Is this card fairly priced?
Is this card fairly priced?
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
Smile Red! Smile! Smile! Look at those teeth. Those are big league teeth.
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.
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.
Well, it was hard for me at first. Once I bust my cherry with this Olivo card I became quite the high number slut.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes, they don’t make them like this anymore.
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.
On the other hand, the back has nothing to do with the player. Useless.