Saturday, September 18, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1976 Topps Traded #231T Tom House

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Saturday, September 18, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1976 Topps Traded #231T.
  • Player Name, position, team: Tom House, pitcher, Boston Red Sox.
  • Major League Debut: June 23, 1971.
  • Last Line of Statistics: n/a
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Braves #3rd June (Secondary), 1967. Traded by the Braves to the Red Sox 12/12/1975. Bats: left, Throws: left.
  • Any special information about this specific card: House's sixth regular Topps (total includes regular and traded cards only). Topps second attempt at making an end of the year traded set (it's really their third try, the 1972 Traded cards were part of the actual set). Instead of repeating the stats of the players "Traded", the fronts of the cards features a headshot of the highlighted player with an airbrushed cap of his new team. It also utilizes a newspaper header with the date of the transaction above the headline. The back of the card goes into more detail about the transaction that sent the player to his new team. Tom House, the Braves' lefthanded relief specialist, was traded to Boston in exchange for Rogelio Moret. The card number for house coincides with the Topps card number assigned to him in the regular set (#231). These traded cards did present a quandary for young collectors new to the concept of "traded" cards. Should one replace the regular card in the set with its traded doppelgänger? Or would the cards be kept separated, creating its own set? Tom House was a very good reliever in the 70's, but he will be remembered for a catch he made in a game that he had not yet appeared in. He was the pitcher who caught Hank Aaron's 715th home run in the Braves' bullpen.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.15-$0.40.
  • How many cards of each player do I own?: 5 cards.
Tomorrow is Retro Sunday, the one day of the week that we feature a card from 1951-1975. The card we will feature tomorrow is: 1965 Topps #133. Come back at 1:00 PM CST to see who (or what) it is.


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