Friday, July 30, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2004 Topps #410 Mike Sweeney

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Friday, July 30, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2004 Topps #410.
  • Player Name, position, team: Mike Sweeney, first baseman, Kansas City Royals.
  • Major League Debut: September 4, 1995.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 2003 stats (Royals): 108 G, 392 AB, 62 R, 115 H, 18 2B, 1 3B. 16 HR, 83 RBI, 3 SB, 64 SB, 56 SO, .467 SLG, .858 OPS, 293 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Royals #10th, June 1991. Bats: right, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Sweeney's seventh regular Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only). Pretty soon, I'll have to put up a poll or two. In 1990, Topps Magazine ran a survey for their readers to vote for their favorite sets of their first four decades. The 1952 set won the 50's decade, 1960 took the 60's, 1975 won for the 70's, and 1986 took the gold for the 80's. And I'm sure if Topps still produced their magazine (it was a sad day when they stopped...for me anyway), they would have polls for the 90's and the 2000's. If they did run a survey, then the 2004 set would have my vote...then the 2009 set came along and...that's a different issue entirely. Sweeney was the face of the Royals during the first part of the decade. Already a 4-time all-star and a 3-time MVP candidate, he was the Royals' captain, heart and soul (so says the back of his card). By this time, his .307 was the team's franchise record, even higher than George Brett's. However, after the 2005 season, injuries started to take its toll on the Royals' star. And by 2007, he was allowed to file for free agency. He played for the Athletics for 42 games, and has spent the last two seasons with the Mariners. I actually thought that he had called it quits after the one year in Oakland, but it seems that he is still plugging along. He will always remain a bright star during a dark time (one still going mind you), in Kansas City.
  • Beckett value: $0.07-$0.20.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 32 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 1988 Topps #264. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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