Saturday, June 19, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1989 Topps #289 Ernie Whitt

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Saturday, June 19, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1989 Topps #289.
  • Player Name, position, team: Ernie Whitt, catcher, Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Major League Debut: September 12, 1976.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1988 stats (Blue Jays): 127 G, 398 AB, 63 R, 100 H, 11 2B, 2 3B, 16 HR, 70 RBI, 4 SB, .410 SLG, 61 BB, 38 SO, .251 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Red Sox #12th, June 1972. Traded by the Red Sox to the Blue Jays 11/05/1976. Bats: left, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Whitt's eleventh regular Topps card (total includes base and traded cards only). The long-time catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays. I've gone on and on about how much I love the 1989 set, there's no more need to explain (I mean, short of the colorful name plate at the bottom right corner and the large action shot framed by to sharp corners and two rounded corners...I don't think there's much more to say). Based on the picture, does it look like Ernie's going to hit it out or miss entirely? The ball is a complete blur, and yet, you can see Whitt clearly, probably the only thing moving is that bat. The black bordered reverse makes for easy chipping though. Ernie is so connected with the city of Toronto that he, according to the back of the card, is part-owner of a Toronto restaurant franchise. He was also the manager for Canada's 2004 Olympic team, and the country's first two World Baseball Classic teams...and this guy is from Detroit. That's shows how much he is connected to Canadian baseball. He presently serves as the manager of the Clearwater Threshers, the A-Florida State League affiliate of the Philadelphia Phillies.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.01-$0.05.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 16 cards.
Tomorrow is Retro Sunday, the one day of the week that we feature a card from 1951-1975. The card we will feature tomorrow is: 1955 Topps #133. Come back at 1:00 PM CST to see who (or what) it is.


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