Daily Archives: October 10, 2009

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #9

‘Same Card, Different Paths’ – Card #9

1971 Topps – Card #276 – AKA – ‘The George Foster Rookie Card’

Foster

Mike Davison – Davison had a brief 2-season baseball career.  He appeared in 32 games and left the sport with a 3-5 record and a 6.39 ERA.  In 38 total innings of work, he walked 22, struck out 21, and allowed 46 hits and 29 runs.

George Foster – Foster was a huge part of the ‘Big Red Machine’ in Cincinnati during the mid-70’s.  He was a run producer with a knack for hitting the long ball, especially when men were on base.  Foster is a former league Most Valuable Player, 5-time All-star, Silver Slugger Award winner, 50 HR Club member, and 2-time World Series champion.

1982 Donruss Jim Palmer – Diamond King

1982 Donruss Jim Palmer – Diamond King

Now this is a Diamond Kings card that works!!!

While I would never question the talents of any artist, I can still have an opinion about their work.  And while there have been some Diamond Kings cards I have featured and complained about in the past, I also have no problem giving credit where it is due.

This card is beautiful.  This card is art!!!

Here are just a few reasons as to why this one earns such a high grade with me:  The Orioles logo looks great.  The player featured is unmistakable.  And the small inset of Palmer ‘in-action’ is a nice complement to the piece while taking nothing away from the centerpiece.

I am thrilled to add this 1982 Donruss Diamond Kings card to my Jim Palmer collection.  This piece of cardboard quickly becomes one of my favorites featuring Mr. Palmer!!!

Palmer 82D DK

Did You Know…

 In 1968, Bob Gibson pitched 13 shutouts(5 consecutively).  Only 2 men have ever thrown more shutouts in a single season(George Bradley – a rookie – in 1876 and Grover Cleveland Alexander in 1916.  Each pitched 16).  And no player has thrown more than ten since 1985.

Gibson

**factoid courtesy of ‘Armchair Reader – Grand Slam Baseball’.

My take – A true man against men!!