Sunday, December 29, 2013

1971 Topps #664: Rookie Star Pitchers (Archie Reynolds / Bob Reynolds / Ken Reynolds)

In 1971, Topps manufactured 8 different 'Rookie Stars' cards that didn't readily fit into one of the team sets, so I decided to organize them in the back of my binder with the rest of the subset cards for the year.  These 8 different cards were: #529 N.L., #559 A.L., #633 A.L., #664 Pitchers, #692 A.L. Pitchers, #709 Outfielders, #728 N.L. Outfielders, and #747 N.L. Pitchers.  The cards weren't uniformly labeled except for the '1971 Rookie Stars' designation at the top and the identification of three different players.  The most famous of these 8 cards is the Dusty Baker/Tom Paciorek/Don Baylor Outfielders card #709.  

Archie Reynolds played in the majors for 5 seasons between 1968-1972 for 3 different teams.  The Cubs drafted Reynolds in '66 and traded him to the Angels for Juan Pizarro in 1970.  The Angels traded Reynolds to the  Brewers for Curt Motton in 1972.

Bob Reynolds played for 6 different teams during 6 seasons between 1969-1975.  He was most active between 1973-1974, when as an Oriole, Reynolds finished the season with a 1.95 ERA in 111 innings pitched over 42 games, and with a 2.73 ERA in 69.1 innings pitched over 54 games, respectively.  Reynolds also saw postseason action in the ALCS against Oakland during his best two seasons.   

Ken Reynolds played 6 seasons in the majors with 4 different teams between 1970-1976.  He was most active between 1971-1972 with the Phillies where he pitched in 162.1 innings over 35 games the first year and 154.1 innings over 33 the next year.  Reynolds was used primarily as a starter, throwing a couple of complete games during his most active years.  He also finished a few games in relief for a few games in 1971-1972.    

BV: $12.00 (high # SP Common)
Cost: $1.74 (paid 14% BV)
Condition: VG 3.0 (worth 20% BV)
Completion: 741 of 752 (98% complete)
Comment: 82/18-L/R centering on this card is the primary detractor [VG].  In the other direction the centering is 65/35-T/B.  The corners are slightly rounded/layered [VG].  The edges actually look much better [EX].  The surface has a hairline crease [VG-EX].  I didn't feel that the improved condition of the surface and edges were enough to bring the overall condition of this card up to a [VG+] but it has to be a solid VG worth at least $2.40.

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