Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1976 Topps #492 Marty Pattin

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Tuesday, January 26, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1976 Topps #492.
  • Player Name, position, team: Marty Pattin, pitcher, Kansas City Royals.
  • Major League Debut: May 14, 1968.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1975 stats (Royals): 44 G, 177 IP, 10-10, 77 R, 64 ER, 89 SO, 45 BB, 3.25 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by Angels #6th June 1965. Traded by the Red Sox to the Royals 10/24/1973. Bats: right, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Pattin's eighth regular Topps card. Topps has used a number of design elements over the years and the 1976 design incorporates two significant ones: the use of a player silhouette representing the position of the subject on the card, and the two-colored border. Behind Marty is the famous Kansas City Royals scoreboard, about 12 stories tall, which incorporates the Royals' logo above center field. The choice of border colors are questionable because while the Royals main color is blue (royal blue perhaps?), where does the orange fit in??? I guess they had to use something as the only other color the Royals used at this time was white, and that doesn't include the gold crown color on the logo (maybe they should have used gold instead...I don't know). The back of the card is mostly green with brown text on gray cardboard stock. Not an easy combination of colors to read (it's like trying to read your front lawn). The blurb on the back states that Marty was "valuable to Royals as both starter and reliever. Marty was mainstay of Bosox staff in 1972, his best year." Marty went 17-13 that year, although he was an All-Star the year before with the Brewers.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.15-$0.40.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 6 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 1985 Topps Traded #101T. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back in time with the blog tomorrow.


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