Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1980 Topps #385 Enos Cabell

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Wednesday, May 15, 2013:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1980 Topps #385.
  • Player Name, position, team: Enos Cabell, third baseman, Houston Astros.
  • Major League Debut: September 17, 1972.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1979 stats (Astros): 155 G, 603 AB, 60 R, 164 H, 30 2B, 5 3B, 6 HR, 67 RBI, .272 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Signed with the Orioles as a Free Agent 09/22/1968. Traded by the Orioles to the Astros 12/03/1974. Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 17. This is his ninth Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Enjoyed the longest hitting streak of his major league career with 14-game performance, 1978. Was selected as Astros' Most Valuable Player for 1978 campaign."
  • Commentary: Note how the Topps logo is conspicuously absent from the cards from Topps' 1980 set, one year after it was prominently featured the year prior. It would also be the final year that Topps would remain the lone major player in the baseball card wars as the following year, Donruss and Fleer  became Topps' first competitors since 1956. It would be another 30 years before Topps would become the sole licensee for MLB Properties. The 1980 set is remembered mainly as the set that houses the rookie card of Rickey Henderson. But what this set gets right in some cases, is the proper team colors for the borders on the cards. Look how the yellow border on this card matches the yellow on the jersey of Enos Cabell, who was recently featured as a subject for the Card of the Day back in March.As his career (which lasted 15 seasons in the majors) was previously discussed, today's commentary will be a recap of his 1980 season. Two years removed from his best season to date (and ultimately the best season of his career), Cabell was still manning the hot corner for the Astros, and hit .276 with 2 home runs, 55 rbi's, 21 stolen bases, and a .656 OPS. Defensively, he committed a career high 29 errors, which contributed to a .927 fielding average. It would be his final year with the Astros (he would return to the team years later as we all know), as he was traded to the Giants for Chris Bourjos and Bob Knepper on December 8, 1980.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.10-$0.25.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 15.
Tomorrow's card will be 2008 Topps #205. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Hope you will be too.


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