Saturday, June 19, 2010

Shoppin' at the Show

So a friend and I went to a card show today, him searching for Angels cards for his team collection, and me looking for Bravos. Our twenty-five mile trip was quite a successful one, at least on my end, as I picked up many needed cards for a small price (which is always good!) We even saw local hero Ian Johnson- former Boise State U. star, and current Minnesota Viking-doing an autograph appearance. Anyways, onto some of the stuff I picked up to go towards my Topps team sets...

Although one of my least favorite Topps issues, I picked these 1972 Topps out of the 5/$1 binders:

1972 Topps #516 Oscar Brown
Old Oscar was drafted three times within a year: first by the Reds in June '65, then by the Angels in January '66 (not signing with either team), and then finally by the Braves as the 7th overall pick in the June '66 draft. As far as his career goes...I think Mike Kelly won an award named after Brown.

1972 Topps #469 Ron Herbel
It's a good thing that Herbel was a pitcher, because he sure couldn't hit! In 206 ABs over his 9 year career, Ronnie got 6 Hits, and struck out 125 times!! Somehow, he walked a whopping 8 times. Here's a list of the poor saps who have the distinction of walking the man with the lowest career batting average-mininum 100 ABs: Jim O'Toole, Ernie Broglio, Billy McCool, Al Jackson, Curt Simmons, Don Sutton(!!), Jack Bellingham, and Tracy Stallard. Hey guys, at least your name is mentioned in the same sentence as a Hall of Famer! 1971 was his only season in the Atl, and was his last year in baseball. And yet, we get a '72 card of him.

1972 Topps #380 Earl Williams
The 1971 N.L. Rookie of the Year, mashing 33 big flies. His production would slip over each of the next four years, before finally seeing a jump in numbers his final two years. I guess he was more focused on being a thorn in people's side than working on his game.

1972 Topps #333 Steve Barber
By the time he arrived in Atlanta, Steve Barber was a relief pitcher; however, he at one time was a very effective starting pitcher. He was the first twenty-game winner for the modern-day Orioles-winning 20 games in 1963, and was involved in one of only two 9-inning no hitters in which the team that was no hit won the game. In 1967, Barber had a no-hitter going against Detroit, when he became wild in the top of the 9th, allowing 2 runs to score that inning. Two walks, a sacrafice fly, and then a wild pitch tied the game. After a third walk, Barber was replaced by Stu Miller, who proceded to allow the winning run to score when Don Wert reached base on an error.

1972 Topps #318 Sonny Jackson

1972 Topps #21 Braves Team Card

1972 Topps #601 George Stone

1972 Topps #351 Braves Rookie Stars: Tom House/Rick Kester/Jimmy Britton
Dr. House (he hold a PhD in Psychology) is best known for catching Henry Aaron's record breaking #715 home run ball in 1974. The former Texas Ranger pitching coach is also one of the earliest admitted steriod users, confessing to usage during the 70's. His experiment with the drugs, he says, was a failure, as it didn't enhance the speed of his 82 mph fastball.

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