Monday, November 10, 2014

Base(ball) Oddity #18: Say What?

I've subscribed to (or simply purchased, on a monthly basis) many magazines over my forty-five years: mostly sports, but also those dealing with home improvement, entertainment, news, theology and music, among other things.  Of course there's also been those that cover our hobby: Becket, SCD, Tuff Stuff; but one such magazine I never purchased was Legends Sports Memorabilia. The title is pretty self-explanatory.

Most of you are probably familiar with the magazine, which I believe was published from the late 80s through the early 2000s and featured some beautiful artwork. And, like so many of the other memorabilia/card magazines from that time, Legends included a sheet of nine cards featuring athletes from various sports. 

Today's featured card is, as far as I can tell, the lone card from the Legends catalog to feature Dale Murphy, and is from the Fall, 1990 issue (Vol. 3, Number 3). 

While certainly not as poorly done as their infamous contemporaries, the 'Broders, ' the Legends cards did have that oddball look to them: gold foil borders, the lack of team logo/name and no player position listed. The backs definitely screamed ODD, but again- not as bad as the Broders. 

Looking at the back of this Murphy card, it appears that the publication could have used an editor who was a little more on top of his game: they list Murph as the N.L. MVP during the 1983 and 1984 seasons. This, of course, was not correct- the Braves outfielder had won the award during the 1982 and 1983 season. I'd also like to add something that they didn't include in the bio: Murphy was the youngest player to win back to back MVPs, doing it at ages 26 & 27.

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