Monday, December 9, 2013

1971 Topps #686: Chico Ruiz, Infielder, California Angels

Chico Ruiz is shown demonstrating a bunt during what appears to be while waiting to bat in the on-deck circle.  Ruiz earned $20K during his first year with the Angels after being traded with Alex Johnson from Cincinnati for Pedro Borbon, Vern Geishert, and Jim McGlothlin after the '69 season.  His final year in the Majors would be in 1971.

BV: $12.00
Cost: $1.99 (paid 16% BV)
Condition: VG+ 3.5 (worth 25% BV)
Completion: 736 of 752 (97% complete)
Comment: centering (=2.5) is 95/5 T-B (1.5) 75/25 L-R (5.0); corners (=5.0) are all fuzzy with a minor ding on lower right; edges (=5.0) have noticeable chipping with very slight notching on bottom and right; and surface (=6.0) has a few printing specks, nice color/focus, and relatively solid gloss with minor scratches that to not break the surface.  I chose to grade this one a full grade higher than the minimum grade set by the centering, which is the limit imposed by Beckett.

1 comment:

  1. Only in the past few months did I learn that, just prior to his death, Ruiz was released by the Angels and then signed with the Royals.