Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1993 Topps #213 Candy Maldonado

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Wednesday, June 30, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1993 Topps #213.
  • Player Name, position, team: Candy Maldonado, outfielder, Toronto Blue Jays.
  • Major League Debut: September 7, 1981.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1992 stats (Blue Jays): 137 G, 489 AB, 64 R, 133 H, 25 2B, 4 3B, 20 HR, 66 RBI, 2 SB, .462 SLG, 59 BB, 112 SO, .272 AVG.
  • Any special information about players: Signed with the Dodgers as a Free Agent 06/06/1978. Traded by the Brewers to the Blue Jays 08/09/1991. Bats: right, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Maldonado's thirteenth regular Topps (total includes regular and traded cards only). If it wasn't for the sole fact that the 1993 Topps cards were one of the more readily available cards in the "age of overproduction", even the commons of this set would be worth more than a penny. This was the first set since 1973 that Topps split their set into 2 separate series (a practice that is still in practice today). It made sense for the 1993 set, as cards of players from the Rockies and Marlins would be part of the second series. Candy (his first name is Candido) was part of the World Series winning Blue Jays in 1992, and as their primary left fielder, contributed with 20 home runs and 66 rbi's for the cause. In the playoffs, his clutch hitting helped the Jays to the first of two WS victories. The blurb on the back says that he "became the 5th player to wallop a home run into the centerfield bleachers since Yankee Stadium was re-opened in 1976." Before the 1993 season (actually in December of 1992), Candy signed as a Free Agent with the Chicago Cubs. But, as in many years in Cubdom, the northsiders weren't going anywhere, so they sent him off to Cleveland mid-season, in exchange for Glenallen Hill. Nowadays, he can be heard as the color commentator for ESPN Deport├ęs, covering, what else, the Sunday night broadcasts.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.02-$0.10.
  • How many cards of each player do I own?: 19 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: Thursday: 2000 Topps Traded & Rookies #T19. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Hope you will be too.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

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