Twins World Series champions for the 2nd time in 5 years.
The '80s holds a special place in every Twins fan's heart, as the Twins made history in 1987 with their first World Series championship! From Kirby Puckett and Dan Gladden, to Kent Hrbek and Frank Viola, manager Tom Kelly and his team made sure that the 1980s would be a decade to remember.
After appearing in the ALCS in 1970, the Twins floated around .500 for the rest of the '70s, finishing with a decade record of 812-794. However, the world was introduced to some of the best Twins players in franchise history as Rod Carew and Bert Blyleven paved their way to the Hall of Fame.
The '60s were exciting times in Minnesota, as the Washington Senators moved to Minnesota and became the Twins. Led by stars such as Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, Jim Kaat, and Jim Perry, the 1960s was a successful inaugural decade for the Twins, posting a 789-666 record.
To save space on the rest of my want list pages, I don't list needs for autograph or relic cards. To see what autographs, relics, and other similar cards I have, check out this page! If you have a card that's not listed, I'd be interested in it!
Something I enjoy is keeping track of how my collection grows over time. The earliest record of how many Twins cards I had in my collection is from back on January 16, 2005 when I was just 9 years old. I kept all my Twins cards in a 3-ring binder and used post-its stuck to the inside of the binder cover with a date and count of how many cards I had in the binder at that time (just 153 different Twins cards on that date). By July 26th 2009, my collection had grown to 3,563 unique cards. I had more post-its in that binder over the years, but all but those two have since fallen off and disappeared. Still, I keep those original notes as reminders about how far my collection has come.
Today, I have a much more elegant method of keeping track of the size of my Twins collection thanks to this site. Here's current a look at where my Twins collection stands numerically today. These totals update automatically when I add a new card in to my site- Much nicer than having to count everything by hand and write the numbers on a post-it!
- Total unique cards: 10232
- Numbered cards: 1918
- Rookies: 1483
- Autographs: 466
- Relics: 364
- Patches: 81
- 1/1s: 86
Top 10 players in my Twins collection by number of cards:
Note- These counts do not include cards that feature multiple players (difficult for me to figure out how to account for multi-player cards in these calculations), so exact totals may be slightly off.
- Justin Morneau: 733
- Joe Mauer: 531
- Brian Dozier: 243
- Byron Buxton: 205
- Max Kepler: 193
- Miguel Sano: 192
- Jose Berrios: 189
- Kirby Puckett: 186
- Torii Hunter: 178
- Johan Santana: 155