Sunday, March 7, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1957 Topps #151 Willie Miranda

It's Retro Sunday!!! Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Sunday, March 7, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1957 Topps #151.
  • Player Name, position, team: Willie Miranda, shortstop, Baltimore Orioles.
  • Major League Debut: May 6, 1951.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1956 stats (Orioles): 148 G, 461 AB, 38 R, 100 H, 16 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR, 34 RBI, .217 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Signed by Senators as a Free Agent before 1948 season. Traded by the Yankees to the Orioles 11/17/1954. Bats: both, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Miranda's fifth regular Topps card. Another basic design, with the picture dominating the card, and the name of the player and position and team affiliation below. This is the first year that Topps printed their cards in what we now know as the standard card size of 2½ x 3½ inches. Of the six (including 1951) Topps designs to this point, this one was the simplest. This was also the first year they used actual color pictures for the cards instead of paintings or drawings of players for the cards). There is a length biography about Miranda on the back of the card, as well as a cartoon trivia question. The blurb says that Willie was "one of the finest fielders in baseball...doesn't let may ball get by his shortstop at making double play. In '55, he led the AL shortstops in the DP department." The trivia cartoon asks "Who was the youngest to win the AL bat(ting) title?" The answer.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $4.00-$8.00.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 0 cards.
In case you're actually wondering, I don't own this card. And this time I was not able to get a crystal clean copy of the image from the Baseball Card Cyber Museum. However, thanks to Topps' new promotion, the Million Card Giveaway, and after figuring out how to find a card by it's numeric ID, I was able to snag the image you see above. For the record, the card in Topps' baseball card library is #2028. And all seven of Miranda's cards have been redeemed.

Well, it's back to normal on Monday. Tomorrow's card will be: 1990 Topps #436. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Come on back then to see what the Topps Card Randomizer gets us to look at then.


JayBee Anama

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Topps site features some of the worst scans known to man, even a $49 off the shelf scanner operated by an 7-year-old would yield better results, surely this card doesn't actually look like this in real life: