Friday, May 28, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 2003 Topps #417 Andy Fox

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Friday, May 28, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 2003 Topps #417.
  • Player Name, position, team: Andy Fox, shortstop, Florida Marlins.
  • Major League Debut: April 7, 1996.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 2002 stats (Marlins): 133 G, 435 AB, 55 R, 109 H, 14 2B, 5 3B, 4 HR, 41 RBI, 31 SB, .333 SLG, 49 BB, 94 SO, .251 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Yankees #2nd, June 1989. Traded by the Diamondbacks to the Marlins 06/09/2000. Bats: left, Throws: right.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Fox' fourth regular and final Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only). The 2003 Topps design was an upgrade over the previous year's effort. I will not say that I didn't like the 2002 design, but if I was to rank the 10 designs from the millennials, 2002 would be at the bottom. But this is the 2003 Topps design we're talking about, and the blue borders looked a lot better than the orange from the previous year. As mentioned ad nauseum on this humble little blog, the 2003 Topps set continued the tradition of every twenty years utilizing a second picture in a unique shaped frame (see 1963, 1983). It's should be a safe bet that when 2023 Topps comes out, there will be a return to this kind of design. Andy Fox was the primary shortstop in 2002, thanks to an injury to Alex Gonzalez. And he took full advantage of the opportunity with his best season since 1998, The blurb on the back, mentions that he had a .340 average with runners in scoring position (I think the stats people call it RISP). The back of his card also reads that "On the bases, he was thrown out only seven times in 38 steal attempts." Why couldn't they just say that he was 31 of 38 in the stolen base department? Why the negativity? Oh well. After the 2004 campaign, a year after helping the Fish to their second World Series, Fox called it a career.
  • Beckett value: $0.07-$0.20.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 4 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 2002 Topps #225. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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