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1975 Topps Set Card 279/660 – #616 – Rookie Outfielders With Augustine, Mangual, Rice, Scott

1975 Topps Set Card 279/660 – #616 – Rookie Outfielders With Augustine, Mangual, Rice, Scott

Progress: 279/660

Player Name:  Dave Augustine, Pepe Mangual, Jim Rice, John Scott

Card Number:  616

Team:  Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, Boston Red Sox, San Diego Padres

Position:  Outfielders

Image Style:  Posed Portrait

How these players fared in 1975:

Dave Augustine – Dave Augustine did not play major league baseball during the 1975 baseball season.

Pepe Mangual – Mangual played in a career high 140 games for the Expos in 1975.  He hit .245 with 126 hits in that span.  Of his 126 hits, Mangual connected for 16 doubles, 2 triples, and 9 home runs.  He stole 33 bases during the season en route to scoring 84 runs.

Jim Rice – Rice played in 144 games for the Red Sox in 1975, where he finished 2nd in the ROY voting to teammate Fred Lynn.  He hit .309 with 29 doubles and 22 home runs over the course of the season.  Rice drove in 102 runs and scored 92 times as he helped lead the Red Sox to the World Series.

John Scott – John Scott appeared in 25 games with the Padres in 1975.  He had 9 at-bats during the season and did not connect for any hits.  He did score 6 runs for the team and stole 2 bases in a pinch-runner role.


2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Jim Rice

2014 Topps Series 1 “Topps All Rookie Cup Team” – Jim Rice

Topps’ All-Rookie Team means a lot of different things to a lot of different collectors.  But, one thing is for certain – If your card is tagged with the All-Rookie Team logo, you did something during your first season in the big leagues to make yourself stand out from the rest.

And for that reason alone, I can totally support a set of cards that picks ‘The Best Of The Best’ from these teams.

In 2014, Topps issued a subset in their Series 1 release that took one player at each position, naming them to the ‘Topps All Rookie Cup Team’.

Representing the catcher is Jim Rice:




While he played in 24 games for the Red Sox in 1974, the 1975 baseball season is commonly known as the rookie year of Jim Rice.

And he played very well:  174 hits in 144 games, .309 batting average, .350 on-base percentage, 29 doubles, 22 home runs, 92 runs scored,  and 102 RBI.

Rice finished in 2nd place for the Rookie of the Year voting in 1975, and he also received enough votes to capture 3rd place for the league’s MVP Award.

Happy Birthday Jim Rice!!!

Happy Birthday Jim Rice!!!

Jim Rice turns 61 years old today.

Jim Rice may be one of the best examples of a great hitter that could also hit for power or you can classify him as a power hitter that was a great contact hitter too.  Either way, it works!!  Although we cannot clearly say Rice was a better hitter for average than power or vice-versa, we can surely say that his numbers are mighty impressive.

After 16 seasons with the Boston Red Sox, Rice ended his career with a .298 batting average while launching 382 home runs.  Rice’s best season came in 1978 when he won the Most Valuable Player award while hitting .315, belting 46 home runs, and driving in 139 runs.  Rice was a MVP candidate annually and finished in the Top 5 for voting in 6 total seasons.

Jim Rice competed in 1 World Series championship match-up in 1986 against the New York Mets.  Although his team ultimately lost in 7 games, Rice did extremely well as he hit .333 and scored 6 runs.

Jim Rice is a member of the 2009 Baseball Hall of Fame class.

Happy Birthday Mr. Rice!!

Jim Rice 1986 Donruss

Jim Rice 1986 Donruss

You may have missed my announcement earlier in the week (shame on you) but I am going to take a small break from some of the vintage player collections I have been building in an effort to focus a little more time and energy into the modern player PC’s I am also working on.

The net result of this change in your ’30-YOC’ programming is that this will be the last Jim Rice baseball card post that I will launch for a while.

I’m sorry that it is the 1986 card that ended up being the final card, but at least Mr. Rice is smiling in this one…


Jim Rice 1981 Fleer – 3,2,1 SMILE!!!

Jim Rice 1981 Fleer

‘Ok, Mr. Rice, what I need you to do is hold your shoulders squared to me.

Great, now turn your head just a bit so I don’t have you squinting your eyes into the sun.

OK, Thanks.

Chin down just a tad.  Ok, more.  Just a little more. Yep – right there.

Lookin’ good.  Now hold it right there.


3,2,1, SMILE!!!!’


Jim Rice 2013 Panini ‘Golden Age’

Jim Rice 2013 Panini ‘Golden Age’

*Hat-Tip to reader Jarred for sending this card over to me in a recent trade – Thanks Bud!!!

This card of Hall of Famer Jim Rice comes from the 2013 Panini ‘Golden Age’ set of cards.  As we all know, Panini is not allowed to use MLB team names or logos on their product – a huge disadvantage when trying to use real images and turn them into cards that look like art.

But, they did a pretty solid job with this one…


Nothing fake or forced about this card!

I like it!!!

Jim Rice 1983 Topps

Jim Rice 1983 Topps

I’ll never tire of showing off cards from the 1983 Topps set on my blog.  The ’83 release by Topps is widely celebrated as one of the best Topps issues of the last 50 years, and it is truly a ’30-YOC’ favorite.

The Jim Rice card from this set is pretty sweet.

Have a look:



I love the use of the Red and Blue that Topps employed for this card of Rice.  And while Navy Blue may be a more appropriate choice for Mr. Rice, I will say that the lighter shade of Blue allows for the Navy of Rice’s cap and uniform stand out a bit more.

And speaking of ‘standing out’ just look at that puny chain-link fence that separates the fans from the field.  You will never see a fence like that in a modern ballpark these days….

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Jim Rice VS Dave Parker

‘Hall Of Fame Debate’ – Jim Rice VS Dave Parker

One of the amazing things about baseball is that sometimes the numbers just cannot tell you about the true impact that a player had on his team or the sport.

Case in point – there are several players that starred in the 1970’s whose numbers are on par with the best players of the decade, the Hall of Famers, from the same era.  Some of those names are Jack Morris, Keith Hernandez, Steve Garvey, Alan Trammell, and one that I especially am fond of, Mr. Dave Parker.

I tried to find the best player to compare Parker to so I could demonstrate this through the numbers, and I think that a player that fits the bill is Jim Rice.

Personally, when I review these careers of these two players side-by-side I see the same player.  Both great, not elite, but certainly upper-crust.

Have a look:

Jim Rice Dave Parker
Seasons 16 19
Games 2,089 2,466
Hits 2,452 2,712
200 Hit Seasons 4 1
150-199 Hit Seasons 6 10
Batting Average 0.298 0.29
.300+ Seasons 7 6
Batting Titles 0 2
On-Base % 0.352 0.339
Walks Drawn 670 683
Strikeouts 1423 1537
Doubles 373 526
Triples 79 75
Home Runs 382 339
30-39 HR Seasons 3 3
40+ HR Seasons 1 0
Stolen Bases 58 154
Runs Scored 1,249 1,272
100-Run Seasons 3 3
RBI 1,451 1,493
100-RBI Seasons 8 4
All-Star 8 6
Gold Glove 0 3
Silver Slugger 2 3
ROY 0 0
MVP 1 1
Postseasons 2 5
WS Titles 0 2

The stand-out stats for me:

  • Parker has almost 275 more career hits
  • Very consistent annual hit tally from both
  • Extremely close lifetime batting average
  • Parker’s two batting titles is a solid accomplishment
  • Plate discipline is close
  • Parker’s doubles is much greater than that of Rice who played in a ‘doubles friendly’ park for his whole career
  • Rice has almost 50 more HR’s
  • Parker has almost 100 more stolen bases
  • Run production is extremely close
  • Post-season accolades is similar
  • Parker’s 2 World Series rings is HUGE

So, the players appear to be comparable in baseball accomplishments – yet one is in the Hall of Fame and one is not.


Let’s Debate!!!  Who would you choose?  Who was the better player??

For me, it comes down to a few things – and all of them point to Dave Parker getting my vote.  Parker was a contributor on two different teams that won World Series titles – that means a lot.  He also won two batting titles (1977 & 1978) in a time that featured a handful of guys that were collecting 200+ hits per season.  Based on the stolen base numbers, Parker was a much more aggressive base runner than Rice and he also averaged fewer strikeouts than Rice as well.  While Rice put up solid numbers, and maybe was a bit more consistent with the power production, his numbers do not exceed those by Parker by an overwhelming amount.

So, my vote goes to Dave Parker.  I firmly believe that he belongs in the Hall of Fame alongside Jim Rice.  And while neither player was the lone star on the teams that they played for, both were very solid teammates that produced wins and winning seasons for their clubs.

What do you think?  Who would you take: Jim Rice OR Dave Parker??

Let the debate begin!!!



Jim Rice 1989 Upper Deck

Jim Rice 1989 Upper Deck

When Upper Deck made its debut in 1989 with their first baseball card set, it took the hobby by storm.  The set offered up a new kind of card stock, a high-gloss finish, superb images, and unique card backs.

Upper Deck built and executed the perfect recipe in 1989.

And now, almost 25 years later, the ’89 cards still stand out.

Have a look at this card of Jim Rice from the set:



The action captured here is perfect.  And the colors work extremely well.  Best of all the now-famous first base line that runs vertically down the right border of the card does not take away from any of the action while still supplying a fantastic baseball scene.


Jim Rice 1982 Donruss – Another Bad One…

Jim Rice 1982 Donruss

Jeez, I don’t know what it is, but I am pulling in a lot of really awful Jim Rice cars for my player collection that honors his Hall of Fame career.

This is supposed to be a fun way to go back and enjoy a player’s career, but when the cards look like this, it is quite a challenge…



Jim Rice was a league leader quite a bit during his career.  In 1982, he led the league in just one category, and it is not one to be boastful about…  In ’82, Rice hit into 29 double plays – the most in the American League.

Fingers crossed that the next Jim Rice card I show off is a big upgrade…