Monday, August 26, 2013

1970 Topps #181: Sparky Anderson, Cincinnati Reds, MGR

Sparky Anderson played mostly in the Minor Leagues between 1953-1963, except for his one season with the Phillies as a 25 year old in 1959, earning 104 Hits in 477 AB's.  He began his managerial career in Minor Leagues as a 30 year old in 1964, which lasted through 1968.  It was in 1970 that Sparky began his 26-year tenure as a Major League manager for two different teams, resulting in 5 World Series appearances with 3 titles--and an eventual induction into the Hall of Fame.  During his first year as a Major League manager, Sparky led the Reds to their first World Series appearance in nine years with a 102-win season.  It was during that year that the Reds first really became known as the "Big Red Machine". 



BV: $5.00
Cost: $1.50
Condition: VG 3.0
Completion: 631 of 720
Comment:  This is Sparky Anderson's managerial rookie card.

Friday, August 23, 2013

1970 Topps #694: Gary Ross, San Diego Padres, P

Gary Ross played for three different Major League teams between 1968-1977.  He was a member of the original San Diego Padres team in 1969, having been traded from the Cubs early during the season.  Ross would spend the majority of his career with the Padres until being traded to the Angels in 1975.   



BV: $10.00
Cost: $2.00
Condition: GD-VG 2.5
Completion: 630 of 720
Comment:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

1970 Topps #655: John Roseboro, Washington Senators, C

John Roseboro began his MLB career in the summer of 1957, replacing Roy Campanella as the Dodger's starting catcher during the team's final months in Brooklyn.  Roseboro played for 3 different teams during his career, which included the Twins for two years, and then the Senators during his final season.  He was part of three World Series championships, and six All-Star games.



BV: $15.00
Cost: $1.56
Condition: GD 2.0
Completion: 629 of 720
Comment:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

1970 Topps #228: Aurelio Rodriguez, California Angels, 3B

Aurelio Rodriguez played between 1967-1983 for seven different teams.  Rodriguez played in only 17 games for his original Angels team in 1970 before being traded to the Washington Senators, where he would play in 149 more.  His combined totals for the year were the best in his career: 610-AB, 70-R, 152-H, 19-HR, and 83-RBI.



BV: $1.00
Cost: $0.99
Condition: EXMT+ 6.5
Completion: 628 of 720
Comment:  I paid the price for this card to complete the lower numbers to the 400's for this set.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

1970 Topps #509: Montreal Expos Team

The 1970 Montreal Expos finished their second full season 6th in the NL East (19th out of 24 overall) with a 73-89 total record.  The Expos were led by manager, Gene Mauch, who had been with the team since their inauguration in 1969.  The position players were: John Bateman - C, Ron Fairly - 1B, Gary Sutherland - 2B, Bobby Wine - SS, Jose Laboy - 3B, Mack Jones - LF, Adolfo Phillips - CF, and Rusty Staub - RF.  The starting pitchers were: Carl Morton, Steve Renko, Bill Stoneman, and Steve Wegener.  The relief pitchers were: Dan McGinn, Howie Reed, John Strohmayer, and Mike Marshall.  The closer was Claude Raymond.



BV: $10.00
Cost: $1.11
Condition: VG+ 3.5
Completion: 627 of 720
Comment: This card depicts the original 1969 Expos team.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

1970 Topps #719: Jim Roland, Oakland Athletics, P

Jim Roland played during 10 seasons between 1962-1972 for four different MLB teams: Twins, A's, Yankees, and Rangers.  In 1970, Roland pitched 43.1 innings in 28 games with a 2.70 ERA.  His base salary that year was $18K.



BV: $10.00
Cost: $1.99
Condition: GD-VG 2.5
Completion: 626 of 720
Comment:  The scan makes this card look at least VG, but there's a noticeable crease on the top left corner through the top of the palm tree on the front and through the 9 from 719 on the back. 

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

1970 Topps #502: Rollie Fingers, Oakland Athletics, P

Rollie Fingers played in the Majors during 18 seasons between 1968-1985 for 3 different teams.  Throughout his career, Fingers helped to define the closer's role as it is known today, becoming only the second closer to enter the Hall-of-Fame (after Hoyt Wilhelm).  1970 would be Fingers' final full season as a starting pitcher, and by early '71, he would become a full-time closer.  
 


BV: $10.00
Cost: $1.13
Condition: FR 1.5
Completion: 625 of 720
Comment:  With this acquisition, I've managed to complete all listed players from the '70 set with the exception of N.Ryan.

Monday, August 5, 2013

1971 Topps #705: Dick Selma, Philadelphia Phillies, P

Dick Selma pitched in the Majors for 10 seasons between 1965-1974 with 6 different teams.  He has the distinction of winning the first game for the San Diego Padres during their inaugural year in 1969.       



BV: $12.00
Cost: $2.50
Condition: VG-EX 4.0
Completion: 727 of 752
Comment:  ...only 25 cards left to go.

Saturday, August 3, 2013

1950 Bowman #119: Dick Sisler, Philadelphia Phillies, OF

Did you know that George Sisler had a couple of sons who played in the Majors too?  Dick Sisler helped the Phillies clinch the NL pennant on the last day of the 1950 regular season by hitting a homerun in the top of the 10th inning with 2 men on base.  Their opponents, the defending NL champion Dodgers, had no answer for the Phillies during the bottom half of the 10th inning at Ebbets Field--and the "whiz kids" were in the World Series again for the first time since 1915.  Earlier that same year, Sisler also made his only career All-Star appearance during his best major league season.  Dick Sisler played in the majors between 1946-1953 for 3 different teams including the 1946 WS Champion Cardinals.



BV: $40.00 (for semi-stars)
Cost: $1.29 (paid 3% BV)
Condition: GD-VG 2.5 (worth 25% BV)
Completion: 24 of 252 (9% complete)
Comment:  This was an unlisted card in Beckett Monthly, so I had to choose between a $15 common, $40 semi-star, or $60 unlisted star.




Friday, August 2, 2013

1972 Topps #733: Jim Hart, San Francisco Giants, 3B/OF

Jim Hart began playing in the Majors with the Giants in 1963 following the team's first World Series Appearance since moving from New York to San Francisco.  Hart was a runner-up for the NL Rookie of the Year award during his first full season in 1964 and made the All-Star team in 1966.  In 1971, Hart appeared in the NLCS with the Giants against the soon to be World Series champion Pirates.  Hart was traded to the Yankees in 1973 and retired from baseball the following year in 1974. 



BV: $15.00 (for minor stars)
Cost: $3.00 (paid 20% BV)
Condition: VG 3.0 (worth 20% BV)
Completion: 766 of 787 (97% complete)
Comment: