Month: November 2017

19 Ways the 1983 Fleer Dan Norman Baseball Card Will Make You Happy

(Check out our other player card posts here.) It’s understandable if the 1983 Fleer Dan Norman baseball card doesn’t stand out in your memory as a particularly monumental hobby achievement. After all, Norman lasted only parts of five seasons in the Major Leagues, and the 1983 Fleer issue is pretty much nobody’s idea of a Hall of Fame set. Still, the marriage of these two less-than-legendary entities is reason enough to smile.     Don’t believe me? Here are several of the biggest ways this card can brighten your day and make you happy. 1. It’s a baseball card....

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Look What the 1970s Did to Ross Grimsley! [Baseball Card Evidence]

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Before anyone ever knew what a Big Red Machine was, Ross Grimsley spent his summers helping the Cincinnati Reds win a lot of games — and division titles. Selected by the Reds in the first round of the January 1969 MLB Draft, Grimsley quickly worked his way through Cincy’s minor league system and was in the Major Leagues by May of 1971. Fresh off a tough World Series loss to the Baltimore Orioles in 1970 and on the cusp of¬† a run that would put them in the conversation with baseball’s...

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The Long and Winding Road that Landed Ty Cline on the First Montreal Expos Baseball Card

(Check out our other player card posts here.) OK, technically the 1969 Topps Ty Cline (#442) is not the first Montreal Expos baseball card. For one thing, Fud’s Photography issued an Expos team set during that inaugural, expansion season. For another, Topps issued 16 Expos cards earlier in that 1969 set. But the Standard Catalog of Vintage Baseball Cards tells us that Fud’s was a collector issue put out after 1969. And none of those lower-number Topps cards showed any hint of the Expos identity other than the word “EXPOS” in block letters at the bottom of each pasteboard....

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The Gerry Pirtle Cameo on Scott Sanderson’s 1979 Topps Rookie Card (as Jerry Pirtle)

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Imagine, for a few moments, that you’re Gerry Pirtle. You were born and raised in Tulsa, OK, just as America was getting its stuff back together after World War II. Like so many Baby Boomers, part of your everyday life was baseball — thinking about it, reading about it, but, especially, playing it. By the spring of 1966, you were a good enough pitcher that folks around town were talking about the possibility of a Big League career. And, then, when you graduated from high school, the Washington Senators picked you...

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How Herm Winningham Went from Top Prospect to Unsung World Series Hero

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Everyone knows about the 1990¬†Cincinnati Reds and their Nasty Boys bullpen that swept the mighty Oakland A’s in the World Series that year. Many fans remember that Jose Rijo won two of those four games and was named Series MVP. And who can forget Eric Davis and his lacerated kidney, left in Oakland to fend for himself by Reds owner Marge Schott after the Series ended? But who among us can recall the guy who put the finishing touch on the Reds’ most recent championship? Nestled in a lineup that included...

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