Thursday, September 23, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1992 Topps #275 Todd Zeile

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Thursday, September 23, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1992 Topps #275.
  • Player Name, position, team: Todd Zeile, third baseman, St. Louis.
  • Major League Debut: August 18, 1989.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1991 stats (Cardinals): 155 G, 565 AB, 76 R, 158 H, 36 2B, 3 3B, 11 HR, 81 RBI, 17 SB, .412 SLG, 62 BB, 94 SO, .280 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Cardinals #3rd, June 1986. Bats: right, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Zeile's third regular Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only, not counting his 1990 Topps '89 MLB Debut card). In 1990, Topps added Zeile to it's five-card Future Stars subset. They deemed him the Cardinals brightest prospect, and for a while, he looked like he would be. Originally a catcher, he was moved to third base (not something he wanted to do apparently), and became a defensive liability. His hitting was decent, but the power that he was expected to provide wasn't there. And after seven years with the Cardinals, he began his journeyman career. He would wind up playing for eleven teams in his sixteen year career. Some may call him a bust, but when a man plays for sixteen years in the bigs, it is an uncalled for label. At the back of his card, below the statistics is a blurb that mentions a 10th Inning home run that Zeile hit, giving the Cards a 6-5 win on 08/03/1991 against the Pirates. Below the blurb is a beautiful colored (yes, colored...the cards were printed on white card stock for the first time in decades), picture of what is now referred to as old Busch Stadium.
  • Beckett value: $0.01-$0.05.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 24 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 1986 Topps #447. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Until tomorrow everybody.


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