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Braves Card of the Day: 1951 Bowman Willard Marshall #98

1951 Bowman Marshall 98a

Many years ago, I wrote a post about collecting Willard Marshall cards at Talking Chop. I wrote a lot of posts back then about vintage Braves cards and the players on them, but I never gave him much thought after.

1951 Bowman Marshall 98b

Almost 4 years after that post went up, I received a sweet email from a man who got a baseball from Marshall with the signatures of the 1949 New York Giants. He had seen Marshall play with the Giants and the Braves. It’s the kindest email I’ve ever received.

Braves Card of the Day: 1981 Topps Jeff Burroughs #20

1981 Topps Burroughs 20a

Burroughs won the American League MVP in 1974 with the Texas Rangers. He’d have an even better year with the Braves in 1978, but his decline as a player would match the rise of Bob Horner and Dale Murphy. If he had maintained his peak just a little longer, maybe the Braves would have been decent before 1982? (No. They would not have been.)

1981 Topps Burroughs 20b

This would be Jeff’s last card with the Braves as his value had declined to the point that the Braves dealt him straight up for Carlos Diaz following the 1980 season.

Braves Card of the Day: 1958 Topps Joe Adcock #325

1958 Topps Adcock 325a

Everyone looks awkward on their 1958 baseball card. Adcock just looks flat out strange. Removing the background from a baseball card really isn’t a very good idea.

1958 Topps Adcock 325b

Braves Card of the Day: 1979 Topps Rowland Office #132

1979 Topps Office 132a

There are no bad baseball cards of Rowland Office. There are no bad pictures of Rowland Office. There’s nothing bad at all about Rowland Office. Well, except for maybe the bat. His was not a great bat.

1979 Topps Office 132b


Braves Card of the Day: 1957 Topps Red Murff #321

1957 Topps Murff 321a

Smile Red! Smile! Smile! Look at those teeth. Those are big league teeth.

1957 Topps Murff 321b

Murff was a 35 year old rookie who played two years with the Braves. As a scout for the Mets, he signed some guy named Nolan Ryan. I have no idea what became of him.

Braves Card of the Day: 1962 Topps Birdie Tebbetts #588

1962 Topps Tebbetts 588a

Uh, hey Birdie. Whatcha wearing?!?!?!?

1962 Topps Tebbetts 588b

Welcome to Suntrust Field young man.

Braves Card of the Day: 1966 Topps Chi Chi Olivo #578

1966 Topps Olivo 578a

When I started working seriously on trying to complete vintage Braves team sets, the high numbers were my biggest mental hurdle to get over. I get that there aren’t millions of Olivo cards out there, but still, paying $20+ for a forgotten player was hard for me.

1966 Topps Olivo 578b

Well, it was hard for me at first. Once I bust my cherry with this Olivo card I became quite the high number slut.

Braves Card of the Day: 1973 Topps Dave Johnson #550

There aren’t a lot of action cards in 1973 Topps, but the ones they included are awesome. In a binder, they really pop. There’s something to be said for every card not looking exactly alike.

The 73 backs are nearly perfect. They include a cartoon. They are high contrast and easy to read. The color scheme is attractive.

1973 Topps Johnson 550a

1973 Topps Johnson 550b

Peter Bourjos and Ryan Flaherty? Awesome. And all you haters thought the Braves weren’t going to contend this year.

If I were to make a list of my favorite players who never played for the Braves, Raines would be in the top 5. Making him wait 10 years to get into the Hall was just absurd. The only argument against him is that he’s not Rickey Henderson. No one is of course.

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Braves Card of the Day: 1955 Bowman Hank Aaron #179

1955 Bowman Aaron 179a

1955 Bowman Aaron 179b

Braves Card of the Day: 1970 Topps Ron Reed #546

This is just a baseball card and 1970 Topps was just a baseball card set. The thing I really want to talk about is why doesn’t Ron Reed have a basketball card from his time with the Pistons. I want that damned basketball card, and it doesn’t appear to exist.

1970 Topps Reed 546a

1970 Topps Reed 546b

Since Acuña Jr is not starting the season in Atlanta, I’ll be going to Gwinnett’s opening day. I’ll pass on Atlanta’s this year.

Braves Card of the Day: 1974 Topps Hank Aaron #1

Topps went all-out in support of Hank Aaron with their 1974 flagship set. Still, he wouldn’t get a true base set card. Since Topps was confident that the Babe’s home run record would fall, they honored Aaron’s achievement with the first card of the 1974 set. This is the base Topps card for the Hammer, even though it doesn’t feature the same design as the rest of the 74 set. I’m sure I’m not the only Braves fan that wishes Topps had included an Aaron card with the standard base set design in addition to this card.

1974 Topps Aaron 1a

What if Aaron had decided to retire during spring training in 1974? What if he was injured and out for the season? Well, Topps would have had egg on their face. The set was released before the record was broken.

1974 Topps Aaron 1b

Braves Card of the Day: 1974 Topps Ralph Garr #570

I love Garr and I’ll have more to say about him some other day. Today, I just want to rave about this card. This is objectively a great photo and a great baseball card. Every little detail is just perfect, especially the tumbling helmet and Garr’s upturned head as he follows the path of the ball. If this card were made today, the shot would be tighter and you’d lose context and detail. I love that you can see the dirt, and the grass, and the crowd. It looks like a shot from a baseball game rather than looking like a photographer was standing two feet from a guy hitting a baseball.

1974 Topps Garr 570a

Yes, they don’t make them like this anymore.

1974 Topps Garr 570b

Braves Card of the Day: 1972 Topps Darrell Evans in Action #172

If this card were released today, it would be zoomed in so close that you wouldn’t be able to see that Evans is in the air.

1972 Topps Evans 172a

On the other hand, the back has nothing to do with the player. Useless.

1972 Topps Evans 172b

I understand leaving Acuña Jr. in the minors is the right thing to do for financial reasons. However, I kind of feel like the best players should make the team when they’re ready. This is a team intentionally not fielding the best possible team. I get why, but I don’t like it.