Monday, June 24, 2013

1972 Topps #668: Texas Rangers / Washington Senators Team

At the end of the 1971 baseball season, the Washington Senators moved their team out West to become the Texas Rangers for the start of 1972.  The original Texas Rangers, managed by Hall of Famer Ted Williams, finished 1972 with the worst team record in the MLB during their first year.

BV: $30.00
Cost: $3.20 (paid 10.7% BV)
Condition: VG+ 3.5 (worth 25% BV)
Completion: 759 of 787 (96% complete)
Comment:  This card completes all of my team cards for the '72 set.  Even though this is technically the Rangers' 1st team card, everything else about it screams Washington Senators.  Interestingly, the Senators/Rangers only traced their history back to '61 in the yearly standings, when the city was awarded an expansion franchise.  There was a Washington Senators/Nationals team in 1960 and before, but that team moved to Minnesota to become the Twins.  After '71, Washington D.C. would not be awarded another expansion franchise, but instead, would be without a team for over 30 years until the Montreal Expos moved to D.C. in 2005 to become the Nationals.  Take a look at the names of some of the Senators managers of the '60s: Ted Williams, Gil Hodges, and Mickey Vernon.

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