Month: November 2017

The 11-Part Mystery of Al Cowens

(Check out our other player card posts here.) There exists in the annals of Major League baseball a special breed of player that seems to have been bestowed upon this earth for the sole purpose of tantalizing fans. He is the man imbued with copious physical talents … He makes it to the Major Leagues at a relatively young age … He shows some early promise … After a few years of mediocrity — or sometimes right away — he has that breakout season that establishes a new floor and sets him up for big things to come …...

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The Mystery of Bruce Look and His 1969 Topps Baseball Card

(Check out our other player card posts here.) Have you ever heard of Bruce Look? Chances are you haven’t unless you were a diehard fan of the Minnesota Twins in the 1960s or collected the 1969 Topps set like it was going out of style. You know, with enough doubles of every player to field his own team. I hadn’t heard of Look, either, until I was poking around the cardboard web looking for some interesting things to pin recently. That’s when I stumbled across this friendly looking guy:   This card is pretty interesting (to me) for a few...

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Whatever Happened to Larry Biittner’s Game Show Career?

(Check out our other player card posts here.) One of the biggest local(ish) celebrities in central Indiana during the 1980s was a guy named Bob Braun. He was a talk show host based out of Cincinnati, and his The Bob Braun Show ran from 1967 through 1984, when he moved west young man (at age 55) to make his fortune in California. Specifically, as a pitchman for Craftmatic Adjustable Beds. Although he was born in Kentucky and made his name in the Queen City, most of us in central Indiana considered Bob Braun one of us. After all, we...

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Truth and the 1976 Topps Pepe Frias Baseball Card

(Check out our other player card posts here.) At first glance, the 1976 Pepe Frias baseball card appears to show the Montreal Expos infielder standing off-balance with his hands thrust into the air, together, at the left side of his head. They hold nothing except a round hunk of wood or maybe a miniature baseball. And if you were a baseball fan in the 1970s or 1980s, or if you remember Pepe Frias at all, this seems about right.     Good-Field, No-Hit? Before Cal Ripken came along to make it OK for shortstops to be not short and to...

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1981 Topps Traded Bill Fahey — Tough Times for the Cardboard King

(Check out our other player card posts here.) A company’s products are often a reflection of what’s happening within its industry and within its own walls at any given time. Consider the 1981 Bill Fahey Topps Traded baseball card as a case in point. As you might remember, Topps lost its monopoly on the card market when Fleer won an antitrust suit — for a cool $1 — against the Old Gum Company in 1980. That same year, Bill Fahey was wrapping up his second season as Gene Tenace‘s backup at catcher for the San Diego Padres. As the 1981 season...

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