Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2004 Topps #430 Garret Anderson

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Wednesday, May 26, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2004 Topps #430.
  • Player Name, position, team: Garret Anderson, outfielder, Anaheim Angels.
  • Major League Debut: July 27, 1994.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1994 stats (Angels): 159 G, 638 AB, 80 R, 201 H, 49 2B, 4 3B, 29 HR, 116 RBI, 6 SB, 31 BB, 83 SO, .541 SLG, .886 OPS, .315 AVG.
  • Any special information about players: Drafted by the Angels #4th, June 1990. Bats: left, Throws: left.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Anderson's tenth regular Topps (total includes regular and traded cards only). Eventually, I'm going to have to rank my favorite Topps designs by decade. In the millenials (2000-2009), there were a lot of good ones, as well as a few clunkers. The 1994 is high on the list of good ones. Why? It was the first white bordered card Topps used for it's eponymous set since 1997, the silver foil lettering made the card easy to read (as well as scan), the picture selection was great, but the best design aspect to the 2004 set was that the little silhouette player on the lower left corner of every card matched the picture of the player. Down to the folds of that player's uniform. Pure genius. In 2003, Garret Anderson had one of his best years EVER. Already a World Series Champion, he was selected to participate in the 2003 All-Star Game, and won the Home Run Derby. He led the AL in doubles for the second straight year, was an MVP candidate, and earned his second Silver Slugger Award. He led the Halos in every major batting category in 2003. The back of his card includes a little quote from HOF Manager Sparky Anderson, "It was like the first time I saw Bobby Bonds in Class A Ball." It doesn't go into specifics as to why, but I have to believe that's a good comparison.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.07-$0.20.
  • How many cards of each player do I own?: 47 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2008 Topps #641. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Hope you will be too.


JayBee Anama

1 comment:

Bo said...

I love those silhouettes.