Monday, August 9, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1989 Topps #759 Milwaukee Brewers Team Leaders

We reset the Topps Card Randomizer to come up with seven new cards to present for this week. Introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Monday, August 9, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1989 Topps #759.
  • Player Name, position, team: Rob Deer, outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers.
  • Special: Milwaukee Brewers 1988 Team Leaders.
  • Any special information about this specific card: After 223 cards (and 223 days for that matter), I can't believe it's taken this long for the randomizer to select a team leaders card. Yet here we are, at day 224, and the first team card comes from my favorite set of all time, the 1989 Topps set. I love the horizontal format, especially if the picture matches well with the orientation. And it makes me wish that maybe, just maybe, Topps could have done a few horizontal cards with this design. I mean, all they would have had to do is add the curved red border that framed the player cards, and this would have made a fantastic card for Rob Deer. Alas, we'd have to wait a couple of years before horizontal cards made their triumphant return to Topps' eponymous sets. The team leaders card lists the players that led their team in both pitching and batting statistics. The 1988 Brewers finished third in the AL East with a record of 87-75. Deer is the featured player on the team card because he led the Brew Crew in home runs with 23. He also led the team (and the American League) in strikeouts with 153 K's, but that's not listed here (and not the point...they're featuring all the good stats). All the rest of the batting categories were led by the Brewers future HOF duo of Paul Molitor (Runs: 115, Hits: 190, Stolen Bases: 41, Batting Average: .312) and Robin Yount (Hits: 190, tying Molitor, Doubles: 38, Triples: 11, Runs Batted In: 91). The pitchers who made the team leader board were: Chuck Crim (Games: 70), Teddy Higuera (Innings: 227.1, Wins: 16, Strikeouts: 192, ERA: 2.45), Chris Bosio (Complete Games: 9), Saves (Dan Plesac, 30), and six unlisted pitchers with shutouts (1: Higuera, Bosio, Bill Wegman, Don August, Tom Filer, and Juan Nieves).
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.01-$0.05.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2003 Topps #192. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. See you then.


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