Sunday, April 4, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1967 Topps #254 Milt Pappas

It's Retro Sunday!!! Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Sunday, April 4, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1967 Topps #254.
  • Player Name, position, team: Milt Pappas, pitcher, Cincinnati Reds.
  • Major League Debut: August 10, 1957.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1966 stats (Reds): 12-11, .522 PCT, 133 SO, 39 BB, 4.29 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Signed by Orioles as a Free Agent 06/26/1957. Traded by the Orioles to the Reds 12/09/1965. Bats: right, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Pappas' tenth regular Topps card (total does not include any combo cards). Right of the bat, we can say that this card is an uncorrected error card. Why? Because they forgot to add Pappas' facsimile autograph to the card. Pappas is more known for two things: 1. He was traded to the Reds in the deal that sent HOF Frank Robinson to the Orioles; and 2. As a Chicago Cub, he was one out away...ONE LOUSY OUT AWAY...from a perfect game (he still managed to get the no hitter). The back of the card has surprisingly a limited number of stats (6: W, L, PCT, SO, BB, ERA). I guess because the backs are vertically formatted and the fact that the print was too big (had to make it readable) are reasons why. But as with many other 1967 Topps cards, there are two cartoon panels above the blurb on the back. The first mentions Pappas' 28 major league shutouts, the other that he was named to the AL All-Star Team in 1962 and 1965. The blurb mentions the infamous trade, and that Milt (up to that point) "had never had a losing season in the majors. His first National League victory came at the expense of the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 6, 1966."
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $2.00-$4.00.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 1 card.
In case you're actually wondering, I don't own this card, but was able to get a crystal clean copy of the image from the from the Baseball Card Cyber Museum. So thank you Joe McAnally and the folks at the BCCM.

Well, it's back to normal on Monday. Tomorrow's card will be: 1987 Topps Traded #115T. 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

P.S. Happy Easter Everyone. jba

1 comment:

Anonymous said...


The card pictured is not a 1970 Topps card it is a 1967 Topps Card.