Saturday, October 20, 2012

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1977 Topps #584 Ed Goodson

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Saturday, October 20, 2012:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1977 Topps #584.
  • Player Name, position, team: Ed Goodson, third baseman-first baseman, Los Angeles Dodgers.
  • Major League Debut: September 5, 1970.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1976 stats (Dodgers): 83 G, 118 AB, 8 R, 27 H, 4 2B, 0 3B, 3 HR, 17 RBI, .229 AVG.
  • Any special information about players: Drafted by the Giants, #1st (Special), June 1968. Traded by the Braves to the Dodgers 11/17/1975.  Bats:  left.  Throws:  right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 6. This is his fifth card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Ed has a reputation as an outstanding pure hitter and helped Dodgers as left-handed pinch-hitter & in infield, 1975."
  • Commentary: How do you top the classic and colorful 1976 Topps design?  By creating this in 1977.  Imagine if the Hobby Blogging Community was around back then...they would have panned this design mercilessly.  And then still buy it because:  1.  It's Topps.  2.  It's the only thing out there.  Fans eventually (as they always do) liked the design, so much so that the 2012 Topps Archives used this design for their Cloth Stickers insert set.  James E. Goodson was not an everyday player, but did start 267 of the 314 games he played.  As the blurb on the back stated, he was primarily used as a pinch-hitter.  The Dodgers won the NL pennant in 1977 and Goodson even got an at bat (his only one) in Game 6.  Alas, 1977 was his last year in the majors.  He spent the 1978 season with the Indians' AAA team in Portland, and then hung up the spikes for good not long afterwards.  I couldn't find what he did after his playing career ended, but I don't think he's the same Ed Goodson character from that TV show inspired by a twitter feed...what's it called (no, I'm not mentioning it here or linking to it...there are kids here.  But William Shatner played the dad on the TV show before it got cancelled).  
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.12-$0.30.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 3.
Tomorrow is Retro Sunday, the one day of the week that we feature a card from 1951-1975. The card we will feature tomorrow is: 1965 Topps #298. Come back at 1:00 PM CST to see who (or what) it is.


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