Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1985 Topps Traded #118T Tom Tellmann

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Tuesday, September 7, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1985 Topps Traded #118T.
  • Player Name, position, team: Tom Tellmann, pitcher, Oakland Athletics.
  • Major League Debut: June 9, 1979.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1984 stats (Brewers): 50 G, 81 IP, 6-3, 28 R, 25 ER, 28 SO, 31 BB, 0 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 4 SV, 2.78 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Padres #11th, June 1976. Signed with the Athletics as a Free Agent 03/30/1985. Bats: right, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Tellmann's fifth regular Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only). The alliteration of this card is stunning. Say this ten times fast, "Topps Traded Tom Tellmann." The 1985 Topps design was one of the few which used proper team color-coordinated elements within its design. Last week, I was harping about the fact that Topps used yellow and green for all of the Pirates' cards (yellow and black would have been more ideal as there isn't a hint of green found anywhere on their jerseys...I digress). Here, the yellow and green go perfectly with the newly signed Athletic (it helps that the logo is also on the card). Tellmann was a relief pitcher with the Padres and Brewers. He found the most success in Milwaukee as he appeared in 94 games in his two seasons with the Brew Crew. He signed on with Oakland in 1985 and appeared in 11 games for the A's before injuries shut him down for the season (and his major league career). The back of the card (also in a bright green background due to the printing being done in Ireland), mentions that Tom holds a BA degree in Physical Education from Grand Canyon College, Phoenix, AZ. Below the blurb is a "Baseball Trivia Quiz question." Tellmann's reads "In 1981, he hurled 8 shutouts to time major league record for most shutouts by a rookie?" The answer.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.05-$0.15.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 6 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 1988 Topps Traded #65T. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. We're looking back at a card from 1979 here on the blog tomorrow.


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