Thursday, October 7, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1982 Topps #92 Brad Havens

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Thursday, October 7, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1982 Topps #92.
  • Player Name, position, team: Brad Havens, pitcher, Minnesota Twins.
  • Major League Debut: June 5, 1981.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1981 stats (Twins): 14 G, 78 IP, 3-6, 33 R, 31 ER, 44 SO, 24 BB, 12 GS, 1 CG, 1 SHO, 0 SV, 3.58 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Angels #8th, June 1977. Traded by the Angels to the Twins 02/03/1979. Bats: left, Throws: left.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Havens' first regular Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only). I think one of the other bloggers (I'm going to guess the Night Owl) calls this set the hockey stick set. And I never noticed that until he pointed that out. I always thought of the multi colored lines going down the left side of the cards as just an extension to where the team and player names are located, like ribbons. But hockey sticks makes more sense. Havens will be remembered as being included in the deal that sent Hall of Famer Rod Carew to the Angels. Prior to joining the Twins, the blurb on the bottom of the stats says that he was the "California League's strikeout leader in 1980" with 179 K's. Which wasn't even his career high up to that point. In 1978, with Quad Cities, he struck out 197 batters. Above Havens' card is a cartoon and another fact describing a feat in MLB history. The cartoon features Carl Yastrzemski, who hit 5 home runs in 2 straight games, on May 19 and 20, 1976. The factoid features Frank Robinson, the Giants Manager at the time, who, with a career total of 586 HR's, hit one in every 17.08 times at bat. Havens would go on to play for Orioles, Dodgers, Indians and Detroit, finishing his career with a 24-37 record, 370 K's, and 3 saves. He also did get a World Series ring as a member of that 1988 Dodgers team.
  • Beckett value: $0.05-$0.15.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 7 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2004 Topps Traded and Rookies #T127. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Until tomorrow everybody.


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