Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1994 Topps #225 Greg Vaughn

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Wednesday, October 13, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1994 Topps #225.
  • Player Name, position, team: Greg Vaughn, outfielder, Milwaukee Brewers.
    Major League Debut: August 10, 1989.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1988 stats (Brewers): 154 G, 569 AB, 97 R, 152 H, 28 2B, 2 3B, 30 HR, 97 RBI, 10 SB, .482 SLG, 89 BB, 118 SO, .267 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Brewers #4th (Special) June, 1986. Bats: right, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Vaughn's fifth regular Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only, not including his 1990 Topps '89 MLB Debut card). When I first started following baseball, many card companies touted Vaughn as the next big slugger for the Brewers. He was a "Future Star" in Topps 1990 set and by the end of the 1993 season, he had just finished his first All-Star campaign, pacing the Brew Crew with his 30 home runs and 97 rbi's while manning left field. It certainly wasn't his fault that the team finished in 7th place that year. But he and teammate Darryl Hamilton gave the team some solid offense during future HOF Robin Yount's final stand in Milwaukee. The back of his card includes a picture of Vaughn relaxed during warmups. And why not. The bio on the back reads "Brewers' leading home run hitter each of the last three seasons, (Greg) set personal highs in batting average and roundtrippers in 1993." Vaughn played for 8 seasons with the Brewers before being traded in mid 1996 to San Diego. He never missed a beat playing in southern California. He even hit 50 home runs in 1998, which in a normal year would have led the majors in that statistical category. However, in the National League of 1998, 50 homers was only good for fourth place. Ouch. Vaughn continued his career with All-Star career with the Reds, Devil Rays, and Rockies before calling retiring in 2003. He finished his career with 355 home runs, 1072 rbi's, a batting average of .242, and an OPS of .807. That, along with 4 All-Star selections, a Silver Slugger, and consecutive fourth place finishes in the MVP race, makes for a great career.
  • Beckett value: $0.02-$0.10.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 25 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: Thursday: 2003 Topps #59. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Hope you will be too.


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