Thursday, September 9, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1994 Topps Traded #39T Brian Hunter

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Thursday, September 9, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1994 Topps Traded #39T.
    Player Name, position, team: Brian R. Hunter, first baseman-outfielder, Pittsburgh Pirates.
    Major League Debut: May 31, 1991.
    Last Line of Statistics: 1993 stats (Richmond-AAA): 30 G, 99 AB, 16 R, 24 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 26 RBI, 4 SB, .495 SLG, 10 BB, 21 SO, .242 AVG.
    Any special information about player: Drafted by the Braves #8th June, 1987. Traded by the Braves to the Pirates 11/17/1993. Bats: right, Throws: left.
    Any special information about this specific card: Hunter's third regular Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only, not including his 1992 Topps MLB '91 debut card). Was it a rainy day in Pittsburgh when this shot was taken? The infield looks a lot wetter than usual on this card. You have to like the yellow swooshes on the baseball cleats. Goes well with the Pirates' colors. Sometimes, you need a change of scenery to become a better ball player. Maybe it's because you're not doing well in your home park, maybe it's because you're so far behind in the depth chart that you're riding the bench more than you're on the field. Maybe you're too good for the minors, but there really is no place to play you. So why not accept a trade to a place that will let you play every day. Sounds good, right? So what if you were told that you were being traded from the Braves, the juggernaut-to-be in the NL, to the Pirates, the soon-to-be perennial doormats? Well, if you're Brian Hunter, you make it work. The Braves, who now had superstar Fred McGriff manning first, and a crowded outfield, sent Hunter to Pittsburgh for a minor leaguer after the season ended. The bio on the back of his card continues this story. "Brian...quickly won an every-day job and led the Bucs in HR's and RBI's at the All-Star Break." Which would mean that all was well in the world. However, Hunter's stay in Pittsburgh would be short. Because before the trading deadline, the Pirates dealt him to Cincinnati. And so began his journey through the majors. His baseball odyssey would eventually take him to Seattle, a return trip to Atlanta, and then to the Phillies. In between big league stops, he played for the AAA teams in Indianapolis, Tacoma, Calgary, Richmond, Syracuse, and Durham.
  • Beckett value: $0.02-$0.10.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 6 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 1980 Topps #456. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Until tomorrow everybody.


JayBee Anama

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I remember when I liked the original Brian Hunter.