Friday, July 16, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1978 Topps #379 Skip Lockwood

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Friday, July 16, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1978 Topps #379.
  • Player Name, position, team: Skip Lockwood, pitcher, New York Mets.
  • Major League Debut: April 23, 1965; (as a pitcher) August 27, 1969.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1977 stats (Mets): 63 G, 104 IP, 4-8, 40, 39 ER, 84 SO, 31 BB, 3.38 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Signed with the Athletics as a Free Agent 06/10/1964. Contract purchased by the Mets 07/28/1975. Bats: right, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Lockwood's tenth regular Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only). The classic 1978 Topps set features a large picture, a floating baseball showing the player's position, the team name in a unique script font (which is the main focal point of the set's design), and the player's name to its right. Simplicity redefined, it is one of the more plain designs Topps came up with during the late 70's. Claude "Skip" Lockwood was originally an infielder who only saw limited action as a pinch hitter, pinch runner, and a couple of games at 3rd base for the Kansas City Athletics. After two seasons in the minors (which saw him drafted via the Rule 5 draft, only to be returned to the A's), the A's decided to convert him to a pitcher. He was selected in the expansion draft by the Seattle Pilots, and made his MLB pitching debut with the team in the Pilots' only season. Lockwood was the de facto closer for the NY Mets, leading the bullpen with 20 saves that year. With 4 relief wins, he finished 8th in the NL Fireman Derby (the precursor to the Rolaids Fireman Award). As with most 1978 Topps cards, there is a "Play Ball" game that can be played, with a specific play below the section. Drawing Lockwood's card gets you a fly out.
  • Beckett value: $0.10-$0.25.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 6 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2004 Topps Traded and Rookies #T38. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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