Thursday, September 16, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1980 Topps #539 Rudy May

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Thursday, September 16, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1994 Topps Traded #39T.
    Player Name, position, team: Rudy May, pitcher, Montréal Expos.
    Major League Debut: April 18, 1965.
    Last Line of Statistics: 1979 stats (Expos): 33 G, 94 IP, 10-3, 30 R, 24 ER, 67 SO, 31 BB, 2.30 ERA.
    Any special information about player: Signed with the Twins as a Free Agent 11/05/1962. Traded by the Orioles to the Expos 12/07/1977. Bats: left, Throws: left.
    Any special information about this specific card: May's twelfth regular Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only). You have to admire the fact that because Rudy May has only seven letters in his his autograph isn't as large as many other players and that the facsimile signature doesn't interfere with the picture. After seven seasons with the California Angels, and another three with the New York Yankees, May found himself traded to the wilds of Montréal in a six-player deal. With les Expos, May was used primarily as a relief pitcher, after many seasons as a starter with a lot of success. This card, however, was his last as an Expo. He returned to the Bronx in 1980 as a free agent and turned in one of his finest seasons with a 15-5 record, 133 strikeouts and an AL league leading 2.46 ERA to go with an AL low 1.044 WHIP. He finished his career with the Yankees, helping them get to the playoffs in both 1980 and the strike shortened 1981 seasons. The back of his card featurs a cartoon featuring a player with scoreboard numbers and the caption "Rudy tied for Carolina League lead with 4 shutouts at Tidewater in 1974." The blurb below the stats mentions a 4-hitter vs. the Phillies in 09/26/1978.
  • Beckett value: $0.08-$0.25.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 10 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2008 Topps Updates and Highlights #UH305. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Until tomorrow everybody.


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