Monday, January 10, 2011

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1976 Topps #319 Larry Gura

We reset the Topps Card Randomizer to come up with seven new cards to present for this week. Introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Monday, January 10, 2011:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1976 Topps #319.
  • Player Name, position, team: Larry Gura, pitcher, New York Yankees.
  • Major League Debut: April 30, 1970.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1975 stats (Yankees): 26 G, 151 IP, 7-8, 65 R, 59 ER, 65 SO, 41 BB, 3.52 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by Cubs #2nd, June 1969. Traded by the Rangers to the Yankees 05/08/1974. Bats: left. Throws: left.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 15. This is his sixth card.
  • Blurb on the back: Comic blurb "Pete Gray, a one-armed outfielder, played in 77 games with the St. Louis Browns in 1945."
  • Commentary: The iconic 1976 Topps design, utilizing the position specific drawing of each player on the lower left corner of the card, failed to follow the Topps status quo of using team specific color borders. To blue and green? For the Yankees? Larry didn't stay long with the Yanks. Although as fate would soon have it, he was traded to the Yankees' favorite patsy, the Kansas City Royals, during the 1976 season. But with KC, he flourished. He became an All-Star in 1980, finishing the year with an 18-10 record and a 2.95 ERA. With the Yankees, however, Gura went 12-9, a decent 3.21 ERA and a WHIP of 1.350.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.15-$0.40.
  • How many cards of each player do I own?: 13 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2008 Topps Updates and Highlights #UH292. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. See you then.


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