Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1993 Topps #695 Kent Bottenfield

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Tuesday, August 17, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1993 Topps #695.
  • Player Name, position, team: Kent Bottenfield, pitcher, MontrĂ©al Expos.
  • Major League Debut: July 6, 1992.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1992 stats (Expos): 10 G, 32.1 IP, 1-2, 9 R, 8 ER, 14 SO, 11 BB, 4 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 1 SV, 2.23 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Expos #4th, June 1986. Bats: both, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Bottenfield's first regular Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only). The way the pictures hang on to the ribbons that appear diagonally on either side of the bottoms of the regular cards reminds me of a photo album that has those decorative corners that you're supposed to put the picture onto, somehow holding said picture in place on the page. The pictures are huge, which I like, and in the case of Bottenfield's card, you can see how much power he puts to his pitches. Bottenfield was a journeyman pitcher who traveled around the majors in his ten season career. From the Expos to the Rockies, then the Giants, Cubs (being out for the 1995 season), Cardinals (where he became an All-Star in 1999), Angels, Phillies, and finally the Astros. However, if you're looking for a Bottenfield Topps card from his days as a Cubbie, or a Giant, or even as an Phillie? Good luck. Why? Because he was added to four Topps sets. Period. Of the 119 cards that Beckett lists of Bottenfield, only four come from the eponymous Topps set. You can easily find him included in Team cards sets given away, and the other companies were able to get him. But not Topps. Between 1994 and 2000, he appears on no Topps sets. The back of his card indicates that Kent "was signed as a 4th round Draft choice by Whitey DeHart."
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.02-$0.10.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 4 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2006 Topps Updates and Highlights #UH177. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. We're looking back at a card from 1995 here on the blog tomorrow.

Sincerely,

JayBee Anama

1 comment:

Ben Hughes said...

I remember when he had his all-star season. Some thought he might get to 30 wins. Then he just fell off the face of the earth.