Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1982 Topps Traded #76T Keith Moreland

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Wednesday, January 12, 2011:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1982 Topps Traded #76T.
  • Player Name, position, team: Keith Moreland, catcher-outfielder, Chicago Cubs.
    Major League Debut: October 1, 1978.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1981 stats (Phillies): 61 G, 196 AB, 16 R, 50 H, 7 2B, 0 3B, 6 HR, 37 RBI, 1 SB, .383 SLG, 15 BB, 13 SO, .255 AVG.
  • Any special information about players: Drafted by the Phillies, #7th, June 1975. Traded by the Phillies to the Cubs 12/08/1981. Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 12. This is his third card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Keith belted 2 homers and scored 3 runs in helping Phillies to 8-4 win over Astros, August 22, 1981."
  • Commentary: Ever notice that while the back of the cards of the base set is predominantly green, the backs of their traded cards are bright orange??? This was even before the Topps Company used the white cardboard that we became accustomed to in later Traded sets. Topps could have easily used this the 1982 design for their NHL Hockey set (see below for an example):

    But alas, the design is now more associated with baseball cards than anything, especially since this set is the home of the Ripken (rookie cards). Keith Moreland was one of the sparkplugs of the legendary 1984 Cubs team. Along with players like Dernier, Sandberg, Durham, Sutcliffe,, Moreland helped the Cubs win their first ever Eastern Division title. It would be the Cubs' first appearance in the postseason since that dreaded 1945 WS. And although the Cubs didn't get to the promised land, many of the team's players continue to stir great memories in Chicago baseball.
  • Beckett value: $0.20-$0.50.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 13 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2000 Topps Traded and Rookies #T134. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Hope you will be too.


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